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Walking Into the Ocean

(Peter Cammon Mysteries #1)

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  65 reviews
"Introducing veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, this novel finds Cammon journeying to the Jurassic Coast to solve a seemingly ordinary domestic crime. At first glance, the perpetrator appears to have murdered his wife before drowning in the English Channel, but Cammon soon learns that his case is merely a sideshow. A broader series of murders has been unfo ...more
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by ECW Press (first published 2012)
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Jill Hutchinson
This book should have been half the length than it was (400+ pages). It was so slowwwwwwww, filled with extraneous information and plot lines that made for difficult reading. I won't go into the plot since it is not easily explained. Suffice to say, we have a serial killer case and the case of a disappearing man whose wife commits suicide. Are they connected or do we really care? The revelation of the serial killer is not to be believed, not only how he is caught but who he is.........and that h ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Mark Hollingsworth
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This is David Whellams first book, so I read it with some tolerance in my mind, as I sensed he would still be finding his feet. It was just as well I did!
First, the main character. Chief Inspector Cammon had all the making of an interesting and eccentric individual (one of the main reasons I picked up the book), with his black suit, bowler hat, umbrella. Unfortunately the umbrella disappeared in the first chapter and he threw away his bowler hat towards the end - we are now left with a 68 year
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh good grief. Take an craggy English coastline and a moody Scotland Yard detective who reads Sherlock Holmes and creates shadow boxes of the Annunication. Add his wife who has decided to read Sherlock Holmes too, toss in police politics, a serial killer, the Knights of Malta, not one but two mysterious priests, King Arthur, Stonehenge, a pair of dream-reading witch women, a counterterrorism diver, two unhinged policemen, car smuggling and dramatic stormy seas - all of which goes PHFFFT. Dumb. B ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Brutally bad book. Makes my top 5 list of worst books I have ever read. How anyone can give this mess of a book more than one star is beyond me. Stay away from this one.
Glyn Gilbert Pennington
Some interesting characterization, but this book is in serious need of a decent editor. Too long and tedious by half. I quit at page 85.
"Peter often drew out witnesses by revealing a bit about himself--but not on this point. In effect, Chief Inspector Cammon, semi-retired, who lived so much of his life inside the lives of others, 'left home' every time he took on a case. In his way of thinking, this was the perfect template for an adventurous life, and indeed it had been. But he wasn't about to betray this to Symington and he was too experienced, never mind dogged, an investigator to let a witness take over a conversation."

Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
First in a series of 3 books whose main character is an inspector for Scotland Yard. Loved the fact that he is 67-years-old. Liked the character more than the story.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Putting this series on probation; three stars probably overstates the case, but the overall subject matter and atmosphere were pretty well done. The mechanics, well ...

Author Whellams constructs a fairly unwieldy mystery here, and then keeps adding clanking bits and pieces as he goes, as if it's not feeling complicated enough yet. He sets up a giant wheel of coincidence and consequence that continues to turn when nobody is looking.. all that's good, if you can bring it to earth again. But the co
Christina McLain
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was clearly written by a well-educated and sophisticated author but it has one major needs an editor! Indeed, I feel that David Whellams must have written this as part of a lifelong postretirement dream as it seems as though he has tried to cram everything he has ever learned about a detective's job and policing in Great Britain as well as everything he has ever learned in life itself in this, his debut novel. Instead of entertaining his readers with one story or even two i ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
It felt like this book took forever to read. I gave it 3 stars because I wanted to know what happened, and there was something compelling about the protagonist, Peter Cammon. Cammon is a retired chief inspector from New Scotland Yard, but he is often called in as a consultant on difficult cases. A husband is accused of throwing his wife over a cliff, and then disappearing. Is he dead or has he just arranged a successful disappearance? At the same time a series of murders has occurred along the D ...more
Shawn Jaquiss
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I struggled with this book. I liked the main character, Inspector Cammon, but felt that there were many instances where the author referenced the Cammon's past history as if it might give insight into the his behavior or thought processes but neglected to explain the history. It was as if I had begun reading a series with the fourth or fifth book instead if the first and was trying to play catch up with past story lines and character development. Since this book is the first in what will be a ne ...more
Scott L
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Good idea but needed more editing. I became lost in all the characters - especially the cops. Good guys, bad guys, Scotland Yard, local investigators, etc.. I think there is definite potential for this first in a series. The characters of Peter Cammon and his wife Joan are involving and promising. Will read the next one but hope for more.
Nov 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unbelievable plot and characterization. The hero -- Inspector Cammon -- frequently "knows" or "is certain" of things, through instinct rather than any evidence. The solution was somewhat random - no basis laid for why that person was the killer. Quite a lot of excess verbiage. ...more
James Findley
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author has drawn an interesting character in Peter Cammon and a good supporting cast as well. I'm sure there will be more in this series and I will look for them.

