Search Results: "J.M. Gregson"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

IN VINO VERITAS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Gregson's focus on the routine side of policing unfortunately makes for a routine read."
Lambert and Hook (A Good Walk Spoiled, 2008, etc.) investigate the murder of an obnoxious English vintner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIE HAPPY by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Like Marjorie's committee, Gregson's 14th Lambert and Hook adventure plows forward steadily, providing enjoyment for fans of the grill-'em-till-you-got-'em British procedural."
Death threats to a literary festival's planning committee seem more potent when one of the board's members is shot to death in his study. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER AT THE LODGE by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Another amusing procedural that makes for a lovely evening's entertainment—except, as Peach might observe, for the victim and his killer."
That bulwark of incompetence, Superintendent Thomas Bulstrode Tucker, head of the Brunton CID, sniffs a promotion to Chief Superintendent in the air—and that means a promotion as well for his detested underling, DI Percy Peach, if only the two officers can pull together in presenting their tales of mutual admiration to the Lancashire brass. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Bert Hook squeeze the properly British interrogations, which remain civilized even at their most menacing, in between rounds of golf in this low-key whodunit."
Malice Aforethought ($25.00; Jan.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-5454-2) Gregson (To Kill a Wife, p. 676) borrows one of the most famous titles in crime-fiction history for this tale of a John Doe found in a Broughton Ash churchyard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAGES OF SIN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2004

"The only fllies in the ointment are the routine detection itself—brilliant Peach has little chance to shine—and the climactic fingering of a perp who might just as easily have been one of the red herrings."
Unable to tie his shoelaces without the help of his hated subordinate, DCI Percy Peach, Chief Inspector Thomas Tucker Bulstrode (Murder at the Lodge, 2003, etc.) entices him back from the Traffic division to the CID. 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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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 >