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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
I do enjoy the Tom Caton series but the Kindle editions are atrociously edited. Does Amazon not have any sort of quality control before allowing Kindle books to be purchased?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2012
'The Head Case' is a thrilling novel which I really looked forward to reading after 'The Cleansing'. The Tom Caton novels are shaping up to be a very worthwhile series. Caton is a very believable an sympathetic hero, well-drawn - as is the location - and the pace is good.I hope Caton's romance works out.

I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
Another example of low standards. To many errors in the transcript to make this a good read. If only proper proof reading was carried out before publication. This is far to often the case with Kindle books. I am contemplating throwing my Kindle in the bin. I am returning to the old fashioned paper book. A good book ruined.
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My first exposure to Bill Rogers’ Tom Caton series was a sample of “A Trace of Blood.” I was surprised to find the first part placed in Manchester, New Hampshire rather than Manchester, England, and doubly surprised to find the New England Yankees in the story speaking broad Britlish, saying that the paperwork would be “sorted” and describing a traffic incident as hit-and-skip. The American phrases would be “taken care of” and “hit-and-run.” But, of course, most of the series is placed in England, and you don’t have to know what a “sausage barm” is to follow the language.
It is best to read them in order, as another reviewer said, as there is a gentle and pleasant love story that emerges gradually from one novel to the next. Individually, most of the novels are badly edited, with commas and quotation marks occurring pretty much at random, but they are not as bad as many Amazon e-books, and two are quite clean. The proofreader gets a much deserved acknowledgement in those books.
The plots are a bit formulaic, but it is a pretty good formula. The reader has to sit through some fairly dull police team meetings (in which background information is revealed) but the stories are gripping at the minor and major climaxes. The characters are well drawn and round enough that one can care about them, especially after one has read two or three of the series. Some of the villains and the action are a bit over the top, but that’s in the nature of the genre. All in all (to quote a Cockney friend of mine) “good value f’money.”
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on September 19, 2013
This the second in the Tom Caton series, and I'm warming up to the characters each time out. The mystery itself, again, does not afford much suspense; it just rocks along until the conclusion. It all hung together and was a reasonable ending, if not exciting. I am enjoying the description of Manchester - like a little trip abroad. Caton is becoming more multi-dimensional as are the peripheral characters with the exception of the love interest. She is a profiler and plays a smaller part this time out. She is not terribly well-drawn, but i can get over it. The victims had few redeeming traits which is something of a flaw if you are to care if they died and how. All that aside, I plan to continue the series. The price is right:)
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on December 19, 2014
I liked this book. Some very good plot twists and turns. It is not a mystery that the end is obvious half way through. Wanders a bit at times but a very enjoyable weekend read. The style reminds me of Tim Ellis. Well priced for the content
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on July 18, 2012
This Is the second book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed it but should have read the first one, The Cleansing, first as there were several references to it throughout. I will certainly read the rest of the Tom Caton investigations.
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on November 28, 2014
I loved The Cleansing due to the technical story telling of the case where it feels like the reader is in the middle of the investigation. And I like that the killer wasn't shown until the very end cause it kept me guessing.
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on April 11, 2013
The author LOVES his city and it shows thought the novel. This is my second in the series. The Head Case was not as gritty as "The Cleansing," but depravity differs from case to case and echelons. On to the third!!!
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on March 9, 2013
DCI Tom Caton seems cool, controlled and in control. This book, indeed the entire series, is an enjoyable police procedural; I feel I know the main protagonists better with each page. A good read and well worth the time.
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