The only downside for me was that things seemed to go adrift for a bit about 3/4 through, it could be tightened up a bit.
Peter Atkinson
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good even paced story with well developed characters and a real sense of humor showing through.
I loved the setting and the sense of the area (it led me to wish to visit Dorset again). I recommend it to my friends and those that like crime thrillers with a British twist.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the slower pacing of this book, as it allowed for the characters to develop. If you like fast-paced mysteries, you won't like this book, but I enjoyed the nuanced characters, the setting, and the developing story. I will look for more by this author. ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of David Whellams until I picked up his book at my public library. It was so full of twists and turns that made reading it very entertaining and informative about police work in the U.K.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Struggled to keep going with this incredibly slow book. The first time I have ever cheated and skipped to the last chapters to finish. What a let-down. If you are reading this book and pulling your hair out, contact me and I'll sum up the ending in one paragraph. Would not recommend. ...more
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Original. A must read.
Phil Dwyer
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wish North Americans writing about England took a little more time immersing themselves in the language and culture of the country they're writing about. I would guess Mr. Whellams is an Anglophile, and that he's spent a good deal of time in England, but he still used vocabulary that no English person would use. It seems a silly, almost picky point to make, but it kept kicking me out of the story, and in the end I found it overwhelmed it.
Also (another picky point perhaps): I grew up in
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
My taste in detectives seems to be running towards older men or women in historical settings. Something having to do with my own aging process. Mr. (and Mrs.) Cammon are delightful, but not in a sentimental or superficial way. They are intelligent and stubborn. The novel's setting contributes to the difficulty of solving the crime, which I like. Good read. I'll probably try the next one in the series. ...more
Susan K.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of the best detective stories I have read in a long time. The character is older, married and sober. That is a departure from our usual famous detectives. He thinks outside the box, and tries to view the murder as it happened to get the clues in context. The characters are interesting and complex. The plot keeps you reading. The outcome is not what you expect. If you start it at bedtime, you can forget about getting any sleep that night.
Simon Gonzalez
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
A promising mystery featuring the debut of semi-retired Scotland Yard detective Peter Cammon is spoiled by being about 150 pages too long and some unnecessary plot twists and meanderings into mysticism. By the end of this increasing tedious novel I no longer cared whodunnit, I just wanted it to be over. There is the potential for Mr. Whellans to develop Cammon into an interesting character, but I won't be investing the time to find out. ...more
Karen Eady
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read.
GERRY Hermans
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Intricate twisting & turning plot references to police procedure, church, international crime, Sherlock Holmes type detection.
Toni Osborne
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Book 1, in Chief Inspector Peter Cammon trilogy mysteries

In his first novel, Mr. Whellams introduces his protagonist, a semi-retired Chief Inspector from Scotland Yard, a formidable investigator due to his age and experience and places him in unusual situations where his professionalism and personality are explored, we see a bit of the old Sherlock Holmes coming out of him.

The story starts on the cliffs of Dorset on an apparent murder-suicide. Peter is being deployed there to help the local forc
Brian Williams
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is way too long at 463 pages and tells a complex story with a ultimately satisfying conclusion, that is, the murderer gets caught. It isn't until almost the end that there's any clue as to his identity. Stylistically, the storytelling rambles and goes off track in several places which for me caused it to be long-winded and a too chatty police procedural novel.

There's numerous interesting characters that come and go throughout the book. With the protagonist Chief Inspector Peter Cammon
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I was delighted with the detective and his interesting mind. In fact, I had read the second book in what is supposed to be a trilogy and came back for this one. I was doing fine for most of the book, then things got away from me. I was suddenly facing too many characters, two completely different crimes, a teeny bit of woo woo and more complexity than the story deserved. The book needed one more stern editor. Nevertheless, I love Chief Inspector Peter Cammon. He may be 67 and retired but you don ...more
Ruth Charchian
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I thought I'd try this British author to compare their style mystery writing to the American style and compare the geography of the setting to the American settings. Whellam's is a very different writer compared to Michael Connelly or Jeffery Deavers. Their stories are fast paced, well researched, complex with layers, twists and turns. Whellam's is leasurely, plodding but sure in story line, perhaps filled with non-compelling details and has a completely different tone and feel. He may not be ty ...more
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Dave Whellams worked as Counsel with the Government of Canada in the Department of Justice for several decades, with a focus on reform of the Criminal Code, addressing a wide range of issues, including high-risk offenders and anti-terrorism. His experience in criminal law and policing has contributed to his novel Walking into the Ocean, and informed Stories from the Criminal Code, a short story co ...more

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