Posted April 01, 2017
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McGinlay’s second Catherine Kint Mystery is as good as, if not better than, the first. It’s a tale with a dramatic climax reached via not just red herrings, but an elephant, a tiger, a bunch of reptiles, generous quantities of gin and beer, and green felt.
McGinlay again conveys his Melbourne setting well, thus appealing to locals. While it is the second of what is, hopefully, a continuing series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone as there are no spoilers for the first book, Jinx. Very enjoyable!
In the category of a cosy mystery, this is just a shade short of a five-star read.
Pachyderm has a well-constructed plot that remains interesting throughout, its characters are finely-drawn and distinguishable by their speech and actions, and the setting of a zoo provides a host of ideas for scenarios which the author used to achieve a professional effect. In fact, the author’s prose flows effortlessly. He is a writer with a load of talent.
Ian Lipke, Queensland Reviewers Collective