Review published on November 9, 2017.
This is the second book in a series set in the late 1950s that features the admirable news reporter Judy Dimont. Judy now works for the local press in Temple Regis having been in the Royal Navy during the war. The little town is an idyllic seaside resort in Devon where not a lot usually happens, which suits Rudyard Rhys, the editor at the Riviera Express newspaper, very well.
Temple Regis is usually a glorious oasis of calm with only the mundane, like talks at the local townswomen’s guild, to report on. But when the dead body of a young woman is found on a nearby beach the staff at the Riviera Express have a much more exciting story to get their teeth into.
Was it murder or an accident? Opinions seem to differ, but Judy is determined to get to the truth and then another strange death occurs. This brings the little Devon resort to the attention of the national press in Fleet Street and their reporters flood in.
Resort to Murder has a memorable cast ranging from the local Devon beauty queens to the members of Britain’s top beat group ‘Danny Trouble and the Urge’ and it is an easy and pleasing read. Having said that though, there are several layers to this story and it is an enjoyable and at times humourous book. I found the plot was well crafted and the characters were, in the main, very human and believable. Aside from the main players, I liked inspector Topham from the local constabulary and Rudyard Rhys the editor of the newspaper where Judy Dimont is the feisty chief reporter.
I enjoyed reading this immensely and it did actually make me want to read the first book in this series, The Riviera Express, as well. Recommended.
Sara Boorman 4/5
Resort to Murder by T.P. Fielden
HQ 9780008193737 hbk Nov 2017
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