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Bury In Haste
Deepbriar series, book #1

by Jean Rowden

      Constable "Thorny" Deepbriar is a rural constable who has always wanted to be a detective. So far, he has obtained his pleasure vicariously reading the adventures of tough PI Dick Bland -but that is about to change. A young man has been kidnapped, but next day he is found relatively unharmed. Most people think heís been the victim of a practical joke, but then somebody with the same name goes missing, so maybe thereís more to it than that. Trouble is, Deepbriarís sergeant doesnít want to have anything to do with missing-persons cases after an embarrassing event a few years earlier. Maybe itís time for a little private investigation?

Anybody who enjoys the TV series Heartbeat, or has read the books of Nicholas Rhea will surely love this. The first in a series about the cases of Deepbriar, it is both a fascinating look at country life during the 1950s and an absorbing detective story. A complex and convoluted tale nicely offsets the gentle appeal of a vanished way of life, portrayed as being simpler and less hurried although fortunately not entirely as a bed of roses. Reading it is rather akin to lying in a warm bath with the rain outside, sipping a nice cup of tea, and as these are all good things you can tell I enjoyed it and hope for many more in the series. If you are looking for a fast pace, bloody deeds and the wonders of forensics you wonít find them here. But it is good to be reminded that there are as many types of detective stories as people who enjoy reading them.

The Book

Robert Hale
August 2007
Historical Crime [1956 Yorkshire, UK]
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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