- Series: Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy, 1 (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312318723
- ISBN-13: 978-0312318727
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,755,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Last Boat to Camden Town (Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy, 1) Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In this modest but pleasing prequel to Charles's mystery debut, I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass, Irish-born Det. Inspector Christy Kennedy of Camden CID investigates the death of an upstanding young doctor found drowned in London's Regent's Canal. At first Kennedy can't rule out suicide, but he soon feels that "foul play was involved." Dr. Edmund Berry's demise appears linked in some way to the sudden death of a young teacher, Susanna Collins, who had come into his hospital complaining of leg pains. Could Dr. Berry have been guilty of negligence in her case? Providing guidance is ann rea (always lowercase), a reporter for the local Camden Town newspaper, to whom the bashful Kennedy is attracted. The slow evolution of their idyllic romance takes up a lot of Kennedy's time, as does making and drinking tea and listening to Beatles songs. Since suspects are few, in the end it is the ingenious method that the killer uses to do in the victim that provides the most interest. With no graphic violence or sex, this cozy police procedural will also appeal to fans of traditional whodunits.
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From the Back Cover
"If you enjoy Morse, you'll enjoy Kennedy."
- BBC Radio 2
"Paul Charles reveals himself as a master of the crime novel...Judging by the cracking good read of his debut effort he has a lot to offer readers eager for a fast moving, intelligent plot."
- The Big Issue
"Intricately plotted and moves along faster than a blockbusting beat. Reflective tea-drinking Irish Detective Christy Kennedy is a wonderful creation."
- The Times (London)
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Camden Town Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy investigates the apparent suicide of Dr. Berry. He quickly learns that Berry misdiagnosed the symptoms of patient Susanne Collins, which probably led to the schoolteacher's death. Was the doctor so despondent over his blunder that he took his own life? Could someone who has cared deeply for Susanne have murdered Stephen in a revenge killing?
This English police procedural feels more like a gentle urban cozy than a deep investigative tale. The story line is amiable as the inspector conducts his inquiries. Ironically, readers will find obvious clues that Christy at first missed and will know what is going on before the cop does. This technique adds to the overall pleasure of the novel, best served with tea filled with plenty of sugar. Readers will enjoy this tale due to the protagonist, a fine unassuming police detective steadily doing his job.