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A Reason To Kill by Jane A. Adams

A Reason To Kill

by Jane A. Adams

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A transferred, traumatised British DI, a retired "Miss Marple" character, a seaside town, wife abuse and dysfunctional family and local thugs all combine in a winning mystery. Hopefully this will be a series to follow. Cozy, I guess, but not silly. Old school! ( )
  pennykaplan | Jul 7, 2013 |
I picked this up because the library had it in a display. It wasn't the most compelling mystery ever, but I quickly went back and checked out the rest of the series.

The books pluses are a clearly realized sense of place, and a good understanding of what kids under stress are like. It's minusses are a cast of characters that are too artificially quirky and moving a bit too quickly.

The mystery involves a small tourist town on the English coast, where a local woman is brutally murdered when her house is broken into. The plot quickly ropes in two middle school boys who know more than they should, a new police officer with a trauma in his recent past, and a retired TV star who runs a boarding house for retired stage performers. As an added complication, one of the two boys and his family are in hiding from his violent, abusive father, who has just tracked them down.

The mystery holds together well and makes sense all the way. The characters are sometimes artificial, but they are consistent within that frame. The writing is clear, and everything makes sense. ( )
  teckelvik | Jul 13, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0727865757, Hardcover)

First in a new series featuring Rina Martin - After a successful acting career Rina Martin is retired; DI Sebastian McGregor Mac is recovering his nerve after an investigation went terribly wrong; young George Parker and his family are on the run from a violent past. Like Mac and Rina, George thinks he is safe in the sleepy seaside town of Frantham, but then an old lady is murdered and peace, for all three, is proven to be an illusion . . .

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After a successful acting career, Rina is retired. DI Sebastian McGregor, is looking for a quiet place to recover his nerve after an investigation went terribly wrong. Young George Parker and his mother and sister are on the run from a violent past. They all think they have found sanctuary in the sleepy town of Frantham, but have they?… (more)

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