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Good death : a D.I. Tom Mariner mystery, Chris Collett.

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Good death : a D.I. Tom Mariner mystery
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Good death
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a D.I. Tom Mariner mystery
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Chris Collett.
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eng
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When an elderly man dies in a house fire, the investigating officers are left baffled as to whether the blaze was accidental or started deliberately. If arson, was it a random act - or part of a personal vendetta? It's not the first time the Shah family has been targeted. At the same time, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Mariner is searching for a bridegroom who has vanished two weeks before his wedding. A case of cold feet? Or is there something more sinister behind his disappearance? Two seemingly unrelated investigations - but is there more to each than meets the eye? When a second body is found, events take a decidely darker turn
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  • DCI Tom Mariner returns in a cleverly plotted story that‘s part police procedural and part philosophical consideration of assisted suicide. Mariner is running two parallel investigations, one a missing-person case and one involving a horrific house fire. The fire has burned the home of the Shah family, Yemeni immigrants who have made a new life for themselves in England. The father was out of the country at the time, and while Mrs. Shah and the two children escaped, her father was not so lucky. Mariner suspects arson, focusing on who might have had a grudge against the Shahs. The missing person is Sam Fleetwood, who was due to get married in a few weeks. The police figure he may have gone off to have a last fling, but when Sam’s car is found, burned out and abandoned, the case takes on a new urgency. The story features multiple disparate plot strands, but Collett skillfully weaves the tangled threads together into a satisfying conclusion. Well written, thoughtful, and entertaining, this one’s a good pick for those who like procedurals with some meat on their bones. -- Melton, Emily (Reviewed 12/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 7, p30)
  • Fully-fledged female characters distinguish Collett’s eighth police procedural featuring Det. Insp. Tom Mariner, a Birmingham, England, police officer (after 2015’s Dead of Night). In particular, the women of the Shah family stand out as they face discrimination and deal with family needs that their male counterparts can just ignore (or leave to stay-at-home wives or mothers). The focus, though, is on Mariner, a thoughtful, observant man who struggles to do the right thing for his friends, colleagues, and lovers. The reader follows him with interest as he and his team investigate two very different crimes—a death by arson and the case of a man who has gone missing just two weeks before his wedding. The motives are initially unclear: is the arson the result of a hate crime against the Shah family, or is there something even more sinister behind it? Has the future bridegroom met with foul play, or has he simply run away from the prospect of a stifling marriage? Mariner uncovers some surprising truths. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/05/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 49, p)
  • A burned body and a missing husband-to-be are only two of many headaches for a detective inspector.DI Tom Mariner and his girlfriend, Suzy Yin, are house hunting, though not for shared space. They both know they're better off as weekend lovers, Tom in his Birmingham home and Suzy wherever she can find more space for her book collection than in her postgrad student flat. Estate agent Gaby Boswell, who promises to help, turns up at a reception for Mariner's sergeant, who belongs to Gaby's church. That night, Mariner, awakening to smoke, hastens across the canal to help rescue Salwa Shah and her two children. But he can't save her father, who's trapped in his bedroom. Salwa, whose husband is away on business in Sana'a, Yemen, says that she and her family have been on the receiving end of complaints and harassment, although the chief perpetrator, Mariner learns, has an alibi. While the Fire Investigation team painstakingly goes over the house to determine the cause of the blaze, Mariner gets a cry for help from Gaby, whose normally reliable fiance, Sam Fleetwood, has vanished only days before their wedding. On the homefront, Mariner's worried about his "bedroom difficulties," even though Suzy is patient with him, and he faces new problems with his late lover's autistic brother, for whom Mariner acts as guardian. The discovery first of Sam's wallet, then of a second burned corpse in the Shahs' house leaves Mariner a body with no ID and an ID with no body. A large bank withdrawal in the Shah case, signs of a mysterious other woman in Sam's, and a late-breaking lady-in-jeopardy subplot promise the Brum cop a full dance card. Collett (Dead of Night, 2014, etc.) packs this eighth series entry with subplots and secondary dramas that never quite make up for an implausible killer and a tacked-on conclusion.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2016)
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Collett, Chris
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no index present
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non fiction
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A Tom Mariner mystery
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0008
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  • Mariner, Tom (Fictitious character)
  • Murder
  • Police
  • Missing persons
  • Mariner, Tom (Fictitious character)
  • Missing persons
  • Murder
  • Police
  • England
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Good death : a D.I. Tom Mariner mystery, Chris Collett.
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1738511
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22 cm.
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235 pages
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9780727886873
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  • (Sirsi) i9780727886873
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Good death : a D.I. Tom Mariner mystery, Chris Collett.
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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1738511
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
235 pages
Isbn
9780727886873
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780727886873
  • (OCoLC)953427931

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