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The Filey Connection (#1 - Sanford Third Age Club Mystery) (STAC - Sanford Third Age Club Mystery) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B007E2JTC2
- Publisher : darkstroke / crooked cat books; 1st edition (February 25, 2012)
- Publication date : February 25, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 439 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,101 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is a terrific cast of characters, many of whom one can associate with. The novel is peppered with sparkling dialogue and plenty of witty observations about British society these days (i.e. in 2012 when the book was first published). The action takes place in two different locations: Sanford, a fictional Yorkshire town where the club members live and work, and Filey, a town on the Yorkshire coast that they visit on a Club outing.
For those of you who enjoy crime mysteries where you can figure out if a murder or murders have been committed and the motivation behind the various criminal activities that take place, the clues are there in the story ... but I, for one, didn't spot them!
So, overall, a really enjoyable mystery story that provides a pleasant change of pace and atmosphere from the more gruesome crime thrillers that seem to be very popular these days. I heartily recommend it if you are looking for a 'lighter' read. Certainly, based on this novel, I look forward to reading more stories featuring the escapades of the Sanford Third Age Club members.
I had a lot of fun reading this book! The characters all seem like people you've met at some time, so real in speech, or in nature. Joe, the amateur detective, is an irascible guy who comes across as a man glad to be unattached...but actually, I found he gravitates well, and often, to enjoying the company of his two female side-kicks. D. W. Robinson has a really neat turn of vernacular phrasing in The Filey Connection, humorous and wittily scathing, that made me want to read on to find out what was coming next! A crime committed immediately in the prologue plunges the reader straight into the mystery, the resolving of it through tenacious deduction. Hit and run, or murder? And then, was it a suicide? Or some other nefarious cause of the second death? The resolving of the deaths all takes place over a short few days. The seaside location for the 3rd Age Club, and the extended heatwave, lend and extra edge to the mystery-nothing rushed about the uncovering of the clues that lead to the perpetrators of the crime. There's nothing gruesome or nasty about the deaths, they happen alongside the teasing wordplay between Joe and everyone he meets. I loved D.W. Robinson's version of the `good cop versus bad cop'...except, of course, Joe wasn't really a cop. I found it quite poignant that at five feet six Joe was too short to be recruited to the police, the regulation height lower limit being something that prevented quite a few people from joining the profession in former times. The interaction between Joe, his police friends, and the bad guys worked for me since as a non cop Joe could say things the official police detectives were unable to! I wouldn't want to ever be on the drolly sharp end of Joe Murray's tongue. I look forward to reading more of D.W. Robinson's writing.