Too many characters and background stories that had no real meaningful purpose to overall story. At times felt the murder plot was itself a secondaryToo many characters and background stories that had no real meaningful purpose to overall story. At times felt the murder plot was itself a secondary story leaving the book without a main plot. Just never felt a connection to any character. The ending had no suspense what so ever again making the murder plot seem as if it was a filler to the overall story...more
**spoiler alert** A few reviews back I expressed how I liked the series because it was unlike so many others when it came to sex, no riffs between the**spoiler alert** A few reviews back I expressed how I liked the series because it was unlike so many others when it came to sex, no riffs between the main character and his bosses superiors and more,and half joking I wrote 'watch not that I've gave it a thumbs up it go the opposite way'. Well it has
The plot was good but the stereo typing ruined it. The very first time Spencer/Rustage introduces the killer's character I was able to identify them as the eventual killer, not because of any clues but simply because his character types are so often shown as hypocrites, fundamentalist, etc. As he was being introduced I thought 'he's the murder, simply because he's a Christian and we all know there such hypocrites
There are others that are stereo typed too, the military is seen as programmed robots, even at the cost of family,men other Woodend and Rutter have noting better to do than and it's the only thing they do is lust after the no nonsense women, who's as good as any many man in man's world.
I'll probably keep reading Inspector Woodend because the plots tend to be good, I just hope the swing in stereo typing, sex, and the uusual overdone characters doesn't become to extreme.
Sorry, Alan Rustage but your series has turned into a big is appointment. Should stick to good plots and keep your ideology low keyed and no it's not because your one-sided against ideology, because if it was flipped I be writing pretty much the same review.
On the plot alone four 4 stars but because of the stereo typing three...more
The second installment in the series of Inspector Woodend keeps me yearning for more. One of the big attractions is Inspector Woodend is a very likablThe second installment in the series of Inspector Woodend keeps me yearning for more. One of the big attractions is Inspector Woodend is a very likable character without the issues/baggage of so many other lead characters. He isn't an alcoholic, he isn't divorced, he isn't a one time shining light in his profession but now only liked by a few, constantly clashing with his superiors, etc. He's married, has a daughter, respected amongst his peers, has different opinions with superior but they aren't a focus of the story.
He is simply a person whose job is Chief Inspector Scotland Yard, who is somebody you could have a friendship with most of my friends. His sidekick is Inspector Robert Rutter who is younger but they have a mutual respect and work well together
Their are other primary characters who are believable and the overall happenings are believable. Woodend isn't the only character with a brain and can come to conclusions, isn't made out to be super cop
Another bright spot of the series is no sex!!! Oh, it has some but it just go into the graphic details.
This story focuses on the murder of Robbie Peterson a one-time hood who relocates to begin a new life free from crime or does he?
My only concern is now that I've boasted about the series, book three 'Murder of a Cave Dweller' will be the total opposite. I hope not because if the series stays on path I plan on reading it to the end.
If you like your stories with a main character who is just another bloke and those in his midst are for the most part average people and you don't need to be sexually aroused to enjoy a book. I'm quite certain you'll enjoy the Inspector Charles Woodend series...more