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Fatal Last Words (Bob Skinner Mysteries) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Bob Skinner Mysteries (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755329155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755329151
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,435,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the outset of Jardine's 19th Bob Skinner mystery, one of the stronger entries in this hard-hitting police series (Aftershock, etc.), Skinner is about to be appointed chief constable, a promotion that will coincide with his wedding to Scotland's leader, First Minister Aileen de Marco. When a leading mystery author, Ainsley Glover, turns up dead at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the cause is initially believed to be an accidental, or self-inflicted, overdose of glucose. The case becomes one of murder after the medical examiner discovers Glover was injected with a paralyzing drug—and it rapidly becomes politically sensitive after the police learn Skinner's former boss, ex-politician Bruce Anderson, not only argued with the victim shortly before Glover's demise but lied about his whereabouts at the critical time. Keeping track of all the supporting characters and their personal relationships isn't always easy, but Jardine more than makes up for that with a nice surprise ending. (Dec.)
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"One of the stronger entries in [a] hard-hitting police series."  —Publishers Weekly

"Jardine excels at coordinating the multiple crimes crucial to a police procedural and setting his coppers against the clock."  —Kirkus Reviews

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bibliocat on March 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Quintin Jardine has given us a fine series of books centering on Bob Skinner, but the last two entries make me worry that he's taking the James Patterson approach to selling books to heart and shortchanging the reader at the same time. When a 438-page book has 87 chapters, most between 2 and 5 well-leaded pages long, I smell a rat as I'm jolted from one plot line to another with barely a chance to savor the character and event. Perhaps I'm being unfair; I'm certainly in favor of selling lots of books. But I hate to see Jardine compromise himself in this way. I gave up on Patterson quite some time ago. I'd hate to put Jardine in the same pile. Can you swing the pendulum back, Mr. Jardine?
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By Gadgetgeek on February 18, 2013
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This is easy reading, well written and while it can be read on its own this series of books needs to be read from the first book as all the characters are built through the series and gives the reader a fuller appreciation of the depth of the storyline.
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