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Monday, August 12, 2013

MYSTERY CORNER: THE KATE O'DONNELL SERIES!

MYSTERY CORNER: THE KATE O'DONNELL SERIES!

Patricia Hall has written a number of well received mysteries set in Yorkshire and featuring reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray.  In 2011, Hall turned her attentions to a new series set in the London of the Swinging Sixties ...

DEAD BEAT

A tense and gripping mystery set in 1960s London and Liverpool - When photographer Kate O'Donnell takes off for London from swinging Liverpool she has two things in mind: to make a career and to track down her missing older brother. But when she does find a trace of Tom, he's still missing - leaving behind a dead flatmate and some very suspicious cops, including Harry Barnard of the vice squad. Kate determines to clear her brother's name, but her investigations take her on a terrifying journey, and soon she isn't sure if even the charming Barnard can be trusted . . .
 
DEATH TRAP

Hall’s second mystery featuring young photographer Kate O’Donnell continues the delightful mixing of straight-up procedural with a dose of local color ... Beatlemania has reached Swinging Sixties London, but when a prostitute is found murdered off the Portobello Road, Kate O’Donnell soon discovers a darker side of the city. A West Indian immigrant, Nelson Mackintosh, is arrested for the murder causing simmering racial tensions to near boiling point. 

Convinced of Nelson’s innocence, Kate determines to track down the real killer. But when her activities attract the attention of notorious gangster King Devine, not even Kate’s old sparring partner, DS Harry Barnard, can ensure her safety. "Colorful characters, social commentary, and sixties ambience all add to the appeal of this engaging British mystery"

DRESSED TO KILL

It’s 1963. A new band called the Rolling Stones is beginning to make its mark and the mini-skirt is coming into fashion. For young Liverpudlian photographer Kate O’Donnell, it’s an exciting time to be in the capital – especially as she’s on secondment to an up-and-coming fashion photographer’s studio. But Kate discovers a darker side to 1960s’ London when the naked, battered body of a teenage prostitute is found amongst the rubbish bins behind a Soho jazz club – and it turns out, the victim was a former model at the studio where Kate’s working.

When a second young model disappears, Kate enlists her friend DS Harry Barnard’s help to find out exactly what’s going on. Together, they uncover the first of several dark secrets surrounding Andrei Lubin’s fashion studio and the notorious Jazz Cellar.
 

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