My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although this is the second Zen novel, this is the first one I’ve ever read. I actually started reading these because I’ve recently watched the 2011 mini-series from the BBC. (and I only watched that for Rufus Sewell … 😀 I came for Rufus, and stayed for the story. And I really wish I could think of a way to re-word the first part of that last sentence so that it was a bit more work-friendly *wink wink nudge nudge say no more*…. XD )
Considering I enjoyed the mini-series so much, I thought that I would track down the actual books that inspired the show. Thankfully I did and here we are, reading one of the books. I enjoyed it a lot, even though the TV show differed quite a bit from the original storyline (as per usual … ). I thought that it was very well written and even quite amusing in places. I enjoyed getting inside Zen’s head more and I really liked him as a character. I’m not usually even interested in ‘detective’ or crime/mystery stories, so I surprised myself by liking the Zen series so much. In fact, it really put me in mind of Wallander (both TV series and books) which is another rare ‘crime series’ I really enjoyed.
So aye, I will be reading this book again and will also look forward to reading more in this series.
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