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Slim Chance: A Chris Honeysett Murder Mystery Set in Bath (Chris Honeysett Murder Mysteries) Hardcover – July 3, 2006

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Book 2 of 6 in the Chris Honeysett Series

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Lively prose and a vivid picture of the ancient English city of Bath—in particular, its vaults, tunnels, bunkers and cellars—lift Helton's second mystery to feature artist and PI Chris Honeysett (after 2005's Headcase). Fans of Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy will appreciate the scheme that Honeysett, who's a bit of a scalawag, concocts to handle an insurance payoff to art thieves—and the connections Honeysett has to some bohemian characters. A sadistic killer has already struck once in Bath and has kidnapped a second victim. When our hero, embarked on a completely different task, stumbles on the killer's lair, the killer seeks vengeance on Honeysett by making one of the artist's companions his third victim. Honeysett and his allies must play a deadly game to keep their friend alive while they seek the killer's new hiding place. Meanwhile, the thieves Honeysett conned also want a piece of him. Readers will look forward to further installments in this offbeat series. (July)
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The ancient city of Bath, England, affords a great setting for sleuthing, with its well-preserved Roman and Regency sites almost elbowing out the bland present. In the past 10 years, fictional private eyes with an archaeological (Roman baths) or literary/historical (Jane Austen, Beau Brummel) bent have prowled through Bath. Helton introduced a new Bath part-time sleuth, artist Chris Honeysett, in Headcase (2005). This second Honeysett caper follows the sleuth as he tracks down some art thieves for an insurance company. During his ramblings through Bath, Honeysett stumbles upon a woman imprisoned under an abandoned railway station. This woman has been systematically starved by a murderer police refer to as Dr. Atkins. The MO here fits with the murder of another woman a few weeks before. The Bath setting, Helton's insights into art forgeries, and the unconventional tactics of Honeysett's somewhat dodgy team of an ex-burglar, ex-forger, and art student add up to sheer fun. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Series: Chris Honeysett Murder Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf (July 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786717424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786717422
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. J. Roberts VINE VOICE on October 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Someone is kidnapping overweight women in Bath and starving them to death. The police have dubbed the kidnapper "Dr. Adkins." Painter and private investigator Chris Honeysett accidentally stumbles across the second victim, who is still alive. For revenge, the kidnapper has taken a friend of Peter's and it's up to Peter to follow the clues and find his friend before she, too, is dead.

How wonderful to find a book set in a location new to me; and one with such a long and interesting history. But that's probably the think I liked best about the book. As an investigator, Honeysett is a bit of a klutz and wouldn't get far without his friends. I also have, what is coming to be, my usual complaint about an author assuming the reader has read the first book and the lack of character development. I'm beginning every author should be required to read Ed McBain who, in less than 200 pages, could construct a tight multi-threaded plot, create a strong sense of place and make you know each of the characters in the process. I'm not saying this is a bad book--it did keep me turning the pages and wanting to find out how it ended--but I keep waiting for books to be great rather than just good. However, if you are intrigued by the setting of Bath, it's worth checking out of the library.
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