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I'm a fan of Roberts' standalones and this one didn't disappoint. The dialogue was fantastic, plot was well-paced and the suspense was satisfying. In fact, there were only two things that bothered me about this story: I felt the protagonists were a little too perfect, and a lot of the jargon wasn't explained within the story.
First in a series of British mysteries with Detective Sergeant Diane Fry (by the book and just the facts) and Detective Constable Ben Cooper (feelings and local knowledge) in Northern England's Peak District. Plot line is two fold: sloving the murder of a 15 year old girl and the intertwining personal problems and relationship of Fry and Cooper both of whom have character flaws. The story line is good as the lead characters are developed and pulling together the various story lines to solve the mystery.
Very surprising things about this book: The language is very modern; I would never have guessed that Lolita (the book) is 55 years old. Nabokov is incredibly adept with the English language, though it's not his mother tongue. (Yes, he did have an English nanny starting when he was young) The writing style is one of the most meandering and high-context that I have ever seen. It can be both entertaining and confusing, depending on if you're in on the joke.