Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Review of The Holiday Murders by Robert Gott (Scribe 2013)
The Holiday Murders is a very competently told police procedural. The real strengths of the book are the plotting and historical contextualisation. The story has a nice pace and cadence, and carefully works all the various clues and participants into place, with some nice feints and blinds. Set in Melbourne in 1943, the story is well framed with respect to the small pockets of anti-Semitism and Nazi sympathisers and agitators who felt the real enemies of Australia were the Jews and communists rather than fascism. Despite this, the sense of place is a little underdeveloped, giving little flavour of the locale. The characterisation is nicely done and there is a good dynamic between the various actors, especially Inspector Titus, Sergeant Joe Sable, and Constable Helen Lord. Overall, an interesting and entertaining read that is hopefully the first in a series.