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Murder in Adland (Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Beckham
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a high-flying ad agency boss is brutally murdered on a company weekend in the English Lake District, Detective Inspector Dan Skelgill finds himself wrenched from his rural Cumbrian comfort zone.

As the investigation unfolds, DI Skelgill is led a merry dance between London and Edinburgh, at every turn confronted by uncooperative suspects – colleagues, wife and lovers of the deceased – each of whom are possessed of motive and opportunity.

Was this a crime of passion, a professional hit, or a cleverly calculated killing borne of out greed and jealousy? In this traditional whodunit, the case can only be solved by carefully piecing together the essential clues – but Skelgill is running out of time. The patience of his superiors wears thin, while the actions of an anonymous agent provocateur serve only to advance the moment when the killer must strike again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Lucius; 1 edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T93NO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight story, great characters November 23, 2012
By cori67
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With "Murder in Adland" Bruce Beckham has created a wonderful cast of characters.

Skelgill and Jones are dispatched to a hotel where an ad executive and CEO was found murdered in his bed. As popular as he was, Ivan, the murdered man, had nonetheless made some enemies, and some of them worked for him. Through an oversight it takes Skelgill and Jones a couple of days to realise they are on the wrong track, and they have to make up for lost time. Will they be in time to prevent another murder?

Apart from the whodunnnit part of the book, which was skillfully written, and allowed for no plot holes, the development of the characters was superb. There were times when the writing reminded me P.D. James, because the people came to life on the page for me. I enjoyed Skelgill's weaknesses - fishing and food and Jones makes a perfect sidekick for him.

It looks like Beckham has only written this one book so far. I really hope that he will be adding more to his collection soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's have more! May 17, 2013
By Magpie
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very good characterisations - Skelgill and Jones and all the main players are wonderfully drawn. the plot is OK but not a stand out. the sense of place is good and the cricket match is great! I did begin to wonder how often Skelgill and Jones could motor around the UK - very often apparently! a good solid effort........more please I want to see how Skelgill and Jones develop!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very British and quite good. May 18, 2013
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Excellent, literate writing carries the book. The plot is quite ordinary but it is not the main part. The budding relationship between Detectives Skelgill and Jones is the center of the story. You also get the facts of fishing, birding and cricket as the pair travels over the landscape interviewing suspects. This gets a little longer than necessary...some editing would have been welcome but the sly, dry British humor which is rampant throughout keeps the story going. The language is totally geared to Brits so it takes a little work to plow through for Americans but it is a very worthwhile read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the vernacular. May 23, 2014
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I enjoyed this book, partly because of the colloquial terminology, which I can understand might have irked some American readers. Good descriptive paragraphs. Particularly pleasing to me was the correct use of the word 'whence' without a preceding 'from'.
For me, the plot rather took a back seat, I enjoyed the writing so much.
Despite having no interest whatsoever in sport, I avidly read every word describing the cricket match, laughing out loud during the process.
I have now bought the second book of the series and look forward to enjoying it as much as the first one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time September 1, 2014
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This is one of the most badly written books I've ever read. The characters (especially the lead detective) are one dimensional stereotypes. The plot shows very little familiarity with police procedure. Leering his way through the book, the lead detective demonstrates an attitude toward women that is so unenlightened for for his age and the context of the book that you have to wonder if the author wrote this book 30 years ago and somehow managed to get it published now. Overall, it reminded me of the pot boiler mysteries satirized in Jasper Fforde's novels - only without the irony.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the characters and the story line was OK November 25, 2014
By Mo P
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I liked the characters and the story line was OK. I found some of the writing laboured at times, the cricket match just about bored me to tears it really could have been done a little shorter. At times I found the DI a bit sleazy if that is the right word. You can fancy someone and then FANCY someone if you know what I mean. I liked her though, her character was just right. I kind of knew it was early on, maybe somethings about their life could have been written later in the book. Saying all that, I would buy the next one before I made another judgement, its hard to write and I would never knock someone who tries. I always remember Peter Cooke of Dudley and Moore fame. One of his skits, he was at a party, he met someone and asked what they did for a living, they said "I am a writer" to which he replied .... "Neither am I!" Laughed my head off.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky DI Solves a Murder November 12, 2014
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Beckham has created an amusing character in the form of the brilliant but slightly odd Detective Inspector Skelgill, who would much rather be fishing in his canoe than fishing for criminals. Nevertheless, aided by his lovely and bright new assistant, Miss Jones, he solves an intricate murder. In keeping with the genre of British detective fiction inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Skelgill's epiphanies lead him to the culprit even though there are many candidates with motive and opportunity. Well written, but for the novice reader not familiar with the slang of both England and Scotland and references to that odd game of cricket, the going can be a little rough. Enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good dialogue in a well-constructed plot August 16, 2014
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Good dialogue in a well-constructed plot. The ending was a bit weak and, as often is the case, too much is revealed after the case is solved as opposed to being revealed as the book progresses. Why this author chose such ridiculous names as Tregilgis, Rubicon and Morocco I'll never know. Also, far too much time spent on our hero's walking and fishing exploits. The book could have been 30% shorter had this stuff been taken out. Having said all this, it wasn't a bad read and I liked the 2 main characters. Hopefully there will be more from this author but he needs to trim the fat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Having enjoyed previous efforts by this author I felt the ending ...
Having enjoyed previous efforts by this author I felt the ending was a little of a let down, however, the structure, characters & content of the book were gripping, A slow build of... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Skel and his locale
I like Skel and his locale. The Cumbrian dialogue can be difficult w/o a dictionary which I do not have, but otherwise good reading.
Published 14 days ago by zapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable
Published 20 days ago by brian davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Think it would be better to read for longer periods of time
I read in short bursts on my kindle. Think it would be better to read for longer periods of time, then the story line could be more easily followed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DIiHiFiBoRi
5.0 out of 5 stars really good mystery
This had me enthralled until I finished it. Writing excellent, plot well conceived, characters interesting and likable. I will look for more by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great detective
I love British police procedural books so I was pleased to find this one with Detective Inspector Skelgill and Detective Sergeant Jones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by by Betts
4.0 out of 5 stars good characters and a touch of humour
Interesting story, good characters and a touch of humour.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Afternoon Read
Thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. The characters are interesting with just enough humor and light sexual tension to make it work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracy Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars I hope there's more to follow
A well written mystery starring good characters who go well together. I hope there is more to come from this author.
Published 2 months ago by Mary L
4.0 out of 5 stars Know something of British culture!
A decent mystery-however unless you are familiar with British culture you may find yourself at a loss in some areas of this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mary l. ray
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More About the Author

Bruce Beckham is an award-winning copywriter. A resident of Great Britain, he has worked in over 35 countries. He is a published author of both fiction and non-fiction.

He enjoys a variety of genres, and his works to date include crime fiction, erotica, and the acclaimed coming of age mystery, The Dune.

He is the originator of the 'Detective Inspector Skelgill Investigates' series: Murder in Adland, and Murder in School.

You can contact him via his publisher, at this address:

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