Thursday, 14 July 2011

Review:- Jim KELLY – “The Water Clock”

Year Published: - 2002
Where the book was from:- My own – ex-library
ISBN: - 9 780141 009339
Pages: - 313pp
Genre: - Crime
Location:- Cambridgeshire Fens
How I came across it: - Serendipity
Rating: - *****

One sentence summary:- An atmospheric crime thriller in which forensic evidence links a modern murderer body from a car winched from a frozen river and a corpse from the 1960s.

Describe the plot without giving anything away:- The setting is bleak and snowbound and the characterisation quite good as local reporter Philip Dryden investigates the link between a body discovered in a frozen river and a corpse of an apparent suicide found near the top of Ely Cathedral as refurbishment work is undertaken.

General comments:- Enjoyable and kept me interested but the villain was slightly predictable.
This was the first of a Philip Dryden series
1. The Water Clock (2002)
2. The Fire Baby (2004)
3. The Moon Tunnel (2005)
4. The Coldest Blood (2006)
5. The Skeleton Man (2007)

Kathy invaded his personal space – on Dryden’s case as area slightly smaller than Norfolk.
The town was insular and insulated. A multicultural event in the Fens was a phone call from London.

AUTHOR Notes:- Jim Kelly is a British author born in 1957.

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