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Paperback Details
  • 01/2018
  • 978-0992584054
  • 206 pages
  • $10.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2017
  • 978-0-992-5840-6-1 B07848BHT2
  • 159 pages
  • $3.99
The Fourth String
“The Claremont”, an outdated, run-down apartment building, is thrown into turmoil when its latest and most celebrated resident, Crispin Fairchild, conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is found murdered. His eccentric neighbours and members of the orchestra appear saddened by his death but are they? Is one of them his killer? These are questions Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn asks himself when he takes on the case and unearths not only the innermost secrets of those who knew Crispin, but the enigma that surrounds him.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Paterson has created an engaging mystery that keeps readers interested. The story is filled with twists and turns and likable characters who move the narrative along.

Prose/Style: The story flows smoothly and the language is simple and yet descriptive. The dialogue proves interesting and creates a distinct voice for each character.

Originality: The story is a bit reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s style and her famed detective hero, Poirot. This story would comfortably fit in the same genre but still felt unique.

Character Development/Execution: The characters are colorful and detailed. The backstories are not overly deep, but the characters are described in a way that let the reader fully picture them.

Date Submitted: July 01, 2021

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 01/2018
  • 978-0992584054
  • 206 pages
  • $10.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2017
  • 978-0-992-5840-6-1 B07848BHT2
  • 159 pages
  • $3.99

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