When you pick up DEADLY VIRTUES --- and if you love crime fiction, you really should --- please leave yourself enough time to read it twice. This is one of those deceptively simple books that goes down quickly, leaving a pleasant and entertaining sensation (think of a pitcher of lemonade on a hot summer afternoon) yet has a depth to it that is not immediately self-evident. To continue with my metaphor, it’s as if someone slipped some vodka in with the lemons. Is it that good? Yes.
Author Jo Bannister has an enviably loyal readership that has grown over her three decades of writing, though she perhaps has not achieved the commercial success to match the deserved critical accl