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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749079029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749079024
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you've not read Pawson before, shame on you ... Brilliant stuff' York Evening Press 'Yorkshire's answer to Inspector Morse' The Bookseller

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Hayes on 25 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
Attending the monthly superintendents meeting, DI Charlie Priest is shocked when DCS Colins Swainby makes a short statement to the effect that he expects to be asked for his resignation owing to certain allegations that have been made against him. The meeting has further shocks in store for Charlie when a DI from Halifax passes some photographs round showing the dead body of a women they are having difficulty in identifying - Charlie recognises her.

The action switches between two couples who are conducting a series of scams, and DI Charlie Priest who slowly pieces together several unrelated events and gets on their trail.

The weaving together of the different strands of the investigation is cleverly achieved. One of great strengths of this series is the humour, which is much in evidence in this book, making this another very enjoyable entry in this series.

Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stuart Pawson had a career as a mining engineer He followed this with a spell working for the probation service, before he became a full-time writer. He lives in the pleasant waterside village of Fairburn in Yorkshire. The author's writing is gritty and to the point added to which he has a likeable sense of humour that he usually incorporates into his books, all of which I have found enjoyable.

Viewing the body and the scene of a murder is never an easy thing to do, but DI Charlie Priest has become immune to it, or as immune as anybody can be to such an event. But this murder and the broken and battered body that was once a human being is different. Charlie knows Magdalena, the murdered woman.

Magdalena had one prominent identifying feature, a tattoo on of all places her buttock. Property of the Pope, but who or what is the Pope? Does this Pope, or the death of Magdalena have anything to do with a number of members of the local community being involved in dealing that leave them less than squeaky clean and in one case leaves one of them on a mortuary slab. Whatever is going on it has suddenly become personal for DI Charlie Peace . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunnie Gill on 12 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
Reading GRIEF ENCOUNTERS is like slipping into a pair of your favourite comfy slippers. It may not set the world on fire for being fashionable or chic but you know you are going to enjoy the experience. Stuart Pawson steers away from the dysfunctional stereotypes that abound in crime fiction these days. It is near impossible not to like the amiable Charlie Priest and his team at Heckley nick. These are ordinary people who come to work each day and share jokes, socialise and lead quiet unremarkable lives; just like the majority of us. And perhaps that is the clue to the popularity of Pawson's Charlie Priest series. The men and women of Heckley could so easily be you and me.

GRIEF ENCOUNTERS is the twelfth in the Charlie Priest series and may there be many more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. H. Robinson on 26 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book ranks alongside Stuart's other offerings, namely, Shooting Elvis and Laughing Boy. Thoroughly recommended. At the moment better than Peter Robinson by a mile (and a half!).
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This is the latest of largely self-deprecating author Stuart Pawson's works but also one of his professed favourites (so he revealed at the wonderful Reading Crime Writing Festival in 2008). It is also one of his longest,at 433 pages.
When I first encountered Pawson's work LAUGHING BOY involving the amiable but acutely unlucky-in-love DI Charlie Priest I was hooked straight away. I obtained and read all 12 books within a 4 month period. Pawson's pace and plots are always fresh, unusual and well-contrived with the murderers never quite being who or how you expect. The Yorkshire settings give the area a good travellers' write up too.
GRIEF ENCOUNTERS seemed to me a slight departure from Pawson's previous stories, the main characters being thoroughly reprehensible, but perhaps understandable in the greed and graft of Blair's Britain, although out of the series, this one left me with a teensiest feeling of let-down although I could not figure out why. After 12 books we know about the team at Heckley nick, especially Charlie's right-hand man DC Dave "Sparky" Sparkington (the back story of their meeting revealed in SOME BY FIRE) but this far in, curiously little about his boss Gilbert Wood, and his fellow detectives, "Mad" Maggie Madison and Jeff Caton (I complained to SP that Caton only appeared generally as a cipher). Pawson is not afraid to make Charlie's senior officers the victims or perpetrators of crime too.
Charlie appears tenacious in his commitment to his job (as you would expect from all maverick type fictional detectives) yet although he is justly proud of his claim to be the longest serving DI on the force, he is world weary and Pawson gives him pathos as he still hovers with indecision on whether to jack it all in and grab his pension now the Police spend more time on paperwork than on detection.
Stuart is currently working on his next book, eagerly awaited of course, and has promised Jeff has more of a part in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DARREN "Big Nose" WALKER on 5 Aug 2008
Format: Hardcover
Stuart Pawson does it again. This is a brilliant book that is well worth reading. DI Charlie Priest investigates the murder of a woman from his past and also comes across a group of people that are rich and bored so they get their kicks out of destroying other peoples lives.
If you like police stories skill fully written with humour and insight then you won't go far wrong with this book.
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