What are you reading in 2016?
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When what appeared to be the suicide of a petrol station owner turned out to be murder, Meredith begins by investigating a petrol fraud that may be linked. What followed was a detailed investigation requiring multiple locations to be kept under surveillance for days. Police budgets were not even mentioned. Neither was breaking the law to get information. Need to search a property? A break and enter will handle that. The fraud investigation continued for so long that even Inspector Meredith had forgotten about the murder. He was not the only one.
Although part of a series it also reads as a stand-alone.... Interesting characters and plot, plenty of tantalising clues, no unnecessary descriptions of torture or other violence, and the wit that I so much look forward to in this author's clever writing.
I have just finished reading Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard, whom I find an outstanding writer of mystery.
Just started reading An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson - first time I've read one of her works but it looks very promising.
I have enjoyed reading Goddard for many years now, although I still have many of his novels to look forward to reading. I think he is a master storyteller.
Upson is a new find for me - I stumbled upon her work while browsing my local library recently. Her series of novels is unusual in that it has the writer, Josephine Tey, as one of the lead characters. I'm enjoying An Expert in Murder so far, although it's not what I'd call a quick and easy read.
This is another series we discussed as a group read (and all gave the thumbs up!) on the Mystery and Suspense forum.
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(For example, our last Ann Cleeves discussion can be found at https://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionharbou - all very fun and informal...)
I heard about all your snow - it was the top story on the news. Our snow never reaches the news. Now go have a Christmas treat to recover!
I do recommend this series and this author.
I'm currently reading the second in the 'Tuppenny Hat Detective' series: Dance Floor Drowning.
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