‘The Lady Who Turned’ review

30 Apr

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I liked the first book in this series, but wondered at the time whether Tony Drury would be able to build on that very interesting start, or whether he would crash and burn. A lot of writers, sadly, only have one good book in them. However, in Drury’s case, each book gets better structured, better paced and better written than the one before. It takes a lot of skill to merge two very different styles of novel, the thriller and the romantic, but Drury finds the right balance. The plot is gripping, things happen fast. There is a dead body on the first page, and plenty more to follow. There is brilliant, conflicted policewoman (Sarah Rudd from the previous novels), battling the police establishment as well as a ruthless murderer and kidnapper. There is the finance, a “fat finger” trade creating havoc that comes at you totally unexpectedly.

The way Drury’s novels dip in and out of the finance markets while the cops chase the robbers and the star crossed lovers either patch up their relationships or jump into risky new partnerships just might put off a few new readers, but I think this adds to the books rather than detracts from them. Drury clearly knows his way round the dirtier end of the City of London, and we all get so much of this kind of financial stuff in our daily newspapers now, with the mis-selling scandals and the compensation schemes, that most people will be able to follow the action. After all, most of us change currency to go on foreign holidays, and Drury explains things simply and well.

Left wingers might have their feathers ruffled by one of the threads holding the book together, the legacy and philosophy of Margaret Thatcher. This is not intrusive, however, and it might provide a bit of balance for them. For those who want to explore this further, Drury has also written two non-fiction political books, “Calm Down Dave” and “Goodbye Dave”.

Negatives: in my view the Lady Who Turned could do with tighter editing, and Drury has further to go before he has totally mastered the “will she/won’t she?) tension of the romantic elements. But these are quibbles. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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