The Beautiful Sound of Silence

The Beautiful Sound of Silence

A DI Christy Kennedy Mystery

Book - 2008
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Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy investigates the murder of former colleague, retired Superintendent Davdi Peters who died at a Guy Fawkes bonfire at London's Primrose Hill.

Blackwell North Amer
On a wintry Saturday night a large crowd has gathered on Primrose Hill for the annual Halloween bonfire and firework display. Panic spreads as quickly as the fire's flames when a human body is spotted in the middle of the fire's glowing timbers.
The following morning pathologist Dr Leonard Taylor, while examining the charred remains, recognises from the distinctive rows of gold fillings that the victim is retired police Superintendent David Peters, an ex-colleague of DI Christy Kennedy.
As Kennedy and his team settle down to a painstaking search through Peters' cases they soon discover that for the superintendent the means justified the end when it came to solving them. Each case they review throws up another suspect, and that's before Kennedy overhears singer Ginger Buchanan being very indiscreet backstage at Camden Town's famous Jazz Cafe.

Publisher: Dingle, Ireland : Brandon, 2008
ISBN: 9780863223778
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 22, 2010

3 Stars and I'm being generous. This is a slow moving intrigue. Many parts in it are just not essential to the plot and if they are, just too long. So much so, that you begin to lose interest. Also the end result is disappointing. This Kennedy character is like a dull Brady Coyne. Tapply's character is laid back, but at least things are moving around with a real sense of "something is being done". We feel that with each chapter things are happening and will soon things will be resolved. With Kennedy, we're talking relationship, music, discussing forever in restaurant, and going to concerts. Nothing is "really" being done. And all those "suspects" are just fake props. You can feel the influence of Lawrence Block and his Bernie Rhodenbarr character or Agatha Christi's Miss Marple where all the suspects are under one roof. This is logical, as Spock would say. But to pick suspects like you're picking cards out of a deck and only sticking to them and philosophizing and moralizing about there motives, "working" them around, doesn't keep the reader glued to the page. He just wants to shut the damn book. Kennedy is no hero. He's just a blatant "know it all". But, in the end, Charles did one thing right. He showed Kennedy the door. A book to read with caution. It may bored you.


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