Books by Christine Green

DEADLY RETREAT by Christine Green
Released: April 1, 2007

"Ever-resolute Kate solves her own problems along with a child's seemingly inexplicable murder."
Private eye Kate Kinsella's penchant for underdogs involves her in an unusual and dangerous case. Read full book review >
DEADLY NIGHT by Christine Green
Released: May 1, 2005

"A solid, old-fashioned connect-the-dots puzzler with a surprisingly creepy underside."
Dark deeds have even darker origins in Green's seventh Kinsella entry. Read full book review >
DEADLY CHOICE by Christine Green
Released: July 1, 2004

"Green's inability to decide whether her puppets are spooky or just plain nasty leaves the reader high and dry."
Kate Kinsella's brief career as a detective (Deadly Echo, 2003, etc.) takes a supernatural turn when a childhood friend invites her to chase ghosts in Cornwall. Read full book review >
DEADLY ECHO by Christine Green
Released: March 1, 2003

"Kate's sixth is heartfelt and even heart-rending, though the mystery is as threadbare as an antique quilt."
Longborough private eye Kate Kinsella is astonished when the landlord's dog she's walking flushes a young woman from the river's edge, but in a way it makes perfect sense, since suicidally depressed Megan Thomas is one of life's discards, exploited for years by her invalid mother in North Wales, picked up by smooth-talking Michael Whitby on her first visit to London and now hunted by him after a pregnancy she can't explain and a stillbirth delivery she can't remember. When Megan adds that Whitby is a police inspector on the Horsefields Vice squad, Kate (Deadly Bond, 2002, etc.) knows she's made a dangerous and resourceful enemy—one who'll be just as quick to come after Kate once he realizes she's rescued the bewildered waif. Can Kate put paid to Whitby's vicious racket before he puts paid to her? In truth, she doesn't shine as an investigator this time; the sequel to her session with Dr. Angela Lewis, Megan's friend and protector back in her childhood home of Ciccieth, leaves Dr. Lewis shot dead and Whitby breathing down Kate's neck. But she'll do much better service as a nurse during a showdown at an isolated cluster of holiday cabins in Scotland—a landscape covered with snow, as Kate tartly observes, that's lovely and useless as a Fabergé egg—and one she's repaired to against the advice of her friend, Longborough Inspector David Todman, for reasons best known to herself. Read full book review >
DEADLY BOND by Christine Green
Released: March 1, 2001

"Enough plot for a half-dozen novels and a heroine grown strangely uncharismatic: heavy going this time around."
A jigsaw puzzle of a case awaits British nurse-turned-p.i. Kate Kinsella (Deadly Partners, 1997, etc.) as she returns from a visit to New Zealand to her home in Longborough, where she rents an office in the building that houses Hubert Humberstone's Funeral Home. Hubert, a friend as well as a landlord, has a case lined up for his tenant. Longborough resident Lorraine Farnforth claims to have seen a woman shot, her body put in the trunk of a car, and the killer driving off. Her record of shoplifting prevents her from calling the police, but now that she's being harassed by silent phone calls, she's eager to pay Kate for protection. Some days later, Hubert calls Kate's attention to another case via a newspaper missing-person report concerning Paula Jenkins, wife of local factory owner Ian Jenkins. Soon after, a panicked call from Lorraine brings Kate to her home, where she and Army Major Jem Harrison, visiting his aunt next door, have been attacked and slightly injured while Lorraine was walking her dog. Later that night, the intruder returns, and Kate, sleeping over, wakes to find Lorraine dead, apparently of suffocation. That's just the beginning of a convoluted series of subplots, characters, and motives that come tumbling from past and present, all interspersed with Kate's self-deprecatory musings. Read full book review >
FATAL CUT by Christine Green
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

Denise Parks was a thoroughly unlikable woman—a daughter so jealous of her late mother's memory that she insisted on keeping everything in the house she shared with her sister Janine exactly as Maggie Parks had kept it, a sister so spiteful that she—d stoop to anything to drive off Mike Sanderson, the divorced car-salesman she didn—t find suitable for Jan—but nothing she did merited the painful, ignominious death she suffered when someone filled her mouth with hair mousse as she sweated helpless in her beauty salon's Turkish bath. Now it's Chief Inspector Connor O—Neill and Sgt. Fran Wilson, of the Fowchester police, who are sweating as they try to pluck the killer from among Le Salon's personnel. Since owner Dale Dunbar doesn—t ask questions about his staff's private lives, there are plenty of secrets for O—Neill and Wilson to dig up. The receptionist, the chief haircutter, his understudy, the beautician—all are hiding something. So are Jan herself, her mother's house, and—well, you get the idea. Sadly, most of these secrets are drearily commonplace; worse, too many of them remain red herrings with only a tangential relation to Denise's murder, and to the murder that follows. Green extends her range by an obligatory sequence at a leather bar and a spot of decorous romance between her coppers, but fans of her Kate Kinsella mysteries (Deadly Partners, 1997, etc.) won—t find much here to stretch their imaginations. Read full book review >
DEADLY PARTNERS by Christine Green
Released: Jan. 25, 1997

