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The Death Pictures (The TV Detective Series Book 2)

The Death Pictures (The TV Detective Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Hall
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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AN eminent artist in Plymouth is found dead in his bath, his wrists slashed. Is it a suicide or could it have been murder? A local TV reporter, a friend of the dead man, is determined to find out, and is guided by a trail of puzzles which the artist is left to solve, within a given timeframe. Prime suspect is a jealous artist-protégé, but there are others who might have wanted the victim out of the way. The outcome is fiendishly clever. --The Scotsman

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A dying artist creates a series of ten paintings – The Death Pictures – which contain a mysterious riddle, leading the way to a unique and highly valuable prize. Thousands attempt to solve it. But before the answer can be revealed, the painter is murdered.

A serial rapist is working through a series of attacks. He isn’t shy to make clear his hatred of women, and taunting of the police. He leaves his calling card, a witch’s hat at the houses he breaks into, each numbered from a pack of six.

The detectives face baffling questions. Why kill the artist when he would die naturally in just a few weeks time? What to make of the attempted break in at his house just before his death? Could it be connected with the rapes, all of which have been carried out in the area around his home?

The media interest in the cases is intense, and Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen again turns to his friend, TV Crime reporter Dan Groves to help him handle it. Dan does – at the price of some great scoops, and an involvement in the case that eventually leads him to effectively talk to the rapist, using the stories he broadcasts to lure him into a trap, and finally, discover the extraordinary solution to the riddle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (26 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XVVS2G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Hall is the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area. His TC Dective Series now includes five titles, The TV Detective, Death Pictures, Evil Valley, The Judgement Book and The Balance of Guilt. Simon is 42 years old and lives with his wife in Exeter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Pictures / Evil Valley 14 Jan 2009
Evil ValleyThe Death Pictures
What a surprise to see Simon Hall actually in my local Waterstones signing his books! I am so glad i have discovered this author and rate him as entertaining and spell-binding as my other two favourites - Patricia Cornwell and Michael Connolly.
Reading about the intertwining lives and careers of Dan (the journalist) and Adam (the detective) will keep you engrossed page after page - i could not put the books down! Simon offers an intimate insight into the daily routines of journalism and police work. You will find yourself so tense wondering if you can take anymore suspense when you are gifted with light relief of the wonderful Rutherford and the colourful 'Loud'. Reading about my own area added another quality to the stories - so much so you will want to trek along the moors and find the areas Simon decribes so vividly. Can't wait for the third novel due out in September!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All that glitters ...... 16 Mar 2009
By jbc
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I bought this book on the strength of the fantastic reviews it got on Amazon. Yes, I know you have to be wary of reviews (one man's meat, and all that ...), but this had eighteen, sixteen of which awarded 5-stars and the other two 4-stars; how could I go wrong? Quite easily, it would appear, this book is just awful. Call me an old cynic, but is it just coincidence that at least eleven of the reviewers live in the West Country, as does Mr Hall?
I read a lot of crime novels (William Lashner is my current favourite), and Simon Hall is not a 4-star writer, let alone a 5-star one: his plotting is simplistic, his storyline is ludicrous, and his characterisation is lamentable. Our dashing hero, Dan the TV journalist, has an unfeasible relationship with Adam, the Detective Inspector in charge of serious crimes in these parts. Dan is constantly updated on the current state of enquiries by Adam, and is even invited to sit in on police meetings, interrogations and crime scenes. Strangely, he doesn't take much advantage of this unprecedented access to proceedings; rather he runs around from one outside broadcast to another, constantly looking at his watch and telling us it's such and such a time, but really it's about ten minutes later because his watch runs slow. At first you wonder if this fact is going to be ingeniously interwoven into the plot as a clever denouement device. Eventually you realise this is just one of his little `quirks' --- he wears a cheap watch!
Dan is a tedious character who's a bit too pleased with himself, but Adam scales the rock-face of blandness to reach a peak of vapidness rarely achieved in literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - you won't put it down! 26 Jun 2008
Believable characters with foibles and traits you can relate to, irony, humour, pathos, beautifully crafted descriptive passages and punchy dialogue. What a triumph from a reporter/writer using his local knowledge to lead the reader through Devon and Cornwall, utilising his considerable knowledge of crime and the justice system to build tension and intrigue. I eagerly await the release of the next book (Evil Coombe) to once again enter Dan and Adam's (and hopefully Dirty El's) world of newspaper deadlines, scoops and the thrill of the chase. Well done, Simon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DEATH PICTURES...........YES! 24 Feb 2009
By Saturnicus VINE VOICE
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I actually read the next in the series first ("Evil Valley") and this prompted me to read "The Death Pictures". It was certainly the better of the two but frankly, it did not ring my bells. It is a good story, there is no denying that, but I start to lost interest when it gets caught up in the TV jargon. The author is a TV journalist so it is not surprising that his hero, Dan, is likewise.
I will not go into the plot as it will spoil it for the reader but it centres around a riddle in the form of a message contained in ten paintings. A brilliant idea. There is also a second plot surrounding a serial rapist.
I am not sure if the book needed two plots and the paintings on their own would have sufficed and sadly diverting to the second issue waned the attention from the really exciting thread.
Mr Hall, however, it would appear feels very strongly about certain prevalent issues in today's society and no doubt this would explain why he feels the need to put them into his books - all credit to him.
Overall, it was a good read and the tension built up nicely towards the end, however, I found the solution and ending bizarre and somewhat of an anti-climax.
However, do not be put off as you will likely enjoy it.
LOVE HIS DOG! - a great angle that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining puzzle 17 Dec 2008
By Geoff S
This is a brilliant read, with a gripping plot. You will want to try to solve the puzzle of the death pictures before the hero and must pick your way through the red herrings to find the important clues.

This is the first of Simon Hall's books that I have read and he will now feature in my list of must read crime authors alongside Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and Peter James.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Death Pictures 26 Jun 2008
I don't get time to read as many books as I would like.
I quite often start one and do not finish it.
But once you have started this book you will want to finish it.
It is brilliantly written.
It holds your attention from the 1st page right to the last.

Can't wait to read the next book that Simon Hall writes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another great story/read
Published 28 days ago by Steve100
4.0 out of 5 stars the good ones inspired me to keep going
It took me a while to get into this and I was on the point of giving up when I read some of the reviews, the good ones inspired me to keep going, the bad ones seemed to be rather... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frances North
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but it's my own fault - perhaps - for not reading the...
I enjoyed the first book in the series and bought this without really finding out anything about it as I was in a hurry and needed some holiday reading. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stuart Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating in places.
Wow, I thought a book based in Plymouth. How wonderful to have it set in a city I know well, it could add to the story right? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Autumn Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Dective Puzzler
Am still reading this novel, but it is proving to be equally as enthralling as his previous ones. Always good to pick up and wonder what's next.
Published 20 months ago by Ms. E. M. Fairweather
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and irritating
I had to read this book for my book group, otherwise I wouldn't have finished it. The writing is clunky and the characterisation is flat, especially the women police officers and... Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by SKirkdale
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but in the end very irritating . . .
I had not read this author before, nor known his background. I found the book entertaining to start with and I liked his west country setting, but as the story went on I found... Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by Penny Waugh
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I bought this book because I had read and enjoyed 'The TV Detective', which is the re-written start of this series. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put downable!!!!
Wow!! What a story!
This was the second of Simon Hall's books that I picked up, and once I started it, I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Tiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down...
I picked this book on the basis of the synopsis (and the front cover!). It has to be the best read I've had for a long time. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by Mr. Jon Goddard
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