Book Review: Three Graves Full #fridayreads

Three Graves FullThree Graves Full by Jamie Mason

The blurb: “There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”

But it could always be worse. . . .

More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried.

Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiancé, a fringe-dweller runs from a past that’s quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece it together with the help of a volunteer police dog — all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn’t necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.

My review: A great concept here – a man is harbouring a guilty secret, he’s committed murder and buried the body in his backyard. He lives in turmoil for over a year, plagued by nightmares. Eventually realising he’s left his house to go to wrack and ruin he calls in some gardeners to manicure his front garden instructing them not to go into the back. However several hours later they uncover some grisly remains out front. Yes, out front, not out back. Here follows a sometimes very macabre  sometimes funny crime novel of misdirection and misguided individuals.

Mason has an engaging writing style and her characterisation is good. It was ever so slightly obvious how this was going to end up and it is slightly farcical in many ways, I could almost see it being acted out on the stage.

There is a definite style to this book, the blurb compares it to the Coen Brothers and that isn’t an unjust comparison. It’s slick, fast-paced and moves to it’s conclusion with an inevitably that appears unstoppable. I think that’s my main problem with this novel, there aren’t really any curve balls. As soon as certain incidents and meetings are set in motion it’s an express train to the ending. However the characters are well-rounded and interesting, there is emotional depth and more than a few clichés! It’s a great crime novel, entertaining and one that doesn’t require too much thought.

6.5 stars out of 10! ******.5

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