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A Change of Circumstance: Discover the million-copy bestselling Simon Serrailler series (Simon Serrailler, 11)

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It is winter, it all begins with the discovery in the village of Starly of the ravaged body of a young man in a flat above a Chinese herbal pharmacy, a heroin overdose, and which sparks police inquiries as they try to identify the victim.

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They are just addicted to their jobs, dedicated to their family and determined to make a difference. A trip to Bevham General on her rounds sets off alarm bells for Dr Cat, and a visit from her son Sam as he tries to work out if his midwifery course is right for him coincides with a threat to their beloved family dog. In award-winning author Susan Hill’s electrifying A Change of Circumstance , Simon Serrailler finds himself in devastating new territory as a sophisticated drug network sets its sights on Lafferton. I read that the author planned to finish this series about 2 books ago - I think she probably should have. This is a somewhat uneven entry in what has become the Serrailler soap opera: some of the storylines have stultified, particularly the case with Cat and her family where tiny issues are given unwarrantable page space (Kieron's pulled ligament, the lost dog, Cat writing to the Health Secretary to complain about a single patient's treatment on a local hospital ward).If you’re a committed reader of this series, then you’re probably invested enough to care about Simon’s domestic circumstances, his sister’s kids’ careers and love lives, and the endless ‘will he, won’t he’ saga of his own commitment issues, but I’m not and I didn’t. Rachel made another reappearance but it was all so confused and ‘edgy’ that I had no idea what either of them felt for each other and her rapid disappearance from Simon’s life a few books back was never explained.

A Change of Circumstance: A Simon Serrailler Case

There is no way there could be a real conclusion, it is so insidious but this story at least plays out. Small-time dealers are picked up outside the local secondary school, they're given a fine or suspended and away they go. As always one of the major pleasures of this story is finding out what is happening in the lives of Cat and her family. We also reaquaint ourselves with Serrailler's family, notably his doctor sister Cat, who herself faces ethical dilemmas in her private role while trying to balance the needs of her new husband and growing children.In fact, it makes for some pretty grim reading, alleviated only by the close Serrailler family relationships.

A Change of Circumstance: A Simon Serrailler Case by Susan A Change of Circumstance: A Simon Serrailler Case by Susan

A Change of Circumstance reminds me of the repositioning sails cruise ships do, to move, free of passengers, to another location to begin ferrying people in a different area. Unfortunately, as a Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler becomes far too involved in the basic workings of the cases.Like most readers I’ve got to know his quirks and habits, almost as much as his family, and with this latest book I was hoping for some serious development in his personal life, especially after the - frankly rather drab offering - last book which left me wondering what the hell happened! As his sister Cat has pointed out, once he finds someone he likes, he generally pushes them away or runs away himself. The police work seems so well portrayed as well, with red herrings and false leads, a few happy resolutions, but many more sad endings, and sometimes no resolution at all, just the realization that there are a lot of bad people out there.

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