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The Crime Coast

by Elizabeth Gill

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It is sad that Elizabeth Gill died so young (she was only 32) as based on this book I think she showed a lot of promise in this book.

Young lawyer Paul Ashby is going on holiday by himself on the French Riviera. Before leaving London he encounters an elderly & unwell man who asks him to try to locate his missing son, who Major West believes is somewhere in the Riviera.

The early chapters of this book were amazing. Gill painted her characters deftly & shows a real gift for description. I was certain I was looking at a 5★ read. But about a third of the way in, the book pace slowed & it finished with one of the most dreaded conventions in Golden Age mysteries – a very lengthy explanation at the end. It did cover just about every plot point. I had to knock a half ★ off my rating but I am still keen to read Ms Gill’s second book, What Dread Hand?: A Benvenuto Brown Mystery

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