The Accident on the A35: An Inspector Gorski InvestigationThe Accident on the A35: An Inspector Gorski Investigation by Burnet Graeme Macrae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you like crime fiction (or is it?*), this book is a little deeper and more thought-provoking than most of this genre’s well-known authors, It has such an aura about it, you could be back for a second reading simply to appreciate it even more than the first time.
The book is clever on so many levels but clever in a way you don’t feel inferior. At times the author seems to be letting you in on a little joke or prank. It is reminiscent of the writing of Georges Simenon and also reminded me of some of the French set books I read in my schooldays.
The asterisk (*) above relates to the foreword and afterword of this book – a tale about an author who committed suicide and the discovery of his manuscript, purportedly this book, years after his death. I felt that gimmicky and unnecessary, but it was intriguing.
The writing itself is a wonder to behold. Mr. Macrae certainly appears to have his pen finger on the pulse of small-town France. It was easy to imagine the settings of many of the book’s locations.
It’s the characters in the book that make it such a delightful read. They range from Detective Gorski, through to the widow of the deceased solicitor, Lucette, and her son Raymond. This book is as much Raymond’s story as it is Gorski’s. The author captures the angst of teenage years, marital infidelity and problems, dementia in old age and the sheer humdrum lifestyles of so many minor characters in the book.
The plot was pedestrian but that was okay by me, as I was wallowing in the delightful prose of the author. The storytelling by the characters held me spellbound. If you like the endings of your crime novels all tied up with a neat bow, then this may not be the book for you. If, on the other hand, you wish to read a ‘good old-fashioned’ novel without a real hero and guns banging away every few chapters, I suggest you read it. You won’t be disappointed.
I would like to thank the publisher Skyhorse Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. I was under no obligation to review it and all opinions expressed are my own.

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