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The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery (Simon Serrailler Crime Novels) Hardcover – April 19, 2007
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In this novel she introduces DCI Simon Serrailler, a detective from a family where everyone in the family has been doctors for generations; a gifted artist; and a handsome man who attracts women but is strangely repellent. Hill adds a number of characters connected to his twin sister Dr. Cat Deerbon, and through her, to the crime. These characters are so fully developed that each is worthy of their own book and you will become attached to them. You may figure out who the serial killer is, but you will not be able to guess what that person will do next or why he chose this small town to do it in.
I'll let you discover the plot of "The Various Haunts of Men." This is an engrossing read and one that promises a terrific series. It is nice to see rules broken and stakes changed in a genre that has become rather predictable. If you like to know what's what in your mysteries, then this book will drive you crazy. If you like an edge, read on.
At 438 pages this is not a quick read but a literate and worthy one. The characters' personalities and struggles as well as the portrayal of average British life are of more interest than the actual mystery itself since most will spot the villain long before the book's climax.Read more ›
You don't know me, as I haven't written a review for Amazon before, so I can't really expect you to take any of this on faith. I will offer it anyway, though, because I'm only 30 minutes from having finished the book and am still fuming.
I suppose I must have picked this up because something in the title and cover design suggested that maybe, just maybe, here was an author looking to play in the same arena Tana French is defining with such brilliance.
Maybe you're thinking the same thing. And, if so, welcome to my world of disappointment. You will find major plot points either unresolved or resolved with such muddiness -- in this case, we're talking about the novel's major revelation of motive -- that you are left with as little in the way of answers as when you started. You will find yourself, as the title of this review notes, outraged at the final major plot choice made by the author. And you will find, as well, that what is proudly billed as the first "Simon Serrailler Mystery" absolutely isn't. He's a supporting character defined so enigmatically, with so little appeal, that it's hard to imagine looking forward to the next book.
What makes all of this especially frustrating is that Susan Hill can actually write. This is a difficult novel to put down, with many characters very well drawn -- with the exception of the one the series is supposed to be about! -- and a story line that indeed propels you forward.Read more ›
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A truly great book. Wonderful plot line and characterization. I'm now going to read all of the titles in the series.Published 10 days ago by Mrs. JR MUNDY
Love the great characters and atmosphere created in the Simon Serailler mysteries. Reminds me a bit of the Anne Cleaves Jimmy Perez mysteries. I want to read them all!Published 3 months ago by Rex Garcia
A first time read for me with this author will definitely read more. Accurate accounting of a detective's life with multiple cases etc.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WiseKat
The book is not exactly chilling, but it is haunting and will stay with you when you are done. At least that is what it did to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kofib
Just order two more in the series. Great, low key wrotong that keeps you coming back for more. I'm hooked on Simon Serrailler!Published 6 months ago by Barbara A. Cooper
I read 255 pages of the book before signing off when DI Freya laments that she has been warned and "After having one man ruin some of the best years of my life, I'm not about... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stasi
I couldn't believe I was reading a book by the same author that brought us The Woman In Black! Simon is just an extra! The author kills one of the main characters for nothing! Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Barbieri