13 November 2010

Started Early, Took My Dog; Kate Atkinson

Started Early, Took My DogStarted Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The number of plot threads introduced and kept going here should overwhelm the reader and the author, but that's simply not the case. All the Jackson Brodie mysteries are complex and it is to Ms. Atkinson's credit that she makes it look simple.

We're a year (or so) after the events in When Will There Be Good News? and the characters there are referred to only tangentially. Jackson is working as a private detective trying to find out who Hope McAllister really is (she's an adoptee looking for her parents). This thread intermingles with that of Tracy, a recently retired police Superintendent, Tilly, an old and going slightly senile actress, and the events of 1975. There's also a new killer on the loose (three victims), the mystery of Courtney and the other Jackson. Not every thread is followed through to completion, and it'll be interesting to see if any of them are picked up in future books.

This is not a "cozy", but there's no physical violence.

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