søndag den 15. november 2009

Martin Edwards, Waterloo Sunset (2008)

This novel is the eighth in the series about Harry Devlin, lawyer in Liverpool, who does not really feel comfortable in his brand-new office. That someone sends him his own obituary does not exactly make anything better.

“In Memory.
Harry Devlin.

Died suddenly, Liverpool,

Midsummer´s Eve.”

Harry Devlin is divorced and has no family left. He claims it suits him “to be beholden to nobody,” but he does not seem to mind when no less than three women take an interest in him: Juliet May, an old flame with a dangerous ex-husband, Ceri Hussain, the beautiful coroner, or Gina Paget, a young woman who cleans his office and seems to be an interesting acquaintance.

Apart from Devlin´s private ordeal, it seems that a mass murderer is at work. A young girl has been murdered, and soon after another one is killed in the same way. Furthermore, someone attacks his business partner, Jim Crusoe, in the parking area behind their office building, and leaves him, badly wounded.

Have I made you curious? Well, you should be; this story is good! And womanwise, I think Harry makes a wise choice. (Sorry, couldn´t help telling you that one).

Have you read Martin Edwards´ very fine Lake District series?
The Coffin Trail, The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth.

8 kommentarer:

Anonym sagde ...

Dorte - I'd mentioned to Martin recently that, though I've very much enjoyed his Lake District series, I hadn't yet read the Harry Devlin series. I'm planning to read that series, and your review makes me want to get started now!

Dorte H sagde ...

Margot: I have a confession; I have only read this one (it was a gift from a friend). I may try to begin with the beginning at some point, but seven books is quite a lot.

Elizabeth Spann Craig sagde ...

Like Margot, I haven't read the Harry Devlin series...I love the way the beginning of this book sounds. Getting your obituary in the mail? A gripping beginning!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Louise sagde ...

This one sounds like it deserves to be put on the future wishlist!

Dorte, could you please send me your mail-address to louise_alkjaer (at) hotmail (dot) com?

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

Two such different places to set series and yet that's what makes it fun.

Dorte H sagde ...

Elizabeth: yes, it is quite a fine hook Martin has come up with :D

Louise: I have read four of his books now, and enjoyed them all very much.

Patti: when it comes to setting, I prefer the Lake District. Still, I liked getting to know Liverpool a bit, and there is such a strong sense of place in this one.

Martin Edwards sagde ...

Dorte, I'm so glad you liked Waterloo Sunset. It's a book that really was fun to write, and Harry's office is one minute's walk from mine. You have prompted me to create an album on Facebook of the Devlin paperback covers - I felt rather nostalgic, looking back at my earliest novels!

Dorte H sagde ...

Martin: yes, I can imagine it was a pleasure because the setting plays such an important role in this one.