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Grievous Angel (Bob Skinner Mysteries)

Grievous Angel (Bob Skinner Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Quintin Jardine
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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"Hard-hitting . . . longtime fans will relish the revelations about his childhood and the way he met series regulars like Mario McGuire and Andy Martin." --"Publishers Weekly"

Book Description

The thrilling new Bob Skinner mystery by Scotland's Crime Master

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755356942
  • Publisher: Headline (9 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great prequel 8 Jan 2012
This is the latest in the Skinner series and yet it is the first. It is written as Skinner relating his memoirs of a time when he had just been promoted to Detective Superintendent, is still coming to terms with his wife's death and juggling fatherhood with his career and his love life.

Skinner is called in to investigate a horrific death which soon becomes linked to gang crime and sparks retribution within the criminal underworld which the police always seem to be one step behind.

I enjoyed this book more than some of the more recent Skinner books and liked the fact we see how Skinner first meets some of the people who become his closest colleagues and allies later in the series.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best 10 Jun 2011
Like the previous reviewer I too have read all of the Skinner books but I loved this one. Like any Quintin Jardine book I cannot help but complete it within a few days. If you've read any Skinner book you'll identify immediately with this especially if you, like me, are from Edinburgh. I certainly wasn't confused by the flashback but instead found it refreshing. Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars grievous angel 27 Sep 2011
By Ali
Take this book as a stand alone and it's okay. Nothing special by any means but it's not quite a complete waste of time. However, take this book and shoehorn it into the series that it apparently belongs to and it fails to make sense. The timelines are a bit wonky for a start. Here, Skinner is a detective superintendent but, at the start of the first Skinner novel, released before the time this is set, he's already an ACC. Now, obviously, just because a book was released in 1993 doesn't mean to say that's when it was set. But there was never evidence to the contrary either.

Iffy timelines aside, I disliked this book for other reasons. The first one being that it used a similar (the same?) storyline as Jardine's previous stand alone, The Loner. While it was a great in The Loner, seeing it from a police perspective was rather less thrilling. It just plodded along, with no real tension or suspense. This is a shame because Jardine usually writes both these aspects well.

And Skinner himself, sheesh, what an arrogant so and so. I know in recent books that he seems to be coming across as more egotistical and overbearing but I don't remember him being this bad in the beginning in the series. We also get to read about younger versions of other characters but, honestly, they were just characters. There was little personality in them to connect the reader with the versions we already know.

All in all, a disappointing read. One for completists only, I think.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but.... 24 Feb 2012
By Rodt
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My first thought on reading the bit on the back cover was that Mr Jardine had run out of ideas and was revamping old storylines. I was right. No Jardine Skinner novel is going to be bad as such but this just didn't flow and the re-introduction of characters that we know have died or moved away just didn't seem comfortable.
Hopefully Chief Constable Bob Skinner will be moving forward from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 29 Dec 2013
By Jeannie
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What shall I say? I love Quintin Jardine's books and am always waiting for the next one. Try the other series too if you like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skinner Novels 13 Dec 2013
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Been reading Skinner from the first novel and like the characters. Can be a bit physical and gory. Great to have a bit of back history
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 11 Dec 2013
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I love bob skinner stories, this one is no exception, cant put it down. love being able to download straightaway, no waiting for the bookshop to open.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Variation 4 Oct 2013
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As a long term fan of Skinner I found the change to a first person narrator strange at first but soon got into it. As always the characters ring true and the storylines hang together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable read.
This was an interesting book with a good plot. What spoiled it was the main character who was a bit unbelievable as nobody was to mess with him. Read more
Published 9 months ago by F. Rodger
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Different scenario to the usual Skinner books, but enjoyable. Goes back to his first meetings with several of the usual cast.
Published 10 months ago by patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of history
I enjoy Mr Jardine's writing as he has a comfortable style of writing which makes you want to read "just another page" until you've finished. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time for hols great reading.
Despite a late order for this, and several other books, it arrived just in time for holidays. Can not ask for better service. Books are of good quality.
Published 11 months ago by Sharon Groves
4.0 out of 5 stars Grevious Angel
I always enjoy the Bob skinner novels and this was no different. I will continue to recommend to friends etc
Published 11 months ago by bryony :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Really enjoyed this book. Loved the mixture of Skinners private life and work being intertwined have seen this all too often made the book very believable.
Published 13 months ago by Dugga 2
4.0 out of 5 stars anorther cracker
slightly different format but still enjoyable as always, well written, good plot and always a pager turner waiting for next!
Published 14 months ago by Pauline Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
As with all Skinner books a thoroughly good read ! I have never read a bad Quintine Jardine novel.
Please keep them coming
Published 14 months ago by witchqueen
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