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Backhand Smash : A British Police Procedural
by J. M. Gregson


Overview - DCI Peach and DS Northcott investigate a murder at an exclusive tennis club
Detective Sergeant Clyde Northcott DCI Peach s tall, black, powerful protege has no interest in joining the snooty Birch Lane Tennis Club. So it is unfortunate for him when committee member Olive Crawshaw decides he would be the perfect talisman for the club s new, and controversial, policy to recruit members from a wider ethnic and social background.
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Overview
DCI Peach and DS Northcott investigate a murder at an exclusive tennis club
Detective Sergeant Clyde Northcott DCI Peach s tall, black, powerful protege has no interest in joining the snooty Birch Lane Tennis Club. So it is unfortunate for him when committee member Olive Crawshaw decides he would be the perfect talisman for the club s new, and controversial, policy to recruit members from a wider ethnic and social background.
Clyde soon finds himself thrust into an exclusive community where his rusty tennis skills are the least of his concerns: for exclusive does not mean moral, and while some of the club s members sail very near the law, one or two of them go far beyond it. So when a distinguished club member is murdered, a problem arises: how can he and Peach unveil the killer, when almost everyone seemed to want the victim dead?"


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  • ISBN-13: 9780727885654
  • ISBN-10: 0727885650
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 224

Series: Percy Peach Mystery #18

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-01-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Gregson’s engrossing 19th mystery featuring Det. Chief Insp. Percy Peach (after 2015’s A Necessary End), Jason Fitton, a member of the Birch Fields Tennis Club in Brunton, a suburb of Manchester, England, is strangled following the exclusive club’s summer dance. Plenty of people despised the victim, all of whom appear in engaging vignettes. Among the suspects are the board member who blamed Fitton for her husband’s illness, the club official who loathed him for his womanizing, the manager of Fitton’s legitimate business (who blamed him for starving it of funds), and the enterprising Pakistani member with an unsavory interest in underage girls. Meanwhile, Det. Sgt. Clyde Northcott, protégé of the irascible and talented Peach, has just become the club’s first black member, which causes personal and professional complications. Peach cleverly and relentlessly pursues the truth in a police procedural that seamlessly incorporates details about officers in their off-duty hours into a complex murder case. (Mar.)

 
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