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Rope Enough (The Romney and Marsh Files Book 1) (English Edition) eBook Kindle
On her first night as his sergeant, a brutal crime in the town starts a chain of events that will test the mettle, the resolve and the detective in both of them.
The Romney and Marsh Files now number six (nearly seven). They don’t have to be read in order; they do all work as stand-alone novels. However, to get the most out of each it is recommended that they are consumed in the order in which they were prepared, a bit like the courses of a good meal. (Who wants to eat ice-cream before a bowl of soup?)
Here are the books of the series in order:
#1 Rope Enough
#2 Making a Killing
#3 Joint Enterprise
#4 A Dog’s Life
#5 Particular Stupidities
#6 Unhappy Families
#7 A White-Knuckle Christmas (In production.)
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- ASIN : B00AIZ5ME6
- Idioma : Inglês
- Tamanho do arquivo : 3910 KB
- Leitura de texto : Habilitado
- Leitor de tela : Compatível
- Configuração de fonte : Habilitado
- X-Ray : Habilitado
- Dicas de vocabulário : Habilitado
- Número de páginas : 225 páginas
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It all depends upon where you start from: if you compare this to the best, professionally published, novels it is easy to see the flaws and failures. If you begin from the average Kindle novel, let alone the average "free" book, it is clearly much better than they.
There are other novels where the characters' names are puns or wordplays. There are other novels where the older cop has private attitudes that clash with the publicly acceptable face of the police. In and of themselves, these things did not detract from the novel, for me. Although that does not mean that I liked or approved of Romney's attitude to women in general or to his girlfriend in particular. I was able to stand back a little from these, however, as I saw them as the attitudes of the character.
There were points, however, where I felt I was hearing the voice and opinions of the author, esp. in relation to the Kosovans. These opinions were much more offensive to me personally.
The rape story was, to mind, described with relative restraint, but the internet pornography sub-theme, although paused before the worst, was more shocking and was more gratuitous. I understand and sympathise with those who deplore any use of violence against women in novels: on the other hand, a crime novel by its very nature, deals with violence. Realism requires that it reflects some aspects of the real world. Ultimately, it would seem wrong to suggest that some forms of (fictional) violence are acceptable and others are not; if we are uncomfortable with violence, then perhaps we should reject the entire genre? Or do the critics think that men deserve to be the only victims in the world of fictional crime? In saying this, I am asking a serious question, not applauding any violence against anyone, nor taking a supposedly "pro-men" stance.
The golden age writers, Sayers and Christie, and others, tended to avoid sexual violence and also presented "clean" deaths which were about as far from real murder as it was possible to get, where the crime is simply a puzzle to be solved - Cluedo in book form. Nowadays, we expect more realism and that tends to mean more violence and more realism. I am not suggesting that there are no limits nor that "anything goes". There are some writers who seem to be indulging their own sadistic fantasies rather than writing for the public. Unfortunately, we may have to accept that people do not agree just where the limits are or should be. I am opposed to formal censorship, but am aware that self-censorship often does not occur in most media.
To get back to the novel: Personally, I know of people, in jobs outside the Police, who find themselves under almost impossible pressures - look at almost any public service job and many commercial occupations - and who have to burn the candle at both ends in order to try to keep their family and social lives going while continuing to work. Thus, it is entirely believable that Romney would try to maintain his sex life, even while working hard. It is also quite possible to be relatively fit in one's forties and to be attractive to a younger woman. Nevertheless, Romney's behaviour vis-a-vis his romantic partner did seem quite impractical and unhelpful and his attitudes towards women are horrible. I did wish for more back story to unpack why he is as he is.
Joy Marsh and Julie Carpenter are far too shallow and two dimensional. Julie Carpenter's actions seem to depend on the needs of the plot rather than arising from a well-formed personality. The interaction between Carpenter, Romney and Marsh and a civilian indirectly involved in the case did not seem realistic, although it made a nice contrast to the usual stereotypical hard-bitten and unfeeling police one often finds in novels and tv.
In this regard, I found Romney's superior to be less of a caricature than is normally the case - almost every British tv cop has to deal with a boss who is clearly incapable of solving a puzzle in the Beano and who has been promoted in order to keep them off the front line and who is more concerned about PR and politics than with the victims or the realities of the work.
