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Exit Stage Left (Kempston Hardwick Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Adam Croft is the three-times best-selling author of the Knight & Culverhouse crime thrillers and the Kempston Hardwick mysteries.

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  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Circlehouse; 1 edition (December 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LN8FYS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,647 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midnight on December 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read and enjoyed Adam Croft's Knight & Culverhouse books - Too Close For Comfort (Knight & Culverhouse) and Guilty as Sin so was intrigued when I noticed Exit Stage Left with a different protagonist in the form of Kempston Hardwick.

We are initially introduced to Kempston in a pub, the Freemason's Arms, where he strikes up a conversation with Ellis Flint. Charlie Sparks, a has been celebrity who at the height of his fame performed at Royal Variety performances, is scheduled to do a live show at the pub that evening.

Kempston is an amateur detective and an alliance is quickly formed with Flint as a sidekick as they become involved in investigating the sudden death of Sparks at the start of his performance.

This novella can comfortably be read in a couple of hours and I read it in an afternoon.

Adam Croft has an excellent writing style, which is becoming more and more refined with each publication - not that it was deficient, it's more his skills are being enhanced with every story!

It is certainly an easy read and it wasn't until I'd almost reached the end - 93 per cent through the story to be exact! - that I had a light bulb moment and worked out exactly how the murder had been committed.

A very clever piece of writing!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer PatH on November 16, 2012
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Not a bad read for a night when there is nothing good on TV. The plot is very thin and the story telling sparse; reminded me of when I first started reading the Sherlock Holmes books. For all their fame I was surprised the actual stories were quite shallow--the same could be said for this book.

What bothered me about the plot the most was that the main character kept saying the victim was murdered with tetanus and implying it was something the guy drank. Tetanus toxin is formed by a bacteria which can only live in an environment where there is no oxygen--such as a puncture wound in your foot with an object contaminated with the spore of the bacterium (which is common in our environment). Why would a pharmaceutical company have tetanus toxin on hand? It has no medical use and the vaccine is made from toxin that has been treated so it is no longer toxic. Suddenly at the end the poison was referred to as strychnine which has no relationship to tetanus. What a silly mistake for an "experienced" crime writer to make.

I would be interested to see how these characters develop but would hope for a story with a little more meat on the bones.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janey Gerrall on July 13, 2013
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Story about two amateur sleuths who witness an unexplained death in a pub and solve the murder. But why?

I can buy the Ellis Flint character taking part in the investigation, in spite of police opposition, to alleviate the boredom of his retirement, but the motivations of Kempton Hardwick remain a mystery to the reader. Where does his passionate commitment to justice come from? Why did he feel compelled to act? There are mysterious clues, but I was no nearer to finding out by the end.

A nice little tale that grew on me as I read it, but I would have enjoyed it more if the suspects' characters had been more rounded. Very neat as a Sherlock Holmes style puzzle, but it was difficult to empathise with the main protagonists without knowing more about them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texanne on June 24, 2012
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To me the most obvious part of this book, is the fact the author is developing a new pair of sleuths. So, there is a lot of explanation going on.

The 2 main characters meet in a pub and watch as a has-been comedian dies in front of an audience. From the death on, it seems inevitable that the 2 will become a team.

I think it will be interesting to see how the 2 men develop, not only as detectives but also in their relationship with one another. The story was well written. The plot is interesting and not exactly blatant in the "who dunit" part of the story. I would hope that the next book, if there is one, will have a little more story development. And I hope he will make the characters other than the 2 main characters a little more interesting and likable. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes British cozies, and anyone who enjoys a very English atmosphere to their story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Y-Ks on October 18, 2013
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Nothing great about the book. Writing is boring, plot is boring, the characters are also boring. I think Croft jumped a bit too fast on too many aspects and sort of lost the plot. Only good thing - the book was mercifully short.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary L on November 5, 2014
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I am not a fan of Doyle's style of writing and this is much the same. Our hero is rather annoyingly superior, but he does of course solve the crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bjacobson on October 12, 2012
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From the start Kempston Hardwick is the reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes. His new friend Ellis Flint is his "Watson". What great new characters Adam Croft has created. I felt right at home and enjoyed his excellent "intellectual" exercise. I will be looking for his next case. Congratulations Adam Croft!
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By LKStimeling on October 24, 2013
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and crafty culprits. A quick but well-written mystery with a sleuth more mysterious than Holmes and an even more invisible Watson. Will definitely read Croft's other books.
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