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on July 18, 2012 :
This sequel to HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)is even better than the first and that was one great read.
Once again we are taken back to the England of the 1990s and also the 1960s in various flashbacks which only enhance the story and flesh out the characters and their motivations. This is another of Mira Kolar Brown's complex mysteries that is a joy to read, although it is not an easy task because of the complexities of the plot and the many diverse characters she introduces. I usually whip through a book in 2-3 days, but not this one. It took me over a week to read because I had to reread sections to keep the story straight in my head and to truly appreciate her many interesting characters.
Inspector Simon Grant is a complex man who is very moral and forthright on some fronts, but not in others. He is involved in an adulterous relationship with his wife Pippa's sister whom he has impregnated. Very spicy stuff.
Ms. Kolar Brown deftly deals with many issues in this novel, not to mention a double serial killing of two young women. The identity of the killer and the motives were a complete surprise to me.
This is a very good read and I hope Ms. Brown will be continuing with further adventures of Simon Grant.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 29, 2012 :
Wonderful, Complex Mystery
I've never read such a wonderful, complex mystery in a long time. Mira Kolar-Brown's writing reminds me a lot of P.D. James.
She elevates the genre to a much higher literary standard. Mind you, this is not a fast-paced, page-turning read. It takes some time and one has to concentrate because of the many plot and character complexities. Not my usual reading fare or preference, but I quite enjoyed the journey and the rather surprising conclusion.
It is a very complex mystery set in northeast England where I lived for a while as a young boy. It brought back some fond memories.
There's a lot to the story. The book starts with the protaganist,Detective Inspector Simon Grant, injured and being held at gun point by a killer called Dancer. Told through the skillful use of flashbacks, the story brings out the complexities of Inspector Grant and what makes him the way he is. The book is rich in complex characters and will drive you crazy trying to figure out who the killer is. I didn't.
HIDING THE ELEPHANT is a wonderful read, very satisfying and I can't wait to read the followup novel [[ASIN:B0042RUNZE LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (Simon Grant Mysteries)]. Both books are a bargain at 99 cents. You can even get them both in a special edition, [[ASIN:B005SHNRB4 Two Simon Grant Mysteries].
(reviewed long after purchase)