Deadly Beloved

Deadly Beloved - Alanna Knight This is the third book in the 'Inspector Faro' series that I've read. Although I enjoyed the first two, after this book I'm not going to rush into buying another one.It is seriously flawed.The ending is so predictable. It's so obvious what really happened, anyone with a few brain cells could have worked it out. But the supposedly intelligent Inspector Faro, and all the other super-clever police officers and other characters don't even suspect it for a moment.I mean, a woman with a serious grudge against her husband is missing. Some over-the-top highly implausible clues are found which suggest that her husband has murdered her. These clues are so obviously faked, that even a rookie police officer should have at least suspected that there was no murder.But no, Inspector Faro and his bright stepson and the senior police officers all assume that the husband has murdered his wife.Having wasted a lot of time in the company of this these stupid people, I'm not keen to read another book about them. I prefer detectives with brains.The writing is less good than in the previous books, with some serious point of view problems. The story is told from the PoV of Inspector Faro, so the reader sees what Faro sees, hears what Faro hears, feels what Faro feels, thinks what Faro thinks. And suddenly, in the middle of a scene, there are some paragraphs about what Vince thinks, as if Faro was a mindreader. This happened several times.I'm surprised the editors didn't pick up on this.Also, the book is riddled with punctuation problems, periods where there should be commas. Quite strange, really. I'm wondering whether the e-books weren't created from an electronic manuscript, but scanned from a badly printed book, in which commas weren't showing properly. If so, surely the publishers could have given it to a proofreader to check before publishing the e-books.On the positive side, the writing style is still smooth, and I like the glimpses into Victorian society.