Why would somebody call in Kate Kinsella's Medical and Nursing Investigations for a case that has nothing to do with medicine or nursing? Before she can wonder why she's been lucky enough to land sick old Elizabeth Forrester as a client, Kate's off to the Isle of Wight to find out why Aunt Lizzie's nephew, Nigel Carter, is AWOL from his co-ownership of the Uplands Lodge Hotel. Passing herself off as a potential buyer for Uplands Lodge, Kate allows non-missing Stewart Michaelson to gossip about his partner as he discreetly romances her. But when Caroline Uxton, an acquaintance from the ferry over, suggests breaking into Nigel's cabin to go through his papers together, things go rapidly awry. Kate, tiring, leaves Caroline still toiling away at the scene of the crime; when she returns the next morning, Caroline's still there, and would remain there forever if it weren't for the undertaker; and the stolid Isle of Wight coppers aren't impressed by Kate's bleats of innocence. In order to clear herself, she'll have to get to the bottom of a con game that stretches back more than ten years—and dope out exactly which of the available candidates is really the father of demure Caroline's son. Synthetic but agreeably twisty, perhaps the strongest of Kate's four cases (Deadly Practice, 1995, etc.) to date—even if the killer's not likely to fool anybody but her. Read full book review >
DEADLY PRACTICE by Christine Green
Released: May 17, 1995

When Riverview Medical Centre nurse Jenny Martin is found dead in the trunk of her burned-out car, ever-practical nurse- investigator Kate Kinsella (Deadly Admirer, 1994, etc.) hopes it'll mean a chance to fill her shoes. Actually, it's a chance to follow their tracks on behalf of a series of increasingly dissatisfied clients (the first will end up brain-dead, the second dead all over), as Kate tries to get Jenny, her missing friend Teresa Haverall, and Dr. Charles Amroth's estranged wife Helena to fit into their proper places in a tangled plot of adultery and murder. Kate, who's as appealingly wry as ever, deserves better than this who's-on-the-first-bed puzzle. Read full book review >
DEADLY ADMIRER by Christine Green
Released: Dec. 13, 1993

Just because suicidal district nurse Vanessa Wootten is paranoid (and manic-depressive too), does that mean that nobody's out to get her? She insists to nurse/detective Kate Kinsella (Deadly Errand, 1992) that someone's following her and making threatening calls; but no one who knows Vanessa's medical history (two psychiatric hospitalizations before her present suicide attempt) believes her, and even Kate has trouble swallowing some of her wilder accusations—that she was raped by her ex-lover, constable Paul Oakby, and terrorized by her estranged sister Sheila's onetime fiancÇ Colin Tiffield. In the meantime, murder (beginning with a harmless elderly patient of hers) has been following Vanessa almost as closely as unsuitable men. Whether or not she's right about being persecuted, somebody's sure telling a pack of lies. Overloaded with people and incidents (some of them fascinating, like Kate's all-night vigil with a suicidal young doctor) that obscure the strong central situation here. But Green's inventive powers are almost as prodigious as Vanessa's. Read full book review >
DEADLY ERRAND by Christine Green
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

First-novelist Green introduces 30-ish nurse Kate Kinsella, whose ambition is to be a detective specializing in medical- background cases. Encouraged by her office landlord, Humbert Humberstone, who runs the funeral parlor on the ground floor of the building, Kate takes on her first client—the aunt of Jacky Byfield, a nurse stabbed to death while running an errand at seedy St. Dymphna's Hospital. Jacky was young, religious, and apparently led a blameless life, but Kate, who takes a job at St. Dymphna's in her search for leads, finds that Jacky had a small fortune in a London bank, and a lover—Mich O'Dowd, a security guard at the hospital. There are more murders and lots of artificially pumped-up suspense before a clumsy reconstruction of the killing leads Kate to a confrontation—awkward and unconvincing—with the killer. Despite its limp-along narrative and a clutch of downbeat characters (who take the edge off Kate's cheerfully amateurish efforts), there's talent here that may be better honed in future outings. Read full book review >