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After nine Oz Blackstone PI novels (For the Death of Me, etc.), Scottish author Jardine spins off Blackstone's loquacious ex-wife, Primavera, in a series debut every bit as over-the-top as her first name. Believed dead in a plane crash that Oz engineered to kill her, Primavera manages to keep her miraculous survival a secret from much of the world and begins a new life on the Catalan coast with her young son, Tom. Their idyllic existence is interrupted by a visit from Primavera's eccentric aunt, Ade, who asks Primavera to help track down her missing son, Frank, an ex-con who did time for embezzlement. Shortly afterward, someone abducts Ade, and Frank surfaces. Some will find Primavera an unlikely investigator, while her sexual dalliance with her cousin may put off others. Anyone who's ever read a book with a character presumed dead despite the lack of a corpse will spot the closing twist a mile away. (Oct.)
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 "Jo Bannister, Peter Turnbull, and Ian Rankin can be considered read-a-likes, but when it comes to the depiction of a multilevel police force in action, Jardine . . . stands alone."  —Library Journal on Death's Door


"Remarkably assured . . . a tour de force."  —New York Times on Skinner's Rules


"This gritty, fast-paced mystery will pin even the most squeamish readers to the page."  —Publishers Weekly on Thursday Legends


“If Ian Rankin is the Robert Carlyle of Scottish crime writing, then Jardine is surely its Sean Connery.”  —Glasgow Herald
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Product Details

  • Series: Primavera Blackstone Mystery series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075534023X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755340231
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,215,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ausGeoff on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
***Please be warned there's a couple of potential spoilers in the following***

Unfortunately, Quintin Jardine has lost his way in continuing the Blackstone series without its eponymous protagonist. And the first niggle of mine is to ask why in fact has his ex-wife chosen to continue using the surname of someone she belatedly has so little regard for -- rather than her own name Phillips?

Primavera's characterisation has become a bit of a compromise too, as though Jardine is not comfortable writing almost exclusively from a female point of view. One moment she's cool, calm and and courageous in the face of danger; the next she'd a bewildered, fearful little girl. If Jardine wants to continue this series, then he needs to give us a heroine who's a bit more on top of things a lot more of the time. All too often through the story, Prim all too conveniently calls upon her ex's friends in the game to help her out at critical moments -- including a Government minister!

None of the baddies were well-drawn either. Due to a lack of in-depth character development given the assembled group of potential con-men, thugs and assassins, there wasn't really anyone who inspired any particular fear or loathing in this reader. And ultimately, some bad guys weren't really bad at all -- simply stray sheep, and some of the good guys simply weren't, well... good. This was largely due to Jardine's contrived misdirection, and didn't sit well with the larger body of the plot. Every single character in this story was drawn far too patchily in fact. It was difficult to feel any empathy for Primavera as she flailed about blindly -- only to be saved from 11th hour destruction by some well-timed intervention from a magically-appearing guardian angel (of sorts).
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By CPWindsor on February 12, 2013
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I enjoyed the yarn but did have some initial difficulties in settling into it. Although I am a Jardine fan, I did not find this one as much of a page-turner as some of his previous novels. I am at a loss to explain exactly why it didn't totally hit the mark and the cause is probably more to do with me and my expectations that with the story itself.
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