A Killing in November: The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month (DI Wilkins Mysteries)

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A Killing in November: The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month (DI Wilkins Mysteries)

A Killing in November: The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month (DI Wilkins Mysteries)

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The two sides of Oxford are well portrayed, there is some pretty good characterisation and Ryan’s relationship with his 2-year-old son is especially well painted, I think. Mason creates a pair of detectives that managed to catch my interest, particularly Ryan, and he gives a great sense of location in Oxford, the starkly different sides, with the University and the poverty and unrest to be found at the other end of the social strata.

Discretion is a venerable Oxford tradition, so too refinement and good manners; it is rare for a college to have anything so crude as a sign with its name on outside its gates. As a young Detective Inspector, he's lost none of his disgust with privileged elites - or his objectionable manners. But I did find a lot of the tropes pretty lazy (posh guy eating Waitrose meals, poor guy wearing trackies and being casually bigoted) and while I get that the novel was going for the edgy detective as its USP, I found the Ryan character to verge too far towards the offensive, implausible and unlikeable. In the beginning the young detective, Ryan Wilkins sounded irritating and a little over the top, like a male Vicky Pollard.Om inte annat för att jag gav Anne Holt en trea häromsistens - det här är bättre läsning, även om det tar emot att säga som gammalt Holt-fan). Perhaps a second outing of the duo, with Ryan kicked out of the police force, is a more plausible endeavor.

I must admit at the beginning I found Ryan a character that stretched credulity as he dressed in trackies and a baseball cap worn backwards, arriving from Wiltshire under a dark cloud, rude and aggressive in his questioning of suspects and witnesses, with strong anger management issues, but he grew on me, and I found I was more than willing to suspend my sense of disbelief. This has done nothing to change his behaviour, however, which remains crude, coarse and not infrequently offensive. I agree with other reviewers that maybe little Ryan is a bit advanced for his age though I have met one very articulate two and a half year old.

This is such a brilliant, compelling, gripping and thrilling book, that as soon as I had it in my hands I had to read it. But there are shadows of Morse in Ryan's fierce cleverness, his forensic mind and his relentless pursuit of the truth whatever the personal and professional cost. In contrast, Ray Wilkins is the son of African immigrants, university educated with a wife and is a suave dresser. He splits his time between writing at home and a part-time editorial position with David Fickling Books, an imprint of Random House and publisher of his 2011 children's novel, Moon Pie.

Meet DI Ryan Wilkins, slouching onto the Oxford crime scene in ill-fitting tracksuit trousers, mistaken for a teenage offender with that scowl on his youthful face, and just about to put his anger management problems on display. This novel uses the friction of ‘town and gown,’ well and throws fast tracked Ray into uncomfortable situations as he is first stunned by Ryan’s unconventional behaviour and yet finds his initial dislike changes into grudging respect. So I wondered what might happen if his first case involved the famously pompous Provost of Barnabas Hall. His novels have been shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Branford Boase Prize for Best First Children's Novel, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Costa Prize for Best Children's Book, and have won the Betty Trask for Best First Novel and the Crimefest Prize for Best YA Crime Novel. But it had been recommended by well-regarded Goodreads friends, and so I decided to read one more short chapter.

The author does an excellent job of creating two well defined detectives, who each have their own issues to deal with and who complement each other well.

I couldn’t possibly say how my friend responded, though I will say that he had a wicked sense of fun.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. His professional partner, DI Ray Wilkins, of affluent Nigerian-London heritage, is an impeccably groomed, smooth-talking graduate of Balliol College, Oxford.

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