A My Chronicle Book Box review: A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss.
This is a great example of comedy in crime fiction; a quirky fun read great for fans of cosy mysteries and those looking for a humourous pick me up
This book was included in our August 2018 Crime & Mystery book box.
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My Chronicle Book Box Review: Louise's thoughts...
I love to read something quirky and a bit different and that's exactly what I discovered with this novel. The origin of the characters is in fact a Radio 4 show written by Lynne and she has now developed them into what she promises will be a series of Constable Twitten mysteries.
Humour in crime fiction is not easy to pull off but Lynne has done it fabulously in my opinion. A Shot in the Dark is a lovely blend of ludicrous and well plotted mystery. The setting for the novel is an imagined Brighton in the 1950s where organised crime seems to have been eradicated by the major gangs wiping each other out in a showdown. Inspector Steine has been taking credit for this incident and reduction in crime for years and has his head firmly in the sand about the possibility for crime in his town.
Newly transferred Constable Twitten is not so convinced however, especially when some one is shot dead in the theatre on his very first day with the Brighton constabulary. From here follows a mad cap investigation into not only the latest murder but the gang showdown from years earlier, much to Inspector Steine’s chargrin.
For those who don’t recognise the name, Lynne Truss is a prolific writer in many forms including radio plays, journalism and fiction and may be most famous for her works of non-fiction book including Eats, Shoots and Leaves.
Publisher: Raven Books
Publication date: 28 June 2018
Brighton, 1957. Inspector Steine rather enjoys his life as a policeman by the sea. No criminals, no crime, no stress.
So it’s really rather annoying when an ambitious – not to mention irritating – new constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it’s even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead part way through the opening night of a new play.
It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force after all.
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