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The Dreaming Detective: A Mystery Hardcover – November 11, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (November 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312322143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312322144
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,542,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Det. Supt. Harriet Martens (aka the Hard Detective) has a controlling new boss ("Mr. Newbroom"), a new and very cold case and the deck stacked against her in this solid police procedural from prolific British author Keating (A Detective Under Fire, etc.). There were seven possible suspects when Krishna Kumaramangalam, the Boy Preacher, was strangled to death in a Birchester hotel ballroom 30 years earlier. Despite the efforts of a top detective at the time, no conclusive evidence was uncovered. Harriet is tasked with applying DNA tests to the stored evidence and discreetly reinterviewing surviving suspects, each of whom offers intriguing possibilities. If she succeeds, her boss will claim credit; if she fails, for whatever good reason, Chief Constable Newbroom's bad opinion of her will appear confirmed. Not technology but old-fashioned police work applied with a fresh eye and Harriet's customary vigor turns out to be the key to solving the crime, whose closed-room aspects Keating adroitly handles. The final confrontation between Harriet and Mr. Newbroom will induce more than a few smiles.
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About the Author

H. R. F. Keating is well versed both in the fiction and nonfiction worlds of crime. He was the crime books reviewer for The London Times for fifteen years, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors. His repertoire is expansive and includes the well-known Inspector Ghote series. Keating lives in London.

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By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Not explaining his motives, the new Chief Constable of Greater Birchester Police Newcomen assigns Detective Superintendent Harriet "The `Hard Detective" Martens with solving a cold case homicide. Taken slightly aback by the hostility in her superior's voice, Harriet has no idea who Mr. Newcomen was referring to when he asked her "Who Killed the Preacher". He expects her to solve the vicious 1967 strangling murder of "The Boy Preacher" Krishna Kumaramangalam before the Imperial Hotel, site of the killing, is demolished. Harriet concludes her new boss wants her to fail so he can claim she is not worthy of her rank and can live up to his nickname Mr. Newbroom by sweeping her away.

Newcomen claims that advances in sleuthing in the past three plus decades will prove fruitful if Harriet is capable of doing her job. While waiting for the results of DNA testing, Harriet reads a true crime book, "Who Killed the Preacher". Next she interviews the seven prime suspects who were the only people with access to the crime scene as the Hard Detective is not going to gently allow Mr. Newbroom to sweep her away.

Once the audience overcomes the regression of talent by placing a highly ranked and paid detective on a cold case for personal vendetta reasons, fans will enjoy this fine British police procedural. The story line moves at a fast pace as Harriet refuses to go down without a fight. Though Newcomen comes across as an officious media hound and his assignment ridiculous, fans will appreciate Harriet's efforts as her inquiries are top rate. Strong investigation, but the rationale for wasting time and money by using the top gun seems unreal.
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By D. Morse on October 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the second audiobook in this series I've listened to and still find it hard to work up much enthusiasm for Chief Constable Harriet Martens (not sure if that's her correct title). Harriet's constant doubts about her judgment and hunches drive me crazy! However did the woman get promoted? Maybe I'm just too used to the confident inspectors of Martha Grimes (Inspector Jury) and Elizabeth George (Lynley and Havers). The problems those characters have are with their personal lives and not police work. I do like Harriet's husband who ought to be on the force. Even her new DC is a basket case of nerves! I'll try a third book and see if it's a charm or strike out!
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