Now retired from a busy working life that didn't allow much artistic creativity I'm revelling in doing something I love. I trained as a scientist and it's such a joy to think I might be able to write creatively.I've always read crime novels and it seemed the natural genre in which to write. My early teenage years were spent working my way through my father's bookshelves crammed with Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, although now I enjoy Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and Elizabeth George.
Laura Jessop is less than impressed when Detective Inspector Dave Jenkins arrives to investigate the discovery of a dead body on her school’s sports’ field.
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This was about 130 pages long. It is set in England at a girl's school. The head mistress is the heroine. This book is the first in a series. There is a lot of British slang, mannerisms and idioms. Some I was unfamliar with. It is a rather tame murder mystery. Whodunit and whydunit was a midling bit of a puzzle. This novel almost seemed to be for the YA group. It was very well edited, had moderate violence and murder details, no cursing, child abuse or sex. It was a free book. Because of the dialog and the stiffer, more formal manners, than Americans exhibit, I found this book to be stilted, a bit boring and rather pompous at times. The plot was okay, the characters personable, even if a bit stiff and the details adequate. I do not think I will read this author again. I am not extremely fond of books from across the pond. This book would be appropiate for readers ages 14 and up. AD
Felt something missing but not sure what.