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The Appeal: Winner of the 2022 CWA New Blood Dagger (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE 2022 CWA JOHN CREASEY NEW BLOOD DAGGER
ONE MURDER. FIFTEEN SUSPECTS. CAN YOU UNCOVER THE TRUTH?
There is a mystery to solve in the sleepy town of Lower Lockwood. It starts with the arrival of two secretive newcomers, and ends with a tragic death. Roderick Tanner QC has assigned law students Charlotte and Femi to the case. Someone has already been sent to prison for murder, but he suspects that they are innocent. And that far darker secrets have yet to be revealed...
Throughout the amateur dramatics society's disastrous staging of All My Sons and the shady charity appeal for a little girl's medical treatment, the murderer hid in plain sight. The evidence is all there, waiting to be found. But will Charlotte and Femi solve the case? Will you?
'Agatha Christie for the 21st century' THE TIMES
'Witty, clever and completely addictive' MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Gripping, ambitious and unusual' SOPHIE HANNAH
Descrizione del libro
- ASIN : B08CQ6NJQ8
- Editore : Viper; Main edizione (14 gennaio 2021)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Dimensioni file : 3360 KB
- Da testo a voce : Abilitato
- Screen Reader : Supportato
- Miglioramenti tipografici : Abilitato
- X-Ray : Abilitato
- Word Wise : Abilitato
- Lunghezza stampa : 432 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 59,077 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
- Recensioni dei clienti:
Recensioni migliori da Italia
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Two apprentices working for a lawyer are tasked with the assignment to uncover the murderer of Samantha Greenwood. But how? It's simple, by checking 1400 personal e-mails and text messages from suspects, during the time before her murder.
After reading this book, I am hesitant to pursue my career as a detective because I had no idea who the killer was. Especially because each of the 15 suspects (yes, you read well) had a good reason to kill Sam. And yes, I suspected them all at one stage.
Although there isn’t any action in this book, there’s plenty of drama, and it was very interesting to have the story unfold just by reading through the correspondence.
Most of what went on outside the e-mails was left to the imagination, and to gather more information you had to read between the lines. In the end, I had all the details I needed to solve the case, but I still couldn't.
On the downside I felt the book could have been shorter. Many e-mails flew over my head… and I had no idea if they were going to be important to solving the case. It was hard to keep track of who everyone was and how they were connected, even though you get a detailed list of all the characters. It had me flipping back and forth between the pages which was time consuming.
Also, reading over 400 pages of correspondence at times felt like a chore and I craved some real interaction between the protagonists!
But it’s certainly worth picking up, if you want an Agatha Christie style thriller and fancy yourself a sleuth!
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This was so original. The way, even from emails and texts peoples characters are drawn. The shafts of humour. A whiff of the supernatural.
Loved it. Oh, and if you are reading this on a kindle take a couple of pictures on your phone of the 'The Fairway Players', very helpful in remembering who is who.
So many congratulations to the author.
On the face of it, The Appeal shouldn't be anything like the page-turner that it is. It's not a fast-paced thriller. There's no lurking serial killer, no police work, no espionage, no detective, none of that. For most of the book, we're reading a substantial pile of emails, text messages and press clippings relating to a provincial amateur dramatics society. These documents are part of a QC's evidence bundle for an appeal against someone's murder conviction, but we aren't even told who the supposed victim is, let alone who is is in prison.
That means it's up to us to piece together what's happened from the content and tone of the conversations available. It becomes clear that the wealthy, middle-class Hayward family, who own a local hotel and health club, are at the centre of their social circle and are the driving force behind the Fairway Players. Martin Hayward runs the group and, along with his son James, directs the shows, while his wife Helen and daughter Paige are the perennial leading ladies while everyone else is vying for the best supporting roles, both on and off stage. When Martin and Helen's two-year-old grandchild, Paige's daughter Poppy, is diagnosed with a brain tumour, their friends and hangers-on immediately form a committee to crowdfund an experimental new treatment from America.
Meanwhile, Fairway Players stalwart Issy Beck has introduced two new members to the group. Issy is a nurse on a geriatric ward and is delighted when her new colleague Sam Greenwood and her husband Kel agree to audition. Sam and Kel have just returned from volunteering in Africa with Medecins Sans Frontieres but why did they leave? And what's their connection with Poppy's doctor?
Creative writing students are often instructed to 'show, not tell' when it comes to their characters and Janice Hallett is certainly an absolute master of this. With only the characters' own words to go on, we can immediately start to build up a clear picture of each of them and of the group dynamic. Issy's excitable, over-enthusiastic and almost childlike emails have a clingy, obsessive note to them. The bossy, capable tones of Sarah-Jane McDonald, who as a former charity sector fundraising manager is naturally best placed to assume the mantle of campaign coordinator for A Cure for Poppy are spot-on - sometimes persuasive, sometimes hectoring. Martin Hayward is confidently authoritative while his son, James, takes a softer and more theatrical tone. And - importantly - what isn't said is often as revealing as what is.
Every character is acutely well-observed, as are the social interactions between them, the constant low-level battle for status within the group and the rapidity with rumours and speculation spread from one to another. It's as much a satire on the nature of certain types of social group as it is a puzzle to be solved and it is frequently very funny.
I'm sure some readers may not take to the way the story is told, or to the gossipy pettiness of so many of the characters' interactions - it has a very parish council feel to it, and there are definitely characters who would not accept that Jackie Weaver has any authority here, so you will occasionally have a strong urge to punch them. But I'm fascinated by this kind of very English, microcosmic story and while I'm delighted that I never have to spend time with these people in real life, I was delighted to observe them from afar.