But there is a much bigger surprise in store for Hook. When the play's director is found with his throat slashed, Hook is responsible for uncovering the truth - and fast. Who is innocent, who is just playing a part, and who is rotten to the core?
©2007 J. M. Gregson; (P)2008 Soundings
"Efficiently written, solidly plotted British procedural that delivers what fans of the genre want....Engaging, enjoyable, and well crafted, this is sure to please fans of Simon Brett's Charles Paris novels, also set in the world of British theater." (Booklist)
The story moves at an unnecessarily slow pace and I found myself groaning at some of the writing. I didn't care about any of the characters in spite of the narrator's efforts to give them life but the dialogue wasn't up to it and the characters did not show any credible development. There was no suspense in this "detective" story, no relevant clues, just red herrings - and it was too easy to guess whodunnit.
I chose this book simply on the strength of the narrator's past performances. His voice has a good range and is easy to listen to. Without it, I should certainly not have bothered to listen to the end.
Not a helpful question in this case.
I realise that all this is just my opinion. It seems from other reviews that I am very much in the minority. I wrote this just to warn others who read the five star reviews that they might, like me, be disappointed if they use a credit on this.
"Great Interesting Mystery!"
What a find! In the tradition of Ngaio Marsh's theatrical mysteries, this story introduces an amateur theatrical group that harbors a universally hated director and many suspects for his brutal murder. The pleasure of reading this type of mystery is centered on the gradually revelation of different layers of people's character and experience. The narration is perfect, and the story is riveting without being sickeningly gory. Highly recommended for lovers of intelligent British mysteries.
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