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New clichés in crime fiction

It turned up on TV last week.  Even the Danish have fallen for it. Yes, it’s eastern European dentistry.  And it will always help to identify the victim.  How many times have you read/seen this?  Here’s last week’s Those Who Kill episode:

Could we have a rogue titanium implant specialist from Harley Street for once please?  Or just a really crap dentist practising in Purley?

10 comments on “New clichés in crime fiction

  1. nigel
    March 25, 2012

    something’s rotten in Denmark? sure I’ve heard that before, too.

  2. I wonder if they will use this in US crime series but instead of the dentistry being bad because it is Eastern European it will be something along the lines of ‘yellowing wonky teeth, must have lived in the UK for some time’.

    • crimeficreader
      March 25, 2012

      Most likely and a good opportunity for them! Even though we have come on leaps and bounds due to X Factor, fat City salaries and the influx of Russian oligarchs. 😉

  3. Margot Kinberg
    March 25, 2012

    Rhian – Oh, these are too good! Thanks :-).

  4. Peter
    March 26, 2012

    I thought UK teeth were rubbish. And I heard that from a UK dentist.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  5. Norman Price
    March 27, 2012

    Peter, don’t believe a word those UK dentists say. 😉

    • Peter
      March 27, 2012

      I have both family and friend among the ranks of (retired) UK dentists. They are a staunch and reliable group, I’d say.

      • crimeficreader
        March 27, 2012

        Also good for great advice, Peter. (Norm.) Thanks both.

        • Peter
          March 27, 2012

          One pointer I got from my retired dentist cousin: I once phoned him from Bath, telling him where I was calling from and pronouncing the city’s name as a North American would. “You’re not in Bath,” he said. “You’re in BAWWTH.”

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