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Never Pick Up Hitch-hikers! (1976)

by Ellis Peters

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When Alf Jarrett spots the hitch-hiker, he thinks his prayers have been answered. William Banks is a personable young man of twenty, leaving home for the first time - and perfect for what Alf has in mind. William eagerly accepts Alf's offer of a free night's lodging and the chance to repay him for the lift, but he doesn't realise that in following Alf's instructions he is made the intended victim in a sinister plot of arson and murder. Only William's good fortune - and the timely intervention of a guardian angel in the form of a charming girl called Calli - saves him from becoming a corpse. Suddenly, William and Calli find themselves thrown into a case involving mistaken identity, bank robbery and murder, and they aren't the only ones on the trail...… (more)
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Not one of Peters' regular series, a villian in need of a convenient victim picks up a hitchhiker who turns out to be more than a match for him with the help of an attractive young woman. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 30, 2015 |
My favorite of her stand-alone mysteries. I'd really like to meet Willie and Calli again somewhere - maybe seconded to Felse? Most of the standalones have somewhat disposable characters - they're solid for the length of the story but don't seem to have much depth or future. Willie in particular and Calli to some extent transcend this - they both have solid histories with clear effects on them now, and there's even a future laid out by the end of the book. The beginning is an amusing foreshadowing, with Alf's complaints. It's interesting watching the two of them change leads - first one driving and the other going along, then the passive one catches fire and the other trails. And for all the weird adventures they get in to, if you accept the initial premise it all makes sense, despite the Keystone Kops effect at several points. Nice stuff. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Oct 2, 2009 |
Great characters, appealing protagonists, solid plot and (what a concept!) the amateur sleuths actually go to the police when they realize that they've been caught up in a crime and the police take them seriously! You might expect that to ruin the suspense or spoil the story but it doesn't. Lightweight and fun. Definitely a keeper. ( )
  tardis | Mar 27, 2006 |
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When Alf Jarrett spots the hitch-hiker, he thinks his prayers have been answered. William Banks is a personable young man of twenty, leaving home for the first time - and perfect for what Alf has in mind. William eagerly accepts Alf's offer of a free night's lodging and the chance to repay him for the lift, but he doesn't realise that in following Alf's instructions he is made the intended victim in a sinister plot of arson and murder. Only William's good fortune - and the timely intervention of a guardian angel in the form of a charming girl called Calli - saves him from becoming a corpse. Suddenly, William and Calli find themselves thrown into a case involving mistaken identity, bank robbery and murder, and they aren't the only ones on the trail...

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