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Winter with only a little discontent

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Reviewed: 25-05-18

Firstly, I should say that I enjoyed this book and recommend it and its predecessors to all aficionados of the cerebral crime novel genre. The story as we have come to expect is very well crafted. The attention to detail and the careful dialogue makes it all the more believable. However, the depth of characterization was not quite on par with some of the earlier books and at times I felt Fenwick should be wearing his underwear on the outside of his trousers as he went above and beyond. The narration similarly disappointed at times with unbelievable attempts at the voices of women and children and too often became flat when I felt it could have helped to build and maintain the suspense and excitement Indeed in the last third of the book I did find myself tempted once or twice to skim over some of the sub story as I felt it was a little pedestrian and too much of the background narrative was holding the pace back. The conclusion was excellent from Isabelle's perspective however not so from Fenwick's. I thought an opportunity was missed to take the Fenwick - Nightingale interplay to a higher level and the feeling sorry for himself thing added nothing but frustration to the end of another good read.