Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but this book sounded interesting. After surviving World War I, Laurence Bartram learns that his old friend John Emmett has apparently killed himself. Laurence agrees to investigate for John's sister Mary. But as one of the characters tells Laurence, "You're dogged but you're not a natural detective. . ." What I liked about this mystery that was different from others I've read was that it presented Laurence's musings about the case as he learned bits and pieces. Most of those musings turned out to be wrong, but it was interesting to follow. There is a quote on the cover of the book that states, "The new Birdsong - only better." I would have to disagree with that statement. While I basically enjoyed the book and thought it was fairly well written, it was not as good as Birdsong in my opinion. I rate it 3 out of 5.