Author – Chris Ewan
Published – 2012
Genre – Crime fiction
I don’t have my own Kindle, but with a 20p offer at Christmas combined with 700+ 5 star reviews on Amazon, this seemed worth persuading my nearest and dearest to lend me their eReader.
This started off as a cracking read with a style that made me think of Dick Francis. The setting is the Isle of Man and the hero is Rob, a “heating engineer” and keen motorcyclist. When Rob comes round in hospital after a motorbike crash and asks about his passenger no-one knows anything about her. She wasn’t taken to hospital and the implication from the Police and Doctors is that his grief at the recent loss of his sister has affected his memory.
Fretting over this mystery Rob is helped by a detective who has been asked by Rob’s Mum to investigate the death of his sister. They quickly make a startling discovery at the cottage where Rob first met his mystery girl, and it becomes clear that there is much more going on than meets the eye.
I couldn’t read the first half of the book quickly enough, but somewhere along the way the it lost me. Now it might just be that I was reading it on the kindle and I find that can affect how I feel about a book, but I suspect not. The action was divided between several locations and points of view, and I felt this gave away parts of the story which I would have preferred Rob to uncover for himself, it took some of the mystery away for me.
I enjoyed the setting of the book – there aren’t too many set on the Isle of Man, and it was a great introduction to the area. It’s obvious that the author knows the location well and seemed to make the most of the variety the island offers. Rob is an engaging although reluctant hero, very much in the mould of a Dick Francis character, he is also a pretty battered hero too! What did disappoint me, however, was that the motorbike and TT interest of Rob and his family wasn’t really used in the story – which seemed a bit of a wasted opportunity.
Probably too much action and too little detection for me. But at 20 pence you can’t knock it!
You can see another point of view from Luca Veste.
Score – 3/5