Monday, 7 July 2014

The Filey Connection by David W Robinson

Reviewed by Chris Longmuir

One of the books I read and commented on for my own nonfiction book Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, was The Filey Connection, which is the first book in the Sanford Third Age Club Mystery series, by David W Robinson. Here is what I thought of it:

This is a mystery story, which would probably be considered a cosy. It was quite a pleasant read, but I felt there was too much emphasis on the characters at the beginning of the book, and it was quite a long time before the action started. However, the characters were well drawn and believable as members of a third age club.

Joe, the main character, reminded me of a male Miss Marple. He pokes about, finding out what he can, and then shares it with a police chief inspector who defers to him and values his contribution. I found his relationship with the police somewhat unrealistic, although it was much the same investigative methods Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple used. These methods may have been acceptable at the time Agatha Christie was writing her books, they are less believable in a contemporary crime novel. But readers will probably like this book if their taste is for a nice gentle murder mystery read, reminiscent of an earlier age.
(excerpt from Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution)

Chris Longmuir

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