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Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons has been shot twice, and even after the surgery he isn’t out of the woods and may still be in danger because he can’t remember how it all happened. While his colleagues dig into his personal life, his best friend, Phillip Bethancourt, focuses on his last case, the robbery of a collection of antique jewelry valued at hundreds of thousands of pounds.    Although Phillip is a man of leisure---handsome, charismatic, and fantastically well off---he makes a point of tagging along on Jack’s more interesting cases. But this time it’s different. Not only is it personal, but Phillip will have to fill in the blanks without Jack, and retracing his friend’s steps may put him in the same line of fire. Trick of the Mind, Cassandra Chan’s third clever outing for these best friends, written in the classic tradition with a delightfully modern voice all its own, is a charming story that mystery lovers are sure to enjoy.… (more)
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a little slow but an excellent plot and well written ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
I am downgrading this one, because even though I remember reading and enjoying it, I wasn't able to remember anything about it. Even pulling the book out of the library and reviewing it didn't help. I had to do a fairly substantial reread.

That said, both the original read and the re-read were enjoyable. I like both Jack and Phillip as characters, and their interactions are realistic and satisfying. In this volume, Jack is shot in the line of duty, and can't remember anything that happened leading up to that. Based on what little he can figure out, Phillip jumps in to try and find out who tried to kill his friend, and why. The mystery is well thought out and works well. I'd have given it three stars, if I had been able to remember it without prompting. ( )
  teckelvik | Jan 5, 2013 |
Surprisingly good cozy mystery, light without being cloying. Two buddies, one upper-crust and the other ordinary working class, team up to discover who shot Jack Gibbons and why. Reminiscent in some ways of Josephine Tey and her book, The Daughter of Time. Jack Gibbons can't get out of bed to work out what happened to him. Paul Bethancourt has no legal standing in the case but helps Jack's boss, Carmichael, to examine various angles to the mystery. Nice to read a classic cozy that isn't too "cutsey". ( )
  jillmwo | May 25, 2009 |
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Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons has been shot twice, and even after the surgery he isn’t out of the woods and may still be in danger because he can’t remember how it all happened. While his colleagues dig into his personal life, his best friend, Phillip Bethancourt, focuses on his last case, the robbery of a collection of antique jewelry valued at hundreds of thousands of pounds.    Although Phillip is a man of leisure---handsome, charismatic, and fantastically well off---he makes a point of tagging along on Jack’s more interesting cases. But this time it’s different. Not only is it personal, but Phillip will have to fill in the blanks without Jack, and retracing his friend’s steps may put him in the same line of fire. Trick of the Mind, Cassandra Chan’s third clever outing for these best friends, written in the classic tradition with a delightfully modern voice all its own, is a charming story that mystery lovers are sure to enjoy.

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