- File Size: 1039 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Lucius; 1 edition (January 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 4, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RU7SNP0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Murder on the Lake (Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates Book 4) Kindle Edition
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The author has created a very entertaining protagonist for his police procedural series in police inspector Skelgill. If you enjoy the Dalziel from Yorkshire police procedurals, you'll certainly enjoy the Skelgill from Cumbria stories. There is lots of local flavor from Cumbria's Lake District, especially in the person of Skelgill, a native, heart, soul and tongue.
In this book, the first I've read in the series (but it will not be my last!), I found well-defined characters, an interesting country-manor murder plotline, polished and erudite English, and a clear, direct style that puts the focus on the reader's fly-on-the-wall perspective of the events and ensuing investigation. You need to be familiar with British culture to get the most out of the story, however.
To get a bit technical here, the author uses expertly the 3rd person objective narrative style, that presents the story as if we were watching a film. However, he expands the narrative at times using a very creative solution for integrating an omniscient viewpoint of the events, usually with a humorous tone, which adds to the entertainment of the novel. The author uses beautifully the present tense for his storytelling, and skillfully works in events from the past, never faltering in his verb use. The editing is expert.
This is a book for intelligent, active readers, ones who know how to read between the lines. It is not for passive readers who need everything spelled out for them. For perceptive readers, there is so much to enjoy in this book, especially the humor that runs through the entire story, often centered around Skelgill, who is usually oblivious to how much amusement he leaves in his wake, adding to the fun.
Wonderfully entertaining. Turn off the TV and pick up a Skelgill book!
This book reminds me of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians or as it is later called Than There Were None.
On an isolated island are 9 people, was supposed to be 10 who are all writers, agents or publishers who were invited for a writers retreat. One of them ends up dead which appears to be normal. Inspector Skelgill ends up on the island while he is out fishing and a storm comes about. He gets suspicious when a second person ends up dead. Read the story to see how the mystery unravels.
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