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A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black
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Ever since I read Christine Falls by this author (the pen name of John Banville), I wanted to read books starring Quirke, the one-monickered medical examiner in the Dublin of the 1950s. Although the central mystery was satisfying enough, I wish the author had found other affectations besides cigarettes and tea. Everyone smokes a zillion cigarettes (frankly, it gets seriously boring) and pours innumerable pots of tea. Aside from solving the mystery and dealing with family issues, smoking and drinking is pretty much all the characters do. Except for getting beat up every so often. As for the main mystery, it works -- only it's not so far off from that in Christine Falls. Oh, and it's such a thinly veiled reference to media tycoons Rupert Muroch and Sumner Redstone, I'm surprised they don't sue. (You need to know that one of these guys is Jewish). So three-ish stars.
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