Written on: 10/05/2009 by Chel45 (1 review written)
I think Ben Elton writes very well, but none the less the plot ending was fairly ovbious and could easily be seen coming. Generally speaking, Past Mortem was a good read but was not Ben Eltons best work, I found Dead Famous (also by Ben Elton) much more intriguing and unique. Certain scenes in this book were distasteful and needn't have been included. The different murders were wonderfully grotesque in the way that one wants when reading a murder novel and Inspector Newsons personal... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2009 by thaiste43
I thought Ben Elton, Past Mortem was a realy good book could not put it down read it at work on the bus to and from work at home .
it was gripping funny sexual and the plot was exelent i did not know who the killer was right up too the last few pages.
well done Elton thats the first ever book ive read of yours keep it up. (read more)
Written on: 14/01/2009
Past Mortem was my first Ben Elton novel, ive been out and purchased 2 more of his books, hopefully they are as good as Past Mortem! Couldnt put this book down, kept you interested the entire way through, even from page 1. I did pick the killer about half way through the book...which is fine coz it was still a great read. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2008 by Soozi3 (1 review written)
I feel it's important to note that I haven't been a fan of Ben Elton in a personal sense i.e. stand up... only because I found his personality overbearing, persistent and annoying at times but I can't argue that the man has a talent that can't be denied and his writing is an inspiration and to be perfectly frank... bloody fantastic. Thank you for the most amazing experience of true excellence! (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2006 by Dreadlocksmile (358 reviews written)
"With old friends like these, who needs enemies? It's a question short, mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself, having in romantic desperation logged on to the Friends Reunited website searching for the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of '86 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more. Meanwhile, back... (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2006 by mart492
My first Ben Elton read. I hope I haven't been fortunate enough to pick up his best book at my first attempt. I have ordered another of his on the strength of this one. (read more)
Written on: 05/03/2006 by aguycalledbruce (1 review written)
Past Mortem by Ben Elton is a crime novel of the very highest order. OK, in some ways it's been done before, but the characters are strong, the plot, while slightly ludicrous in reflection, has you gripped when in the middle of it, and the sub-plots are all well done.
Black comedy at its best in the ending! (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2005 by Biblophile (2 reviews written)
I have read a number of Elton's books and they vary a lot, the one thing you can guarantee is that he'll raise an important social issue and make you think about it. Past Mortem does this very well on the subject of bullying, in school, at work, in relationships and covers the effects on the victim's life and self esteem. A well written,(don't make any plans for the evening once you pick it up, and well researched book. I enjoyed it a lot and would recomend this along with "Popcorn" (his... (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2005 by Amir Jalali (7 reviews written)
Ben Elton, Past Mortem is best known for his stand-ups. When you hear Ben Elton, you automatically think of the Black Adder or the Thin Blue Line. Thrillers won't be slightly thought of.
Best read I've had for years. You just can't put it down. As an average speed reader, I did it in three days. Brilliant stuff.
A very provokative writer and excellent description of situation.
I must say, don't miss it. (read more)
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