By Kay House
Amazon US – Kindle Edition. 5 Stars…
This is a beautifully written cozy historical police procedural. I read the Kindle version, and it was clear to me that the occasional typographical error had to do exclusively with the publishing medium. Mr. Abbot’s writing is elegant, and his diction is precise. He has set his mystery principally between the World Wars, and he demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the first half of the 20th Century.
This book is a cross between cozy and police procedural, and it hits that perfect spot so that you feel a little as if you’re with Dame Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Dame Ngaio Marsh or Dorothy Sayers. The characters are full. The detectives are engaging. The plot is full of twists and turns, and the rules for detective stories laid out by Ms. Sayers and protected by Dame Agatha are adhered to faithfully.
I enjoyed the book so much that I kept turning its pages instead of running the errands I had planned to do, and I’m giving thanks for it by writing this review while I should be catching up on them. Dr. Pieter Straay is an engaging detective, and his cooperation with “the force” is well crafted.
Well done, Mr. Abbott! I’m eager to read your next book.