Deep Freeze: A Yorkshire Mystery

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9780312282127: Deep Freeze: A Yorkshire Mystery

Yorkshire newspaper reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray are finally trying their hand at living together after years of carrying on a tumultuous affair. Though they care deeply for one another, each seems to constantly have one foot out the door, reluctant to allow their personal relationship to interfere with intense professional ambitions that often conflict.

Neither is surprised when their new domesticity proves complicated as they end up investigating the same controversial case---the fatal shooting of a young teenager outside a women’s health center and abortion clinic in town. Tensions in Yorkshire are running high anyway, because the tragedy coincides with the visit of a notorious American right-to-lifer, and the vicious murder adds fuel to an already out of control fire.

Ackroyd and Thackeray must use their vastly different investigation styles to find the truth about what happened to the young victim, and before they are finished they just might be forced to work more closely together than they ever have before.

Patricia Hall’s Yorkshire mysteries are highly praised both for her intricate and authentic procedural style and for the engaging and complicated relationship between Ackroyd and Thackeray. In Deep Freeze, Hall once again delivers a tense, emotionally involving, superbly plotted, and suspenseful mystery.

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Patricia Hall is a former journalist who worked for The Yorkshire Post, The Guardian, and The Observer. The author of nine previous crime novels featuring Thackeray and Ackroyd, most recently Skeleton at the Feast, she was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Oxford.

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Dr. Fenton-Green bends the rules in the May Anderson Hospital by performing late abortions. When two women are ruthlessly murdered, the town is in an uproar. Is a local anti-abortion group showing its displeasure, or has visiting American evangelist Edgar Burridge inadvertently brought the killer to town? Michael Tudor Barnes keeps his pace and manner low-key to fit the seriousness of the subject. He also effectively delivers the villagers' wide-ranging emotions. Particularly heartrending is the Smith family, who are gypsies, tragic and unusual, yet always believable. Barnes movingly presents Hall's sometimes poetic presentation of the two sides of a volatile issue. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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