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I am now a confirmed fan of Catherine Moloney's DI Markam and DS Noakes and No. 8 Crime at Home did not disappoint. A well-plotted story with lots of twists and turns. I like the contrast of Markham and Noakes characters. The other two members of the team, Burton and Doyle are also well-drawn characters together with Olivia, Markham's girlfriend and the redoubtable Muriel, Noakes' wife. I am looking forward to books Nos. 9 to 16!
A fine finish (for now) to this excellent series. In a genteel development two women, one elderly, one younger, are found dead in a most intriguing place. I won't spoil a new reader's pleasure by giving details. Byronic Markham and scruffy Noakes with their two trusty aides swing into action. It is wintertime and the corpses keep on coming. Midsomer eat your heart out. Our sartorially distressed (channelling my inner Markham) Sancho Panza has acquired a new catch phrase he trots out at every opportunity, definitely 'deffo' to an annoying degree. Not much of the drippy ethereal girlfriend, a good clue from the formidable Muriel who could give Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet) a run for her money on etiquette. It is near Christmas and the crime is right up to date since it involves the new craze for young folk feeling unhappy in their current gender and the consequences thereof if their choices go wrong. A good read but to me it felt a bit tired and rushed at the end as if the writer has grown a tad tired with these characters. I understand there will be more and I look forward to that. Hopefully they will all come back refreshed although I hope something positive happens with the Markham/Burne Jones type girlfriend who is in danger of becoming a caricature, too waifish by half, sitting at his feet adoringly with her long red hair spread out like a cloak....oh, yuk! Anyway, highly recommended but not an exciting one this. No a slow steady tramp through snowdrifts.
This author creates authentic, true to life characters. Some readers/reviewers seem to have an issue with that. Their delicate sensitivities have them declaring never to buy another book in this series because one character offends them. Thankfully I can be more accepting so, I do not feel a need to deprive myself of a good read!
I have enjoyed Markham’s books before but the latest two not so much. I don’t like the way Noakes gets away with so much bad language and inappropriate remarks. His value to Markham doesn’t seem equal to how he behaves. The type of proper gentleman Markham is wouldn’t put up with the extreme in Noakes. In earlier books it didn’t seem so bad as it is now. Also, words that are not largely known to everyone are thrown in here and there. It feels like showing off and kind of puts down the reader if he/she doesn’t know the meaning.
I love the way Catherine Moloney writes. But I have to say that this one has been my favourite so far. Again the way the web of the story is woven always makes it difficult to work out and this is what makes it a page turner. Can’t put it down until you reach the end.