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- Book 2 of 5 in A Fitzjohn Mystery (5 Book Series)
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Jill has also authored two non-fiction books entitled Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.
Jill lives in Australia with her musician husband and bossy cat, Fergus. Her favourite pastimes when not writing are painting and photography. If you would like to know when Jill's next book comes out, please visit her blog, The Perfect Plot, at http://www.theperfectplot.blogspot.com, where you can sign up to receive an email about new releases.
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But if you're looking for an action-packed adventure story, this isn't it. While the pace was a little plotting in parts, and the dialogue a little mundane in places, I have to tell you the story intrigued me.
Nick has come home from Central America to find his father has died and he has inherited controlling shares in the family jewelry business. His unlikable uncle demands the inheritance, but is murdered shortly after. Needless to say, Nick is a suspect. But so are many others, also. While it was confusing to sort out all the characters until well into the story, the mystery and the idea of a police procedural were quite good and I must say a lot more realistic than many stories you read. And there are loads of plot twists.
If you like cozy mysteries and figuring things out along with the characters, pick this book up. Inspector Fitzjohn, Nick and Betts are all extremely likable. I look forward to other fits John books in the future.
And how can the attorney send a letter to Nick but Piers not find him? It is the 21st century - even in South America there is email, satellite phones etc. If Nick was on a scientific mission there has to be access to technology. And if he was on sabbatical from his university for a year, didn't they know how to reach him? That explanation of not being to track him down seemed a little thin - it is obvious Nick had a cell phone and took it with him - from references made throughout the book. He had Claire's cell phone number programmed into his phone - he programmed it in before he left.
Thirdly - the age of the characters. Nick is at least 38 - if you go by the fact that he remembers he has not seen his aunt for 30 years and he was 8 years old when he saw her last. He says he was 8 in 1980, so he was born in 1972. If the story is set in 2010-2012 that means he is now 38-40 years old. But when Fitzjohn first meets Nick's aunt the author says she is in her mid-forties. How can that be? That makes her only about 5-7 years older than Nick; so she got married at age 13? I don't think so.
Also, Nick is the one who tells his aunt about the large amounts of money in Laurence's bank accounts - that is something the police would have questioned her about, even though she is no longer a suspect.
The reason I have finished the book is it is well written - with some tweaking it would be really good.
I suppose this didn't matter to the plot but it mattered to me as I like to lose myself in the story and be able to visualise the places mentioned but couldn't.
I would probably buy another book by this author as she did come up with an intriguing mystery.
Surprisingly good plot, although there are some minor inconsistencies, such as characters' ages not meshing with the elapsed time. There is also a feeling that Paterson hasn't decided whether she is writing a police procedural or a cozy, and I sensed occasionally that some scenes were put in because "I should show Fitzjohn's personal side here" rather than because it advanced the plot. The romance seemed contrived and was not very believable. What the Big Secret will be is pretty obvious. But Paterson managed several different storylines nicely and kept me reading from the solid fast start all the way to the end, without the all-too-common initial who-did-what explanations and plot-dragging in the middle of the book. Two major problems bothered me. When Nicholas gets the letter that Explains Everything, Paterson does not reveal the contents to the reader. I hate that and often quit a book at that point because the author has stopped playing fair with the reader. The ending left me confused. I didn't feel that I understood "why" so "who" wasn't quite believable.
The characters felt real and Paterson avoided the tedious long background that too many writers indulge in, bringing the storyline to a screeching halt. We could have used a little more character explanation: Why was Lawrence so obnoxious? Why on earth did Julia ever marry him?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this story and thought it had some good twists, however the number of characters left me, at times, confused. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Judy Reveal
This is the 3rd book I've read with Fitzjohn and Betts. It's a quick easy but delightful read. Try it -- I bet you'll enjoy it!Published 8 days ago by D. Williams
I enjoyed the story, the characters are believable. You come to enjoy being in their presence and wanting to know more about their livesPublished 10 days ago by bearsweet
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