Search Results: "Graham Ison"


BOOK REVIEW

HARDCASTLE'S TRAITORS by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Perhaps the glossary Ison gives to explain terms like 'boozer' and 'nick' should have included an entry for 'mishegas.'"
Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Frustration, 2012, etc.) ushers in 1916 with whiskey, brown ale and murder. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE'S FRUSTRATION by Graham Ison
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A middling procedural that's also a pleasingly efficient tour of 1918 London."
As the Great War rages on, a corpse dumped in the Thames ends up in the bailiwick of Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle and his colleagues at the Cannon Row station. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S BURGLAR by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Hardcastle proves himself as irascible as ever in a case providing more humor than detection."
Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Actress, 2007, etc.) is dismayed to find himself rusticated when Surrey's V Division can't cope with an aristocratic murder. Read full book review >

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WHISPERING GRASS by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 2006

"Brock (Light Fantastic, 2004, etc.) and his multicultural crew are thorough and methodical, although not as edgy as Ison thinks."
Like Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Armistice, 2005), DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seem to specialize in catching villains who prey on London's lowlifes. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S MANDARIN by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"Irascible Hardcastle's talent for dogged legwork and his equal contempt for his superiors and his underlings figure just as strongly here as in earlier entries (Hardcastle's Armistice, 2005, etc.)."
The murder of a civil servant sparks an investigation whose tendrils spread into the murky world of World War I espionage. Read full book review >

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LIGHT FANTASTIC by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Another solid police procedural from Ison (Working Girl, 2002, etc.), long on authenticity if a bit short on nuance."
Passion ignites murder and bares sordid secrets in a posh London neighborhood. Read full book review >

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JACK IN THE BOX by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"More lively and intricate than Brock and Poole's recent cases (Lost or Found, 2008, etc.), though it's hard to stay interested in exactly which malefactor ought to be convicted of what."
DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seek the killer who, not content to stab his enemy to death, squeezed his corpse into a wooden box and set it aflame. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE'S OBSESSION by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"The war may have turned lives upside down in Hardcastle's London, but nothing ever changes in the personal battle against miscreants of all shapes and sizes."
Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Mandarin, 2009, etc.) is back to his favorite sports: chasing murderers, rousting prostitutes and harassing his long-suffering sergeant, Marriott. Read full book review >

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RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Brock's not half as smooth as he thinks he is and not nearly witty enough to get this case airborne."
DCI Harry Brock (Make Them Pay, 2013, etc.) investigates the murder of an accountant and the disappearance of his wife. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S ARMISTICE by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"A neat job of police work and people so interesting you'll want to race through Hardcastle's second case (the first being Hardcastle's Spy, 2004) without even a break for teatime."
Ison (Whiplash, 2004, etc.) unleashes the considerable skills of irascible Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle to solve the case of a murdered prostitute. Read full book review >

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ALL QUIET ON ARRIVAL by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Plodding and tiresomely didactic about police procedure, though it's fitfully amusing to see Brock and Poole interrogating suspects a lot less stuffy than they are."
A killing in a Chelsea house has roots that stretch all the way to Australia and branches that include three other murders. Read full book review >