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River of Darkness (John Madden Mysteries (Paperback)) (original 1999; edição 2005)

por Rennie Airth (Autor)

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Inspector John Madden of Scotland Yard investigates the murder of a family in the post-World War I British countryside. A veteran of the war, Madden immediately recognizes the work of a soldier, but discovering the motive will take longer. First in a series.
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Título:River of Darkness (John Madden Mysteries (Paperback))
Autores:Rennie Airth (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2005), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:post wwI; excellent

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River of Darkness por Rennie Airth (1999)

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This is crime fiction - a historical mystery/police procedural set in post WWI featuring Scotland Yard Inspector John Madden. Madden, having lost his wife and baby daughter to influenza and then served in WWI in the trenches, is back on the force at Scotland Yard. As one would expect, he is not the same man and carries his own scars from his experiences. When we meet up with him, he has just been assigned to solve the grisly multiple murders of a household in Surrey. This is very well done with good pacing, suspenseful even though we know pretty early on who the murderer is. I liked how twisty it was and the details of the newly evolving forensic techniques. ( )
  Crazymamie | Jan 4, 2021 |
There were too many police people by names which got confusing trying to recall who were more important and who were just there at that moment. The interaction between local constables and Scotland Yard showed the power struggles that ruin many investigations. The details of the murders were gruesome but not overly dramatically done. Overall the book read like something written 50 years ago in style, you knew who did it and just waited for the details to get put together. Liked the slight humor with Madden and Billy, the rookie cop. Surprised how quickly the Dr. got sexually involved. Ending fit the storyline and created more suspense than mystery to the book. Horrors of war results on people clearly shown. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
I believe I enjoyed River of Darkness more comprehensively due to watching Midsomer Murders on Netflix. It is a British television detective drama series (1997-Present) set within small English country villages. The crime drama series is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted for television by Anthony Horowitz.

River of Darkness is not only a detective story but also presents a vivid psychological and haunting thriller as men resumed their lives after WWI. Inspector John Madden from Scotland Yard is a multi-faceted character and is given depth by the author in many different and sometimes subtle ways which adds increasing interest for the reader. In a murder mystery of gruesome circumstances this novel heightens credibility with the latest developments in criminal psychology of that time period and also a “supporting cast” of characters that each add vital aspects to either the criminal investigation and/or to the human interest in John Madden.

I look forward to reading more of this series.
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  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 9, 2019 |
So disappointing. The mystery was just so-so and character development frankly sucked. I'm sorry, but a female doctor in the 1920's would not be so far in lust as to jump the nearest man, no matter how good looking she thinks he is, especially one she knows next to nothing about. If she was that smart and in control of herself, she would never have taken the chance of becoming pregnant (no birth control pill then) out of wedlock (still terribly taboo at the time) and risked her entire career that she had worked so diligently to become recognized in. Why, oh why, do people insist on putting modern sensibilities into a supposedly historical setting? Ridiculous. I am not impressed. ( )
  carliwi | Sep 23, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this book. It was set in the years shortly following World War I in a small town atmosphere a bit south of London, England. Would have given it 5 stars but there was more detail and a slower pace than I like. However, the suspense was great, especially as we learned more about the killer and his background, his horrific upbringing and war experiences. He seemed to be a machine with no human feeling, thus becoming a cold hearted killer from a young age, one with suppressed sexual urges that had no normal outlet, except via murder. This mindset made him a war hero as he seemed to have no fear of death, perhaps even a death wish. In the murder story, he keeps eluding capture with a suspenseful twist at the end. The main detective, John Madden seemed a bit wooden at first but this turned out to be due to his war time trauma and it was interesting to see him develop as the story progressed. Already bought the second in the series. ( )
  MitchMcCrimmon | Apr 27, 2018 |
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