The Case of the Canterfell Codicil by P.J. Fitzsimmons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I opted to read this as I love all the genres that Fitzsimmons claims to indulge in simultaneously. After reading the book I realized that he does indulge but I found it difficult to manage Wodehouse type humour with armchair mystery solving.
The concentration on the language is so much that almost till I had finished the book I had forgotten that I am reading a mystery book.
My humble opinion is that the author finds it difficult to be flippant and mysterious simultaneously.
I quote below a couple of excerpts to give you an idea of his writing prowess.
Vickers turned from the dresser and looked at me as though I'd come through the door in a suit of armour, carrying my head under my arm.
You show one of the London property developers a tree, they go into a blind rage, they do, and before you know it, they'll have it down and replaced with a terraced townhouse.
The interior of the tavern was of the cool, quiet, eternal twilight found in all the best pubs regardless of the hour or season. The only source of light was slices of sunshine that sneaked through the cracks to find and illuminate lazy particles of dust.
A book that is a conflict between easy reading and wanting to finish to get to the bottom of the mystery. For me, the former won and I read it at leisure.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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