Past Mortem by Ben Elton

About the book

It’s a question mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself when, in romantic desperation, he logs on to the Friends Reunited website in search of the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of take back ’88 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more. Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson’s life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very attached sergeant, and failing comprehensively to solve a series of baffling and peculiarly gruesome murders. A school reunion is planned and as history begins to repeat itself, the past crashes headlong into the present. Neither will ever be the same again.

Reviewed by Happy Days Reading Group:

A page turning thriller with elements of comedy, suspense and empathy.

Star rating: ****

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5 thoughts on “Past Mortem by Ben Elton”

  1. Review by Abbotts Ann WI:
    In parts some tender, thought provoking situations. Plot very good. Suspenseful. Compulsive reading BUT the bad language, sex ‘scene’ quite disturbing even for broad minded readers.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Abbotts Ann WI:
    In parts some tender, thought provoking situations. Plot very good. Suspenseful. Compulsive reading BUT the bad language, sex ‘scene’ quite disturbing even for broad minded readers.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Cambridge Reading Group:
    One of our members had read several Ben Elton books and regaled us with how funny they were BUT not this one. We all disliked it and felt that the author was trying to shock. We did not feel his characters were believable and generally felt we would not want to read another of his books. We felt it was not a good choice to be on a reading group list.
    Star rating: *

  4. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    With a full house for the discussion on Past Mortem we proved the strength of being in a reading group; almost everyone completed their reading of the book. Although pertinently current it was however of a different generation from that of our group. Elton is easy to read but hard to swallow. Yes it was an interesting expose of the effects of bullying; yes it was comic though few found it funny unless they already like Ben Elton’s style; yes it afforded us a good sixty minutes of discussion but it was not a book one would readily recommend to a friend.
    Star rating: **

  5. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:
    We are perhaps not the best audience to judge this book. It was well written, but the plot slightly far fetched and the blue passage was not really appreciated.
    Star rating: **

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