The Devil's Horn

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Mar 2020

Member Reviews

The author is a well known travel writer and this shows in the environmental descriptions.  Personally, I thought they got a bit too close to travelogue, or holiday in Mallorca brochure, at times, which gets in the way, not of the plot but rather of the flow of the reading experience.  Show don’t tell is a dictum which springs to mind.  There are actually two plots, a kidnapped child and a drug cartel murder.  The former is really too predictable, perhaps its main function is to explain why the heroine – a former police officer – has been lured back into service.  The latter has a number of twists, some interesting characters, a bit of depth and adventure.  Detective stories always have fairly natural coincidences to allow the protagonist to put the solution together, but this one does rely a bit too much on contrivance and the main twist is not very hard to spot.  Having said all that, I did find it an easy read but more of a holiday read rather than a serious challenge.
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A delightful story set in Mallorca with all of the associated smells, sun, food and wine. I generally complain about lack of contextualisation and descriptions but cannot do that with this book. It's almost too much, certainly at first, but, once immersed in the story itself it's necessary and highly enjoyable. Yes, essentially a story of murder, drugs and kidnapping but the ex police inspector now running a holiday-home rental business is up to that - much to the initial aggravation of both the local police Inspector and the Guardia. She does tend, at times, to jump in without thinking first, but her faithful friends come to the rescue, not to mention her pet ferret. Sufficient twists and turns amongst the delicious food that gets served to keep the reader engaged. Thanks to NetGalley and Burro Books for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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One of the best things about reading an ebook is 5hat you can immediately find out what words mean, either by translation or a dictionary.  I've now learned a few words of Spanish  - or Mallorcan - I don't know which. An excellent and enjoyable book. Well written and the people involved have real depths. 

Loved it

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I read an advance review copy of the book.  This review is voluntary,  honest and my own opinion.
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I really enjoyed this, the story was well told and the writing was good. The crime solving and the characters were believable and you could feel the Mallorcan sunshine.
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Isabel may have retired from the police force but she can't quite give up solving crimes! Between a gruesome murder and an abduction of a little girl from the beach she has her work cut out for her. This is a fun and engaging read. Isabel has an amazing knack for spotting when people are hiding things, and she's always a few steps ahead of the police on these cases.
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Murder, abduction, investigations, Spanish holiday feeling and descriptions of its cultures and surroundings ....all packed in this. 
Slow paced but a gentle satisfying crime solving read. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC
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I really enjoyed this book immensely. As a regular visitor to the beautiful island of Mallorca I had actually been to some of the areas mentioned in this book and so could set the scene in my mind wonderfully. The story put me in mind of a Death in Paradise storyline. I hope that this will be the first in a series of many as I would love to know what happens to Isabel next.
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