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Having reviewed over 1100 books on this blog, I have now written one myself. Motherdarling is a story about a search for a missing Will which reveals long-hidden family secrets. It is available on Kindle through Amazon. Read it and find out whether this critic can write. I live in Canterbury, England. I lived for more than thirty years in Bedford. Having retired from teaching; I became a research student at the University of Bedfordshire researching into Liminality. I achieved my PhD in 2019. I am now properly retired. I love reading! I enjoy in particular fiction (mostly great and classic fiction although I also enjoy whodunnits), biography, history and smart thinking. Follow me on twitter: @daja57

Friday, 31 July 2015

"The Chimera Sanction" by Andre K Baby

Pope Clement XXI is kidnapped from the Vatican; Thierry Dulac from Interpol is called in to investigate.

This is a fast-paced thriller with the usual detective hero (weakness = hates flying; strengths include beautiful girlfriend, familiarity with good food and good wine and an extensive knowledge of trivia including the specifications of military helicopters etc; he also has a catchphrase 'Just pissing great' which is unsubtly used). There is also a sinister villain with a link to the medieval Cathars. The major switch happens at about 55% of the way through; the final major twist at a rather early 85%.

There is a lot of dialogue, frequently with attribution (he said etc) and sometimes different people speak in the same paragraph. As a result I was occasionally unsure who had said what.

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