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In this second mystery featuring Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, the veteran detective is called out of retirement once again. His assignment appears simple: travel to Canada to retrieve the body of a murdered Scotland Yard colleague. But Peter cannot resist delving into the oddities of the crime. His colleague was brutally attacked, run down by a car, and then dumped in a canal, yet the probable motive for the murder is bizarre: the theft of three letters from the U.S. Civil War era, one of them signed by the assassin John Wilkes Booth. Haunting the investigation is the beautiful Alice Nahri, girlfriend of the dead man.

The Drowned Man reacquaints readers with characters from Walking into the Ocean as well as introduces Maddy, Peters daughter-in-law, whose amateur sleuthing back in England proves pivotal in cracking the case.

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Drowned Man, The
Average rating
3.3 / 5
Not an escape
December 31st, 2013
One reads fiction in order to escape. However if things become too unrealistic one is lurched out of the fantasy by the jarring unreality, "this is just not possible". Nowhere in the UK would people wander around carrying guns as in this story. It just is not feasible, the laws are totally different and would be treated much more seriously. The British cop at the centre of the story uses odd language, the "dears" and other terms of endearment seem clumsy and don't fit into any British dialect I'm aware of. He doesn't fit together emotionally either, at the end he allows his beloved dog to become involved in a fight with another dog, killing it. Why? This incident makes no sense. So although there was a storyline I was jarred out of the escape too often for this to be a satisfying story. Others have criticized the use of American dialect in a "British" story. My concern is with the storyline which is totally improbable even out with the historical premise.
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Interesting read
August 28th, 2013
Enjoyed the book as a whole, even made me read up a bit on the history of Canada. Got a bit lost sometimes with all the comings and goings but generally a good read. What I didn't get at all was the dog fight at the end - completely unconnected to the rest of the book for me - I got the message but would gladly have gone without it - absolutely unnecessary, ruined the end and left me feeling really bad.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
August 7th, 2013
Page turner and held your interest more than the first Peter Cammon mystery. Look forward to reading his next adventure.
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