EDC Review: Sinister Dexter by Lucy Brazier

 

PorterGirl: Sinister Dexter by [Brazier, Lucy]

‘Sinister Dexter’ the third of the Porter Girl novels is an immensely enjoyable read ; all the more so having read the two that came before – ‘First Lady of the Keys’ and ‘The Vanishing Lord’.  Author Lucy Brazier sets all eyes upon Deputy Head Porter as she strives to uphold the honour of Old College – despite the machinations of The Bursar – jeopardising her position and even more alarming her need of tea.  Two young bodies found at the bottom of the Old College garden, quite disturbing, unsettling the students, the staff, to a degree, not least the ever present Dean – though in his case tempered by having to yet again indulge the police. Deputy Head Porter finds herself the go-between (and all too often the go-without when it comes to tea and sausages) – the link of reason (all things are relative) – dealing with the ‘never wrong, yet not quite right’ Dean, the ‘all seeing, all hearing’ Detective Chief Inspector Thompson, and the’ distracted, not always there’ Head Porter – to name a few! And therein lies the beauty of this story – the interplay of characters, the creation of images, the deft balance of sensitivities, emotions, humour and the bizarre – all sublime – and best of all exposure to what goes on in Deputy Head Porter’s mind! I’ve a mind to read again and will.

EDC Review: The PorterGirl Novels by Lucy Brazier

 

Exciting times – the third PorterGirl novel ‘Sinister Dexter’ by Lucy Brazier to be published on 27th April. Here’s my take on the first two novels – both a joy to read.

‘A literary phenomenon I believe’

EDC review – November 2016

A debut, a blog become novel, imaginative fiction underpinned by unique experience, a literary phenomenon I believe. Lucy Brazier, an author to look out for. No spoilers here, her guile layering intrigue, mystery, tension, threat and the bizarre laced with humour all the more enjoyable, more involving, more gob-smacking good  when you think you know but don’t know what’s coming. Lucy tells a very good story. A woman, against the odds, Deputy Head Porter, the first of her kind amongst Fellows of Old College, a world steeped in tradition and when deemed appropriate,  the darker arts. She’s dressed the part, bowler hat atop buttoned curves, not unnoticed, but more an inquisitive mind, kindness live-wired, and the disturbed peculiar give cause to fear for her. Atmospheric prose create images of tranquillity, touching philosophical moments have you thinking too, then with a quite literal ‘bugger this’ she’ll take you places she can’t resist, but decidedly  best not for her to be.  I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first of the  PorterGirl novels, may they long continue, and Lucy have the success her talent deserves.

‘Tea, whisky, secrets and mischievous ways’

EDC review – June 2017

In ‘The Vanishing Lord’ the second of the PorterGirl novels  Deputy Head Porter has found her feet – even when disguised as a flighty girl in killer heels!  So many scenes Lucy has brought to life in her inimitable way, framed and hung around a missing painting … with a touch of medieval spice … don’t ask just read!  Deputy Head Porter, bowler hat and waistcoat her usual attire, the ‘first lady of the keys’ at Old College,  a world of doors and gates, dark passages , tea and whisky, secrets and mischievous ways …  a world in which everyone knows and known by their place. Such characters, from The Master to the Bedders  … all slightly to the downright quirky! None more so than The Dean, a triumph of imagination, he steals every scene he’s in.  And then there are the outsiders  – the police, so inconveniently tenacious, and an excitable young man with thighs … no spoilers … I’ll let Lucy tell you … this novel, as the first one, such a joy to read.

EDC Review #1: Heisenberg (Modern Play) by Simon Stephens

 

Heisenberg (Modern Plays) by [Stephens, Simon]

Relationships, male/female, non-familial, all guises, their nuances, their strangeness, a fascination. None more so than the unexpected, the hard to believe, yet do … this play is this. An age-gap, a May-December kind of thing, this thing though quite extraordinary, I’ve not read anything quite like this before. Beyond labels, this relationship speaks for itself, complex yet simple, compelling, frankly stunning the way ‘hers & his’ words play out. I’m already wondering how many times I will read this in my life, it is influencing my own take on relationships in words. The London production is on stage now, October … I can’t wait to see and above all hear the brilliance of this.

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