The Order of Things
D/S Jimmy Suttle is called to a brutal murder in the picturesque Devon village of Lympstone. Harriet Reilly, a local GP, has been found disembowelled in the bedroom of her partner, climate scientist Alois Bentner.
Suttle's estranged wife, Lizzie, has abandoned Portsmouth, moved to Exeter and returned to journalism, hearing rumours of a local GP offering mercy killings to p...more
I've been reading crime fiction for a long time now and maybe due to a surge in popularity of the genre there seems to be a race to the bottom going on: ever more ludicrous plots involving unbelievable coincidences; a cranking up of the body count; weirder and nastier psychopaths at every turn; in-your-face pretence of police procedure; bad sex; bad prose; and then there's Tony Parsons. Even the latest Rebus book is a self- congratulatory exercise in onanism.
But t ...more
Set around Exeter in the time just after their floods a couple of years ago, the police try to solve a particularly gruesome murder with the help of the book's heroine, the lead detective's ex-wife, Lizzie. There is enough going on otherwise to make this more than a standard murder mystery, centring around relationships between the police officers, and the surrounding cast. Also, and of most interest, is the climate change link. The murder w ...more
In the "Order of Things", Jimmy Suttle is part of the team investigating the shocking and sickening murder of a woman. She is found in her partner's bedroom and he has disappeared.
The police procedures are expertly written (as usual) and they seem sharper in that they focus on one case to ...more
The vicious murder of a local GP in a small village outside Exeter leads the reader into a labyrinthine plot involving climate scientists and voluntary euthanasia. Thought provoking and intelligent, with well-drawn characters and a sympathetic protagonist in DS Jimmy Suttle, The Oder of Things will live long in the memory.
Hurley manages to lift the standard police procedural from the mundane and use it as a vehicle to address deeper questions than "Who done it?" part of his attraction I suppose.
This is a great tale which will keep you on the edge of your seat until ...more
However life goes on. But Lizzie his former wife is a writer and a journalist.
But a brutal murder happen in this pretty Devon village.
We learned from many pages that the main characters are not very stable.
"Lizzie in the nightmare months after her daughter died she'd lost all faith in redemption"
Alois Bentner a climatologist,brilliant----but often quite drunk is missing.
His partner GP Harriet Reilly was found mutilated-- ...more
Compared to most crime fiction where the number of bodies mount up as the cops investigate the case this is only about one (or two) murders and revolves a lot around Suttle's private life.
The plot line around salmon was very interesting especially on reflection after reading the afterword.
Directed and produced documentaries for ITV through two decades, winning a number of national and international awards. Launched a wr ...more