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  • File Size: 1338 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: 127 Publishing; 1 edition (September 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EC3MQO
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Marcia Turner

Having worked in the property industry for most of her adult life, latterly at a senior level for a corporate agency, Marcia finally escaped in 2010. Whilst she still works as a consultant for several independent agencies, she can now dedicate the bulk of her time to writing and of course reading.

Marcia has enjoyed writing for many years but only for pleasure and friends or family. Her first novel Murderous Mishaps is a farcical whodunit set in her favourite hotel in Cornwall, although she did of course change the name so as not to tarnish their reputation. Marcia wrote Murderous Mishaps for a friend, who after regaling her with all the latest gossip said 'they wouldn't believe you if you wrote it down.' So she did. All based on true stories but totally exaggerated of course. Murderous Mishaps is available on Amazon.

Misplaced Loyalty was her debut novel in published format, and introduced the popular DCI John Meredith and Patsy Hodge, in the Meredith & Hodge crime series. Also available in the Meredith & Hodge Series are: Ill Conceived, & The Wrong Shoes. & Tin Soldiers, Marcia has recently published the 5th in the series, One Secret Too Many & a 'Cosy Mystery', The Cuban Conundrum.

Marcia is married with two children, three dogs, and lives in Bristol UK.
Marcia can be contacted at
http://mkturnerbooks.co.uk/
Twitter @MarciaKimTurner or on Facebook http://on.fb.me/SCeIqZ

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Laurie H. on April 25, 2013
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At 526 pages, the sheer length of this book is daunting. But once I started reading, I became intrigued with the mystery and decided to persevere. By the time I'd gotten through 20% of the story, I was confused by the plethora of characters, many of whom seemed to have the same or very similar names. I went back to the beginning and took notes on the characters, something I have never done before. (Usually my memory for names and characters is good.) There is a Laura, a Linda, and a Lisa. Worse than that, I found two Joes, a Joseph, and Jo. One of the police officers is Joe Collins, and one of the victims is Harry Collins. Even after going back and re-reading these parts, I could not figure out the relationship between the two. If they were not related, why did no one on the police force point out this coincidence? Why would the author give two characters the same last name if they are not related? Checking into the hospital emergency is a little boy named Rory with a rock stuck in his ear. On the same page, the nurse hands a registration form to Tom. What happened to Rory, and who is Tom? It isn't explained. Police officer Seaton's wife or girlfriend is named Sarah, as we learn when he is called away from her on Christmas day. In the same chapter, Frankie also winds up with a new girlfriend named Sarah. At first I believed these to be the same person. But since there was no rivalry between the two men over Sarah, I had to conclude there must be two Sarahs. Neither Seaton nor Frankie commented on this coincidence. During the tense climactic scene where people are held at gunpoint,the villain is captured, and he confesses, a woman named Jan is suddenly in the room with the others.Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lu on April 7, 2013
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Really didnt know what to expect as I started reading this. Totally loved Patsy and her wittiness from the beginning. She's a young, smart, independent woman. Then enter John Meredith. Patsy's sexy, sarcastic, hard to read, new boss. As they investigate a series of mysterious suicides, they find themselves dependant upon eachother in more ways than one. So many twists and turns in this story that you'll stay on the edge of your seat as each chapter unfolds. If you like a great mystery with a bit of romance on the side, this book wont disappoint.
Looking forward to seeing what the new mystery entails in the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on March 9, 2013
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Really enjoyed this book and looking forward to the next. The plot twists and turns like a snake to an unexpected conclusion. Patsy is a great heroine. The way she left her boyfriend at the beginning had me chuckling. I recommend this book to anyone who likes police stories. The writing reminds me of Alex Gray whom I like very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Haughton on April 27, 2013
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As a personal choice, I usually prefer books that are relatively lengthy and meaty in content, as well as rich in character development. I like to say they are "densely written," meaning there is a lot of great content and are not books you can race through in a sitting or two. Both Misplaced Loyalty and Ill Conceived delivered in spades on that score.

The character development for me was absolutely top notch; I have rich visuals (in my head, of course) of the characters and feel as if I know them intimately. I absolutely love both Patsy and Meredith; both are well defined characters with strong personalities and I am chomping at the bit to read the next installment to see how things continue to develop with them. Many of the supporting characters are also appealing and have their own distinct personalities and quirks.

I feel as if I am right in the middle of the action with them.

In addition to the excellent character development, the plots in both books (Misplaced Loyalty and Ill Conceived) kept my interest - these are the kinds of books you eagerly anticipate picking up whenever you can steal a few minutes to read.

A fan of Martha Grimes, these books remind me of her Richard Jury series, which I thoroughly enjoy. From me, that's high praise.

So kudos to this author who has brought Hodge and Meredith to my life and given me a series I can read for years. I eagerly anticipate the next installment as well as all of those to surely follow.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on June 4, 2013
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Police procedural/ romance with a plotline which I found to be a very intriguing concept, the search for a serial killer/ assisted suicide provider.

Initial introduction of characters tended to be a bit confusing, although the main characters were well developed. As a reader who has worked in a police department, I found the emphasis on romantic involvement/ emotional involvement within the department rather overdone. I would definitely have enjoyed the book more with less romance and less involvement of police officers as suspects and more development of the actual detective/police work.

The epilog also threw out a semi-cliffhanger ending, one of the threads not wrapped up, which is a personal hot button for me and dropped my rating from 'liked it' to 'it's okay'.
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Well once you vet past who was going to get in Hodges knickers the story really gets interesting. The plot takes an unexpected turn, and will keep you riveted to the pages until the end.
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