Looking For Trouble (Sal Kilkenny #1)
This is just about as good as I could want a crime novel to be. Staincliffe's Manchester is the real thing, it's not been sanitised or seedified and it's a great backdrop for this story. I thought Val McDermid's Kate Brannigan books had a good Mancunian feel to them but they've got nothing on this book for bringing the city to life. On every other page I found myself remembering something else about the place. I don't know how the book would read if you didn't already know Manchester but I don't...more
the layers of mystery surrounding Martin Hobbs, the missing teenage boy, were nicely complex without overdoing it. the secondary characters were varied and clearly depicted, if not always with a lot of depth. the awful lodger Clive was very convincing and evoked horrible memories of shared houses :-)
the conclusion was satisfying, even if some...more
I can't believe this is from the creator of Scott and Bailey :( I could have written this book. It has no style. I felt zero connection with the characters; a boring relating of Sal Kilkenny's boring life. I am reading the first Scott and Bailey novel which seems to be written by a different writer - The writing is on par with Val McDermid ...
I received Bitter Blue from the Book Depository today featuring Sal Kilkenny. I hope it is better than this book.
Cath is the author of the acclaimed Sal Kilkenny myst...more