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Fatal Last Words (Skinner 19) Paperback – 11 Jun 2009


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (11 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755329163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755329168
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Very engaging as well as ingenious, and the unravelling of the mystery is excellently done...Very enjoyable. FATAL LAST WORDS will accompany many on their holidays and quite right too' (Allan Massie, Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The thrilling new Skinner mystery by Scotland's Crime Master


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jdp1962 on 17 July 2009
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A barely-credible plot, with implausible coincidences and connections; a pointless and irrelevant sub-plot involving his daughter and former best mate, and quite the most "convenient" promotion to high office.

Jardine still persists in using this awful device of having the characters speak to the reader instead of to each other. So much of the dialogue involves one character telling another things that he already knows, as a way of reminding the reader what happened in previous narratives.

This is quite the worst Skinner novel yet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ireland on 12 Jan 2011
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I would have considered this a good read, though not one of the best Skinner novels (I've bought them all), had it not been ruined for me once I spotted, very early on, the author's 'joke' in making this into a 'spot the crime-writer' game - totally ruining any possiblity of getting absorbed in the story. A great pity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I.P. Knightley on 17 May 2010
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I have followed the Skinner series all the way through and feel that the last few novels have struggled badly.

We all know that Bob Skinner is a pastiche of a super-hero. He golfs excellently despite playing irregularly; he is the star of his football team; he's a crackshot with the guns; he has incredible insight; is (naturally) an unblemished detective and is a superlative lover.

Even though we're prepared to accept all that, the plot, the relationships and the dialogue all become quite hard to bear.

The conversations are stilted. EVERY character has exactly the same speech mannerisms.

Many take 10 sentences to relate what would (by real people) be said in two. A lot of it is clumsy scene-setting where Jardine uses the characters to fill newcoming readers in on the back history. It's a device he's used in the past but it's now starting to really grate. If, in real life, a friend or colleague were to describe to me, in great detail, an event which I'd be involved in, I would quickly tire of it.

Lastly in my rant of disappointment: who, nowadays, uses the word "for" when they mean "because"?? (Apart from every character in a Quintin Jardine novel, of course!!)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scotsman Steps on 14 Aug 2009
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I've read the entire series - not proud of it but we all have our guilty pastimes. This is, by my lights, the most self-indulgent of the lot and one where Jardine's weaknesses overwhelm his strengths. You'll find the sudden, inexplicable (but for plot movement) changes of behaviour that his characters are prone to, the unguessable (because the author won't show you all the cards) denouement, Skinner solving it all with a "Hmmm" and a long stare into the distance... all the hallmarks of a Jardine mystery. Those are the good bits. The bad, in my view, are the over-indulgence in horribly clumsy puns, clanking meta-textual excursions, and Jardine's belief that rim-shot-accompanied, blatantly telegraphed authorial interjections will be read as light comic touches. I'll buy the next one - they don't call it a bad habit for nothing - but I do hope he sticks more firmly to action, melodrama and his well-conceived version of the real Edinburgh in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicks1963 on 24 Oct 2013
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Love the way the writer manages to hold you in suspense during the whole book..always a great read...Can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jennifur on 12 Sep 2013
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One of the lesser entries from 2010 in the otherwise excellent Bob Skinner Crime Thriller series though your mileage may vary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Legalman on 22 Aug 2013
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Like all Skinner books a good story that moves along quickly and is easy to read. I love the short chapters .
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Loved this book it's a great read as always Jardine is as ever at his best Descriptive and a very good read
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