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by Paul Charles
St. Martin's Minotaur, November 2003
160 pages
ISBN: 0312318723

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Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy is called to view a body found in London's Regent's Canal. Martin Shaw heard something apparently fall off the canal boat as they pulled out, preparing for their first trip of the day. The pathologist on duty recognizes the body as belonging to Dr Edmund Berry, one of the doctors at the local hospital.

Visits to the doctor's home reveal nothing in his home life to account for his apparent accident or suicide. One of his patients, schoolteacher Susanne Collins had been misdiagnosed, and died while he was in charge. He was very drunk when he fell into the canal, but he didn't drink. Collins' brother and her boyfriend had both threatened Dr. Berry, but they don;t seem to be responsible for his death.

Meanwhile, Kennedy brews endless cups of tea, tries to make up his mind to pursue journalist ann rea, who he always refers to as ann rea, and tries to make sense of the death of the well-liked doctor

This book originally appeared in 1998 and has been out of print for a while. Paul Charles produced some of the Beatles records and is well known in that field. I think, that although North London and the area around Camden Town is well depicted, and the book is short, the quirks of the main characters, Inspector Kennedy and ann rea his photojournalist paramour, are a bit too much to take. I wonder why St Martin's chose to reprint this when so many other books are out there waiting to be published.

Reviewed by Barbara Franchi, October 2003

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