Date: October 2003
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Historical Crime [Yorkshire, England 1960s]
Rachel A Hyde
In The Wilderness
this reviewer, you are a devoted fan of ITV's long-running "Heartbeat"
then you will be glad that there is yet another book out in this
even longer-running series. If you are wondering what all the fuss
is about and have perhaps never seen the show or you have but have
never read any of the books then dive in. This is one series where
is does not matter which book you start with; each book is a collection
of anecdotes (some of which are no doubt apocryphal) relating to
the author's career in the North Yorkshire constabulary in the 1960s.
It is all heart-warming stuff, the literary counterpart perhaps
of a long hot bath and in common with such a wonderful way to relax.
Don't think that this is fantasy though - fantasy is a lot more
violent - as each book opens a window on what it was like to live
in rural Yorkshire not so long ago. So it is not just escapism,
but a social history lesson (or nostalgia, depending on age and
Find out why Nicholas Rhea is building
a snowman on the cover with some children, how floods can be prevented
and what drives people to impersonate the police. Laugh when Claude
Jeremiah Greengrass has to round up a runaway double bass and wonder
what he wants with lots of old beer cans, or when identical twins
cause havoc. Say "aahhh" when a local thief proves to
have a soft heart when it comes to a young boy's stolen property
and when a lonely farmer finds love unexpectedly. It will make you
yearn for the past, even if you were actually there and it didn't
seem quite so rosy
Cynicism aside, it does make fascinating
reading whether you have seen the TV series or not and Nicholas
Rhea's relaxing conversational style suits the material just fine.