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- Print Length: 390 pages
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- Publisher: De Minimis; 2 edition (March 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HGSVGSY
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Cleaver Square begins as a straightforward child murder where the processes of forensic science, and legal machinations are explained to discover who the killer was. However it soon became an unusual and fascinatingly complex plot as it turns out the boy who died is not who
they thought he was and another boy is using his name - but why?
The pace grinds down in places because the barrister half of the author partnership is determined the reader must know every single step of, say how a search warrant is obtained. No minion waving a sheet of paper beneath Detective Morton's nose yelling, 'I've got the warrant, Guv.' No, we have the attendance at court, the presentation argument for obtaining the said warrant and the comments of the judge who is covering his arse in case it goes pear-shaped and they find nothing - which frankly I thought wasn't necessary.
There is an interesting twist in that the lead detective is also a victim of identity fraud and has to cope with the frustration of an uninterested legal and banking system - which again is so detailed, I wonder if the Campbells have been through it themselves. If so they have my sympathy.
Then there is the very details process of how science is used to obtain material evidence - again very laborious. I don't need to know which acid is dripped on which sample to get the result and what colour it turns. I know it works for TV with Gil Grissom giving a monologue bent over a microscope, but not in a novel where an unrelated character has to be introduced to explain the process.
I also detected a marked difference in the two author styles, which was distracting at times as I could tell before looking him up, that Daniel was a teenager, but tried to ignore the less mature writing with the repeated words, bad punctuation and Americanisms and let the story pull me along - which it did!
An interesting, and compelling read. If these brothers invest in a good editor, they will be unstoppable.
Brothers Daniel and Sean have been writing together since 2012. Their first collaboration was Dead on Demand, which they wrote in 90 days, on a bet. In this book, DCI David Morton comes to life again, as he investigates the death of a child whose body is found frozen in a marshy area in London. The child appears to have no name until the very expensive watch found on the body leads Morton and his team to the foster system. There they find another child who is the real owner of the watch – or is he? Early in the investigation, Morton is the victim of identity fraud, leaving his and his wife’s bank accounts and retirement funds drained. Despite this rather huge distraction, Morton is determined to find the identity of the dead child, assisted by his team: the dedicated Bertram Ayala, a smartly dressed Detective Inspector, and his second in command, Detective Inspector Tina Vaughn, a young Welsh woman who more than admires her boss. The authors keep the pressure on Morton via his superiors and do a good job of interweaving the investigations of Morton and the members of his team with the story of the two boys.
Only two things were somewhat distracting in this entertaining read: a little too much time spent on the procedures required legally for the case to move forward, which slowed the action, and the fact that Morton’s relationships with the two main female characters – Sarah, his wife, and Tina Vaughn - did not completely resonate with this reviewer. Perhaps the first book establishes the nature of these relationships more clearly.
Notwithstanding these points, I recommend this book to mystery readers, especially those who like British mysteries, and look forward to reading more of DCI Morton’s adventures.
The plot was cleverly designed and well developed until the final surprising twist is revealed. It’s narrated in third person, although the narrator is sometimes omniscient and sometimes, takes the point of view of one of the characters, such as Morton or Charlie Mathews, a young boy in a foster family, who is an essential component of the plot which will gradually develop throughout the novel (I don’t want to add any spoilers). The prose was mostly easy and pleasant to read.
It’s definitely a plot-driven novel, because the emphasis is clearly on an external conflict, in this case a murder, and its solution through a specific sequence of events, in this case tracking down the criminal. There is a great deal of action involved, and both the dialogue and the action are mainly concerned with unveiling the plot and solving the issue at hand. In this aspect there is no objection, the plot was correctly and smoothly conveyed.
However, I would have liked to feel more involved with the characters in the novel. I felt like they were saying their lines and playing their part, but I couldn’t relate to them on a personal level.
Overall I’d say that if you enjoy a well-plotted detective novel, set in London, with an unexpected final twist, you’ll enjoy Cleaver Square.