Death Ship

Death Ship

Book - 2016
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When an explosion rips across Hunstanton Beach on the north Norfolk coast, an abandoned Second World War bomb is assumed to be the cause, but could there be a connection with the new pier being built and the increasingly bitter campaign to halt its construction? At the same time, DI Shaw and DS Valentine are on the hunt for an elderly female killer with a uniquely macabre method of despatch. And a 63-year-old Dutch engineer is missing, presumed drowned, but where is the body? All seemingly unrelated investigations but in each case nothing is as it seems. To find the answers, Shaw must delve into the past, and a mystery that has remained unsolved for more than sixty years.
Publisher: Sutton, Surrey :, Crème de la Crime, an imprint of Severn House Publishers Ltd,, 2016
Edition: First world edition
ISBN: 9781780290904
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 23cm


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Jan 09, 2017

I have read all the books in both of Jim Kelly's mystery series, and frankly, the ones with his police detectives, Shaw and Valentine, are easily the poorer of the two. If I have to hear about Shaw's "moon eye" one more time, I'll scream. This is even worse than the incessant mention of "striking blue eyes" in "Devil in the White City," as Shaw's defected is brought up repeatedly in every single book in the series. It really doesn't appear to have an impact either symbolically or in relation to the plot or the way Shaw does his job. But comparing this last Shaw book, "Death Ship," to the latest Dryden, "The Funeral Owl," it is quite apparent that Kelly's greatest affinity is with the journalist protagonist. While "Death Ship" has many mysteries and complications, it simply was not interesting. The details were dull rather than intriguing and the ending was telegraphed so far in advance, I debated about whether to finish the book at all. By contrast, "The Funeral Owl" was engaging from the start, and the gradual addition of more mysterious elements actually worked rather than dragging down the narrative. Thankfully, Dryden's miraculously recovered wife plays little part in the latest book, while the tacking on of a "mystery" surrounding Shaw's wife Lena is both ridiculous and pointless. Why do mystery writers always make the wives of the main characters so annoying?

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