A Necessary End : A Percy Peach Police Procedural
Overview - The new DCI Peach mystery . . . Alfred Norbury is a learned man. He is never afraid to display his erudition, but he is generous in his encouragement of younger people. The people who assemble around him to form a reading club are also learned. Read more...
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The new DCI Peach mystery . . .
Alfred Norbury is a learned man. He is never afraid to display his erudition, but he is generous in his encouragement of younger people. The people who assemble around him to form a reading club are also learned. Some of them are simply well-read, whilst others have formal qualifications which rival those of Norbury.
But learning is no protection against violence. Murder arrives suddenly, brutally and unexpectedly. The investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector Percy Peach and Detective Sergeant Northcott reveals several people with good reason to hate the victim. They range from the young man who was his latest protege to the two women forty years older whose lives were radically damaged by him a decade earlier. Peach tackles the case, and the people involved in it, with his normal ebullience. The solution when he arrives at it is both unexpected and moving.
- ISBN-13: 9780727884411
- ISBN-10: 0727884417
- Publisher: Severn House Publishers
- Publish Date: February 2015
- Page Count: 224
- Dimensions: 10.09 x 4.37 x 0.89 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.91 pounds
Percy Peach Mystery #18
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
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Enid Frott, who’s recently retired and has always loved books and reading, decides to form a book club in Gregson’s well-crafted, if initially slow 18th mystery featuring Det. Chief Insp. Percy Peach (after 2013’s Brothers’ Tears). The club’s prospective members gather at Enid’s flat in Brunton, a suburb of Manchester, England, where they eat, drink, and discuss what book to read first, finally agreeing on Jim Crace’s Harvest. The next day, the most erudite and contentious member of the group, who admitted to the others during the meeting that he carried a loaded pistol while driving, is found shot dead in his car. Is it suicide or murder? Peach must gather evidence, and discover whether anyone had reason to wish the victim dead. The tension mounts as the connections between club members are gradually revealed through Peach’s interviews and the suspects’ interactions. Gregson has a good ear for dialogue, and series fans will enjoy cameo appearances from characters from earlier installments. (Feb.)