- Tapa dura: 224 páginas
- Editor: Severn House Publishers Ltd (28 de julio de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0727855972
- ISBN-13: 978-0727855978
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Deathtrap (Inglés) Tapa dura – 28 jul 2000
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And eventually one apparent suicide leads to a whole host of unsolved deaths from the past: the murder of a mentally ill woman from a rich family, the bloody slaughter of another go-get-it journalist and the untimely end of a young man haunted by something just too murky for words.
Hennessey and Yellich have their work cut out but, once they unravel the mysteries surrounding a wrongful conviction of a woman imprisoned for shooting dead her 'love rival', the pair start to see a frightening theme of corruption and greed emerge.
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About 18 years ago, Charlotte Erickson was found dead on the grounds of her spacious home, with a bullet in a head. An anonymous tip lead the police to Melanie Clifford's doorstep, where the police discovered the murder weapon in the boot of her car. Melanie had always claimed she was innocent of the crime; however the Crown painted a rather vindictive portrait of Melanie as the bitter ex-girlfriend that had ended her rival's life out of sheer spite. Melanie was found guilty of Charlotte's murder, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Hennessey has no doubts about Melanie's guilt, mainly because the investigation was handled by one of York's finest detectives, DCI John Cross (now retired). However the more he looks into Melanie's case, the more he becomes aware of the fact that a terrible case of a miscarriage in justice may have occurred. For it is beginning to look as if Melanie was innocent of murdering Charlotte afterall, and that Weekes may have actually stumbled onto evidence that could have exonerated her. Now Hennessey and Yellich must reinvestigate the murder of Charlotte Erickson, to discover not only who murdered her, but who is still willing to commit further murders in order not to be discovered.
This is my third DCI Hennessey/DS Yellich murder mystery, and it the one I've enjoyed most to date. The mystery is an interesting and intriguing one, that pays attention not only to the police investigation on hand, but also to the forensic evidence gathered, and to the M.E's findings. So that one gets a more rounded view of all the evidence that is gathered and what it all entails. I also liked the colourful manner in which Peter Turnbull described events, people and places. His prose style however could take a little getting used to: it is quite old fashioned, leisurely and a little sedate -- so that eventhough events unfolded over a couple of days, one got the sense that a lot more time had lapsed. What really irritated me about this novel however was the editing: it is obvious that Turnbull is someone who enjoys words and language, so that it is really quite criminal that this novel was not edited with better care. Barring that peeve, "Deathtrap" is a rather engrossing and enjoyable read.
Other reviewers have well described the attractions of the book, but I must say I too was very surprised at the editing. I have the Severn House "first world edition" hardback, and it reads more like a proof copy at times.
You can still easily follow the story - it's not that bad - but it is very distracting to find obviously wrong words ("the" instead of "they", for instance). In a couple of places, I was reading merrily along and came to a passage that seemed not really to fit and left me thinking, "huh?..." until I reached the next paragraph and it made sense again.
I don't want to sound too negative, though - nearly every Turnbull book I've read was enjoyable from start to finish. ("Claws of the Griffin" was the exception, but that's a different review.) Hopefully later printings of the book have corrected the problems, but even if they haven't, I still recommend this book.
Note: Peter Turnbull also contributes one or two short stories a year to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which is where I first encountered his work.
Peter Turnbull is a talented author and DEATHTRAP is a completely enjoyable read. It has a very British feel which Americans will enjoy for the differences. Inspector Hennessey is a well developed character that will appeal to the reader.
DEATHTRAP strides the middle ground between the British cozy and more hardcore mystery novels. I couldn't put it down.