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Book Title: The Corpse's Tale|
The author of the book: Katherine John
Edition: Accent Press (UK)
Date of issue: December 25th 2008
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Reader ratings: 3.5
ISBN 13: 9781905170319
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 515 KB
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What a good idea are Quick Reads, first of all? I think they're fantastic for getting people reading, good for finding new authors, and excellent when you just want instant gratification in your reading. I went through a spate of reading them a few years back, although I don't very much any more because I find the ones I read just too quick, too easy, with very little depth to them. But reviewing them, I think you need to bear in mind their purpose: they aren't meant to be anything other than very straightforward.
I also hadn't come across Katherine John before. I think I like her detectives better than the rest of her characters, and I think they'd come to life a bit more in a longer book, where they might have a bit more of a chance to do some actual detecting.
The Corpse's Tale is pretty straightforward. In a little Welsh village, a grown man with the mind of a ten year old is wrongly imprisoned for the murder of the village sweetheart, just before she leaves for drama school. Ten years later, he's let out of prison because the conviction was unsafe. You wonder how the hell he ever got locked up in the first place, whether his barrister really understood the phrase "beyond reasonable doubt" in any sense, and in come the hardboiled inner city detectives to show everyone how it's really done. Jealousy commences. The secret turbulence under an apparently serene picturesque village is revealed. The vicar, for some reason, is about as ominous as the rest of the cast put together. (It always seems to happen like that, I fear it might be an overzealous attempt to subvert religious stereotypes from about a century ago.) And then the great secret is revealed, the detectives finally come to terms with the fact that This Isn't London And That's Okay, and we all go merrily on our way.
It was creditable. I enjoyed it. It did the basics well, mostly, but it didn't go beyond them and I didn't get excited. It wasn't particularly special, but if I see anything a bit longer by the same author, I will probably pick it up. I think she might do better with a bigger canvas. I particularly liked that some of the things that usually get passed off as the way things are in this kind of novel (police incompetence, anyone?) actually got explained - it's a good sign that I might enjoy some of her other work.
This review originally posted at Kill Your Characters
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Read information about the authorKatherine John is a pen name of the author Catrin Collier. She was born and brought up in Pontypridd and worked for a while in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family.
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