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Death in the Family Hardcover – February 4, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Mcgown, Jill
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345458486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345458483
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,243,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this exemplary police procedural, the 12th in McGown's Lloyd and Hill Mysteries (Scene of Crime, etc.), DCI Judy Hill and her partner and fiance, DCI Lloyd, are enjoying their newborn daughter while she pursues a baby kidnapping case and he investigates a brutal murder. McGown's expertly crafted, fast-moving plot contains enough red herrings to keep even the most astute readers on their toes. With his obsession with correct grammar and his habit of creating various scenarios to help him solve a case, Lloyd makes an original yet classic detective. Ambitious and adventuresome, Hill is a modern woman who is just as qualified as Lloyd. Together they make an incomparable team. This is a stellar must-read, bound to delight existing fans and send newcomers seeking the rest of the series.century's "100 Masters of Crime."
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Here's the twelfth in the British author's series of mysteries featuring Detective Chief Inspector Judy Hill and her partner and fiance, DCI Lloyd (he has a first name, but he prefers we don't use it). This time around, the partners are facing some challenges: a baby has just been kidnapped; some people have been savagely attacked; and Hill and Lloyd have welcomed, nearly a month early, their daughter into the world. If you're a fan of the series, its delicate narrative and gentle pace (we're nearly halfway through the story before anything really happens) will be familiar and comfortable; if you're not a fan, those same features may seem annoying, as though the author were taking way too long to get to the story. Still, both fans and mystery lovers just looking for a good read will savor McGown's rich, detailed character studies (she can build a character at least as well as Ruth Rendell) and dead-on dialogue. In every way, it's a typical Hill/Lloyd mystery, and for fans, that's a very good thing. David Pitt
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Having said that this was a good read, especially for light summer reading.
K. L Sadler
Lloyd continually theorizes about who could have done what to whom rather than proceeding with an investigation, and that gets tiring.
Linda One
Readers will never guess who the killer is but they will be glad to see that an innocent person obtains the justice he deserves.
Harriet Klausner

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor V. Miller on February 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
One of the things that always amazes and delights me about Jill McGown's wonderful DCIs Hill and Lloyd British procedurals is their completely baffling, yet utterly flawless structure. Her intricate plots move at a breath-taking pace towards what seems like a wholly logical denouement and then suddenly your jaw drops because her solution to the crime in question...utterly reasonable once you put the right pieces together...is not at all what you (or, quite frequently, her characters) had anticipated. That is certainly the case with appropriately-titled "Death in the Family". Judy and Lloyd's wedding plans have been temporarily shelved due to the early arrival of their daughter, Charlotte Frances. However, while they are happily adjusting to their new status as a family, elsewhere in Stansfield, families are being shattered left and right with deadly consequences. Self-centered, well-to-do Lesley Newton has no particular qualms about breaking up Ian and Theresa Waring's marriage so that she and Ian can marry and emigrate to Australia, taking her adopted daughter from her first marriage...rebellious, troubled, thirteen-year-old Kayleigh Scott...with them. Her blithe disregard for anything but her own desires infuriates her former husband, Kayleigh's devoted stepfather, Phil Rodham, and also impels Kayleigh (since her mother has arbitrarily separated her from her best and only friend) into a sexual entanglement with petty criminal, Dean Fletcher, that leaves her pregnant and him arrested and jailed as a pedophile. All of which and more eventually add up to sufficient grounds for Lloyd to call it murder when Lesley's dead body is discovered at the Waring's country cottage shortly after Fletcher's release.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sires on April 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the UK this book was published as Births, Deaths and Marriages, a title I happen to like better than the rather bland "A Death in the Family". The American title seems to place too much emphasis on the murder, whereas the British title suggests that it is the overall situation that should be examined.
I have to agree that this is not the book for the rank newcomer to the Hill/Lloyd saga but for those of us who have been following the ups and downs of DCI Hill and Lloyd and Their bedeviled police force, this is a good read.
While the mystery is not all that impenetrable, the characters are well drawn-- I always find myself jolted by the realization that the British aren't Americans with funny accents-- and the plot, while ultimately relying on concidence, turns on the issues raised by the above mentioned births, deaths and marriages.
Easy to pick up, hard to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on May 12, 2003
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A new entry in the series featuring Chief Detective Lloyd and Chief Detective Judy Hill transitions their relationship towards domestic harmony. Judy gives birth to their daughter early in the novel, and a wedding if finally a serious conversation.
Running in parallel to the story line of Judy's & Lloyd's relationship is a kidnapping and a murder. The kidnapping is of a young infant that was born in the same hospital and at the same time as Judy & Lloyd's baby. McGown skillfully uses the kidnapping to explore Judy's feelings towards motherhood, work, and love for her new family.
This is not to say that the crimes take second place through out the book. There is quite a cast of potential suspects, and motive and opportunity are explored for each. There are two points in the book where the characters and possibilities are so numerous that you need to read carefully.
Although the final culprit is not a surprise, the role that coincidence plays in solving the crime adds tension to the ending.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2003
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A Death in the Family is an absolutely terrific book. It is beautifully written (as, indeed, one should expect in a novel whose chief protagonist is so particular about his use of language). Its plot is excellent and laden with suspense. Its characters are superbly drawn. What more could one need?
One of the aspects of series detective stories that I enjoy most is getting to know the repeat characters better as the series continues. I also like to watch them develop. A Death in the Family is wonderful from both of these perspectives. The reader learns more about Lloyd, including his first name, and more about Judy Hill as well. Indeed, one of the most successful aspects of this highly successful novel is the evolution of Judy Hill's maternal feelings from terror to love.
The mystery plot of A Death in the Family is riveting and, while sad and even tragic, does not leave the reader devastated (as some competing authors are wont to do). I cannot point out the moments of joy without giving away too much of the plot, but they are there!
A magnificent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emily Simpson on February 12, 2007
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THIS IS A MUST READ SERIES, THEY SHOULD BE READ FIRST TO LAST. SHE TAKES THE LOYD, HILL RELATIONSHIP FROM ONE BOOK TO THE NEXT WITHOUT A FLAW. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS WORTH THE PRICE OF THE BOOKS. HER WHO DONE IT IS A WELL DEVELOPED PLOT THAT WILL CARRY YOU TO THE LAST CHAPTER BEFORE YOU ARE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT GUILTY PARTY. TRY NOT TO CHEAT AND GO TO THE LAST CHAPTER BEFORE YOU GET THERE!! IT'S A TEMPTATION!!!
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