Dying Fall

Dying Fall

eBook - 2008
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A charred body is discovered in an abandoned cotton mill and the crime scene presents DCI Woodend and his team with many questions, but very few answers. Who would want to murder a harmless old tramp, a man with no friends - or enemies - in the world? And why, of all the methods he could have chosen, did the killer decide to cruelly burn his victim to death?
Publisher: Sutton : Severn House, 2008.
ISBN: 9781448301201
Characteristics: 1 online resource (248 pages)

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Oct 08, 2019

Well, darn it. I snagged this off the library shelf because it was a slim volume and I was waiting for my "books on hold" series (three currently in progress) to come in. BUT this is book 19 of the series! NOW I have to go back and read the first 18 installments to get all the back story. I was trying to avoid new series until after the new year!
Set in the late 1950s or very early 1960s, Spencer (writing in 2008) has produced a book that is not only entertaining, it is an almost "must read" in the post-2016 era. Although she calls the young men in the story "hard mods" they were usually referred to as "street mods" (vs. posh mods like Elton John and John Lennon) and are the original (or are one of the original) groups from which today's skinheads and alt-right and white nationalists developed.
The Prologue reports the death of a tramp, and Chief Inspector Woodend and his team are sent to investigate. But the investigation is hindered by the town council, Woodend's superior officer (superior in rank but a foul human being) and the complete incoherence of the tramp community whose members are working hard to be invisible from town folk and each other. It's also hindered by one detective's love life which is of far more interest to him than the case.
If you are looking for a historical police procedural series to start, I'd say give this a try. If you just want to read a book about how the Neo-Nazi party got started in the 1950's read this.

Sep 09, 2011

First one of these I've read & it's not bad. The characters are interesting & have much history together. However, I found the plot simplistic & you'll have the bad guy pegged long before he's revealed. Also, maybe it's just me but I got really tired of the author's use of italics. When used it for emphasis, it loses it's effectiveness when it's present ten times a page.

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