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Human Rites: A European Crime Mystery (The Beatrice Stubbs Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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By now I have become very attached to her female sleuth, Beatrice Stubbs, with all her quirks and flaws, and feel as if I’ve evolved along with this character, over the course of the books. So, whilst each story can be read as a standalone, I would recommend starting with the first, Behind Closed Doors, for real insight into the skillful development of this character, not to mention the brilliant crime mystery each book offers.
DI Beatrice Stubbs wants to retire with her partner, however she takes on an investigation into the theft of Expressionist art works, which takes her to Germany. Adrian, Beatrice’s friend and neighbour, hasn’t told her of his recent troubles, but jumps at Beatrice’s invitation to accompany her to Hamburg for a few days of culture, Christmas shopping and a visit with his ex.
Amidst yet more wonderful European locations––Hamburg and the idyllic, snow-swept island of Sylt––the author deftly links the art theft investigation with Adrian’s downhill spiral. Beatrice fears he’s either heading for a breakdown or truly being threatened by a sinister nun and homophobic messages. She worries that the stunning but remote Sylt is really not the ideal place for him to escape his concerns.
The double plots are brilliant, the settings atmospheric, the food and drink tantalising. The narrative moves along at a fast pace, the suspense making me turn the pages right to the thrilling end. A most worthy addition to the DI Beatrice Stubbs series, I would highly recommend Human Rites to lovers of intelligent crime thrillers.
This latest in Marsh’s series of Stubbs novels does not disappoint. Globetrotting through the pre-Christmas bustle of Munich, Hamburg and Amsterdam, chasing after art thieves while babysitting her always gay and sometimes neurotic neighbour, Adrian, is all in a day’s work for Beatrice. Time spent with a dreamy German detective while dodging her nemesis boss and running a side investigation into an ultra-conservative convent add to the fun.
With the inevitable bumps and scrapes, Beatrice juggles it all while relentlessly searching through her emotions and guarding her hard-won mental health. Expect an ending that will elicit a gasp of surprise and a rush of tears for any true Stubbs fan.
A superbly enjoyable novel that compliments the entire series.
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