Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Review: Buckingham Palace Blues by James Craig

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Title: Buckingham Palace Blues
Author: James Craig
Publisher: Constable & Robinson
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 978 1849015851

Rating: 3.5/5

The plot in this is filled with corruption, politics, killers, the rich and those at their mercy.  I found this very easy to get lost in; it came across as very believable.  Alongside the backdrop of the palace are wealthy folk who take everything for granted and the way they treat others and get away with it is fairly unjust and brutal in places.

Although this is fiction, I found it was food for thought in many respects on social injustice and the tipping of the scales of balance.

I found this totally engrossing, although I was irate towards the end as Inspector Carlyle didn’t arrest the person responsible, so overall it appeared that the Inspector could play God as to who he arrests; I thought this kind of defeated the object of all his hard work trying to bring the case to a conclusion, so I wasn't really satisfied with the ending.

I was surprised to realise that Carlyle really wasn’t a people person which made for a different dynamic than most inspector books I’ve read. Some parts of this are explicit in the violence shown.

Book synopsis:
When Inspector John Carlyle discovers a disorientated girl in a park near Buckingham Palace, he takes it upon himself to find out who she is and where she's from. His hunt for the identity of this lost girl takes him from Ukrainian gangsters in North London to the lower reaches of the British aristocracy. Soon, the inspector is on the trail of a child-trafficking ring that stretches from Kiev to London, and back to the palace itself...

Source - many thanks to the publisher, a copy was received in return for an honest review.

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