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The pace is a little slow at times and the Ingram strand felt a little bolted on for much of the story, but eventually it comes into its own as the three strands are pulled tight.
Rather than finish the story at the main climax — which is a twist with real affect — Wilson does a nice job of letting it continue to unfold to another twist and natural denouement, though this one was telegraphed from a long way out. Overall, an engaging police procedural with emotional depth. Sep 07, Zora rated it it was ok. Having read a really good book a week ago, I feel like I'm having to appease the reading gods by reading some not very good books.
And with this one, it's a shame, for it started well, with a sweet portrait of DI Stratton and his wife's mature but still loving marriage. And it ended well, with a solution to the mystery that was surprising but logical.
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But the whole Mrs. Ingram subplot ruined it. Here spoilers is the situation. A total stranger is homeless. You take her in though you cer Sigh. You take her in though you certainly don't have to , wherein she begins to exhibit symptoms of schizophrenia. And despite that you have a 16 year old daughter at home, you let her stay. Wait, you're saying, nobody does this. Of course!
Not in , not ever. Aug 03, Patrdr rated it really liked it Shelves: mysteries. This story grabbed me more and more as it went on, right to the ending. The setting, London during the blitz, is terrific. This is a close-knit, English London, relatives living near to hand.
A doctor's corpse is found in a bombed out field of rubble. The autopsy confirms foul play and there are pleanty of likely bricks and rubble to have provided the instrumnt. Meanwhile, a mysterious man, Todd, is working as a mortuary assistant. He really wants to be a doctor and he spots the opportunity of This story grabbed me more and more as it went on, right to the ending. He really wants to be a doctor and he spots the opportunity of the openning. He has been pocketing medical equipment and textbooks to study up. Todd departs the scent and Dr.
An Empty Death (DI Ted Stratton, #2) by Laura Wilson
Daicher shows up, welcomed by the shortstaffed hospital administrators who don't pay too much attention to his credentials. Another murder at the hospital follows. Daicher wants not only to be an MD but to win the heart of a beautiful nurse. He soon succeeds. Ted Stratton is the overworked London police inspector assigned to the case. Awakened by a nearby V1 rocket strike he helps rescue a woman buried in a house that has collapsed. The rescued woman, unbalanced but released from hospital, is taken in by Stratton's sister-in-law. The plot lines, inevitably, merge.
It could be very complicated and contrived, but it works out naturally and believably and darkly. Frequently I felt I knew what was coming, but instead found myself jarred by a darker and deeper twist of the plot. I was worried that comic stock characters -a lazy and flatulent constable for example- would play too large a role. But this wasn't so.
The characters at the centre are realistic and interesting. Whets my appetite for more of Wilson's books. This was my first. It's the middle of the Blitz, and someone is murdering people associated with the Middlesex Hospital in London. DI Ted Stratton whose second adventure this is; I haven't read the first is put in charge of the investigation, and proceeds to get nowhere fast, not least because he and his wife Jenny are stuck with a bomb survivor called Mrs Ingram who's suffering from Capgras Syndrome -- the condition whereby people start to believe that those around them have been replaced by simulacra.
We get th It's the middle of the Blitz, and someone is murdering people associated with the Middlesex Hospital in London. We get the solution to part of the murder mystery quite early on; the other part of the solution becomes fairly obvious not too long thereafter, although Wilson makes an efort to hold it back until the end.
At that stage she produces a Gotcha! Stratton cottons onto the other when that person claims they got a piece of information from the impersonator when he was in one guise, a piece of information the impersonator could have had only when in a different guise.
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But it could equally well have been the impersonator, not the killer, who slipped, divulging the datum to the killer while in the wrong identity. In the end I'm glad I didn't, because in many respects it's an impressive piece of work and some of the sequences are more exciting than you expect to find in yer average mystery novel. Recommended with reservations. An extremely poor decision on the part of the antagonist combines with multiple and separate instances of shoddy basic human resources work to put a real damper on an otherwise good read.
Wilson once again does a solid job of evoking the time and place of London blitzed during WWII and provides an interesting and--for the most part--likable cast of characters.
And while the story does require a high level of suspension of disbelief on the above points, it otherwise does a nice job in terms of de An extremely poor decision on the part of the antagonist combines with multiple and separate instances of shoddy basic human resources work to put a real damper on an otherwise good read. And while the story does require a high level of suspension of disbelief on the above points, it otherwise does a nice job in terms of development.
In particular, Wilson gets points for not taking the easy and obvious course with regard to how she ultimately resolves things. As such, a reader can easily enjoy the second albeit weaker outing without having read the first. A good read in spite of not being quite as good as its predecessor, and recommended for fans of the genre--as long as they accept a bit of eye-rolling with regard to some plot points as things move along.
I devoured every moment of this book and was catapulted right back to the conditions of the Second World War in London.
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The author magically weaves two complex story's which capture a range of human emotion and frailties. With murders, adulatory, impersonation the story moves along at a cracking pace. I've not read the first novel but I didn't feel that that detracted from the story at all but I will read it just to get a bit more of the back story of DI Ted Stratton and family. Of all the books I devoured every moment of this book and was catapulted right back to the conditions of the Second World War in London.
I think this is my first book narrated by Sean Barrett and he brought all the characters to life superbly. Well worth the credit and I'm so glad I found Ted Feb 17, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: historical , mystery.
This one does an even better job - the bombings, the rationing, the chaos of life lived during war. The back and forth between Stratton and Dacre didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would; both stories were fairly strong, which helped. The subplot of Mrs. Ingram was the weakest part of the story, and I felt that that whole line, including what happened with Jenny Stratton Wilson's last novel, The Innocent Spy was rather interesting in that it illuminated the domestic side of WWII in Britain.
Ingram was the weakest part of the story, and I felt that that whole line, including what happened with Jenny Stratton, was tacked on. Also, there were only brief mentions of what happened in the first novel like Stratton, I wondered about some of the characters involved , which I thought could have been developed more or left out entirely. Still, Stratton's character is interesting, and I may have to read the next one. Feb 07, Stevie Carroll rated it really liked it. I received this as a free signed copy at a writing event over a year ago, and I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get round to reading it.