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Friday, January 9, 2015

Book 1 Completed

I have completed the first book Errors of Judgement (390 pages) on the train last night. Although this was in the Crime and Thrillers section in the library the book was neither. It was basically a soap opera set in the legal profession, but there were no crimes in the book and any legal cases in the plot are very peripheral to the story, so in no way is it a crime novel. The plot, just like a soap, flitted between different characters, and there were several contemporaneous story lines. Most of the story lines involved sex, intrigue and relationships, and there were endless trips to expensive London wine bars, restaurants and casinos along the way. As there are so many characters you could run and run with this format, like a long-running soap, bringing different people to the forefront in each book. As there are eight books set in the same office (this is the eighth in the series), I gather that's exactly what the author Caro Fraser has been doing for the last 20 years. The book was competently written, and it achieved its objective because I have never read anything quite like it before. But I only award it 4/10 because it just seemed a bit "light" and purposeless.

In my next update I will reveal the identity of Book 2, which I have already started, another novel from the Crime section.

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