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This is the latest, as far as I know, in the Simon Serrailler series by Susan Hill. As is usual for this series the book is as much about the family of Simon Serrailler and happenings in Lafferton, the town in which it is set, as it is about any of the crimes described. Again if you are looking for a hard hitting police story with descriptions of how crime is solved this book is probably not for you.

 

As with other books in this series I found Cat, Simon's doctor sister, to be the most likeable character. Simon himself often does not appear that much and when he does I have always found him to be a rather remote character. This does not change in this book although we do get less involved in his love life than we have in others which some readers will prefer! The case on which the book is losely based is an especially nasty one and involves Simon working undercover. When I started reading the book and found out what it was going to be about I was not sure that I wanted to continue but although much is suggested not much actual detail is given thank goodness although I suspect that just the suggestion that this sort of crime does exist may well be enough to put some readers off.

 

Once again the story is told from several points of view and once again other issues are dealt with within the book as well as the main crime. One other reader of a previous book in the series critised Susan Hill and suggested that she almost used the books to air her feelings regarding The National Health system amongst other things. This book is no different and much is made about hospice care, the way that our society deals with death and in many ways the diminishing of any faith within the process. Having lost a close member of my family not that long ago I found some of the points quite interesting but can understand how others might not be so impressed.

 

To sum up I would have to say that this book follows the same pattern as previous books in the series. I read the books as much to continue Cat's story as I do for any crime involved. I would have to say to that on the whole I think that the books are getting a bit weaker. Once again a decent read but not an outstanding one.

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You pretty well sum up what I feel about this series, I used to buy them as soon as they came out but with the last two or three I've looked forward to them but have been happy to wait until I can find someone to lend me a copy or get one second hand.  They are still enjoyable but not essential reading any longer, but that's the fate of many long running series.

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You pretty well sum up what I feel about this series, I used to buy them as soon as they came out but with the last two or three I've looked forward to them but have been happy to wait until I can find someone to lend me a copy or get one second hand.  They are still enjoyable but not essential reading any longer, but that's the fate of many long running series.

I agree about long running series Viccie. I used to love the Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley series but have had the last one sitting on my bookshelf for ages. I am sure that when I do eventually read it I will enjoy it but when I first started reading them I could not wait to start the next one.

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I agree about this series, the last 2 or 3 books have been quite weak and I've always managed to guess the murderer's identity, which is unusual for me, and like Cherry Pie I wondered if the author was using the books as a means of expressing her own views, in fact one of them was more like an episode of Casualty than a crime novel! 

 

However I felt that this latest one did pick up a bit, with the characters finally moving on a bit from previous situations, I've always found Simon in particular rather two dimensional and yes annoying!  There's a new book out later this year so will be interesting to see where he goes after the traumatic events of this book.

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