Best Women's Detective Fiction Reviewed By BookViral

"A great relaxing read for a lazy afternoon..."

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0C9R9RPNJ
  • Publisher: ‎ Faukon Abbey Publishing (21 July 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 275 pages
  • Genre:  Women’s Detective Fiction

 

The BookViral Review:

A thoroughly enjoyable read, ‘Death of a Well-travelled Man’ returns to Faukon Abbey, Devon, and a series of unexplained deaths to puzzle local cops, DI Peter Greene and DC Terry Ford.

As they burrow deeper into the mysterious circumstances surrounding both the victims and the suspects, Jimmy Carter, a reporter from the local rag and the perfect foil for the detectives, does some digging of his own.

Layering one crime over another, Lakelett remains in command of multiple threads in true Agatha Christie fashion as the puzzled investigators move from one theory to another, exposing motives and laying bare doubts and insecurities as they negotiate human nature in their search for the truth.

Lakelett shows mastery over her genre, with well-researched forensic detail and a keen eye for human fallibility. Her players meld perfectly, sometimes abrasively, but always remain believable in their relationships.

Twists and turns in both the well-constructed plot and in human connection. add depth to her writing, with flawless dialogue bringing her characters to life and complimenting their construction. Her easy-to-read style is undemanding and flows beautifully, allowing the reader to fully appreciate the story and adding to the pleasure of the read.

With her refreshing return to great crime writing, Lakelett does not overload us with complicated moral issues or vices but keeps true to the essence of the genre-the crime and its resolution-with just the right amount of tease.

Nevertheless, she is not simplistic in her enigmatic composition, adding just enough spice as her plot spirals towards a climax of resolution, leaving her reader well satisfied and hoping for another mystery to be added to her series.

A great relaxing read for a lazy afternoon- 5 stars and thoroughly recommended.

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