She takes her sweet time in figuring things out, then has a showdown with the criminal.This is a point that often lets down crime mysteries, and it seems to be very hard to write this well.There are "seemingly" two seperate story lines in this book, that only merge at the end, although it's not hard to work out where the connection is.
Only the verger hears them and he dismisses the noise as his imagination.(I think IAlthough some parts are dated now, as this was originally published in 1991, it's still a good read.Kate is a believable character with a high likeability factor and the opposite can be said for Dr Swire, who is literately unlike-able right from the moment he's introduced. The last final paragraphs are a truly dark yet delicious conclusion that had me smiling and saying to myself, "Couldn't have happened to a more deserving character."Peter James, has an innate ability to make the mundane interesting and the obscure believable and although this book has a smattering of scenarios that may appear implausible when they'd been woven into the text they work well.It was an ok book for sitting around on trains and planes - kind of standard, slightly obvious crime mystery.It's perhaps not the fastest moving plot, but reasonably well written.