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River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
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Jan 03, 12

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Read in December, 2011

Although drawing obvious comparisons to Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series, I found this to be a different type of book. The background is very similar (post World War I Scotland Yard detective with war scars), this has much more romance and psychology as the hunt is on for a serial killer. Maybe the psychology of crime-solving didn't ring as true to the period as I'm used to, but this plot seemed to stretch it a little. But a good read, and I will probably read more in this series. But my heart still belongs to Inspector Rutledge.

I did find that the ending of this novel wrapped up things a little too neatly for me. It didn't seem like the first book in a series, so in a way that's a good thing, but it was just too and-everyone-lived-happily-ever-after in my opinion. Not to give away the ending, but it just tied up all the loose ends a little to tidily to feel realistic.
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