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Written on: 30/08/2014 by Rosalieradin (1 review written)
This is another superb offering from the pen of Mr Elton. I have read all of his books now and this one is battling for top spot. The central character is so endearing, he takes us through the harrowing story with ease as each murder in turn is more disturbing than the last- but can we blame those who celebrate in them? Read it when you have sone time as you will resent putting it down… Read Full Review
Written on: 02/08/2014
A very powerful read. Recommend this to anyone you perceive as a bully without revealing the content, just sell it as an astutely written novel challenging social awareness! Just name dropping the author should do the trick. Well done, Ben. ONLY READ ON IF YOU HAVE READ THIS ALREADY, IF NOT, COME BACK TO THIS LATER! Having just read this one of his, in 2014, I can't help but think that this pre-empted/qualified the denial of so many related to Operation Yew Tree; you know who you are (I… Read Full Review
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 involvent… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/04/2009 by thaiste43 (1 review written)
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 in… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/11/2006 by mart492 (1 review written)
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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 Full Review
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