Thursday, November 13, 2014

Murder Bag-Tony Parsons

Murder Bag-Tony Parsons

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 384
gender: male
nationality: UK
year: 2014

Seven public school mates (private school to my American friends) (i.e. there’s money) have begun to be killed in grisly ways. Dectective Max Wolfe is trying to find the killer before all seven end up dead.

A very well done procedural crime thriller. The details are what set this apart from the rest of its genre. The tour of the Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, the murder bag mentioned in the title, and the atmosphere (London, of course) are all in the details. The procedural details are precise and carry the novel forwards. The pacing accelerates which is good since I think most readers can solve the mystery rather quickly. Wolfe is made more interesting as he is a single parent so there is a distinctly human feeling to him. He’s not just a tough guy detective but a sensitive father as well. To be honest, I can’t find much to say about this novel, it’s well done but not too well done and so it proves an entertaining if not entirely memorable read.

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