“Blood Sympathy”, by Reginald Hill

Novel, 1993

Murder mystery, set in Luton and featuring the first outing of ex-car plant worker Joe Sixsmith and his cat, Whitey. If this sounds a little mixed up and curious, it matches the book’s taste and flavours which awkwardly mix thriller, mystery, soap opera and social commentary. By no means a dud, although the book hasn’t aged especially well, with some of the language and attitudes expressed distinctly mid-twentieth century. A nice diversion, although not an awful lot, in all honesty, to entirely cherish.

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