I have to say I don't normally get far with stories in the present tense but after a few paragraphs this drops back into the past tense so I kept on reading. Not sure about that start, it was a bit disconcerting, but it seemed to be a powerful situation developing. The writing was confidently presented and the dialogue convincing. Yes, a twist ending, just a little underpowered I felt, not quite the shock that might have been hoped for, but overall it was a well-constructed short story.
Watching Marilyn is a well-crafted if idiosyncratic novel. Getting into the initial pages needs a concept shift as it's written like a hard-boiled 60's detective pulp but flavored with a 21st century hindsight that has you looking back knowingly. What you find is a glamorous and at the same time seedy world where politicians and movie stars (you know which ones) were under a lot less intrusive media scrutiny than they are now. So the rich and famous could get up to almost everything with only dark rumors as consequences. Unless of course someone has to be eliminated to preserve reputations!
Yes, the book's fiction, but go with the flow, which is pretty fast-paced, and you get the feeling that it could all be true, though you'll never know for certain.
Reading this story I enjoyed a ride through the dangerous mysteries surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe, the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, with the bonus of a lot of nostalgia for an era when you could escape a nuclear explosion by ducking under the school desk! Those were the days.
There've been many attempts to carry on the legacy of Sherlock Holmes and this is definitely one of the more successful. Faithful to the style and tradition of the originals (no 'modern' updating) the author clearly knows his stuff and adds his own imaginative twist to the casebook of Mr Holmes. Spoilers have no place in Holmesian stories but if you're a fan of the Conan Doyle originals you're sure to enjoy Hugh Ashton.