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Chelsea Mansions [Kindle Edition]

Barry Maitland

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When Nancy Haynes, an elderly American tourist, is brutally murdered in a seemingly senseless attack after visiting the Chelsea Flower Show, DI Kathy Kolla suspects there is more to the case than first appears. When another occupant of the palatial Chelsea Mansions is murdered hot on the heels of the first - but this time a Russian oligarch - everybody wants to get involved.

Is it a Litvinenko-style KGB assassination? The spooks muscling in certainly think so. Are the murders linked? Or is Nancy's death just the result of mistaken identity? Kathy is determined to dig deeper, but comes up against walls of silence. If she persists, does she risk her career - and possibly more? DCI Brock, meanwhile, faces the fight of his life as his past comes back to haunt him.

A crime long buried, a deadly African virus, and some of the most resourceful criminals Brock and Kolla have ever faced, conspire to make this Maitland's best mystery yet.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1470 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (27 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A0P9S8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable novel with an ambitious plot 25 Aug. 2011
By Nigel Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Chelsea Towers is a novel to zoom through and would make a long flight, wet weekend or day under the beach umbrella a treat. The story is enjoyable and sustaining. The plot is a stretch but, as such, good fun and touches on interesting issues. The characterisation could not be considered strong although, if one read the preceding Maitland novels, perhaps characters would evolve over the series. Maitland, an architect by training, attends especially well to the structural details of buildings and is adept at making the Chelsea Towers a character in its own right.

I was interested to learn that Maitland, a pseudonym, lives in the lovely Australian peri-coastal town of the same name. Perhaps my mild criticisms are due to my limited familiarity with the broader crime genre but I would add that any lack of depth is truly compensated for by a relaxing and escapist read. I'll be checking his other work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dead American. A dead Russian. A curious Canadian. A crooked pol. And two of Scotland Yard's finest in a real nail-biter. 5 Jan. 2013
By Sharon Isch - Published on Amazon.com
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Unable to find a cab amid the crowds, a pair of Bostonians---the widow Nancy Haynes and her widower companion Emerson--are walking back to their hotel from a day at London's famous Chelsea Flower Show when, from out of nowhere, comes a man who sweeps her off her feet, throws her under an oncoming bus and disappears into a stunned crowd. What just went on here??? Could this this seemingly ordinary everyday visiting American woman of 70 have been mistaken for someone else? The only thing at all a bit off-key about her, according to her companion, had been her insistence, without explanation, on staying at Chelsea Mansions, a rundown hotel beneath her usual standards. The investigation has barely begun when the wealthy Russian oligarch who lives in the mansion next door is done in while sitting in the adjacent park enjoying an after-dinner cigar. This is not the kind of neighborhood where these kinds of things happen. Curiouser and curiouser. What a puzzlement. But before Brock and Kathy can even begin to get a bead on any of it, Brock will have contracted a highly contagious killer disease called Marburg fever, as will two others involved in the case; Kathy and the rest of Brock's team will take over, an attractive but unusually curious young Canadian will move into Chelsea Mansions, MI5 and MI6 will get involved and a Member of Parliament will pull some strings to get Kathy and her team booted off the case.

And so begins this most interesting double-murder mystery. Be prepared for lots and lots of twists and turns along the way and one huge whopper of an ending. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Author 19 Jan. 2013
By Mike Gellert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maitland is up there with the best, Extremely well written and he certainly knows the subject he is writing about.Well worth the money.
2.0 out of 5 stars So so 8 Dec. 2012
By Charlie Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book by Barry Maitland I found to be some what boring. It started out to be good but petered out.
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