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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907986286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907986284
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,344,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Ellis was born in the bowels of Hammersmith Hospital, London, on a dark and stormy night, grew up in Cheadle, Cheshire, and after a 22-year sojourn in Essex with his wife and four Shitzus, returned to Cheshire in April 2014. In-between, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps at eighteen and completed twenty-two years service, leaving in 1993 having achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major). Since then he has worked in secondary education as a senior financial manager, in higher education as an associate lecturer/tutor at Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin Universities, and as a consultant for the National College of School Leadership. His final job, before retiring to write fiction full time in 2009, was as Head and teacher of Behavioural Sciences (Psychology/Sociology) in a secondary school. He has a PhD and an MBA in Educational Management, and an MA in Education. Please feel free to visit my website and blog at: http://timellis.weebly.com/ or my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tim-Ellis/160147187372482 you'd be most welcome, Tim

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom on May 1, 2011
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I enjoyed Tim Ellis' book, a Life for a Life (Kindle Edition). It was a good read and the interaction between the two main characters was a lot of fun. As an American, it was also interesting to read the British English dialog (dialogue) between characters. This is a decent crime story with some good plot twists and a story line that keeps you interested. A good example of an up and coming Indie authors work. I think Tim Ellis has a nice thing going with these two detective partners and I'll be looking forward to where they lead me in his next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lynndaz on August 14, 2011
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If you love a good mystery that keeps you guessing while making you laugh this is the one for you. The chrisma between Parish and Richards is undeniable. Their witty banter is refreshing without being sappy or distracting from the storyline. A great read from start to finish.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Quilter on February 13, 2011
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I just finished reading "A Life for A Life" on my kindle and really enjoyed it! I was riveted and enjoyed the partnership of Of Richards & Jed. I'm looking forward to the next book featuring these two (first chapter teaser was at the end).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriett on February 10, 2012
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I personally found this book incredibly irritating. The dialogue between the two main characters was distracting and unbelievable! Parish could not string a sentence together without the use of the name "Richards, and Richards could not string a sentence together with out using "Sir". Also her calling him "Sir' the whole time he was a SGT bugged the hell out of me too. It drove me mental. Also, as the senario of a DI grabbing some random rookie probationer and being able to use her as a stand in DI was ridiculous. I was quite interested in the plot itself, but the characters annoyed me so much I couldn't enjoy it. If you want a tough, well written, gritty British police thriller, with black humour and witty dialogue, read Stuart McBride or Mark Billingham.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Scottsdale on November 27, 2011
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I really liked this book and hope it is just the first in an enjoyable series. I recently finished reading another British novel (Two-Way Split) that greatly disappointed me. But this one had all of the character development, plot development, and humor that the other book lacked. The author took the time to flesh out his characters (both major and minor) and carefully work his story lines. I look forward to reading the next installments in this series, which I have already purchased. I heartily recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ima Kindler on September 18, 2011
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This is the first of the Parish & Richards Mysteries. Halfway through, I bought the other two. It was a trip to read about these two characters. For those who like sharp dialogue, Ellis' books are for you.

The mystery is well thought out and follows logically. It deals with police corruption, a serial killer, but the key to the story isn't the murder, but the Parish, Richards--who is a 21-year-old new constable and a matchmaker to beat the band--and their colleagues who are wonderfully drawn. One day in Parish's company, and she knews he's perfect for her mother. Upon the discovery of the reason behind the murders and the token left in the mouth of each of the killer's victims, Parish's world implodes. Everything he thought he knew about himself begins to unravel.

I adore Parish, he's wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lostintheswamp on August 24, 2012
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I'm from England and the dialogue in this book fails to capture any of the wit/sarcasm or verbal cleverness that you will find in Reginald Hill, Colin Dexter and others. I don't expect that sort of talent necessarily, but this is just a complete fail. I think the book attempts to create the sort of comaraderie that comes from the lead characters' verbal joisting, but Ms. Richards seems only able to say "Yes Sir". Parish thinks Richards is clever when she points out the obvious. And then there's the wierdness of Richards successfully setting up her boss, Parish with her mother. Before that, Parish has a one night stand with a married woman and immediately contemplates giving this a key to his house. Then there's Richard's mother, and he's again immediately in love and moves in with her and her daughter, his employee, within days. This doesn't sound like a grown up person, or even a teenage boy, having raised one of those. I can't really think of a saving grace in this book, and I think maybe one star is too many. Maybe the second one will be better, but I won't be buying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on October 28, 2013
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I really wanted to like this series, and so I began with number one, A Life for a Life. Any time I run across a lengthy series (this one has 11 so far), I am hopeful. I actually thought that the mystery was well-plotted and interesting. The crimes, as they unfolded, were thought provoking, and the ending made total sense. Hints along the way and even the divulging of the perpetrator prior to the ending did not detract; in fact, the further mystery of Jed's involvement was an ingenious bonus. The bad news is that I could not get used to the banter between Jed and Richards. It was juvenile, and a seasoned sergeant would not behave in that manner. Nor would he fall in love and move in with the woman in two week's time. Those parts aside, I like Jed's character and his relationships with fellow police, especially his Chief. Richards is another matter- she sounds 12, not 21, and a rookie (or any other policeman) would not sit on their boss's lap, kiss the cheek of the Chief, or conduct themselves as she does throughout. My other problem is that I got no sense of place which is something I enjoy in international crime fiction. This could have been anywhere in the UK. I'm giving Mr. Ellis one more try and moving on to Wages of Sin.
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