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The Royal Baths Murder (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery Book 4) Kindle Edition
A murdered crime writer. An idyllic Yorkshire town. Can DCI Oldroyd separate fact from fiction?
A famous writer is found murdered at the Victorian baths in the Yorkshire town of Harrogate. In a crime worthy of one of his novels, Damian Penrose, who was appearing at the town’s crime writing festival, has been ruthlessly strangled. But with no trace of the murderer and no apparent means of escape, how did the killer simply vanish from the scene of the crime?
There’s only one mind capable of unlocking this mystery: DCI Jim Oldroyd. But as he and his team quickly discover, while Penrose was popular with the reading public, he had made plenty of enemies. Feuds over money, accusations of plagiarism, a string of affairs…His route to the top left a trail of embittered rivals—and suspects. But which of them was willing to commit murder?
When Penrose’s shocking death proves to be just the first of many, it becomes clear to Oldroyd that he is dealing with a calculating criminal hell-bent on revenge. He must find and bring them to justice. Before the truth becomes more chilling than fiction…
About the Author
John R. Ellis has lived in Yorkshire for most of his life and has spent many years exploring Yorkshire’s diverse landscapes, history, language and communities. He recently retired after a career in teaching, mostly in further education in the Leeds area. In addition to the Yorkshire Murder Mystery series, he writes poetry, ghost stories and biography. He has completed a screenplay about the last years of the poet Edward Thomas and a work of faction about the extraordinary life of his Irish mother-in-law. He is currently working on his memoirs of growing up in a working-class area of Huddersfield in the 1950s and 1960s.
- ASIN : B07QRSP8J1
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (29 Aug. 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3355 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542015421
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,025 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ellis's politics gouges its way across these novels like a slash wound, and frankly, it gets really irksome reading a guy constantly apologizing for the existence of males in the world. The novel is good while he concentrates on the main story, but as soon as he veers off into a subplot involving a 1970s style detective inspector who, frankly, wouldn't last two days in any British police force today, you feel like you're in one of Ellis's classes getting instructed. All the men in Ellis's novels are either useless or wicked, and while some of the women are of questionable character, mostly they are held up as some kind of superior life form. Even Oldroyd's new love interest gets to lecture him.
This loathing of men seems to be getting worse with each Oldroyd novel. They're saved only by the setting. Ellis IS good at building an interesting world, but it's truly ironic that the teacher just never seems to learn.
The plot is muddled and at times, ridiculous. The whole book reads like a 1950s children's adventure.
There was no point in some of the long rambling page fillers and there were many mistakes in police procedure.
I felt the author had tried to recreate the bygone era of Agatha Christie in a modern setting. It didn't work. It wasn't believeable in either way.
The ending was weak and almost laughable.