The Dreaming Detective: A Mystery

Keating, H. R. F.

Published by Minotaur Books, 2004
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Synopsis: "Who killed the preacher?"

Harriet Martens is taken aback. This is her first face-to-face meeting with the new Chief Constable, and he shot the question at her the moment she took the seat in front of his desk. Why is he setting out to antagonize her?

He must be talking about the famous Boy Preacher, who was murdered there thirty or more years ago. "He's bringing it up now because the old hotel that was the scene of the crime is about to be torn down." And he is giving Harriet the mystery to solve because he wants her out. The media has made much of how young he is, he has to establish himself and he doesn't want a much publicized female detective to steal any glory from him. The preacher's murder has been unsolvable for more than thirty years; Harriet's inevitable failure to solve it now will take care of her. . . .

Harriet was still at school when the murder happened. As she remembers, there were six or seven people, avid disciples, in a position to have killed the wildly popular young figure. But no one had ever been able to point out the killer---or killers---from that list. How in the world could she do it now? DNA, the chief told her. Find out whose DNA was on the boy's body, and get the confession out of him.

Oh, certainly, easy as pie. But Harriet has more than earned her title of The Hard Detective. She is determined to turn the tables on the chief, so determined that the case takes over her dreams. And it is, indeed, a dream that pries open the door leading her to the answer. She will certainly have her readers cheering her on and rejoicing with her when she manages to get her own back. Keating's delicious detective, now happily married and well set in her job, will delight her many fans and bring many more.

About the Author: H. R. F. Keating is well versed both in the fiction and nonfiction worlds of crime. He was the crime books reviewer for The London Times for fifteen years, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors. His repertoire is expansive and includes the well-known Inspector Ghote series. Keating lives in London.

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Title: The Dreaming Detective: A Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Hardcover
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