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Looking For Trouble

Looking For Trouble [Kindle Edition]

Cath Staincliffe
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Struggling single mother Sal Kilkenny is compassionate, gutsy, bright enough to know when it's clever to be scared and tenacious as a Rottweiler. Cath Staincliffe's tour of the mean streets and leafy suburbs of Manchester reveals the city as the natural successor to Marlowe's Los Angeles. With a cast of characters drawn from the gutter to the high ranks of business and officialdom, she probes the city's underbelly in an exciting tale of corruption, exploitation and brutality. (Val McDermid )

Remarkable for its keen sense of actuality...and warmed by its affection for family and friends. Compassionate, exciting, and down-to-earth. Infused also with that rare and precious ingredient: true feeling. (Literary Review )

Sal Kilkenny manages a fine juggling act with a horribly messy case and a hectic home life. (Liza Cody )

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This is the first Sal Kilkenny mystery, which was nominated for the CWA Best Debut Novel and was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F8B6XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath's books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l'Année. In 2012 Cath won the CWA Short Story Dagger for Laptop, sharing the prize with Margaret Murphy for her story The Message. Both stories featured in Best Eaten Cold, a Murder Squad anthology. Cath's Sal Kilkenny private eye series features a single-parent sleuth working the mean streets of Manchester. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath's own experience. Cath's latest stand alone book, Letters To My Daughter's Killer explores fundamental questions of crime, punishment and the very human desire for revenge. Bleed Like Me is Cath's second novel based on the popular Scott & Bailey TV series. Cath is one of the founding members of Murder Squad - a group of Northern crime writers who give readings, talks and signings around the country. Cath was born in Bradford, Yorkshire and now lives in Manchester, Lancashire with her partner and children. You can follow her on Twitter, @CathStaincliffe, which she does when she should be busy writing!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look no further 23 Aug 2012
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Interesting plot and well drawn characters set in Manchester. The city is brought to life by Ms Staincliffe. This novel is well written; on par with another femle PI from the same era and city, Kate Brannigan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 10 July 2012
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I have read a few of Cath Staincliffe's books and have loved each one. I read Looking for trouble a while ago and was hooked from the first page. A easy read which kept me guessing right till the end. I would highly recommend this to friends and family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble Found 14 April 2013
By Jen C
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I enjoyed reading this book- a new author for me and have recommended her writing to others. An easy read - great for the holidays!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 23 Mar 2013
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I was drawn into to the story from the first page and there were so many twists and turns to it I could not wait to read the next chapter. However for me the ending was all a bit quick and rushed. I felt I was still in the plot 95% of the way through and suddenly it was all summed up and the book was finnished. I really had to read the last 5% again to take in all that happened in the end. One thing lead to another so quickly that for me the enjoyment of the rest of the book got lost a bit. All that said I will be reading more from this author and I certainly would recommend it to friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars books from amazon 27 Oct 2012
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I love Cath Staincliffe novels. They are down to earth,gritty and with lots of everyday detail. She makes you feel as if you are living the experiences
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sal Kilkenny inadvertently Looks for Trouble 9 Sep 2011
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In an authentically depicted modern Manchester, Cath Staincliffe's creation Sal Kilkenny is a likeable Private eye facing the problems of single parenthood.
Brainchild of BLUE MURDER, Cath writes wonderful down-to-earth mysteries which touch on the nastier aspects of what the police deal with every day - drugs, underage runaways and homelessness but writes sympathetically about it . A worried mother later wants Sal to investigate the reason why her son has disappeared - I confess I did confuse this part with a similar theme in her Towers of Silence (where a mother engages Sal to find out why a truculent and monosyllabic teenager won't stay at home) - and the answer to both those scenarios in each book is definitely one Sal really have preferred to wash her hands of.
Staincliffe's uses the ordinariness of people's lives in suburban middle-class Britain to great effect. Great stuff. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good crime story. 3 Jun 2011
I like the Sal Kilkenny mysteries and have read several. This, I think, is an early one, if not the first in the series but Cath Staincliffe immediately catches the gritty northern atmosphere in and around Manchester. Sal is a private investigator who really just wants to work cases about husbands and wives cheating on each other, or simple missing persons cases. However this missing person case is not so simple and draws her into the dangerous world of pimps and drugs in seedy nightclubs. The characters are well portrayed and the storyline is good. Perhaps it is not as good as some of her other stories but nevertheless it was enjoyable and well worth taking on holiday.
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3.0 out of 5 stars looking for trouble 4 July 2014
By sue
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OK not the best nor the worst book I have read ,although in did read it to the end , I wouldn't retread it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I love Cath Staincliffe books this is the fourth one I have read ,like the others a very good story
Published 29 days ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read
Such an easy read , great for the beach or on a plane.
Keeps you guessing till the very end and you still don't expect what's happening and who is part of it all.
Published 2 months ago by louise mcgoldrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for trouble
This is the first Cath Staincliffe book I've read I don't think I will read another . A reasonable story line but drawn out by a lot of boring reading in between .
Published 3 months ago by Margaret Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for trouble.
Really good read. Keeps you on the edge. Tad disappointed with the ending. Thought would have gone on a bit longer.
Published 4 months ago by moo
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Really enjoyed this book ,well crafted and fairly zips along have read previous books from this author all are good
Published 5 months ago by brian whitton
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing easy read
Great storyline, very believable, couldn't put it down will be looking for more of her books to read, highly recommended
Published 5 months ago by Freida
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a homesick Mancunian, it hit just the right note of atmosphere and level of detail to put me back in my home city, alongside which was a good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gil Rossini
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Introduction To This Author
I had high hopes for this after reading others' reviews and realising she write Scott & Bailey among other things-can't go wrong !! However........ Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynda Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I will certainly be reading more of the Sal Kilkenny series of books after thoroughly enjoying this one. Excellent read.
Published 7 months ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent novel
Another great read from Cath Staincliffe - story, characters and plotting excellent. This is a series well worth searching out. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by PamCanterbury
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