HawksmoorHawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hawksmoor is a very unusual animal. Part of it is a story about a detective trying to solve several murders that take place in certain churches in London and part of it is a story about the man who built the churches where the murders later take place who may, or may not, have been a devil worshipper. The titular detective character doesn’t appear until about half way through the book which is a bit odd for a detective novel but, then again, this is not a typical entry in that particular genre, so perhaps it isn’t odd at all.

Half of the story is set in the present day, the other half in the early part of the 18th century. The parts set in the 18th century are written in an archaic ye-olde-worlde English which can sometimes be quite difficult to read as you have to spend time trying to work out what you read meant. This is not really a criticism just a comment on that part of the book.

The rest of the book was written in a more standard style which worked much better for the parts set in the present day; whereas the olde-worlde stuff worked much better for the stuff set in the past.

An interesting book most definitely just not really my sort of book, but I am glad that I read it, and found (if I am being honest) the stuff about the building of the churches the most interesting aspect of the book.

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