Monday, May 19, 2014
Review of Another Case in Cowtown by Mel Healy (2013)
Private investigator Moss Reid is a fairly unassuming guy who scrapes by solving relatively mundane and routine enquiries. He’s rarely in a rush, does not play the hard man, is generally quite convivial, and has the right amount of patience to hang around for hours waiting for clues and to deal with antsy clients. He’s not quite as organised as he could be, but things generally fall into place. He’s an appealing character and, along with the sense of place and the pacing and asides, he’s the key ingredient to Another Case in Cowtown. Healy captures the atmosphere and habits of Dublin, with some nice observations, and the story drifts along, with the occasional tangent that often involves food. The plot has Reid investigating a number of cases, all of which has some interest, but falters a little in the last quarter through some over-complication and gaps. Nevertheless, the story is a pleasant and entertaining read.