Thursday, 21 May 2015

Book review - The Last Witness, by Denzil Meyrick

Afficionados of detective fiction are sure to be delighted with this new offering by Denzil Meyrick. In an eerily horrifying sequence of events, a dead criminal seems to have come to life to embark upon a systematic annihiliation of his enemies. Corpse after corpse litters the stage as the mystery unfolds, in a horrifying bloodbath that's bound to chill your bones.

Meanwhile, the engagingly normal fat detective continues to battle his waistline, and in a nicely symmetrical answer to the first book, where he discovers that his unfaithful wife is actually faithful, he discovers, or appears to do so, that the reverse is true. This was a bit of a cliffhanger, though, rather obviously pointing towards a resolution in the next book of the series (sssssssssssss Mr Meyrick, this detracted from the book's ability to stand alone).

Once again the characters are well drawn and the writing smooth and fast-paced. I'd have liked to see a little less explicit spelling out of the Scottish dialect, and some of the proofreading seemed a little rough, but all in all an exciting, enjoyable read.

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