Cold Flat Junction

Cold Flat Junction

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large print ed
  • 0753165589
  • 9780753165584

Review Text

Readers who enjoyed Martha Grimes's Hotel Paradise will welcome this sequel, in which the 12-year-old narrator Emma Graham continues, with a moody sensitivity that belies her age, to fret over and pry into the lives of the occupants, past and present, of her isolated corner of America. Emma is still obsessed with finding out the true circumstances behind the death of 12-year-old Mary-Evelyn, who drowned in the local lake a generation ago. And that's not the only mysterious demise in town ? is a man being held responsible for a murder he could not have committed? The town itself is a faded lakeside resort, the kind of place where old men sit outside the general goods store and remember. Emma soaks up the atmosphere of secrecy and decay, feeling the presence of ghosts as well as currents of fresher gusts of bad feeling, especially between her mother and her new business partner. Together the two women run the town's down-at-heel hotel, where a tippling auntie provides gothic commentary and makes repeated requests for strong drink from her upstairs lair. Grimes certainly takes her time and Emma's journal of her oblique observations and amateur sleuthing seems to record every last immature thought, observation about her neighbours, banal conversation and piece of detective work. Of course, as a child Emma is often obliged simply to observe the folly and evil of her elders and betters while powerless to act in the way a 'proper' detective could. So the emergence into the light of truth and justice is a slow and frustrating business. This book is for those who appreciate the painstaking weaving of atmosphere and gradual growth of mystery. (Kirkus UK)show more