The background to the primary crime and the actual perpetrator made an odd kind of sense and the author did leave enough hints for me to begin to solve the puzzle quite early on. I know that some people found the scenario unbelievable, but there are sufficient near parallels, both in the UK and USA, to make this situation possible.
The major reasons for reducing the star rating are:
First in terms of the plot:
The death of one victim is left unresolved, both for the reader and within the world of the novel. Obviously, there are real cases which are unsolved, but Coroners have the option of returning an Open Verdict.
The missed evidence which helps to prove the Police case against a suspect is completely unrealistic in the context of modern forensics and technology. It might have happened in a bygone era, but not in today's world.
The final capture of said suspect is unrealistic and highly risky, it just didn't seem that it would have been approved as an option in real life.
Secondly, in terms of the writing:
Long run on sentences without any punctuation, or incorrect punctuation.
Some "clunky" sentences.
Poor grammar or odd and unidiomatic turns of phrase, sentences that did not read coherently or did not sound realistic.
I know some people have thrown around the term "Grammar Nazis", but the quality of writing does make a difference to a book. I am perfectly capable of coping with American grammar or with dialect and local idioms, but grammar and punctuation are not solely about style; they are about meaning as well. If the sentences are poorly constructed, then meaning is lost or, at least, obscured and the reader has to work much harder to get through the book. Fiction reading should not be an exercise in English comprehension, which means that writing style does matter.
Romney comes across as a fairly bog standard policeman of a certain age, in that is he is prejudiced, opinionated, divorced and with a sense of humour many would say is off colour (but not nearly as off colour as that of his constables). His new sidekick Marsh is more sympathetic and adjusting to her involuntary move to Dover and cantankerous new boss with some trepidation. We are thrown into the deep end as they are called to investigate a nasty rape. A tangled series of events follows as they pursue their enquiries. Although there is nothing that jumps out at you as particularly original, Romney is likeable and often recognises his own flaws as he goes about his enquiries and occasionally toe curling love life, with Marsh gently trying to keep him on the straight and narrow without endangering her career. It's not just a whodunnit, it also dwells on the doings of Dover CID and their daily battles with the public, political correctness, work/life balance and some really terrible jokes. If you prefer everything neatly wrapped up as a big reveal at the end, this is not the place to find it.
The plot is somewhat far fetched but that could be said of most detective stories; the choice of names perhaps makes it a bit harder to suspend disbelief. There is plenty of humour to leaven the drama although there were times where I wasn't sure if misogynistic or xenophobic comments were meant to be Romney's, or ironic or were actually that of the author; I decided to give Tidy the benefit of the doubt. Although the grammar nazis have had a go, I wasn't distracted by many mistakes so possibly I've picked up a corrected version or I'm just becoming hardened after years of reading self published novels that should of had a editor.
The central character of this novel is Detective Inspector Romney and he is an old school policeman. To balance this out is the new copper on the block, Detective Sergeant Joy Marsh and she is the modern face of British policing.
I enjoyed reading Rope Enough as it ticks all the boxes for a regular police procedure crime thriller. Character development was good, the plot was good and I liked the way this story was told. I think it would make a good television drama. Oliver shows great talent with the format of his book which made for a very comfortable read. I thought the pace was right and I was impressed that the crimes featured were very unusual. I thought it was brilliant how the motive for the crimes was fully explored and explained.
All the odds and ends were tidied up at the end which left me with a good impression of Case Closed. Rope Enough covers a lot of ground but Romney and Marsh get to the bottom of these crimes by using their very good detective skills. This was not a case of some police specialist finding the key to these crimes but good old fashioned thinking of “what if?”.
I found Rope Enough a very entertaining read and it gave me all I want from a novel. Rope Enough gets the top score of 5 stars from me and whenever I glance at a table, a smile spring’s to my face.
Having detectives called Romney and Marsh is a bit comical so I was not expecting much! However, it had a very decent plot and was in my opinion well written without all the glaring mistakes often seen in free offers. I did find it hard to connect with the characters though, so do not think I will buy further installments.
Bad language appears only occasionally and is used appropriately. The book shows no daft sexual bias. The very beginning of the story is so well written that it is disturbing. Don't let that put you off!