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Classic whodunit which sometimes bogs down
on July 12, 2011
This series is for those who enjoy classic whodunits of the Agatha Christie variety, with just a bit of Ruth Rendell thrown in for quirk, and using a rather Rendellian police inspector as its protagonist. Rendell's Inspector Wexford series is the closest example of what this book offers the reader.
What Badger's Drift has which will not be found in Christie are really well-done complex characterizations that do grab your attention and create interest.
The book also seems to hew very close to the Christie line in how it proceeds, in that Inspector Barnaby and his rather malignant Sergeant Troy plod from witness to witness, endlessly reviewing the same events from different points of view.
What the book does NOT have, however (and Christie's books do) is any flow. to the plot. There is no sense of moving forward at all, as if all the characters just stopped cold and did nothing and all we read are constant narrations of past events. For me, this was very tedious.
However, the denouement is well-done and well-plotted, and the last section of the book picks up a great deal more pace and page-turning impetus. All in all, I thought I might continue on with the series in the near future. It was, after all, a first book, and hopefully Ms. Graham will pick up more plotting skill to add to her acid-etched characters.