The Watermen by Patrick Easter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Tom Pascoe: #1)
I was lucky enough to meet the Author, Patrick Easter at the Hailsham WI Book Club a month or so ago, and I have to say that the impression I had gained from him at the time was that he seemed to have certainly researched his subject well, and also had personal experience in policing (albeit of the modern day variety). He was also charming and packed full of charisma .... yes, it's true I have a bit of a crush on him!
Luckily, the organiser of the Group, Diane, lent me her copy of his novel to read for Review. As always with me, you will only get an honest one.
My first impressions were true, the book is well written, with good historical reference - apparently according to Patrick, real history buffs can pick holes in some of it - and do - but, for me it had an authentic feel, and that is all that counts are far as I'm personally concerned. The only thing that bothered me was his mention of Tom wearing a "blouse". Now, it's not the first time that I have come across this, I am sure some of you will remember my recent rant about an American Author that referred to a man's blouse. I am now beginning to wonder if I'm wrong, and they did clearly wear them. I think some historical research of my own might be called for, and then a slice of humble pie if they are proved right.
I have a huge liking for our leading man, Tom Pascoe, and also found myself routing for his side-kick Sam.
Why, oh why couldn't the lovely Miss Tompkins fall for him with a big bang? Although, I am still holding out hope that he can win her in the end, or find a worth lady from some other source.
All in all, a lovely and informative novel, and I can't wait to read the next one.
Four stars from me.
I had a paperback copy and you can find it on Amazon HERE.