REVIEW OF SHAMUS DUST
I didn't intend to take so long in reading this one, but the descriptions of post-war 1947 London had me following our noir-detective, Newman, all over London on Google Maps. (Yes, I'm one of those types of readers.) And I loved it! The plotting was also very good. The story was just complex enough so you wouldn't get lost in the undergrowth of cops, lawyers, wives, councillors, etc. who milled about adding their own atmosphere to the mystery. I've read a lot of noir murder mysteries and this one sits quite near the top now. I felt like I was breathing the noxious London fog, sitting in the cabs traveling through the streets and sitting in The Pelican sipping a drop of heaven's nectar. Gotta love when you feel you are there, eavesdropping on the characters.
And there's quite a bit of murder mystery to solve! Those murders! Yet, the story hung together quite well and the ending was very satisfying after the long journey. Can't wait to see what Ms Roger gets up to next... I'll definitely be looking out for her in the future (... with more Newman, perhaps?).