Official Review: The Killing of Cristobel Tranter

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Official Review: The Killing of Cristobel Tranter

Post by britt13 » 02 Sep 2018, 05:12

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Killing of Cristobel Tranter" by Dennis Talbot.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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If you are searching for a great historical fiction or crime mystery then Dennis Talbot’s, The Killing of Cristobel Tranter, is for you! I was immediately drawn into the book because the main character, Will Dexter, has a great history and a fascinating job. He is a police constable who right off the bat finds a dead body of a woman. This novel expertly mixes Dexter’s home life, past, and the thrilling police work necessary to find the killer!

One of the things I found most impressive about this novel was the dialogue. Dialogue can make or break a book, and Talbot did a wonderful job of making it feel authentic. I enjoyed the quirky slang and period appropriate wording. It also really helped in character building because it created dynamic characters.

Will Dexter is an extremely likable character. His dedication to doing his job well, paired with his treatment of the deceased, was incredibly refreshing. I loved how this novel did not only focus on his work life, but also his home life. He was so tender and loving to his wife. A great deal of the book is also set in flashback memories of his childhood during the Great War (World War I). It gives a glimpse into where his hard work ethic and loving nature come from.

While I absolutely loved the plot of this story, I found many issues with formatting and grammar. It was not a good sign when I found ten errors in just the first twenty or so pages. I also found there to be an excessive use of commas. While commas can help to create dynamic sentences and assist with the flow, it became distracting with how many sentences seemed to just go on forever. I did find, however, that some of the words that I thought were incorrectly spelled were not. Words like “cosy” and “realise” look wrong to me, but are in fact the British spelling. When it came to the formatting it was just an issue of extra spaces throughout different sentences.

It is very hard for me to rate this book; I was so fond of the characters and plot but I can not ignore the errors. I wish that a proper editing had been implemented because that would have solidified a perfect score. As it stands, I rate it a 3 out of 4 stars. While it did have the errors, I would still recommend it to others.

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Post by Alicia09 » 04 Sep 2018, 18:25

I'm glad to hear that the lack of professional editing did not keep you from recommending this book to others. Oftentimes I find that lack of editing is enough to deter most readers. It also sounds like this is a very well written story that warmly and respectfully honors female murder victims. If you like this type of story I would recommend "Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders".

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Post by Cecilia_L » 04 Sep 2018, 20:49

This sounds like a captivating crime mystery. Thanks for the recommendation. Great review!

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Post by Julie Green » 05 Sep 2018, 13:55

I lover a good crime story and I like the sound of this book. Plus, being British, the spelling works in my favour on this occasion! :D
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Post by britt13 » 05 Sep 2018, 20:23

Alicia09 wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 18:25
I'm glad to hear that the lack of professional editing did not keep you from recommending this book to others. Oftentimes I find that lack of editing is enough to deter most readers. It also sounds like this is a very well written story that warmly and respectfully honors female murder victims. If you like this type of story I would recommend "Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders".
Thank you for the recommendation!

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Post by britt13 » 05 Sep 2018, 20:24

Cecilia_L wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 20:49
This sounds like a captivating crime mystery. Thanks for the recommendation. Great review!
Thanks so much! I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it as much as I did!

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Post by britt13 » 05 Sep 2018, 20:25

Julie Green wrote:
05 Sep 2018, 13:55
I lover a good crime story and I like the sound of this book. Plus, being British, the spelling works in my favour on this occasion! :D
Well, that works out great! I knew a few of them (British spellings) but a few were totally new to me. I enjoyed learning something!

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Post by topdan30 » 07 Sep 2018, 07:11

This looks like a good mystery novel. Much Errors put most readers off a book. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Britty01 » 10 Sep 2018, 22:16

Sounds like I would enjoy this crime story. I do not mind the British spellings, as I still get letters from home. I enjoyed the review.

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Post by Kareka88 » 12 Sep 2018, 13:29

Thanks for your review. It sounds like an intriguing book. I can relate to the confusion when British words and spellings are used as they can throw some of us off. I like what you said about the dialogue, and I think I would appreciate this book.
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Post by teacherjh » 24 Sep 2018, 14:54

It sounds like a great plot with well-written characters. This might be a good mystery for me.

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Post by lady-libro » 23 Oct 2018, 11:08

Re: Official Review: The Killing of Cristobel Tranter
Thank you for the honest review. Poor editing can turn many readers off. However, if they are aware of the difference in spelling and colloquial references ahead of time, they will not get hung up on them. I really appreciate how you describe the main character. I entered the book already liking him which made the story that much more enjoyable. It was a well written review that covered the high points without giving anything away.

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