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What makes Marsh's novels stand out is the character of Beatrice Stubbs. She is so overwhelmingly human. Through her eyes, ears, tastes, emotional and relationship dilemmas the reader enters a rich world of foods to be savoured, sights and sounds of foreign places to be buffeted by and layers of mental anguish to tease out. DI Stubbs may consider early retirement but the reader can only hope, if that occurs, that it won't be the end of books about this amazing woman.
Good intentions, social inhibitions, thwarted wishes are all in Cold Pressed. DI Beatrice Stubbs is neatly paired with newbie Inspector Nikos Stephanakis in a fresh version of the police ‘buddy’ relationship as they investigate the deaths.
JJ Marsh draws her characters deftly and in three dimensions - enough to make them clear and engaging, but she doesn’t weigh them down with excessive detail. Marsh’s powers of observation shine through; we have all met people like these in our daily lives. And this, of course, is what makes the story so shocking…
For me, the multiple points of view were a niggle. I would have preferred two or three at a maximum, say Beatrice, Nikos and the antagonist. But I was hooked by the skilled prose and the clever plot which unwound tantalisingly and kept me gripped to the end. Recommended.
Cold Pressed reminded me of Agatha Cristies' novel, Death on the Nile. The novel has the same quality of the luxurious surroundings hiding a raw desire to murder. The author here also has the same eye to detail, some of which turn out to be false and some not so. JJ Marsh keeps the readers guessing right to the moment when the killer(s) is (are) revealed.
But as well as a story about nasty happenings on a luxury cruiser, Cold Pressed is, just as the other Di Stubbs novels, about the complicated personal lives of the two detectives. We learn of the self-doubts of the young, newly promoted, Detective Nikos Stephanakis, and are given very interesting revelations into Beatrice's mind, and her relationship with Matthew, her long-term partner.
I read this book in two days flat, so all I now need is the next Beatrice Stubbs book, please Ms Marsh!
This time the author takes us to the idyllic island of Santorini, and the docked cruise ship, the Empress Louise. The brutal death of one the British passengers leads Inspector Nikos Stephanakis to request assistance and Beatrice Stubbs flies to Greece, hoping for a bit of a holiday herself. However, it becomes quickly obvious that the killer won’t stopped at one passenger, and Nikos and Beatrice team up to try and stop him before Beatrice herself becomes a victim.
The plot is brilliant, fast-paced and full of suspense, and had me turning the pages right to a very satisfying end. The author wonderfully evokes the cruise ship atmosphere of fear and paranoia, as well as the sights, tastes and smells of Greece, and I would highly recommend JJ Marsh’s latest intriguing crime thriller to lovers of intelligent crime fiction.
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