Death's Door (Bob Skinner Mystery) by Quintin Jardine

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Death's Door (Bob Skinner Mystery) by Quintin Jardine

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Category: Crime
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: Two young female artists are murdered in what looks like professional, ritualistic killings. The police have to establish a link between the two women - and find their killer. A good police procedural read.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 416 Date: June 2007
Publisher: Headline
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0755329090

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A young woman is found murdered in what looks like a ritualistic killing. Some time is lost in starting the investigation as it's not immediately obvious that it is a murder, but everything starts moving very quickly once another woman is found murdered and left in similar circumstances. Before long a link between the two is established - they're both artists - but the second victim has a high-profile and rich father. He's keen to interfere in the investigation - and if the police can't do it, he'll see that justice is done himself. Davor Bosas is not a man to be thwarted and his offer of a million pound reward is but small change to him.

Deputy Chief Constable Bob Skinner is on sabbatical leave: he's been kept informed about what's happening as a courtesy as one of the murders happened near his home on the East Lothian coast, but when tragedy hits the police force he puts the break on hold and gets back into harness. What starts off looking as though it's going to be too complex to solve gradually sorts itself out - and then gets very complicated again. It's a good, satisfying, police procedural read with plenty of red herrings.

Knowing that Skinner was away from the coalface, so to speak, I did wonder if this would be a little disappointing, but it didn't turn out that way. It was good to see other members of CID step forward and play their parts: I was almost disappointed when tragedy brought Skinner back to work. It had been good to allow his private life to get on without us watching and to see what was happening to others, even though there were things going on that were hard to hear.

This is the seventeenth book in the Bob Skinner series and whilst there was a slight dip in quality in a couple of recent books, we now seem to be firmly back on course, and this books's a good read - or, as I did, listen. Because of a vision problem I've been restricting the amount of reading that I do and I've listened to the Skinner books as audio downloads, all of which I've bought myself. They're narrated by James Bryce who's nobly taken on the task of telling a story which is heavily populated by middle-aged, middle class Scotsmen and somehow giving them all individual voices - and that is no mean feat. As soon as I finish one, I buy the next download!

Quintin Jardine's Bob Skinner Novels in Chronological Order

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