Adam Finnegan Black, or ‘Finn’, an innocent young American who is insatiably curious about life, made a promise to his mother before she died: To find out what really happened to his father…
Death in Leamington is more than a crime story; it is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Set in the genteel Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa, the murder of an elderly foreign visitor sets off an intricate chain of events, surprising literary encounters and one too many unexplained and gruesome deaths. Inspector Hunter and his new assistant DC Penny Dore race to solve the murders, but as the body count mounts and each new lead evaporates; Hunter becomes more and more convinced that there are darker forces involved.
Jade does not see the world like everyone else.
This is a wonderfully crafted piece of literary fiction. Intense, confusing and sensual, it is simply an impressive novel. The description is beautifully crafted and never loses momentum; high quality writing remains throughout. I loved the plot (and personally, I thought it got better as the novel went on), and found it original and captivating.
An immaculately crafted romantic mystery, David Smith does a brilliant job of delivering an intriguing, sometimes amusing and often unsettling story that is both plausible and vivid. A reasonably quick book to read I thought it was extremely well written with superbly nuanced characters that quickly come to life and are easy to imagine in the context of both location and narrative. For readers looking for something special this is the one.