Charles, Paul - 'The Beautiful Sound of Silence'
It's 5th November on Primrose Hill in London. Hundreds of people are enjoying the fireworks and keeping warm by the impressive bonfire, when screams are heard, and it becomes obvious that someone has been hidden in the bonfire and is burning to death. The police soon discover the body is of a retired detective superintendent from Camden station. Detective Chief Inspector Christy Kennedy and his team have their work made difficult as the deceased superintendent, David Peters, made many enemies by cutting corners to gain convictions and taking bribes. Among the suspects are his wife, his mistress and a local villain whose grandson is living with Peter's granddaughter. The case is made more difficult because Christy's boss was a family friend of the Peters.
This is the ninth book featuring the Irish detective, fascinating for those that know the many landmarks in Camden town and the surrounding area. This is a good police procedural series which is slightly old fashioned, but the laconic Kennedy makes for a satisfying and enjoyable read. His ongoing relationship with the local journalist, Ann Rea also features significantly in this novel.
Geoff Jones, England