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A Morbid Habit (Catherine Berlin 3) Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; First Edition edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434022969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434022960
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,883,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Hauxwell was born in the East End of London, England and grew up there and in Melbourne, Australia. Her working life has included stints as a psychiatric nurse, cleaner, sociologist, taxi driver and lawyer.

She abandoned the law to work as an investigator, an occupation she has pursued happily for twenty years.

She lives in a small country town in Australia when not in London.

She is a keen sailor, but suffers from seasickness.

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The third gripping instalment in Annie Hauxwell's phenomenal Catherine Berlin crime series.

About the Author

Annie Hauxwell was born in London. She abandoned the law to work as an investigator and now combines this with writing. She lives in a small country town in Australia when not in London. Her career includes prize-winning short crime fiction and professionally produced theatre and film, and her feature screenplays have been optioned in the U.S. and Australia. Her working life has also included stints as a psychiatric nurse, cleaner, sociologist and taxi driver. She is the author of the Catherine Berlin series which includes In Her Blood and A Bitter Taste.

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Top class thriller. 11 July 2014
By mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just love these books. I can't put down this latest one. There are good guys and bad guys and those inbetween, and it is never clear which is which, or who is what. Keeps you guessing. Really fast paced. Great action. love it !
Excellent third book in a strong series 25 Jun 2014
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Format: Kindle Edition
The third Catherine Berlin novel from Annie Hauxwell takes the concept of moving a character out of their comfort zone that bit further. Berlin is one of those unrepentant flawed types. A heroin addict she's prepared to manage the addiction with prescription medications, but she's really not able / or willing to give up totally. Anything that threatens her supply of drugs has a major impact on her comfort zone. She's also a welded-on resident of London. She knows her area very well, often walking miles of a night to soothe the cravings and distract her brain. Taking her to Moscow breaks her final connection with comfort. Not only does she find herself in a city she doesn't know, they speak a language she doesn't and early on the piece, her passport and her medications are taken from her.

From the absolute outset tension builds well - with the distinct sense of something dodgy about the offer of a job in Moscow. Even though the chance is handed to her by her oldest friend (and an ongoing character), everything is odd. Sending a freelance investigator like Berlin seems like a peculiar choice, and whilst it could seem very staged from the start, it works, mostly because just about everything that Berlin gets involved in comes from the dodgy end of the scale.

Whilst the crime and mystery elements in this plot are, as always, strong and nicely complex, the attraction of these books are the characters. Berlin and Charlie, her substitued translator, form an interesting partnership, albeit with the distinct feeling of two people circling each other in the ring. Neither of them is a straight-forward woman, and both of them have secrets they are hiding, and complications they are dealing with. In the earlier books Berlin has played more of a solo hand, and whilst she navigates much of the unknown, and the threats in Moscow herself, frequently she has to work with Charlie, they have to reach some understanding. It's very well done.

It may be that the lurking Russian threat and the questionable conduct of the local police are a bit harder chewing for some readers. In this case it does work, although you are going to have to accept the complicated web of corruption, deceit, illegality, dirty money, gangsters and authorities. It all comes down to the power of the story telling, the pace of the action and the amount of connection a reader can establish with Catherine Berlin. To do that you're going to have to understand why she's so flawed, and accept that this is her comfort zone. Because of that it would probably be preferable if you read the first books in the series before tackling A MORBID HABIT. Which should be no trial whatsoever.

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Dark crime fiction 2 July 2014
By Heath Henwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Morbid Habit
By Annie Hauxwell

This is the third novel in Annie Hauxwell’s Catherine Berlin Series. A series of dark crime fiction.
Berlin is a financial investigator with a drug habit, and more issues that you can throw a stick at. The story opens with Berlin in London, however the scene quickly switches to Moscow, a few days before Christmas, as she accepts an assignment to investigate some Russian partners of a UK firm.

The story was slow to start, and introduced many characters early. The characters developed depth and colour as the story unfolds. I can’t say there was any character that I liked, and there are not really any good guys in the story, although one could suggest that Berlin is the heroine of the story.

There are a lot of loose ends that are not satisfactory tied up by the end, however this seems Hauxwell’s style, and they may be picked up in the next book.

While I appreciate the time and effort the author took to develop both the characters and the plot, the book moved too slow for me, and jumped between scenes too much too early.
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