Still Waters

August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm 1 comment

Following my terribly depressing novel, I decided to get back on familiar territory and read something that I really can sink my teeth into.   And I found it.

I started Still Waters by Nigel McCrery.  It is a mystery novel (no suprise there)  and it does have a British detective (can you see the theme happening again?) and I am enjoying it very much.

The detective is Mark Lapslie who  is suffering from synaesthesia, a strange disorder that makes him taste sounds.  Apparently something happens to some people when they are a baby that mixes up the neurons that seperate the senses and so he tastes noises.  For example, when the DS he is working with speaks, he gets the flavor of lemon in his mouth.    Well his synaesthesia has been causing more problems for him and he had to take “gardening leave” and has been away from work for several months and really is not sure if he can ever return.  But one phone call changes that and brings him back to work.

A body was found.   A young man was driving a Porsche and rounded a corner much too quickly and the car spun out of control and slammed into some nearby trees.   The driver did not survive, but the accident caused the earth to shift and a body that was buried behind the trees was uncovered.  It appeared to be that of an elderly woman who was wrapped in plastic sheeting.  She had a wound on the back of her head and several fingers were missing from her right hand.

The novel also introduces you to a devious serial killer.  I don’t want to say too much in case you decide to read the book, but this killer is very familiar with various plants that live in the gardens.  Plants with the ability to kill in sufficient doses.    And the killer seems to be working her way through the widows of England.

The book is just thrilling.  If you want a real page turner, this is the one for  you!  The first four pages made me squeal and I had to keep going to find out what would happen next.   This is everything a mystery novel should be.   I really like the detective.  This is his first outing, although the writer has written other novels featuring another detective.   I have never read him before, but this is the start of a promising series.  I do so love finding a new author to read! 

I know I have to get back to the teen books. But this little diversion is suiting me just fine.

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  • 1. Indigo  |  August 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Of course, my favorite “serial killer” is the “Hog Murders”

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