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In and Out (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

Coward, Mat

6 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0786230177 / ISBN 13: 9780786230174
Published by Five Star (ME) December 2001, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: In and Out (Five Star First Edition Mystery)

Publisher: Five Star (ME) December 2001

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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Bull's -- Eye It's Murder

Whether he's miserably depressed or buoyantly cheerful, a day with the delightfully unpredictable Detective Inspector Don Packham is never dull for his partner, DC Frank Mitchell -- especially when it involves murder. When the body of Yvonne "Chalkie" Wood, a member of the Hollow Head Pub's darts team, is found bludgeoned in the ladies' lavatory during a night of celebration over a championship game, Packham and Mitchell accept an unspoken challenge from a clever killer.

Though the victim had her share of enemies and each member of the team wished her dead, her untimely murder puts the detectives on a case of money, sex and secrets that requires luck, skill -- and an excellent aim -- to solve.

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*Starred Review* The second British mystery starring manic-depressive Detective Inspector Don Packham and his sidekick, Detective Constable Frank Mitchell, is so immensely enjoyable that readers may find themselves portioning the novel out, a few pages at a time, to make it last longer. There is a plot here--a darts-playing woman is apparently murdered by one of her teammates--but it is distinctly, joyously secondary to the characters themselves. Packham, who alternates between being pitifully depressed and buoyantly cheerful (sometimes on the same page), is one of the most original, engaging, and likable detectives to come down the pike in many a year. (In the pantheon of British detectives, he belongs right up there with Frost, Morse, and Dalgliesh--not that he is derivative of any of them in any way.) His inexperienced sidekick, the pleasant Frank Mitchell, spends much of his time adjusting his behavior to suit Packham's unpredictable moods; he seems to be teaching Packham how to deal with his emotional turbulence while Packham teaches him how to be a detective. Their dialogue is so snappy, so sparkling, that listening to these two men discussing even the most mundane things--the telephone book, perhaps, or train schedules--would be entertaining. Listening to them reason out the solution to a homicide is simply delightful. Anyone who reads British procedurals but has yet to meet Packham and Mitchell has a rare treat in store for them. David Pitt
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