My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When it comes to British mysteries, I am quite warm-hearted towards old-fashioned inspector novels that are complex, clever, and gripping. This book is indeed all of that and more. The more I read, the more I couldn’t put the novel down. I found myself puzzling over the mysterious details and marveling at how many people in this world refuse to tell the truth. There were no bedroom scenes, and while there were plentiful uses of profanity, I was not overly offended. None of this took away from the fascinating mystery. The action did not cease until the end of the novel.
Notwithstanding, the conclusion of the mystery was just a tad anticlimactic. For me, I prefer mysteries that I read to end with everyone getting their “just desserts.” I did feel that some people involved in the story escaped their true punishment. But I do suppose that this mystery is more realistic that way. At least the murderer found justice (though not in the way I would have preferred). So in retrospect, those evaded punishment had the opportunity to begin anew. Here is hoping that they will! I am also at a disadvantage because this is the first Inspector Banks novel I have read. Yes, it is a stand-alone mystery, but I believe I would have derived more enjoyment from this novel had I known the Inspector’s backstory a bit more. This is certainly a detective novel I can highly recommend.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.