The Rounder brothers must work diligently to find Jane's killer before more innocent girls die. The Rounder brothers keep secrets from each other and their loved ones. Actually, she knows he is; she simply wants material proof. However, they are communicating more with each other despite the fact that Sam is having an affair with the dead Jane via her diary. Perhaps this novel will venture into the realm of the supernatural.
He's effectively moved out of the house into the garage attic, but wonders how it came to be this way. . York Police Chief Inspector Sam Rounder, who has a weight problem that does not limit him from doing field work, leads the homicide investigation. Rick Rounder, the athletic brother, handles the leg work; he nearly loses his life when traveling to south London to delve deep into Moses' criminal past. One major character, Bill Inchcliffe, appears to love his wife but is addicted to having adulterous relationships.
Highly recommended, it is pure entertainment for all mystery fans. It felt as though every few pages we were getting an inner monolog from a different character. The diary and the paintings have allowed their creator to capture the past, because they never change. There's a potentially interesting cat-and-mouse dynamic buried within the pages of Felicity's Gate but it's completely overshadowed by lengthy discourses on relationships between men and women. Speaking of changes, Sam Rounder is trying to change. Cole does a great job of leaving the reader in doubt about where the story is going, but the flat conclusion comes as a letdown. Meanwhile, the affection-starved Sam, who's on the outs with his wife, takes custody of Wragge's diary and finds himself falling for the dead woman.
I do hope that Sam will lose more weight and be able to fix his broken marriage; I feel confident that Rick and Naomi will remain together forever. Mundy has taken off before York Detective Inspector Sam Rounder arrives on the scene, but he hasn't gone far; he quickly hires Rounder's brother Rick, a private investigator, to prove his innocence. The narration wasn't quite conventional. Rick conceals his client from his sibling while Sam, estranged from his wife, begins to fall in love with Jane after reading her diary that he hid from his investigative team. Hoyos An unknown culprit kills artist Jane Wragge with a juicer in her home near York Cemetery. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the next installment in this intriguing Yorkshire mystery series. Charlie Sheen and him should've been in rehab together.
While Sam's marriage is on the mend, Rick's relationship with his girlfriend Naomi is disintegrating. He stumbles upon her diary which provides a window into her private life, specifically that pertaining to her five lovers. Her live-in lover, Moses Mundy, is the prime suspect; indeed, he found her body and called it in to the police. The story worked well enough, pulling me through the pages steadily, and the continuing characters were people I'd be willing to spend another novel with. The climax is plausible and in fairness well done, but the end is not quite as powerful as the two paths getting there. He is dieting and exercising and attempting to amend his broken marriage. And somewhat ironically, not so much between the brothers, the presumed premise of the series.
Sam, the fatter, rounder brother the brunt of many comical fat jokes , handles the forensic data of the crime scene and secretly reads Jane's diary, causing him to nearly fall in love with her. Review: A murder investigation pits one brother, a cop, against the other, a private investigator — though one isn't aware that the other is working against him — in Felicity's Gate, the second mystery in this series by Julian Cole. Even the author, Julian Cole, seems unnaturally obsessed with sex. Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Felicity's Gate for this review. Fast-paced, the siblings separately investigate the murder of Jane Wragge in which Rick looks at his client's previous associates while Sam depends on the dead woman's diary for clues.
One can't help but wonder what the next Rounder Brothers mystery will contain. The climax is plausible and in fairness well done, but the end is not quite as powerful as the two paths getting there. York Police Chief Inspector Sam Rounder, who has a weight problem that does not limit him from doing field work, leads the homicide investigation. The criminal aspects in the book are well developed and followed through on — there actually is another murder committed — but are so secondary to everything else that this can hardly be called a crime novel at all, let alone a thriller as proclaimed on the dust jacket cover. It felt as though every few pages we were getting an inner monolog from a different character. If you like Brit mysteries, this one is worth a look.
With a nod to the Preminger movie Laura, Felicity's Gate is a fantastic whodunit that has the reader wondering what is going to happen next. Sam has no clues to finding Mundy — Sam is unaware that Rick is currently in his employ — while Mundy sends Rick off to London to get the evidence that he claims will exonerate him. Let's call it 3+ stars. I wouldn't want my teenage nephews reading it. Her latest lover, Moses Mundy, a former hit man for south London thugs, is the prime suspect. He buys his wife Michelle flowers; unfortunately, he gets slightly drunk while walking home and damages them. Meanwhile, Rick's older brother, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Rounder, is investigating Jane's murder.