Fool Me Twice by J M Dalgliesh [8/10]

In just a little over two years, British crime fiction author J M Dalgliesh has pumped out ten police procedurals featuring DI Tom Janssen and his eclectic team of detectives in picturesque Norfolk. Belying that rapidity of publication, the recent Janssen outings have been his best yet, and “Fool Me Twice” is a meaty, twisty investigative treat for the reader hungry for a diet of crime and justice. This time a top lawyer is discovered savagely murdered in his home and the trail through old clients and current family turns out to be as baffling as any Janssen has encountered. The author is a sophisticated, slick stylist, and the supporting cast of characters swirling around dependable, whip-smart Tom makes for a captivating read. I had been hoping that at some point the abiding cast of players would be tested, instead of coasting along like a old-style fictional tableau, but this vague notion was swept aside as soon as I began reading Fool Me Twice. A cracker of a plot, an ace read, Mr. Dalgliesh!

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