The Woman in the Blue Cloak | Deon Meyer

The Woman in the Blue Cloak | Deon Meyer

The Woman in the Blue Cloak
Early on a May morning in the depth of South Africa's winter, a woman's naked body, washed in bleach, is discovered on a stone wall beside the N2 highway at the top of Sir Lowry's Pass, some thirty-five miles from Cape Town. The local investigation stalls, so the case is referred to Captain Benny Griessel and his colorful partner Vaughn Cupido of the Hawks―the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The woman proves to be Alicia Lewis, an expert in old Dutch Masters paintings specializing in the recovery of valuable lost art. Discovering the two men she had contacted before coming to South Africa reveals what she was seeking―a rare painting by Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt's finest student, not seen since it disappeared from Delft in 1654. But how Lewis died, why, and at whose hand shocks even the two veteran detectives. - ( Goodreads)
I received an e-ARC of The Woman in the Blue Cloak from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



My thoughts


Narrative and Plot



There isn’t anything peculiar about the narrative. It is your third person account of a murder mystery. What stands out is the descriptive writing of characters. It gives you a clear picture of the dynamics between the characters.

The plot of The Woman in the Blue Cloak is pretty straightforward. This is a crime thriller but there isn’t a lot of suspense. The ending looks predictable. The premise warranties a more engaging and deep plot. However, the story is fast paced and easy to read.




Characters and Conflict



Benny Griessel and Vaughn Capido are out there to solve yet another murder mystery. Though I am not familiar with these two, the synopsis establishes that they’re well established crime thriller characters like Holmes and Watson. Assuming that there is history, the simple glimpses into the lives of these characters gives us an insight of who they are.

There isn’t much in terms of character development. You go through potential suspects like an hour long episode of, lets say The Mentalist. But it lacks the intrigue and thrill of a crime story. If the story is a short one, the synopsis could have revealed less.





Overall, this is a quick one time read that you can pack into your travel bag. It’s short. It does not go too deep. Apt, for a travel. But if you’re in the mood for an all immersive thriller  experience, this isn’t one for you. Then again, if you’re an ardent fan of the series and know each and every character you might enjoy this one.




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