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Rainstone Fall Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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PI and painter Chris Honeysett combs the English spa town of Bath at the insistence of a mysterious caller, who claims to have kidnapped a 15-year-old boy, in Helton's gripping third mystery (after 2006's Slim Chance). The kidnapper, aware of Honeysett's sleuthing abilities, demands he commit a series of burglaries to save the boy from death or mutilation. Complicating matters are the dead body that turns up in Honeysett's stolen car and a witch who lives in a crumbling caravan surrounded by springs and gardens of herbs. Helton takes what could have been a cliché in lesser hands, the wounded good guy who must break the law to uphold justice, and makes him credible. Also vividly portrayed are Honeysett's associates, fellow painter Annis Jordan and reformed safecracker Tim Bigwood, with whom he shares an old barn that doubles as an art studio and their detective agency headquarters. Shabby genteel Bath during the soggy autumn season serves as a memorable setting. (Sept.)
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Peter Helton lives in Bath. He has a fine-art degree, and paints and exhibits regularly, writing in his spare time. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Constable (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569475253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569475256
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In waterlogged Bath, England the caller makes it clear he knows that artist Chris Honeysett and his two barn associates painter Annis Jordan and former safecracker Tim Bigwood have solved a couple mysteries (see SLIM CHANCE and HEADCASE). He informs Chris that he abducted a fifteen years old boy; if he wants to recover the teen alive and without bodily mutilation, Chris will commit thefts.

Unsure how to react to the macabre call, Chris finds his car is stolen. When the vehicle is recovered there is a corpse inside. Chris begins a desperate game of robberies to save the lad as he takes his caller seriously. However, he also with his sleuth partners tries to find the lad and his kidnapper.

The keys to this exciting tale are Bath in the wet season and Honeysett is still recovering from injuries, but caught up in a save the child or else scenario. He and his two sleuthing buddies make the tale seem genuine with their frantic efforts to rescue the teen if there even is one to save as they have doubts but cannot take a chance of doing nothing. Fans will enjoy Honeysett's tour of rain soaked Autumn in Bath.

Harriet Klausner
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This is the second Chris Honeysett mystery I've read (the first being "Worthless Remains"). The author is consistent - likeable characters with an easy, entertaining read. Both books resolve the main mystery and any side mysteries in almost the last pages of the book. With "Rainstone Fall", I started to worry that some things would be left hanging because there were so few pages left. The reason seems to be that the hero doesn't really get close to a resolution through his own investigative prowess but has it more or less thrust upon him. Written in 1st person, the story is completely consistent in that the hero really is completely in the dark as is the reader. That's probably why Helton pulled it off well in both books.
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