Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mud, muck and dead things by Ann Granger

Don't expect lots of laughs in Mud, muck and dead things : the first Campbell and Carter mystery by English crime writer Ann Granger is deadly serious.
Lucas Burton doesn't like the countryside. To him, it's full of mud, muck and dead things, and he's right. Turning up at a deserted farm hoping to conduct a business deal, he stumbles over a girl's body. And just when he thinks things couldn't get any worse, they do...
I've thoroughly enjoyed Granger's previous series' - yes, in the plural: she's a serial series-writer, if there's such a thing. I'm warming to the pairing of Lizzie Martin and Ben Ross, while the Fran Varady and Mitchell and Markby series' are particular favourites.
I have to admit I was disappointed - so far the new offering isn't a patch on the latter series but it's early days yet. Inspector Jess Campbell was introduced in Granger's final Mitchell and Markby mystery; it will be interesting to see how she develops as a character,and how she gets on with her new boss, Superintendent Ian Carter.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Not bad!
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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