Still Waters

by Nigel McCrery | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0307388700 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingyorkshire-lasswing of Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on 3/25/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingyorkshire-lasswing from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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Razor-sharp and mesmerizingly eerie—with one of the most clever and ruthless villains to appear in ages—Still Waters is a stunning start to an exciting new crime series.

DCI Mark Lapslie is called in when the decayed body of an elderly woman is unearthed. The body provides few clues, beyond the fact that the murderer had a deadly knowledge of household plants. The dearth of evidence is not Lapslie's only problem. He's just returned to the force after a year trying to overcome the worst symptoms of his synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes him to “taste” sound. The murder appears to be the work of a serial killer who could strike again at any moment, so Lapslie has to find a way to make his synasethsia work for him, not against him. Otherwise the next life taken could be his own.

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Journal Entry 2 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Friday, March 27, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (3/28/2020 UTC) at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom

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This is on its way to a Bookcrossing friend as an Easter Gift.
Happy Easter :-)

Journal Entry 3 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 03, 2020
Thank you so much for the wonderful Easter package, I've been wanting to read this for ages :o)

Journal Entry 4 by wingPlum-crazywing at Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 07, 2020
While this is the first in the Mark Lapslie series it’s the fourth I’ve read & is the one I’ve most enjoyed.

The book opens with a rather shocking prologue where a grandmother turns on her pestering grandchild in a rather barbaric way - it certainly whetted my appetite for more!

The story that follows doesn’t go down the “whodunit” crime route. From the start we know who the murderer is - or at least who she’s claiming to be - & how refreshing for a serial killer to be an older woman for once. This side of the story follows the killer as she targets her victims & inveigles her way into their lives before poisoning them – ouch!! She then takes over the deceased’s identity & assets before moving onto to her next victim…& so on…

The other side of the story is (not unsurprisingly) the police investigation. Led by Mark Lapslie, the investigation is complicated by the fact that he has no idea of who he is looking for & hampered not only by orders from above but his medical condition of synaesthesia which means he tastes noises.

The two stories compliment each other well & as Lapslie tries to track down this pensioner poisoner before more lives are lost, the tension builds beautifully leading to a satisfying conclusion. The characters were all plausible but my only query is with Lapslie’s condition. Most detectives have a fault, quirk, foible, call it what you will, to distinguish them from the hundreds of others out there & Lapslie’s synaesthesia is certainly one of the most unusual characteristics but for me it doesn’t really add anything to the story. Personally, I would have thoroughly enjoyed this novel even if Lapslie was …for want of a better word…normal. Frequent descriptions of the same taste of the same people has the potential to get rather repetitive. That said it’s a risk I’m willing to take & look forward to following this up with book 5.

"Tooth & Claw"(book 2) read Feb 2014
"Scream" (book 3) read April 2016
"The Thirteenth Coffin" (book 4) read March 2018


Journal Entry 5 by wingPlum-crazywing at by mail / post / courier, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 19, 2020

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I wanted to keep this moving to another bookcrosser so it's on its way to dolph1n along with the "Ghost of a Bookring"

Journal Entry 6 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 02, 2020
This looks good. Thank you for sending it to me.

Journal Entry 7 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, January 08, 2021
I like the way the woman's story and Lapslie's are told in alternating chapters. This is different from other crime stories in that we knew from the start who the murderer was or claimed to be.
This is definitely an unusual story and I really enjoyed it. I will look out for more of his books.

Journal Entry 8 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 15, 2021

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On its way to a friend.

Journal Entry 9 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, April 17, 2021
I’m going to resist the temptation to read this one. It will go into my new favourite (big and with a high turnover) LFL when I next visit there which may be today. Thanks for the books and the charity booklets.

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Change of plan, this is returning home to yorkshire-lass with another wishlist book. I checked the Wishes for this book and spotted she had added it recently

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Journal Entry 11 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, April 24, 2021
Thank you for sending this my way, I think I read P-C's JE and put it on my wishlist as it sounded so good. As my book mountain is massive it may take me a while to get to this.

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