Search Results: "J.M. Gregson"


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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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BROTHERS' TEARS by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Another solid outing for Gregson and the indomitable Peach."
Two murders within a week pose a formidable puzzle for Brunton CID's most irreverent DCI, Percy Peach (Least of Evils, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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CRY OF THE CHILDREN by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Gregson knows when to up the ante and when to bring his case to a close in this tense procedural."
Chief Supt. John Lambert and DS Bert Hook (Die Happy, 2011, etc.) face what every policeman dreads: a child-killer. Read full book review >

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A GOOD WALK SPOILED by J.M. Gregson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"All the interest is in seeing Lambert and Hook turn the suspects against one another in this routine procedural, which ends with one of the shortest putts on record."
A company golf outing turns nasty when the director of research and development ends dinner by keeling over dead. 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 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 >