- Author Alan Hunter
To my surprise, I quite enjoyed this book. I’ve not seen the TV show, but I know of it, and knew what to expect when picking it up. I’m usually more of a fan of the fast-paced action thriller, but actually it was quite nice to read something a bit more laid back and relaxed - if such a thing can be said of a murder mystery style book.
I was intrigued by the author’s disclaimer at the start, that this isn’t a traditional whodunit and is more about piecing together the proof so the police have enough evidence to go to court. The author wrote that it was quite obvious who was the perpetrator at the start, but that led me completely down the wrong path. Was this just a clever case of misdirection?
Gently is an intriguing character but his obsession with peppermint creams became a bit of an issue for me. I like a good character affectation, I really do, but this was over the top. I don’t know if it was just used too much or if it’s because the words “peppermint cream” are just annoying, but I certainly rejoiced when his packet ran out and he couldn’t buy any more because it was Sunday.
That aside, it was a steady read, entertaining and intriguing enough to keep the pages turning, and a good start to what a presume is a longer series with this character.