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I have read the series. I took a break because they follow the same outline. Several murders, decide on the suspect, set a trap & get the confession. They also repeat crime locations - schools & arts related crimes in most all the stories. The author seems to be lacking imagination but I do like the character development, which is why I take long breaks rather than quit reading the series entirely.
I enjoy all the characters except Olivia. She was minimal in this book which made the story better. I find her character negative & selfish & do not understand why the author continues to pair her with Markham. I am not saying I think he should be with DI Burton, I am saying Olivia & him are too much conflict & drama.
Also, having Noakes back as a civilian consultant may be good for the plot but it is an unbelievable story line. I think this goes back to my saying the author seems to lack imagination or maybe the author is just lazy.
I will quit reading the series if the Olivia character is reconnected with the Markham character. I enjoy the stories without the nastiness & animosity that seems to surround the Olivia character. Markham needs a different partner in his personal life. If he stays with her because of her beauty & sexual compatibility, he mentions these as her good qualities also with being a good listener, then his character is just as superficial as hers & I have no interest in the future of the series.
I will be reading the next book in the series. No promises after that.
Markham and his new team solve another serial killer drama with Noaksey in a new role as security officer in a posh home for the elderly. They are now the fantastic five as against the old fantastic four. More twists and turns than a helter skelter.
George Noakes may have retired but he cannot be kept out of the investigation when murder comes to the care home where he has just taken on the role of security manager. Annoyingly Olivia is making a comeback. I don't know what it is about her, but I cannot warm to her at all. Maybe it's that despite the fact she is older than Markham, she acts like a spoilt child!
No, I still don’t seem to have lost my pre-Raphaelite aversion! But I feel better having got that off my chest…this one is set at Noakes’ new place of work, which is a retirement home for aged ballerinas etc. Inmates are being murdered. The team (minus Noakes and plus Sidney’s nark) manage to solve this without Olivia, as she’s left Markham again. Quite gruesome.
I could put this down for one minute. The history and insight on the ballet and misfortne on how these people would end up so early in their life. The ballet is such a beautiful dance that tell stories.
I've read and enjoyed a lot of books in this series, which has a lot of trademark features: a self-contained community, such as a school or (here) a retirement home, a bunch of suspects, all with motives, lashes of info about some niche subject, like church architecture or saints (here, the ballet), and an engineered denouement, where the detectives set up a trap for the killer. Perhaps I've just read too many, because this book just seemed to be going through the motions. The mystery wasn't even that good! Not sure I'll continue - UNLESS someone offs the irritating Olivia . . . now that WOULD be worth reading about!