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Jul 02, Jane rated it liked it. Good, if a little predictable, story. May 14, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: owned. Originally published on my blog here in August After six or seven Mitchell and Markby novels, Ann Granger has written a detective novel outside the series, almost completely different in tone and background.
Her central character, Fran Varady, is about to be thrown out of the condemned building in which she is squatting when one of the others in the house is found dead, hanging from the light fitting in her room.
At first thought to be suicide, it soon becomes clear that her death is murder Originally published on my blog here in August At first thought to be suicide, it soon becomes clear that her death is murder. Fran starts to look into the murder partly because it soon becomes clear to her that the squatters are the main suspects, and partly because relatives of the dead girl ask her to do so.
Fran is not at all like their preconceptions of a squatter; she is well spoken, well educated and from a good background; she is neither a drug addict nor an alcoholic. This in fact brings us to the heart of the novel, which is to do with the true nature of those who live in what is frequently considered Britain's underclass. None of those who lived with Fran were particularly unusual; they were normal people who for one reason or another had ended up in a squat. Asking For Trouble is unusual among detective stories about people in this type of background in that the squatters are not stereotypes.
On the other hand, the police are not attacked either, the main reasons that they come over in a bad light being institutional bureaucracy ill equipped to deal with the rather unofficial lifestyle of the squatters , and the prejudices of individual officers. So often crime novels reinforce a right-wing view of the world, in which squatters or New Age travellers, or the homeless are depraved addicts, and policemen guardians of virtue, and it is nice to see a writer making them all out to be normal, imperfect people.
As well as this point in its favour, Asking for Trouble is well written, in a style which reminded me of Ruth Rendell. Granger is better at writing about young people than either Rendell or P. James, and so her main character is not only sympathetic but also believable. But the quietly resolute Fran, for all her youth and apparent vulnerability, is a survivor.
The local housing council is on the verge of evicting them when one of the squatters is found dead -- it's made to look like an accident, but clearly there's signs of a struggle. The police suspect that the killer is one of the other squatters Fran manages to finally convince them that none of them did it, but she sets out to find the killer. She ends up investigating the victim's family home in the english countryside, where being a city girl, she is truly a duck out of water, and nearly a dead one Apr 30, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , mystery.
I'd never heard of this series before randomly running across Asking for Trouble. I read the first page and was hooked - and how often does that really happen? I think the characters are exceedingly sympathetic and the two contrasting settings a squat in 90's London and a horse farm run by an eccentric family in the middle of nowhere are both vivid and well-handled. Now is where I criticize, because I always feel the need, even when a book like this one is quite good: The progression of events I'd never heard of this series before randomly running across Asking for Trouble.
Now is where I criticize, because I always feel the need, even when a book like this one is quite good: The progression of events is logical when you're reading, but once you know the solution And although the actual killer was my 2 suspect, I really think the book would have been more clever if my 1 suspect actually had dunnit. I will read the rest of this series, for sure. Oct 15, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , books-set-in-england , fiction , mysteries. This series of Ann Granger's books is quite different in many ways from her better-known Meredith and Markby series.
Fran Varady lives in London -- and in this first book, she is basically homeless.
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She's quite a bit younger than retired diplomat Meredith. But they have in common their strength of character, their wariness of close relationships, and their propensity to get involved - particularly when there's a crime. I happened on this book by chance and have been slowly managing to acquire an This series of Ann Granger's books is quite different in many ways from her better-known Meredith and Markby series. I happened on this book by chance and have been slowly managing to acquire and read the rest. Not just a good mystery, but a look at a side of London we usually don't hear much about.
Jul 03, Christine Cody rated it really liked it. It's always an adjustment when an author begins a series with a new character specifically, without characters I already know and appreciate. At first, I couldn't warm to Fran Varady. But once I did -- I loved her. She is so different from Mitchell and Markby, which only increases my respect and enjoyment of this talented author.
Here's to all of her characters: dark and edgy, established and stodgy, and everyone in between. Ann Granger is a gift indeed. Aug 07, Ana rated it really liked it. One of my favorite series. Fran is a completely unique character, living on the edges of society.
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Very different from the author's much more popular Meredith and Markby series. I don't know why this series doesn't get more attention, it is a refreshing change from the typical British amateur sleuth genre. Dec 01, Terri rated it really liked it. This is my first book by this author.
I found it to be unique and entertaining. Fran, the protagonist, is a homeless woman living in London. The setting in which she lives forms an integral part of the story. I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I'm already beginning 2. Aug 23, Helen rated it really liked it. I loved it, though I have serious concerns for Fran's safety if she's intending to head off and become a private detective.
She only 'solved' this one by default when the baddie decided to kill her, good thing Gan's got her back. Dec 07, Kirsty Darbyshire added it. Dec 03, Debby Kean rated it really liked it Shelves: brilliant , murder-mystery. It's very good, with awesome characterisation. Mar 21, Lori added it. It was ok for a first read.
Asking for Trouble
Very different with a homeless PI. Will go on with the series. Apr 10, Kas rated it liked it Shelves: murder. Scary, but a little predictable if you've read anything else of Ms Granger's recently. And one loose end I'd like to get to the bottom of: What about Euan? He seemed like a nice bloke. Jan 03, Ct2 rated it really liked it. My 2nd top pick in the British female detective stakes. Fran Varady reminds me of my own youth in s living in squats and shared houses. You never suspect who the murderer is. Great book with a, for me, new detective.
Hope Fran's lifestyle will improve over time :. Lucy Clifford rated it really liked it Feb 09, Peggy rated it liked it Jun 10,