Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Joy Marsh is shipped out to Dover on the Kent coast to work under Detective Inspector Romney – a copper with a reputation as a cantankerous bastard but good at his job.
On her first night as his sergeant a brutal crime in the town starts a chain of events that will test the mettle, the resolve and the detective in both of them.
Cultures clash and dark deeds are done in this the first instalment of the Romney and Marsh Files.
Rope Enough is the first novel in the Romney and Marsh Files series. It is also the first book I have read by this author.
I have to say to start with I really didn’t think I was going to like Romney. He is a very pompous character and it took me a while to warm to him. I was actually surprised to find out further on in the story that he is only in his early forties as he actually comes across as being a lot older. By the end though I had warmed considerably more to him.
Romney obviously is very experienced in his job and even though he has a hard outer shell, there is a somewhat more softer side to him in there also. It doesn’t always shine through though so sometimes you do have to look that bit harder to find it, but it is there, believe me.
Marsh was a much more easier character to like. As she has just been newly promoted, she is trying her best to impress Romney. Overall I think Romney can definitely see potential in Marsh and in his own way he tries to pass on his knowledge and years of being in the job onto her.
The storyline itself is a slightly disturbing one as there is someone going around robbing garages and raping the female staff. I have to say I did find the first female victims reaction to the dreadful ordeal slightly unbelievable and did struggle with that part of the story. Other wise than that though, Rope Enough is a steady read that I actually flew through.
Rope Enough, overall is an enjoyable read and now that I have warmed up to Romney I am actually looking forward to reading more about him and Marsh.
My rating 3.5/5 stars but have rounded it up to 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
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