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Shred of Evidence by [McGown, Jill]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Constant gossip, endless secrets, nonstop rumors-these everyday elements of high-school life prove nearly impenetrable obstacles for Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd and Inspector Judy Hill of the Stansfield Police as they try solve the murder of a teenaged girl in this leisurely but compelling story. Natalie Ouspensky is a precocious 15-year-old with a host of gregarious friends, a fine school record and, apparently, a secret life. When her strangled corpse is discovered near a public park, Lloyd and Hill join hands to demonstrate once again (after Murder... Now and Then) why their professional (and romantic) collaboration creates tension, ignites sparks and ultimately, in McGown's skilled telling, comprises superior mystery fiction. As the investigators (aided by the overzealous and cheeky Detective Sergeant Tom Finch) query the pupils and faculty at Oakland School, they discover a network of romantic liaisons and flirtations that cross the barrier between students and teachers. Was popular gym instructor Colin Cochrane having an affair with Natalie? Who is sending him sexually explicit mail? Why doesn't an eyewitness to the events on the eve of the murder come forward? The characters are devious, cunning, charming-and truly, truly wicked. This small English town, overrun with malice, is well served by its finely delineated constabulary, with Lloyd and Hill at the top of their form.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Detective-Inspector Judy Hill (short hair) and Chief Inspector Lloyd (short and no hair), who are lovers, concentrate on finding clues to the murderer of a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Stansfield. Handsome, philandering gym teacher Colin and newly hired, philandering English teacher Patrick, likely suspects both, hold almost as many secrets as the dead girl. McGown's (Murder...Then and Now, St. Martin's, 1993) well-cadenced prose increases tension, establishes emotional complicity, and layers the plot with subtle complexity. Excellent work.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3301 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (December 24, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ODEQAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I began reading this series a little over a month ago. I am now on book 8. This speaks volumes for the quality of the writing. A Shred of Evidence is the latest. as usual with Jill McGown the plot is convoluted with motives everywhere. there is also a real cliff hanger of a scene in this book too. I am very, very sad to learn that Jill died some years ago at a very young age. So when I have finished the series there will be no more. a loss to the police procedural.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jill McGown's style is quite wonderful! Her books are very carefully plotted and her character development is excellent. In this book we get to see Judy in action. Her careful attentiveness to detail, and her detailed notetaking help her solve this perplexing murder of a schoolgirl. Typical of Ms. McGown there are plenty of twists and we dont' discover the real murder until the very end. In the meantime we the readers have thought it was three or four different people as the plot unfolds. The title of the book is a pun on something quite relevant to the case. Read it and discover Ms McGown's wonderful world in the English midlands.
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This book was pretty good. It was well written, the characters are lively, the plot is suspenseful, and it is an easy read. There is a nice twist at the end that will keep you wondering until the very last page. I think this author has some real talent. The story takes place mostly in the teenage world, where lovesick teenagers abound. One in particular has taken her crush on a teacher to a new depth, and another is actually having an affair with a scandalous character that is a teacher as well. When 15 year old Natalie Ouspensky winds up dead, the story unfolds like layers of an onion, peeling away one new twist after another. Natalie's best friend Kim knows something about Natalie that she wants to tell the police, but she has sworn to her friend (now dead) that she won't breathe a word. Without this information, the wrong person may be charged with the murder, and lives ruined as a result. The person I suspected all along turned out to be not the culprit, but every bit as conniving and evil. I think you will enjoy this book.
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This is quite the most awful Kindle download that I've encountered. There are innumerable transcription/editing/grammatical/spelling errors such as to render it a most irksome read. Furthermore, since there are no contextural gaps, lines or asterisks between self-contained episodes within chapters, it becomes as much of an investigative challenge to keep characters and circumstances in some kind of perspective as it is to follow the somewhat juvenile and laborious plot. This is not in keeping with anticipated McGowan standards. Perhaps the paperback is better - but this isn't woth the price of the download.
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I love the Lloyd/Hill novels. This one had a large number of typos in it which didn't spoil it but was irritating. Still wort heading, though.
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