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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Press; 1st U.S. edition (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031208868X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312088682
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

London Det. Chief Inspector Lloyd and his colleague and lover, Judy Hill, series protagonists last seen in The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale , are caught up, and nearly strangled, in a convoluted plot in which they, the murder victim and the suspects are knotted together in a series of unraveling, interwoven relationships. Reporter Melissa Whitworth is working on a story about illicit love affairs when she realizes that she's interviewing her husband's mistress, a young woman who subsequently causes a fight between two men at the opening of a new football field. A few hours later, after Melissa has avenged herself in bed with a sportswriter, he stumbles over the mistress's corpse. Many of these events are observed by a young motorcyclist dressed in black. Hill and Lloyd must interview a slew of men smitten with the victim, deal with their own tempestuous affair and investigate a series of rapes that dovetail with the murder. McGown rescues her story from its elliptical, intricate beginning to produce a bravura finish.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This time out, Stansfield's Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd and colleague-girlfriend Inspector Judy Hill (The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale, 1991, etc.) have two heavy cases to solve--a serial rapist is on the loose, and Sharon Smith, young secretary to law partners Lionel Evans and Simon Whitcomb, has been found strangled at the sports complex where a football game had been cut short by fog. Earlier, a clubhouse party was hosted there by flamboyant developer Jake Parker, who'd recently employed Sharon and helped get her the law firm job. Whitcomb's wife Melissa, features writer on a local paper, had discovered her husband's affair with Sharon and, in hurt and anger, has started one of her own with sportswriter Mac McDonald, who'd found Sharon's body. Lloyd's pet murder suspect is wiseguy motorcycle freak Colin Drummond, but Drummond's alibi seems ironclad--as does that of Jake Parker, who was in police custody at the crucial time, after a minor fracas at the football field. Timetables for everyone concerned are hashed and rehashed in numbing detail--until Judy gets the inspiration that cracks the case. Sensitive handling of personal relationships is overwhelmed by ingenious but tedious overkill on plot minutiae. Readable but far from riveting. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on January 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like British procedurals with a good twist, you can't go wrong with Jill McGown and her two policemen, DCI Lloyd and DI Judy Hill. I feel a responsiblity to write a bit more in this reveiw because no one else has reveiewed this book on Amazon, and I would like to get people interested in Jill McGown's books. This particular book is the seven or eight in the series and I think a very good example of Ms. McGown's writing style. As I've been reading I've been watching Lloyd and Judy's relationship go through various stages of development. In this one, Judy has been asked by her superiors to move to her own district so she has recently moved out of Lloyd's flat. They are still together, but the separation has caused some difficulty in their relationship. This book has two storylines running concurrently. A serial rapist in Judy's district and a murder on an English football field in Lloyd's. The two cases may be connected, and Lloyd has seconded Judy to help him solve his murder. Together they uncover all kinds of webs of deceipt, fraud, extra-marital affairs, and unexplained traffic infractions. Give this book a try, I think you'll enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader in New York on January 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been reading the books in this series, in order. They're all very well plotted and well-written, including this one. Spoiler: But this one includes the long and detailed thoughts of a serial rapist, as he lies in wait to attack Judy Hill herself and make her his fifth victim. Very dark and very intense. If you like "cozies", this book is definitely not for you.
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By Debs on August 12, 2014
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Great series.
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