The Company of Fellows
"the plot rattles along at a great pace with enough twists to keep the most restless armchair detective guessing...add another cracking book the illustrious tales of this most murderous city. Do yourself a favour and pop into the shop to pick up a copy and enter the the dark, disturbing and at times depraved world...more
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There's a murder at Oxford University, a mentor of a former student turned interior designer. As a favor to the family and as a personal obligation, he undertakes to unravel it. This is accomplished through interviews over eclectic and scrupulously prepared meals, wine tast...more
The writing is a good deal better than Colin Dexter’s, which is to be expected. But in other respects the early chapters came as a surprise. For Dan Holloway is a tireless and se...more
Following a breakdown, Tommy West abandoned academia twelve years ago on the eve of what promised to be a brilliant career. Still based in the university town but now a widely-travelled and successful interior designer, Tommy carefully monitors and manages his ongoing recovery with exercise and other coping mechanisms. When his former college professor an...more
I found the premise engaging and wanted to like this psychological novel more than I did.
Unfortunately, the descriptions of the Oxford community are more developed than the characters. The plot stalls in long patches of profundity and soul-searching and staggers to an implausible ending.
On the plus side, there are sections of good and beautiful writing. There are also places where we have such tedium as:
“Hello. How are you?”
“I’m fine. What about you?”
“Whatcha been up to?”
Yada, yada, yada.
Dan writes extremely well and his recent success is well deserved.
There are several typos/formatting errors in the Kindle version, but it didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the book. However, it does annoy me when formatting for Kindle is lax.
I just found myself tiring of the main characters constant soul-searching with little or no progression in the plot. For goodness sakes, two people have been murdered! Why aren't we getting even a clue about why other than a lot of talk about wine. Or maybe that should be "whine" since the main character does a lot of that.
Sorry, I just couldn't fi...more