If you follow me on social media, you probably know that I am a huge bookworm. I have always got a book on the go, and frequently read more than one in a week. I was recently asked to join in with the book tour for “A Lover Too Many” by Roy Lewis. I’ve read the book now, so wanted to share my thoughts…
About A Lover Too Many:
Originally published in 1969 for the crime club by Collins; the story is set in 1960’s England. When Jeannette Marlin is found strangled; her husband Peter becomes the prime suspect. The book follows the lead character, Peter’s journey to prove his innocence.
Jeannette had only just returned home from a 7 month hiatus from their marriage. During her absence, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to Peter being guilty, but there’s no real proof. Called in to help solve the murder, Inspector John Crow is must solve the case before anyone else dies.
About The Author:
Roy Royston Lewis is a well-established crime writer, with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England – where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools.
This book clunkily switches from first to third person. You can tell from the writing style that it is not someone looking back at the past – it’s written in the moment. This is obvious by the lack of detail to help you set the scene.
Honestly… the story had potential, and I enjoyed working out who the murderer was, but the writing style definitely wasn’t my cup of tea. I found it tricky to keep up with who was who, because there wasn’t enough description to help me see the characters and scenes in my mind’s eye. If you were alive in the 1960’s, you’ll probably find it easier to read than I did. As an 80’s child, I’m giving it 3/5.
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A Lover Too Many is free to read on Kindle Unlimited, or £0.99 to buy the kindle download. You can opt for a paperback for £5.99 too.
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