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Bought with blood
Quinton, Ann.
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Sutton : Severn House, 2001.
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248 pages ; 23 cm
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A paeodophile is on the loose in Casterford and a group of vigilantes is on the rampage causing trouble for DI Nick Holroyd and his team. Then a teenage youth is killed and the police are plunged into a murder inquiry. Meanwhile, some letters by Thomas Hardy are discovered, which refer to an unknown novel by him. As the hunt for this manuscript threads through the story another death causes the police to think that the events may all be connected.

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Booklist Review

During a Dorset autumn, Detective Inspector Nick Holroyd and his colleagues are trying to stop mob violence against paroled sex offenders. Then Holroyd's fiancee discovers some stolen Thomas Hardy letters, and the son of a family friend abruptly disappears. This latest Holroyd mystery is part procedural, part cozy. The book's first third is slow paced, but readers will have plenty to keep them interested, thanks to the tough-to-solve mystery, the lively portrait of village life, and the nicely developed characters. Along the way, Quinton offers attractive descriptions of English pubs and intriguing information about medical procedures, adoption, rare manuscripts, and community theater. Recommend this to fans of English procedurals set in villages and suburbs, such as Betty Rowlands' Sukey Reynolds series or J. M. Gregson's Hook and Lambert series. --John Rowen

Publisher's Weekly Review

What do English smalltown vigilantes, two murders, a missing pedophile and some newly discovered letters of Thomas Hardy have in common? It's up to Detective Inspector Nick Holroyd to find out in Ann Quinton's (This Mortal Coil) Bought with Blood, a fast-paced and carefully plotted tale that has poor Holroyd also coping with a hitch in his wedding plans he may have discovered a son and a hit-and-run accident involving his fiance and another surprise child. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved