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The comforts of home : a Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mystery, Susan Hill

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The comforts of home : a Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mystery
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The comforts of home
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a Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mystery
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Susan Hill
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eng
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Investigating a cold case while recovering from a near-fatal injury, Simon Serrailler finds his personal and professional lives intertwining in unexpected ways when his constable brother-in-law suffers a setback at the same time an arsonist begins a deadly rampage
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  • British author Hill’s uneven ninth mystery to feature Det. Chief Supt. Simon Serrailler (after 2015’s The Soul of Discretion) finds Simon recovering on the windswept island of Taransay after a harrowing case nearly killed him. The sea air and close-knit community has done wonders, but his idyll is shaken when well-regarded newcomer Sandy Murdoch is found dead. The shorthanded local police ask Simon to investigate, and he discovers that Sandy may have been hiding something that led to her death. Meanwhile, back home in Lafferton, Simon’s brother-in-law, Chief Constable Kieron Bright, has his hands full with a series of arsons and asks Simon to look into the case of 24-year-old Kimberley Still, missing for five years and thought to be a victim of jailed murderer Lee Russon, who denies involvement. Kimberley’s mother believes otherwise and demands justice. After returning to Lafferton, Simon digs into Kimberley’s disappearance. Credible characters and plenty of atmosphere make up only in part for short, choppy chapters and an underwhelming finale. Agent: Vivien Green, Sheil Land Assoc. (U.K.). (Nov.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/17/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 28, p)
  • A long-serving procedural hero faces health challenges that make him question his future with the police. In a surprising and dark series turn, Hill opens with DCI Simon Serrailler (The Soul of Discretion, 2015, etc.) hospitalized from his latest case and trying desperately to recover. True to her emphasis on realistic consequences, Hill doesn't make Simon's convalescence easy: His world is forever changed. Unsure about his future with the Lafferton police department in spite of the passage of a significant period of time and the encouraging words of his supervisor, Chief Kieron Bright, Simon goes to mull and heal on the remote Scottish island of Taransay. While he's there, he agrees to do some cold-case work for Kieron, who's not just his chief, but now also his brother-in-law, having married Simon's sister, Dr. Cat Deerbon, during Simon's hospitalization and recovery. Kieron asks Simon to investigate the murder of Kimberley, the daughter of Marion Still, who was likely killed by a repeat offender imprisoned for life. Doing administrative work doesn't restore Simon to his old self but does help remind him of his unique skill set, which comes in handy when a member of the small island community suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances. Back in Lafferton, Cat and Kieron adjust to married life while Cat considers relieving the stress of her job by doing private health work, a tempting move her deceased first husband would certainly have objected to. The honeymoon ends with a crash when Cat and Simon's irascible father, Richard, shows up with a health scare of his own. Hill continues to split her focus between exploring procedural conventions and showing her hero as he builds a family, emphasizing his development over his caseload. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2018)
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1942-
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Hill, Susan
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823/.914
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A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mystery
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0009
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  • Serrailler, Simon (Fictitious character)
  • Police
  • Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
  • Arson
  • Arson
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • FICTION
  • Arson
  • Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
  • Police
  • Serrailler, Simon (Fictitious character)
  • England
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The comforts of home : a Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mystery, Susan Hill
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on1060614207
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24 cm.
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305 pages
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9781468301465
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(OCoLC)1060614207
Label
The comforts of home : a Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler mystery, Susan Hill
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1060614207
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 pages
Isbn
9781468301465
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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map
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(OCoLC)1060614207

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