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Rocco And The Nightingale Paperback – October 19, 2017
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ROCCO AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Adrian Magson is a compelling story of lies, murder, and expert detective work set at a time when there were no mobile phones or computers to aid the police force in their investigations.
When an unidentified body is discovered in the rural idyll of Picardie in northern France, Inspector Rocco and his team throw themselves into the search for the killer. Unfortunately for Rocco, the Interior Ministry has other plans for him and he finds himself babysitting a foreign dignitary who needs to hide out from his enemies. But Rocco is not one to be dissuaded and as he continues to dig into the murder case, he seems to find more questions rather than answers. But there is so much more to this case than first meets the eye, and it is not long before Rocco finds himself at the centre of it all, as the main target.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it really gave me an insight into the in-depth police work that was involved in the 1960's. The characters of this community are intriguing and they make you want to know more about them. Inspector Rocco is a great main character as there are so many sides to him and he keeps so much to himself, but on each page, you feel like he is letting you into his world little by little. The setting really worked for me as this beautiful piece of quiet countryside is not where you would expect to find the criminal underworld but it shows how looks can always be deceiving.
ROCCO AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Adrian Magson is the fifth book in this series but can easily be read as a standalone - although when you find such a gripping series as this, I think you should treat yourself to the lot!
ROCCO AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Adrian Magson is an absorbing detective story which is thought-provoking and perfect for crime fiction fans that enjoy a puzzle. Definitely worth reading!!
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher
Rocco and his team are confronted with a series of problems from day one when a body is found on a rural French road. Then he’s taken off he case and put on another one. Of course, he starts to wonder why. I like that mindset -a bit like Columbo and his loose ends, always asking why – useful in a policeman of course!
Rocco carries on the case and it soon becomes clear that he is himself in danger. Quite a guy, as he doesn’t shirk from what he feels is right and even when it looks like those in power are involved in some way, he doesn’t let go. I admired that about him and the character worked well and developed well through the book. I was with him every step of the way even if I did want to say, er hang on a minute, do you really think…?”
This book stands out for me in the sea of crime fiction as Rocco is unique and relatively untroubled, he’s fresh and exciting and like a dog with a bone all in the days before DNA and modern techniques although it reads like a modern day with a hint of historical. Cosy it is not!
The setting really worked in this novel and added to the overall feel of the entire plot as had this been set in a city, it wouldn’t have had the same impact – I mean you don’t expect this level of dirty goings on in the middle of the French countryside do you?
There are more books in this series. Thank goodness! I’ve off back to (literary) France now to indulge
This is the first book I have read by Adrian Magson, it’s number five in a series I believe but I was able to read with ease and enjoyment so it quite happily works as a standalone.
Set in the 1960’s which I adored, a simpler climate with no mobiles, computers etc it makes police work rather interesting. Being a detective literally using brain power instead of technology made for a pleasant change.
This story takes place in France, there is a lot happening in a rural location! Maybe the serenity wasn’t quite as idyllic as I expected. When a body is found Rocco is called to investigate. Not much to go on and to his frustration Rocco is pulled from the case just as an ID is imminent. Superiors assign him to a protection case but he can’t give up on solving the murder.
What follows is a whole chase scenario, contact with a gang .. could Rocco himself be at risk? Plenty of suspense and action.
I liked Rocco, he gets on with the job doesn’t get overly caught up in personal crises but still portrays some warmth and humour. A good entertaining book, absolutely ideal for crime fans. It was a pleasure to ‘meet’ a new Inspector and I will definitely be tracking down other books by this author.
Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
I really enjoyed meeting Rocco; he was a well crafted policeman and he has a cracking name. I liked the way the author split the story between Rocco and the investigation and the bad guys who came in the form of Romain and Lilou. The story felt very French, despite the author being British both nationality and resident. My imagination created my own personal version of the countryside around Amiens in northern France. It’s not an area I’ve been to but having spent a number of family holidays in Brittany and the Vendee, I could picture the quaint French towns and rural roads.
I will be returning to Amiens and Lucas Rocco in the future. The story might be at a slight slower pace than others I’ve read but Rocco and the Nightingale was packed with intrigue and kept me turning the pages, well tapping my kindle.