A Taste of Evil is a pacey thriller that grabbed my attention from the opening sentence and didn't let go until the end. The strengths of the book are its emphasis on correct police procedure, its diversity of well-drawn characters, its tight plotting and its convincing dialogue. The plot has an enormous assumption built in to it which you can either accept or reject. Once you accept this - I won't spoil it - then the book flows. The author's experience of writing romance stories shows through in her ability to handle emotions and human interactions tellingly. Almost no one in this book is perfect but none of them are totally black and white and all of them respond in one way or another to the stresses the author subjects them to. I loved her portrayal of the police officers involved in the investigation. Setting is important in this story and the author uses it to good effect in creating a portrayal of the English Lake District as well as British society and the legal system. Forensics, attention to detail and insistence of sticking strictly to acceptable investigative practices mean that in the end, the villains don't stand a chance. There is much humanity and insight into motivation and the influence of emotions on behaviour, which I found rewarding. A book which reflects the proud tradition of British crime writing (although the author is Australian). Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)