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Black Girl, White Girl, Patricia Moyes 08 December 2023

1989 mystery, eighteenth in the series about Superintendent Henry Tibbett. The government of the Caribbean island of Tampica seems to have been taken over by drug smugglers; but what can Tibbett do to stop them?

Well, it's the recipe as beforeā€¦ but it seems very obviously the recipe as before. Once more (white) Tibbett has to come in and sort out the (black) locals' problems. (Indeed, a frightened witness chooses, on very little evidence, to regard him as a better obeah than the local one he's scared of.) Once more everyone seems untrustworthy. Emmy gets kidnapped (twice), and shows significant gumption in getting herself out of it.

And once more Drugs Are Bad, with a cocaine addict between doses willing to do anything for their next fix. Yes, well.

It all feels a bit sketched in at times, and even though there is a sequence of heroic sailing by Emmy it's very much the stand-out good part of the book; the characters, who are usually Moyes' strength, feel like stereotypes. Moyes was 66 when this book came out and would only write one more novel after it; I've been banging her drum as one of the neglected queens of English mystery fiction, but sadly I can't hold up this one as an example.

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