The Malcontenta (Brock & Kolla #2)
This is a very good myste ...more
In this spa, an employee has been killed and Detective Chief Inspector David Brock goes undercover to the spa where they deprive him of, well, everything in order to release the toxins from his system. There's not as much involving Sergeant Kathy Kolla in this book, which was interesting since the first book, The Marx Sisters, featured her so predominantly. ...more
The suspense builds from the first few pages. Sergeant Kathy Kolla, physically if not mentally recovered from her experience in The Marx Sisters, visits Detective Chief Inspector David Brock of Scotland Yard at his London home. Kolla, spending a year on special assignment in an unspecified count ...more
[My comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and as such contain spoilers!]
[on the characters]
I may be forgetting something essential but I don't remember there being any recurring characters other than Kolla and Brock.
I thought Brock was better developed in this book because he had a bigger role to play and more of the book was written from his point of view. In _The Marx Sisters_ Brock was quite sketchy and here we learnt more about his past and his home. I think everything here wa...more
Interesting. A few graphic descriptions, but overall a good police procedural.
In this one, the culprit seems so obvious--until he isn't. But it's a kind of Murder on the Orient Express deal, too. That part is not entirely untangled, but one can piece it together. Taut writing and solid characters. This is a really good series.
Barry Maitland is one of Australia's best crime writers. The characters are so well drawn and the plots are riveting.
Most other reviewers will give you an indication of the story line so I won't bother with that except to say that many authors have problems with "the ending"; not in this case! Maitland holds your attention right to the very end of the book.
I would recommend "The Mal ...more
Nevertheless, it was a very satisfying, if a little dated, mystery with plenty of red herrings and plot twists. I can't work out how I hadn't read it before!
His books have been described as whydunits as much as whodunits, concerned with the devious histories and motivations of their characters. Barry's background in architecture drew him to the structured character of the mystery novel, ...more