Author: Robert Daley
Reviewer: Nthabisang Moreosele
I eagerly took this book home because Robert Daley is a past master of police whodunit and crime novels.
His exceptional books includeYear of the Dragon, Hands of a Stranger, Man with a Gun and A Faint Cold Fear.
Daley's latest hero is a former cop who has to investigate a honey trap that has led to the dissolution of the marriage of minor royal European characters.
These characters remain on the fringes of the story and are not well fleshed out. Their role in the book comes dangerously close to a spoof of the usual bodice-ripper novels.
This leaves the reader unsure whether the whole book is a joke or an attempt by a jaded writer to change his style.
Vince Conte is hired by the mother of a royal bride to find out who is behind the tabloid splash of her son-in-law having it off with an unknown beauty.
Conte, not surprisingly, falls for the beautiful decoy, who has lived through a miserable childhood.
Three people die before the story mercifully ends. The investigation is not well handled and most of the twists and turns in the story occur well before one can negotiate the sharp curves.
The story is merely a hodgepodge of other books wrapped around a poor plot that is not very entertaining and is rather flat. A huge disappointment from an author whose style has deserted him.