It’s fair to say that I’m a pretty big fan of crime fiction (in case you hadn’t noticed ;)) but as I have done quite a few posts recently about my favourite books and author in this genre for Thrill Week I have decided to go with one that I absolutely loved but seems to get overlooked a lot. Gentlemen and Players is by Joanne Harris who is more famous for her foodie-type novels, in particular Chocolat. She has, in fact, written quite a few books that could be described as darker and this is one of them.
From the first page you know that there are a murder or two which sets the reader up for the unfolding story ahead. The story is set in a public boys school that is centuries old and has a mighty reputation to uphold and is narrated by two people in turn to keep us guessing. Whatever you think you know about this book, think again: by three quarters of the way through I guarantee that you will flick back wondering when you could possibly have missed the signs (not once but twice). I really did not see the ending coming – brilliant twist!
No blood, gore, forensics or profiling but a bloody good read!
Which crime fiction books took you by surprise?