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  1. I found this author when looking for books set in the Cambridgeshire fens. From Fantastic Fiction: I enjoyed The Water Clock, not least because it was very firmly set in the area in which I was holidaying, and important parts of the action took place in Ely cathedral (or rather, on the roof thereof) and in Stretham Old Engine (next door to the cottage we were staying in). Kelly's 'detective' in this series is loca ljournalist Philip Dryden. He has a wife who is in a coma, but manages to be included in the action, and his 'sidekick is an indolent taxi driver. There is an occasional love interest, a colleague, but Dryden's conscience gives him trouble over this. The plot is quite convoluted, and the reader's suspicions are directed at several suspects - and it isn't the most obvious candidate. Sometimes while setting up Dryden's character Kelly tells us too much about him, rather than revealing it in the action, but once the action is underway I didn't notice any other distractions. I don't know how much I would have enjoyed it if I hadn't been in the location, but I'd be quite happy to try another of Kelly's novels on a future occasion.
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