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Chelsea Mansions: A Brock and Kolla Mystery (Brock and Kolla Mysteries) Hardcover – October 25, 2011

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"Satisfyingly rich fare for puzzle addicts and conspiracy theorists alike, capped by a string of climactic fireworks that are still exploding in the very last paragraph."
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About the Author

BARRY MAITLAND is the author of several novels featuring Brock and Kolla.  His work has been a finalist for the Barry Award, the John Creasey Award, and the winner of the Ned Kelley Award.  Born in Scotland and raised in London, Maitland lives in Australia. 

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  • Series: Brock and Kolla Mysteries (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312600666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312600662
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In "Chelsea Mansions," by Barry Maitland, Detective Chief Inspector David Brock and Detective Inspector Kathy Kolla of London's Metropolitan Police investigate two seemingly unrelated slayings. The victims are Nancy Haynes, a seventy-year old American tourist, and Mikhail Moszynski, a wealthy Russian expatriate. An unidentified assailant picked up Ms. Haynes and threw her in front of a bus; someone stabbed Moszynski in the garden of his ostentatious home. What makes Kolla and Brock curious is the fact that the two murders occurred within days of one another, and that Haynes had been staying at the shabby Chelsea Mansions hotel, located right next door to the Russian's mansion. Quite a coincidence....

The efficient and insightful Kolla and Brock are based in offices at Queen Anne's Gate, where their capable and dedicated team quickly begins processing the information that they hope will lead to an arrest. Maitland brilliantly describes the intricacies of police work, including the painstaking examination of CCTV footage, phone, and computer records; the interviewing of witnesses (often more than once); and the thorough analysis of each victim's past and present activities and associates in an attempt to find out who had the motive, means, and opportunity to commit the crimes.

"Chelsea Mansions" is a complex tale in which the past and the present intersect, as they do so often in police procedurals. Unfortunately for Brock and Kolla, politics rears its ugly head and they are caught in the crossfire. Even worse, one of the detectives comes down with a mysterious illness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In West London's district of Chelsea, there is a square of townhouses known as Chelsea Mansions; the townhouses have been converted into a hotel and the palatial residence of a wealthy Russian businessman, Mikhail Moszynski. An American tourist, Nancy Haynes, is staying at the hotel; while returning from the Chelsea Flower Show, she is thrown under a bus. Initially, Detectives David Brock and Kathy Kolla suspect her death is a random act of violence until, a few days later, Moszynski is found stabbed to death outside his home. How are the two murders connected? As the body count rises, Brock and Kolla are forced to dig deep into the past of Chelsea Mansions to uncover buried secrets that still haunt its residents. In the meantime, they also uncover startling truths about themselves.

Barry Maitland's highly enjoyable "Chelsea Mansions" is a treasure that I stumbled upon while searching for an interesting mystery. It is the first novel I have read in this highly acclaimed series and I could kick myself for not having discovered this series until now. I was quickly swept into the plot by Nancy Haynes' sudden, violent demise. Soon afterwards, Mikhail Moszynski is slain. By then, the plot had pulled me under and I couldn't escape. Murders begin occurring in rapid-fire procession in the present as well as in the past. "Chelsea Mansions" is part noir, part historical mystery. A violent war crime in the past is compelling characters in the present to murder. At Chelsea Mansions, there are two families warring against each other. They consist of the hotel owner, Toby Beaumont, and his overly devoted staff and the wealthy, eccentric Moszynski family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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Barry Maitland writes terrific police procedurals. In his latest book in the Brock and Kolla series, "Chelsea Mansions", Maitland gives the reader both an interesting plot and nuanced characters. Longtime fans of the series will not be disappointed at all in "Chelsea Mansions".

Cunningham Place is a block of town houses that have been turned into a single house, owned by a Russian oligarch as his London base, as well as a hotel, the Chelsea Mansions. The hotel - small with only 7 rooms - is sort of an appealing dump manned by a dedicated, if somewhat quirky, staff. It gets by on its charm - both real and imagined - and its location, in Chelsea. Brock and Kolla - both with Scotland Yard's Serious Crime Unit - are called to the hotel to investigate the death of one of the guests, an American tourist, murdered in rather grisly fashion. From that murder crops another, that of the Russian oligarch living next door. To even attempt to explain the plot would be difficult; just know it involves spies, MI5 AND MI6, the concept of Occam's Razor, American and Canadian tourists, the Chelsea Flower Show, as well as soldiers in many of the military conflicts the UK has been involved in since WW2. Oh, and a deadly flu-like disease. And that's looking at the story in a fairly simple manner. But, Barry Maitland, having introduced these plot points and characters, does a superb job of tying everything together to make a great tale.

I've always figured Maitland as a writer's writer. He's rarely guilty of an unresolved plot line or an unexplained character. Everything flows together in a complicated, yet readable way. And "Chelsea Mansions" is another success.
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