onsdag den 8. september 2010

Stephen Booth, One Last Breath (2004)


This British police procedural is the fifth in the series about Cooper and Fry.

Somewhere at home I have some hand-written notes about the plot, but that is home and this is our cottage where we are spending the weekend. I have always enjoyed this series very much for the rural setting and Ben Cooper, the quiet country copper. City-cool Diane Fry is a different kettle of fish, but at least we begin to get some idea why she seems to be so cold and inhuman. In this story her sister Angie appears out of the blue and assures Diane that she has put her drug addiction behind her. Diane wants to believe her, but via her job she knows how unreliable addicts can be.

It was the wrong choice for last week, however, because I had a terrible cold and found it very challenging just to hold the heavy book (a hardback with nearly five hundred pages) in my shaky hand. So it took some time to get into the plot and find out who the many characters were, and what with my notes having scarpered, I won´t try to explain what it is all about. This quotation from FantasticFiction should give you the idea:

Mingling with the holiday makers is a convicted killer, bent on revenge. Fourteen years ago Mansell Quinn was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his lover. Now he's out under licence, whereabouts unknown, and his ex-wife has been murdered.

If you like British police procedurals with a strong sense of place, this series should be something for your. I bought the book myself.

10 kommentarer:

Jose Ignacio Escribano sagde ...

Sounds good. I do like British police procedurals, although I've not read many this year.

....Petty Witter sagde ...

Well done for plowing on despite having such an awful cold.

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - This does sound intriguing. I, too, like British police procedurals, so I'm going to have be on the lookout for this one.

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

I doubt I will ever read a book this long again. I just don't have the patience for it anymore. I can always see huge chunks that could have been cut.

Dorte H sagde ...

Jose and Margot: this is one of the series where we get to know Ben Cooper and his background so I recommend reading it in order.

Tracy: I like the setting of this series very much which is why I kept reading - but during my next flu I will pick something easier.

Patti: Usually I don´t mind huge books, but with Stephen Booth you have a point. Some of his could do with a bit of trimming.

Mason Canyon sagde ...

Sounds like a very intriguing book. I'd not heard of it before. Hope you enjoy your time at the cottage.

Mason
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Clarissa Draper sagde ...

I read that book this year and I loved it!

CD

Kelly sagde ...

Sounds interesting to me. I like the cover and the title!

Belle sagde ...

I had to return the first in this series to the library before I had a chance to read it - I know you said it's one of your favorite series, so I've been planning to get my hands on it again and put it back on my TBR pile. It sounds like a series I will enjoy.

Dorte H sagde ...

Thanks for your comments.

I am still a bit too unwell to come round and see you but I´ll be back.