Books by Patricia Hall

Patricia Hall is a former journalist who worked for The Yorkshire Post, The Guardian, and The Observer. The author of nine previous crime novels featuring Thackeray and Ackroyd, including Deep Freeze, she was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Oxford.


DRESSED TO KILL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Telling Harry's and Kate's stories in parallel costs Hall's third some of the punch that her two earlier entries (Death Trap, 2012, etc.) packed."
A temporary assignment with a fashion photographer sets Kate O'Donnell on the cutting edge of murder. Read full book review >
DEATH TRAP by Patricia Hall
Released: July 1, 2012

"Hall's second begins where her first leaves off, mixing straight-up procedural with a dose of local color."
Life in '60s London continues to challenge a young photographer from Liverpool. Read full book review >
DEAD BEAT by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Kate's debut offers a lively peek into the joys and challenges of the 1960s."
The creator of Yorkshire reporter Laura Ackroyd (Dead Reckoning, 2003, etc.) moves south to launch a new series featuring aspiring photographer Kate O'Donnell. Read full book review >
DEAD RECKONING by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 9, 2005

"Hall's plot is intricate, but well worth the effort for its bang-up exploration of ethnic discord in the world after 9/11."
The murder of a mill owner's son is only a prelude to racial strife in a strike-threatened Yorkshire town. Read full book review >
DEATH IN DARK WATERS by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"Hall is unsparing as ever in tracing the consequences of corruption, though, as Thackeray admits at the close, "there's a lot of loose ends.""
The latest case for Yorkshire DCI Michael Thackeray and his lover, Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd, is touched off by two very different incidents of drug-related violence. Read full book review >
DEEP FREEZE by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"Burridge apart, Americans should find Hall's grim British take on abortion rights, well, plumb fascinating—certainly a lot more powerful than her cluttered plot, which still trails loose ends on the last page."
Hall, who deserves a medal for valor in picking her fights, wades into the troubled waters of the abortion debate when a 13-year-old who's just had her pregnancy terminated is terminated herself by a gunshot as she emerges from Bradfield's May Anderson Hospital. Read full book review >
SKELETON AT THE FEAST by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"The tense counterpoint between Thackeray's and Mower's inner struggles and outward strivings enriches Hall's latest procedural."
Sending Bradford's Detective Chief Inspector Michael Thackeray (Dead on Arrival, 2001, etc.) to a training course at Oxford to help him heal from his latest trauma—the ambush of two of his detectives—may not have been Superintendent Jack Longley's best idea. Read full book review >
DEAD ON ARRIVAL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2001

"Jane Eyre redux, with violence, adult themes."
The Docklands are a study in contrasts: In the shadow of the gleaming new office towers of Canary Wharf huddle the mean council flats that shelter London's unwanted and sometimes illegal immigrants, who fled political oppression in Asia and Africa only to find discrimination and brutality in the land of liberty. Read full book review >
THE ITALIAN GIRL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2000

"Another atmospheric accomplished outing for Thackeray."
Things are going their usual boring way in Yorkshire's quiet town of Bradfield, where Chief Inspector Michael Thackeray lives with feisty reporter Laura Ackroyd (Perils of the Night, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
PERILS OF THE NIGHT by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 1999

"Another winner for author Hall."
Bradfield's Chief Inspector Michael Thackeray (The Dead of Winter, 1997, etc.), fettered by his own past tragedy, is not yet fully committed to his reporter girlfriend Laura Ackroyd. Read full book review >
THE DEAD OF WINTER by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"Absorbing stuff."
 It's a bitter winter in the Yorkshire town of Bradfield, where Inspector Michael Thackeray (Death by Election, 1994, etc.) confronts the murder of Linda Wright, who'd worked for the long- established real estate firm of Cheetham and Moore. Read full book review >
DYING FALL by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"An equally unsparing sequel to Death by Election (1994) that's especially strong on a problem treated by too few mysteries: the need for the coppers to protect a community that wants nothing to do with them."
 In the wake of a series of assaults on the children who live in the grim Heights project (universally dubbed ``Wuthering Heights''), Bradfield Gazette reporter Laura Ackroyd is approached by the TV series Case Re-opened to poke around in a ten-year-old homicide: the murder of young Tracy Miller. Read full book review >
DEATH BY ELECTION by Patricia Hall
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Though she never decides whether Laura is a detective or a spin doctor, Hall (The Poison Pool, 1993) produces a satisfyingly ugly study of English local politics."
 The death of the long-ailing Member for Bradfield launches sociologist Richard Thurston, his heir-apparent, into the political limelight. Read full book review >
THE POISON POOL by Patricia Hall
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Sinclair toils manfully against an impossible deadline to link a 40-year-old crime to that all-too-clubby lodge—in a workmanline debut."
 Arresting retarded young Joey Macready for the fatal beating of old Tom Carter looks like a fast way to close the case, but it's just the beginning of Inspector Alex Sinclair's problems. Read full book review >