The UK writers are still doing mystery enormously better than their US counterparts.
I read two new mysteries recently. John Lescroart’s The Rule of Law is part of a long-standing series set in San Francisco. I mentioned this novel here a few days back but it took me forever to finish it. In the novel, a Trump-like DA elected in San Francisco on an anti-immigrant platform (yeah, right) is doing horrible Trump-like things and good, progressive lawyers and secretaries resist his evil Trump-like agenda. The twists in the plot are as forced as the premise. And the denouement is simply ridiculous. You can’t write a good novel (even in the low-standard entertainment industry) to make an inane political point.
Then I read The Hiding Place by CJ Tudor, a beginning mystery writer from the UK. It has a slight touch of the supernatural, which I usually hate, but it was quite imperceptible and didn’t bother me. The novel is not a masterpiece of literary creation, to put it mildly, but there is a million twists, and the author is great at creating an atmosphere of dread. And there are no condemnations (or exaltations) of the Brexit, which is something you can’t count on any longer. The novel is delightfully apolitical.