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Dead Reckoning: A Yorkshire Mystery (Yorkshire Mystery (Hardback)) Hardcover – March 10, 2005


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British author Hall's latest police procedural to feature reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray (after 2004's Death in Dark Waters) takes a compelling look at Muslim-Christian relations in the industrial Yorkshire town of Bradshaw. If Earnshaw's mill closes, half the Pakistani population will be out of work. As the tension mounts, Laura goes moonlighting to interview Muslim women for a radio show about their experiences since 9/11 with the town's neo-Nazis. Meanwhile, boyfriend Michael investigates the murder of Simon Earnshaw, an heir to the mill as well as a major shareholder, who was about to marry a "Paki," Saira Khan, who has gone missing. The Romeo and Juliet story that emerges, a tragedy involving Simon's alcoholic brother and angry grandfather and Saira's traditional Muslim father and two brothers, builds to a highly satisfying final act. Longtime fans of the series will be pleased to see Michael remove a major obstacle to his increased intimacy with Laura. Agent, Alison J. Picard. (May 6)
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About the Author

Patricia Hall is a former journalist who worked for The Yorkshire Post, The Guardian, and The Observer. The author of nine previous crime novels featuring Thackeray and Ackroyd, including Deep Freeze, she was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Oxford.
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Product Details

  • Series: Yorkshire Mystery (Hardback) (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312321538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312321536
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,048,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Hall remembers telling stories to her little sisters when she was six years old, and by the time she was in her early teens she was sure that she was going to be a writer one day. She gained a a degree in English before becoming a journalist and working for The Guardian and the BBC in London, amongst others.
On 1991 her first crime novel, The Poison Pool, was published in London and New York and this was followed by a book a year. Most feature her feisty heroine, reporter Laura Ackroyd and her on-off lover DCI Michael Thackeray. They are set in the decaying industrial towns of West Yorkshire and the nearby countryside of the Yorkshire Dales. In 2011 she launched a new series with Dead Beat, casting a sceptical eye on "Swinging London" in the 1960s. The sequel, Death Trap, will be published in 2012.
Patricia is married and now lives in Oxford. She has two grown up sons and a grand-daughter.
Visit Patricia's web-site at www.patriciahall.co.uk

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Michael Thackeray and his team learn of a John Doe murder at the same time Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd intercedes when a mob of young Brits assault two Pakistani women. Though appreciative for Laura's aid, the younger Pakistani tells her he doesn't want the police called as they do nothing since 9/11 New York. Meanwhile the Yorkshire town is stunned with the news that the prime employer Earnshaw's Mill is closing with mass layoffs expected.

Michael's case goes nowhere as even identifying the victim has been stalled while Laura begins looking into the plight of the Asian immigrants since 9/11 including lack of action by Michael and his law enforcement peers. The mill rumors have led to deeper racial unrest between the long time locals and the new foreigners with the British Patriotic Party using the tension for political advantage. When Frank Earnshaw fails to hear from his son Simon, who quit mill management to return to school, he notifies Michael. The corpse has been identified with two isolated groups sharing the same community blaming the other for the homicide and other woes.

The conflict between the two racial groups is brilliantly depicted so that the audience feels the fears and concerns of both especially as Laura finds racial and religious bias and abuse, but is rewarded by being considered a traitor to her patriotic roots. The who-done-it adds tension, but the killer's motive seems tame almost inane especially in light of the plight facing the Bradford, Yorkshire townsfolk. DEAD RECKONING is a terrific Thackeray-Ackroyd entry that plays stronger as a social commentary of the times than as a police procedural although Michael does his usual bang up investigation.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maryland Reader on March 20, 2006
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I'm still reading the book, so I'll be spare in details and keep to general impressions. This is a solid procedural - a body with no identification on it turns up in an area from which the public is banned because of "hoof and mouth" quarantine. When the body turns out to be the son of a local woolen mill family, whose mill fallen on hard times, police must dig into the family politics, and the murder has implications for the mill's mostly Pakistani work force.

The book is well written, the characters are believable, the plotting interesting and the exploration of the economic and racial overtones of a struggling industrial town are facinating. While I like mystery series, I think each book in a series should be able to stand on its own merit, not requiring sequential reading to jump in and enjoy. So far, this book meets all of my criteria and I look forward to reading previous books by this author in the series.
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