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Into the Shadows (Forensic Psychologist Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Tentham Mystery) [Hardcover]

Shirley Wells
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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24 May 2007 Forensic Psychologist Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Tentham Mystery
When a man wrongly arrested for murder hangs himself, forensic psychologist Jill Kennedy, who helped put him away, leaves her job and moves to a sleepy village. But when the vicar's wife is murdered, Jill discovers village life isn't the retreat she'd hoped to find. And while Jill's excolleague and ex-lover, DCI Max Trentham, sees the case as cut and dried, someone else has other ideas. It seems that Jill's past is coming back to haunt her.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295271
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.8 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 799,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shirley was born and raised in the Cotswolds, where her headmaster wrote on her school report--Shirley is content to dream her life away.

Years later--as an adult living in Cyprus--it dawned on her that this wasn't necessarily a bad thing and that fellow dreamers, in the guise of fiction writers, had been getting away with it for centuries.

A move to the Orkney island of Hoy followed and, during the twelve years she spent there, she wrote short stories as well as full-length romantic fiction for UK women's magazines.

She's now settled in Lancashire, where the Pennines provide the inspiration and setting for her popular mystery novels. She and her husband share their home with an ever-changing selection of deranged pets, who often insist on cameo roles in Shirley's novels.

When she isn't writing, Shirley loves reading (anything and everything), listening to live music, watching TV, eating chocolate and drinking whisky--though not necessarily at the same time. She's also a season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club and can often be seen in the biting wind and pouring rain cheering on her favourite team.

And she's still content to dream her life away.

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About the Author

Shirley Wells was born in the Cotswolds. When she went to live in Cyprus she began writing short stories, and when she moved again, this time to the Orkney Isles, she switched to full length novels, of which she has published a dozen so far.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Mystery Murders 23 July 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Forensic psychologist Jill Kennedy has been involved with the conviction of the prostitute 'Valentine' serial killer, Rodney Hill, who hangs himself and is later found not to be the murderer. Realising this, Jill departs to a Lancashire village, Kelton Bridge, to reflect on her life. Her idyllic residence, Lilac Cottage, is shaken by the cut-throat murder of Alice Trueman, wife of the parish reverend, Jonathan. They have a son Michael. DCI Max Trentham still has affectionate ties with Jill and is soon on the investigation with Jill taking charge, detached, as much as she can, from Trentham's romance and concentrating on fact.

This is an engaging detective crime novel. A relaxing and enjoyable read with suspects abundant all with motives, poor alibis and twists in the tale. I didn't cotton-on to the culprit until the end. Well-written by Shirley Wells in the Kennedy/Trentham series and recommended for readers who enjoy an excellent whodunit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Shadows 16 April 2014
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Jill is a forensic psychologist who has left police work to write books. Settling into her new home, her new quiet life is disturbed by a call for help from her former police detective lover, Max. Working on the difficult case of s serial killer who targets women, Max asks Jill to aid him by using her skills in profiling killers, and , reluctantly, she agrees. This an enjoyable and fast moving thriller with a variety of interesting suspects. It also has a little romance woven into the tale with something for everyone.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 14 Mar 2011
By Sunniva
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This is a very good crime novel full of twists and turns it keeps you guessing to the last, and difficult to put down once I started reading it, has a nice flow to the story. Looking forward to more from Shirley Wells collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 5 July 2013
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a well written book with pleasant characters so 4 stars. The plot, the hunt for a serial killer of prostitutes, offers nothing new and the subplot, the murder of the vicar's wife, is rather ludicrous. This is a cozy mystery in that there is no blood and guts and very little reference to actual police procedure. I guessed who the murderer was early on because so little was said about him. It is a pleasant way to pass a few mindless hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 21 April 2014
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I really did enjoy this book. Good characters and the plot was intriguing. I did guess the murderer but not until closer to the end but even so, very good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother... 5 May 2014
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Predictable plot and no depth to either the characters or storyline. Lack of continuity between chapters and rushed ending. Quite amateur when considered against Michael Connolly, Greg Isles and Ian Rankin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 16 July 2014
By Jemsa
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A good straightforward who dunnit, a nice cast of characters, and although even with a few red herrings it was possible to work out who the serial killer was, it was still a well written page turner. The subplot of the minister and his wife was a bit contrived, but I enjoyed this easy read. I'm going to get the next one to see how the partnership between Max and Jill develops.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try 15 July 2014
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enjoyed this very much . good thriller good characters. good story line couldn't put it down.
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