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As followers of my reviews will be aware, I really enjoy the Quiller series of spy novels written by author Adam Hall so when I saw that he had written another series of books, I was intrigued enough to give them a try. This series is vastly different from his other work and instead is a set of mystery whodunnits featuring the ingeniutive skills of one Hugo Bishop; an enigmatic author who dabbles in mysteries that defy explanation much as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot once did.
In Pawn In Jeopardy, the plot revolves around a group of intellectuals who have returned from a trip to the Artic bearing some scientific secret. When one of their number supposedly throws himself from a moving train, they at first think that their friend was just depressed from a change in fortunes. But someone was seen talking to the victim shortly before he jumped and he was to have been a dinner guest of no less than Hugo Bishop himself. And Bishop is not one to take events at face value!
Before long, another of their number is killed by one of his own poisonous snakes that has escaped from his cage and it seems as though someone is targeting the group in a bid to discover the secret. Bishop aids and assists the Police, determined to discover the truth. And it doesn't hurt that the daughter of one of the potential victims is quite attractive either......
I wanted to like this series but found this first encounter a little too uninspiring! I felt as though I had seen the formula done before (and better) by other authors and could not warm to either Bishop or his humble assisstant!! Everything flows nicely to a climax but there are much better examples of the genre available and I really felt as though here, Hall was out of his element. The story too felt a bit out-of-time in this day and age and there was none of the literary skill demonstrated in his far superior Quiller novels. If I didn't know better, I would think they were written by different authors ~ which makes sense seeing as these were originally published under another paeudonym! ( Adam Hall is a pen name used by Ellestron Trevor!)
Would I read any of these again? The answer has to be No! I even had another in this series on my TBR pile but have since decided to put that, and this novel, on Bookmooch as I cannot face another installment! I mean they ARE readable but they are just no match at all for Quiller! And though I probably shouldn't compare cross-genres, it is inevitable when reading different works by the same author.
One series that I wouldn't reccommend then!