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Title:
A necessary end
Author:
Gregson, J. M., author.
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Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
Physical Description:
216 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Alfred Norbury is a learned man. He is never afraid to display his erudition, but he is generous in his encouragement of younger people. The people who assemble around him to form a reading club are also learned. Some of them are simply well-read, whilst others have formal qualifications which rival those of Norbury. But learning is no protection against violence. Murder arrives suddenly, brutally and unexpectedly. The investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector Percy Peach and Detective Sergeant Northcott reveals several people with good reason to hate the victim. They range from the young man who was his latest protégé to the two women forty years older whose lives were radically damaged by him a decade earlier. Peach tackles the case, and the people involved in it, with his normal ebullience. The solution when he arrives at it is both unexpected and moving.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727884411
Format :
Book

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The new DCI Peach mystery . . .

Alfred Norbury is a learned man. He is never afraid to display his erudition, but he is generous in his encouragement of younger people. The people who assemble around him to form a reading club are also learned. Some of them are simply well-read, whilst others have formal qualifications which rival those of Norbury.

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Booklist Review

DCI Percy Peach and his sidekick, DS Northcutt, are back in this modern British police procedural. This time out, there's less badinage and cutting humor and more procedural technique as Peach tries to solve a tricky murder. Spinster Enid Frott decides to form a book club and teams up with a most unlikely partner, Sharon Burgess, the wife of Enid's former lover. At the book club's first meeting, a motley group assembles, consisting of Enid and Sharon plus a political cartoonist, a would-be writer, a university professor, and one of the town's most erudite men. Shortly after the meeting, one of the club members is murdered. While the remaining members look innocent enough at first glance, Peach is convinced one of them is a killer. As he and Northcutt investigate, they learn that this group of literary types all had had dark secrets to hide. Gregson is in fine form with this latest installment in his always-entertaining Percy Peach series. A surprise twist at the end adds a nice bit of frisson.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Enid Frott, who's recently retired and has always loved books and reading, decides to form a book club in Gregson's well-crafted, if initially slow 18th mystery featuring Det. Chief Insp. Percy Peach (after 2013's Brothers' Tears). The club's prospective members gather at Enid's flat in Brunton, a suburb of Manchester, England, where they eat, drink, and discuss what book to read first, finally agreeing on Jim Crace's Harvest. The next day, the most erudite and contentious member of the group, who admitted to the others during the meeting that he carried a loaded pistol while driving, is found shot dead in his car. Is it suicide or murder? Peach must gather evidence, and discover whether anyone had reason to wish the victim dead. The tension mounts as the connections between club members are gradually revealed through Peach's interviews and the suspects' interactions. Gregson has a good ear for dialogue, and series fans will enjoy cameo appearances from characters from earlier installments. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

A key member of a newly formed local book club is Alfred Norbury, a well-read man who enjoys sharing his knowledge. But someone doesn't appreciate his learning because Norbury is murdered. Detective Chief Inspector Peach and Detective Sergeant Northcott soon identify a number of suspects with serious grievances against the victim. The duo must uncover the truth in their 19th outing (following Brothers' Tears). (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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