The contract killer changed his life!
Today I'm participating in Andrew Segal’s THE LYME REGIS MURDERS Virtual Book Tour, hosted by PUYB!
When you read the "about the author" section below, you'll know why I had to read the book! But first, my review...
The Lyme Regis Murders by Andrew Segal
Lyme Regis is a quiet British seaside town, with beach and cliffs and cops and residents… it could be television’s Broadchurch perhaps, and Andrew Segal’s novel, The Lyme Regis Murders, will probably remind readers of the TV series. Dead bodies, suffering children, multiple suspects, and everyone hiding skeletons in their cupboards; it’s the sort of heady mix that leads to an appropriately long and tortuous investigation.
A “multi-lingual English, Spanish and French-speaking Politics Philosophy and Economics, Oxford graduate with ... more than just a smattering of Hebrew” is hired to investigate the murder of three children, but she has other cases to work on, and an unraveling plait of relationships to distract her. Still, she’s good at her job, whether that be self-defense or super-defensive driving to secret hideouts.
Detailed descriptions of locations from Lyme Regis to London and beyond provide the background scenery, where areas of “mainly Victorian terraced houses, … developed by Solomon Barnett between 1895 and 1900…” compete with beach and gardens for the reader’s attention. Detailed backstories slow things down, giving the novel a TV episodic feel, and if these sometimes open characters to too many reader's questions (the background of an autistic young man, for example, abandoned at birth by his father because he looked wrong, felt unreal to this particular reader) they soon enough lead back to the main mystery.
Chapter headings are enhanced with vignette photographs, adding pleasingly to the sense of place. And the mystery grows ever deeper as the story progresses, its threads, like its relationships, staying stubbornly apart until the ending. The Lyme Regis Murders is an interesting mystery that blends together dramatic characters, complex background stories, convoluted action-adventure, and a pleasing sense of time and place. It's not a cozy or sweet read, but it’s the sort of book that becomes hard to put down because you want to see the ending.
Disclosure: I was given a preview edition and I offer my honest review.