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All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
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Mar 03, 09

Read in March, 2009

My first read of DC, and a good one. The plot moves nicely, revealing nuances of character, with one obvious rogue whom we long to see squished. Dialogue is cryptically focused, pace shifts 'realistically' between hiatus and revelation, and the cramped, history-riddled nature of the (albeit lily-white, middle-class) not-quite successful people who swim in the backwaters in and around London and the South of England works well.
Frissons of attraction between the two Scotland Yard cops, each with their own baggage to carry, work nicely to sustain interest into the next novels.
So why only 4, not 5 stars? The ending has a little too much wrap-it-up-neatly coincidence for comfort, and some of the village names don't ring true to this ex-Brit ear (Bryantpuddle?). DC may have a Masters in medieval studies (where many placenames originated) and have lived in the UK for a while, but some of those names are just silly.
Nevertheless, I'll read more, because the other qualities far outweigh that.
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