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Author: N.J. Fountain
Published: 18 February 2016
Reviewed: 24 February 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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4 out of 5 Stars



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A Banquet Of Consequences

Author : Elizabeth George
Published: 01 October 2015
Reviewed: 10 November 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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2 out of 5 stars



Inspector Lynley investigates the London end of an ever more darkly disturbing case, with Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire and deceit.

The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge?
Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with bestselling feminist writer Clare Abbott and her pushy personal assistant Caroline Goldacre gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs DI Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime.
A very slow start, to this novel, whilst it’s important to meet the characters and find out about them, it felt that a lot of pages were dedicated to minute details that didn’t seem overly relevant to the story, other than making me wonder constantly which one of them was going to end up the victim. 

The story line of the novel is interesting, but the actual writing for me let it down.  The dialogue between characters was irritating in places, maybe the author used techniques to illustrate the characters talking in a local dialect, but for me this was something that became almost unbearable and I will admit I did skip a lot of the dialogue once I’d gleaned the relevant details.  The flawed characters are well written, their behaviours and mental attitudes are well described and you feel almost annoyed at some of them at times for being so naive or so downright crazy. 

There were places in this book that I felt that the mini dramas were there solely to “pad out” this already incredibly lengthy novel, the Rory/Fiona story, the Charlie/India/Nat story were just some examples of this.  It also felt that a lot of relevance was given to the character Lily, but she failed to appear in the novel very often except from at the start, she seemed like quite an interesting and likeable character so I was a little disappointed that she seemed to drift away and was all but forgotten about by the author. 

I really wanted to  like this novel, the blurb make it sound so intriguing and until about half way through I was hooked, but in the second half of the book my interest was waning and in the end I was just relieved to have finished this book and move on to something else.  Overall, it was a good idea for a book, the plot started well,  but it dragged on too often for me and felt like this book could have made a better impression if it were cut in half, irrelevant padding removed and dialogue tidied up. 
I would like to thank Hodder and Stoughton for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 1st Novelber, a copy can be purchased here A Banquet Of Consequences (UK Kindle Version)

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