Search Results: "Gerald Hammond"


BOOK REVIEW

LET US PREY by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Amiable and gently humorous, but readers not into guns and birds may be dropouts before it's all over."
Gun-and-game expert Keith Calder's newest exploit is shared by kindly, middle-aged solicitor Ralph Enterkin (Sauce for the Pigeon, 1985, etc.), who narrates the story. Read full book review >

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THE FINGERS OF ONE FOOT by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The low-stress detection leads to two separate perpetrators, neither of whom Hammond (Crash, 2008, etc.) makes as memorable as the local canines. The hero and heroine, though, are charming."
Further proof that dogs and murder are the best ways to meet your new neighbors. Read full book review >

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IN CAMERA by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 1992

"Gunlore, kept below brain-glazing levels, is varied with livelier sailing-lore—but this time out, Hammond has come up with a zingy plot, nonstop action, and lots of interesting character interplay to produce a winner."
The author's Scottish hero, gunsmith Keith Calder (Home to Roost, etc.), finally hits a bull's-eye, in tandem with Detective Sergeant Ian Fellowes, his daughter Deborah's suitor. Read full book review >

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SNATCH CROP by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"Mildly entertaining stuff—add a plus for gun and field aficionados."
Hammond's onetime Scottish hero, gunsmith-sleuth Keith Calder (In Camera, p. 355), has recently taken a backseat to his spunky daughter Deborah, newly married to Inspector Ian Fellowes of the local police and very involved in her new business—preparing and marketing game birds. Read full book review >

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HOME TO ROOST by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 23, 1991

"362) has done much, much better."
Keith Calder, the author's gun-expert/sleuth, has a small but crucial role in this balky adventure. Read full book review >

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CARRIAGE OF JUSTICE by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1996

"Newcomers to veteran Hammond's Highlands would do better to cut their teeth on Sting in the Tail (p. 988)."
Ronnie Calder and his niece Deborah Fellowes, hunting foxes one evening, startle a stranger who leaves behind a set of fingerprints—and later a stolen shotgun—that lead the pair, and Deborah's CID husband Ian, back to the two-year-old deaths of sharp-dealing car salesman Nathaniel Connerty and Daniel Graham, one of the biggest investors in Nat's schemes. Read full book review >

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DOGHOUSE by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"Strictly for special interests."
This time out, Scottish dog-trainer-breeder John Cunningham (Whose Dog Are You?, 1991) becomes embroiled in a complex murder scheme when wildlife painter George Muir—an uncle of John's wife Beth—dies in a seemingly accidental explosion in his home studio. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE COCKERS by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1994

"The plot lines are cluttered, and there's the usual ration of dog lore, but the cozy setting and the likeable Cunninghams make Hammond's latest an easygoing, mildly engaging read."
Hardly a dull moment at Three Oaks Kennels (scene of Doghouse, 1992, etc.), the Scottish dog breeding/training farm owned and run by ex-army captain John Cunningham, his wife, Beth, and their older friends Isobel and Henry Fitts, with an assist from the aptly named young Daffy. Read full book review >

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THE SNATCH by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"Feisty if uningratiating characters in a complex, imaginative, though not always convincing story."
A Scottish take on "The Ransom of Red Chief" with felonies obbligato. Read full book review >

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GIVE A DOG A NAME by Gerald Hammond
Released: June 16, 1993

"An often confusing puzzle neatly resolved; to be enjoyed most by lovers of dogs, especially those of the hunting kind."
A tricky challenge for ex-army Captain John Cunningham (Doghouse, 1992, etc.), who, along with wife Beth and neighbor Isobel, runs dog-breeding and training kennels at Three Oaks Farm in the Scottish Highlands. Read full book review >

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MAD DOGS AND SCOTSMEN by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1996

"One of the happiest of Hammond's Highland flings."
In the middle of loading biochemist Noel Cochrane's black Lab dog, Jove, into his car so that Noel can remove him from quarantine for a posting to the States, John Cunninghman (Sting in the Tail, 1995, etc.) looks up to see that his car is gone, along with his shotgun, a briefcase of Noel's, and Jove. Read full book review >

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SINK OR SWIM by Gerald Hammond
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 17, 1997

"This time, though, the skein's a little too tangled, and the unraveling a little too muddled—though housebound Wallace is certainly one of Hammond's liveliest narrators."
It looks as if Wallace James's heart attack will sideline him not only from shooting and fishing but from nosing around into the drowning of Newton Lauder squire Kenneth Berry, who was evidently nearly saved by his archenemy, Colonel Ivor McInsch, MP. Read full book review >