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In Search of Murder (An Inspector Alvarez Mystery) Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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The latest book repeats the theme of THE AMBIGUITY OF MURDER -- an unexplained death in a swimming pool and a villain who was universally unpopular. There may be others with the same general theme.
While I enjoy these mysteries, the last couple of titles have left me less likely to seek out any more of the recent titles. Instead I would recommend that any reader find one of the early titles. Or, if you are looking for a similar series, try Andrea Camilleri (Sicily) who writes the Inspector Montalbano series, or Gerald Hammond's Scottish mysteries. They are all literate, and easy reading.
Inspector Alvarez quickly proved himself to be the type of investigator who knows how to deal with a supremely difficult superior while still conducting his business his way. Being new to Alvarez's deductive style, at first I thought it was much too repetitive. Inspector Alvarez's thought processes aren't served up on a platter for the reader either. You get to see what he does, and you get to see what he tells his boss, and that's it. But that's the charm of this book: you see what the inspector sees, and it's up to you to put things together at the same time as Alvarez. When everything starts clicking together, the reason for the investigative repetition becomes clear, and your appreciation of Alvarez-- and for Roderic Jeffries' skill-- grows. After enjoying In Search of Murder, I'm thinking that I should savor a few of Alvarez's earlier cases!