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The Riviera Express (A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 1) Kindle Edition
‘This is a fabulously satisfying addition to the canon of vintage crime. No wonder the author has already been signed up to produce more adventures starring the indefatigable Miss Dimont.’ - Daily Express
‘Unashamedly cosy, with gentle humour and a pleasingly eccentric amateur sleuth, this solid old-fashioned whodunit is the first in what promises to be an entertaining series.’ – The Guardian
‘Highly amusing’ – Evening Standard
‘TP Fielden is a fabulous new voice and his dignified, clever heroine is a compelling new character. This delicious adventure is the first of a series and I can’t wait for the next one.’ – Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
Must have. A golden age mystery.’ – Sunday Express
‘Tremendous fun’ – The Independent--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
TP Fielden is a leading author, broadcaster and journalist. This is the first novel in the Miss Dimont Mystery series.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01DWZ1HRO
- Publisher : HQ (February 23, 2017)
- Publication date : February 23, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 766 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #510,281 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As Miss Dimont and Terry begin inquiries on the famous thespian's demise, they're notified by the Express desk that another death has occurred across town in the exclusive area of Bedlington-On-Sea that they need to chase down, post-haste. This time the deceased is an opinionated local, Arthur Shrimsley, who has taken a fatal tumble off a steep cliff. As Miss Dimont and Terry race to the scene, the who-what-why questions begin to mount about the two fatalities. A pressing dilemma for reporter, Miss Dimont also includes which victim will lead the Express's front page headline.
Author Fielden weaves an entertaining tale of mystery that gives you an exclusive look into the back stories and conundrums uncovered in this charming, resort town, peppered with the humorous workings and scribing turmoil occurring at the news desks of the Riviera Express. A widowed actress and village locals provide Miss Dimont numerous leads--will her keen, reporting skills get to the bottom of the story? A witty whodunnit set on the shores known as England's Riviera, highly recommended!
TP Fielden is an exceptional writer and I cannot wait to read the next edition in this series.
Described by some reviewers as a “cosy” mystery novel, this has much more to offer than some books in this sub-genre. It is true that this murder mystery does not contain the blood and violence of many grittier novels, hence the “cosy” label, but “The Riviera Express” is full of intrigue.
When the train, known as the Riviera Express, arrives in Temple Regis, a beautiful seaside town in Devon, it is met by local journalist, Judy Dimont and news photographer, Terry Eagleton. They are there to meet the famous actor, Gerald Hennessy, who is due to arrive that afternoon. Against all expectations, there is to be no exclusive interview, as Mr Hennessy is found to be dead on arrival! Another death follows fast on the heels of this – that of Arthur Shrimsley, who is found dead at the bottom of the cliffs. It appears that these two deaths are not suspicious, but Judy Dimont soon comes to other conclusions after interviewing several people connected to the two deceased men. It also appears that there was a connection between the two men, which may cast doubt on the coroner’s verdicts of death from natural causes and accidental death.
As well as an intriguing plot, “The Riviera Express” also has some well- drawn characters, particularly the feisty main character, journalist Miss Judy Dimont. This is a woman with a past. We don’t know a great deal about her role in the War, but the many hints are enough for us to know that it was important and secret. Apparently, it was during the War that she gained experience of looking for clues in people’s actions and words, all of which enhanced her post-war role as a journalist for a provincial newspaper, The Riviera Express. This is certainly no cardboard cut-out character and I look forward to reading more of her exploits.
Another aspect of this novel that I enjoyed was the style in which it is written. Set in the late 1950s, the author has written in a way which evokes the era. The novel is rich in vocabulary not in common use – Miss Dimont thinks of the actor-manager of the local theatre as “the old poodlefaker”; the view from a hotel window is described :”….the sea beyond and the still effulgent clouds suspended above, allowed eventide to enter the room and bestow upon its furniture a special glow.” Later, travelling journalists are described as “crumpled journeyman scriveners”. These little gems, plus touches of humour, enhanced the reading of the book.
All in all, “The Riviera Express” was a thoroughly enjoyable read for me; I hadn’t expected to like it as much as I did, if I’m honest.
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T P Fielden's writing style is quirky, and initially threw me; going off on a tangent becomes the norm, totally in-tune with the mind of the book's heroine and main protagonist, Miss Dimont. However, I soon got used to the writing style and was hooked by this charming story.
T P Fielden sets the book in the Devon town of Temple Regis and being a regular visitor to Devon, I was able to visualise the town and its beauty. The story is well told and I finished the book wanting more.
Definitely recommended, even for readers of Vince Flynn, Ben Coes and Mark Greaney etc.
Now waiting for Resort to Murder.
Being a lover of crime fiction anyway I was wondering whether this vintage setting was going to be a little precious, but no - in fact it paints what I understand (from what my parents had shared with me) is a very accurate picture of those post-WW2 years where the serious sadness of the war bumped into newly unrestrained freedom and frivolity, often with uncomfortable results. Fielden manages to use undercurrents of this more serious element of the period while entertaining us with wry humour, and a complex, twisting plot that - like all good whodunnits - keeps us guessing right to the end.
A very well-deserved 5 stars.
As one reviewer has already said, the book fails dismally in creating a sense of the period in which it is set. The prose is ponderous and the characters badly drawn. The plot is flimsy but padded out to such a degree that there is no joy in reading this boring book. Yes, I admit, I broke the golden rule and put it aside before it was completely read but if I had attempted to read further I would have fallen prey to terminal hypersomnia.