Search Results: "J.M. Gregson"


BOOK REVIEW

BACKHAND SMASH by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The competition to see who hated Fitton most overshadows any rivalry on Birch Fields' courts, and it's a sure bet that the final outcome of Gregson's solid procedural won't be 1-love."
A recently integrated tennis club is the scene of a murder. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by J.M. Gregson
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"Once again, Lambert and Hook tread ground already better trod by DCI Percy Peach in Gregson's alternative, slightly edgier series."
Chief Superintendent Lambert and Sgt. Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) investigate the death of a National Trust curator. Read full book review >

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MERELY PLAYERS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"Another meat-and-potatoes procedural from the reliable Gregson."
The murder of a TV actor leaves too many suspects and too few clues to suit DCI Percy Peach (Wild Justice, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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REMAINS TO BE SEEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"A by-the-book procedural with too many loose ends to satisfy any but the most devoted Peach fans."
A drug bust turns into a murder investigation when a fire leaves a charred corpse on a dealer's posh Lancashire estate. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH OF WATER by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"It's a modest though genuine pleasure watching Lambert and Hook civilly unmask everyone within a five-mile radius but a disappointment when the most obvious and least interesting suspect turns out to be the killer."
Oldford CID veteran Supt. John Lambert and his faithful sidekick, DS Bert Hook, ask who strangled an adult student returning to university and dumped her body in the Severn. Read full book review >

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A TURBULENT PRIEST by J.M. Gregson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Churchgoers and church doubters are all given a say, but Gregson (To Kill a Wife, 1999, etc.) saves the liveliest discussions in this low-key, indolently plotted English villager for Peach, a bastion of insolence, as he twits the pompous Tucker."
A dog and its master alert the police of a priestly body brought to their attention by Brunton's near-biblical rains. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING IS ROTTEN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The tried-and-true Lambert and Hook formula—serially interrogate suspects, all of whom have a motive for murder—is livened by a peek into the detectives' private lives."
Murder halts a promising Gloucestershire community-theater production of Hamlet. Read full book review >

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WITCH’S SABBATH by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"Although he's unconventional in both manner and method, Peach conducts a pedestrian investigation leading to an unsurprising conclusion."
Lancashire DCI Denis "Percy" Peach (Dusty Death, 2005, etc.) continues to sass his boss and sleep with his sergeant while solving the murder of a modern young witch. Read full book review >

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TO KILL A WIFE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"A highly competent but bloodless performance from Gregson (Girl Gone Missing, 1998, not reviewed), notable mostly for its police hero's unusually outspoken, and unpunished, impertinence to his boss."
Verna Hume is the kind of woman who's not above stealing their joint employment agency from her trusting partner, blackmailing her father for a long-buried secret, and carrying on two adulterous affairs at once. Read full book review >

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A NECESSARY END by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Gregson's lively portraits of suspects don't quite make up for slapdash plotting and an unforeseeable solution."
A book club gets off to a rocky start when one of its members is murdered. Read full book review >

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WILD JUSTICE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"To say that Peach's latest outing apes Gregson's last tale about DCS John Lambert and DS Bert Hook (A Good Walk Spoiled, 2008) is an insult to our fellow primates. The author should sue himself for plagiarism."
There's something awfully familiar about the investigation DCI Peach and DS Blake (Remains to be Seen, 2007, etc.) conduct into the violent death of a successful businessman. Read full book review >

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PASTURES NEW by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gregson's well-wrought if routine procedural has enough bursts of humor to keep the pages turning."
A lonely Lancashire businessman who advertises for romance finds more than he bargained for. Read full book review >