- File Size: 2397 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: De Minimis; 2 edition (March 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HGSVGSY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,058 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Fans of British crime will find in this an involving story that is written with some brio, but which is at times a struggle to get through. This is because at a certain point in the story, having once revealed the answer to the puzzle/s, the writer goes on further than he should.Then it becomes a question of suspense, because the reader knows more than the characters, but cannot intervene. This part of the book is the least interesting, because the result is known.
DCI Morton was somewhat of a jerk who ran around like a Keystone cop. Did not communicate with his team, showed no respect to anyone, when one of his team died, he displayed none of the emotions or sense of loss that any person in law enforcement would feel, especially one in a position of authority. The reader never got the background on why this inspector was so totally out of touch with just about everything and responded as he did. In the event of a duty related death the entire department mourns the loss, this guy? Not even close.
The endings in all four books were abrupt. The fourth book wasn't as abrupt as the others, but I still didn't like it. Also there were unanswered questions and situations never really addressed.
In short, I was not too impressed and won't be reading or buying anymore of their books. Sorry, but I hate reading and feeling like it was all a waste.
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.
There was very little cursing in this book. You could probably count on one hand the number of curse words used in the entire book. The f word was NOT used at all.