Millie Trent, the toast - or scandal, according to some points of view - of a West Country sailing resort, is found drowned. The verdict is accidental death, although no one seems to know when or why she ended up in the sea. Paul Mycroft, despite his determination not to let the affair spoil his family holiday, finds himself drawn into an enquiry that begins by providing a startling diversity of views on Millie's character and ends by involving him in unexpected danger.
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slow but atmospheric
This was a good 'period piece' thriller. It built up a very convincing picture of a certain middle class crowd in a sleepy seaside resort just after the last war. The pace is slow, so be warned, but it did do a very good job of revealing just how odd and dysfunctional some of the apparently ordinary holiday makers were, once the narrator scratches the surface.
I don't want to be rude, but I haven't really chosen a 'favourite character' in a novel since I was about 12!. My opinion of the characterisation was that it was surprisingly subtle for this kind of book, and yes, I suppose, the narrator and his family were sympathetic. This wasn't one for fans of gritty realism; no shocks here!
It was a bit too even and he didn't distinguish between the male and female voices enough. Some narrators go too far down the 'funny voices' path, but I found the dialogue between the narrator and his wife in the first chapters quite hard to follow.
No, it was very good bedtime listening, using the sleep timer.
I'm going to read a couple more of these, I think
A satisfactory English mystery
- Jill Besterman