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Chelsea Smile - Peter Turnbull

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Peter Turnbull / Hardcover / 180 Pages / Book is published 2007-01-09 by Severn House Publishers Ltd

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      01.06.2011 17:46
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      Good thriller

      ==Synopsis of the book:==


      After five years Duncan Percival finally dies from his injuries sustained in a brutal attack on him. The guilty party has never been caught and now Chief Inspector Hennessey and Sergeant Yellich can renew their efforts to try and catch the guilty party. The dead man had become a wealthy and successful businessman living just inside the law and although he was believed to be the mastermind behind a protect racket nothing had ever been proved against him.

      Now the two detectives must did deep and find out if there is a link from his attack to the one in the same town around the same date that killed two respectable people. And although a man was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment of this double murder he has always protested his innocence even five years on.


      ==My thoughts on this novel:==

      I have read many of these detective novels written by Peter Turnbull within the Hennessey and Yellich series. This one was written in 2007 and is the 14th in the series that currently has 19 books within it. My opinion of this one was it was a very good, well thought out mystery and I really enjoyed reading it. I found that I was surprised just how quickly I finished it, it took just three evenings to read the 180 pages and I found in that time I really didn't want to put this one down and go to sleep.

      In truth I have enjoyed all the books I have read so far in this series, as for me they are good quality, Detective stories, dealing with characters that I like and have grown on me. They are always exciting thrillers and they use traditional Policing skills, involving hard work, asking the right questions and thinking the crimes through in order to get into the heads of the criminals. I selected this one basically because its unusual title that I wanted to know what the author was thinking about as on face value it made no logical sense to me.

      For once I read the summary on the back page and it didn't really inspire me. It was as brief as my synopsis above and it didn't really lore me in, it was more wanting to know what the leading characters had been up to and getting an update of them. Which is surprising as when I first picked up one of these novels I was certainly non-plussed by these two unusual named Policemen and thought I would never remember their names let alone their personalities.

      The story in this book immediately drew me in with the death of this rich man, who seemed to be the victim of a random and unprovoked attack. I was certainly more than curious and I like the Detectives wanted to know if there was a link between this and another murder in the town around the same time. I liked the way the story began to develop and the way this investigation was ruffling some feathers in the underworld and small time villains were being found mysteriously murdered.

      The detail and knowledge of protection rackets the author shared was both interesting and convincing and I liked the way the investigation took some unexpected and surprising turns. I always found it gripping and although I sussed out whom the guilty party was quite early on, I certainly didn't know how or why. For me the conclusion let an excellent book down a little as it all seemed rushed and I didn't feel things were explained as well as they could have been. I would have liked a longer explanation as in the end it all seemed to bit to easy.

      The lead characters in this story are Hennessey and Yellich but this double act has now brought DS Ventnor into their team. I think this had worked really well in this story as it means Hennessey will interview suspects on his own and leave the two junior officers to work together interviewing other interested parties in the crimes. There is a certain honesty about this story, it for me is realistic Police work carried out by hardworking and knowledgeable investigating officers who can like you and me make mistakes as they did in this story.

      Although I must admit I would have liked a little more information about these investigating officers private lives as the author only occasionally shared this with the reader. This for me always makes them appear more human with all the worries and concerns in their lives. The detail of these officers is very good and I certainly feel a certain affinity with them during the investigation.

      I really enjoyed the excellent use the author made of suspense and mystery throughout this story and even though I thought I knew the answer to it, there was always doubt in my theory and I could see many other possible guilty parties and excellent reasons why they could have committed the murders. And although there was little humour within the story in truth it was a grim and unpleasant subject and wit could well have detracted from the credibility of the story.

      The authors writing style particularly appeals to me, I find the detail he shares is just about right. It is a relaxed style that gets to the point and I feel is written with a lot of thought put behind it. For me it is an easy read and one I found when I had picked the book up I did not want to put it down again.

      ==Conclusion:==

      I thought this was a very good crime thriller. It was well written and I enjoyed the well thought out and told story, it was full of unexpected turns and one that needed a lot of unravelling to solve. This is an excellent series of stories that for me present themselves as being realistic and honest picture of Police work. I would certainly recommend this as an absorbing read.

      Thanks for reading my review.

      This review is written under my user name on both Ciao and Dooyoo.

      © CPTDANIELS June 2011

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