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The Shadow of Death (Parish & Richards 4)

The Shadow of Death (Parish & Richards 4) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Ellis
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If you've read Chapter 1 you'll know that DCI Marshall has taken the place of Chief Walter Day, transferred Kowalski to Traffic Analysis, and is taking an active role in running the investigations... But what you don't know is that DCI Marshall has an agenda! Toadstone finds a body in a trunk at the landfill site, which isn't connected to the Bin Bags Case, and between him and Parish they decide to investigate the body in the trunk themselves. Parish is then suspended from active duty - now, (you know and I know) that he should really hand over the case, but the trouble is Toadstone's done an illegal post-mortem, so they decide to carry on investigating the murder using the backroom of Parish's house as a base. Richards is not happy because Marshall is using her as a driver and not involving her in the Bin Bag Case, but she realises that the trunk murder is a copycat of a murder from the 1950s, and there are more to come... Also, the Chief Constable goes to Klosters skiing with his family, and Sir Charles Lathbury from MI6 decides that it would be better all round if he had an accident and didn't come back until Parish's career was ruined, but there's an ex-Stasi killer tracking the assassins and Sir Charles, who thinks he's incognito, but isn't. The reporter, Catherine Cox from the Chigwell Herald, becomes involved when the killer contacts her wanting publicity, but because Parish is running an illegal investigation, she has to hide the vague report on page 5 of the paper. The killer contacts her and tells her she's on his list, which means that Parish has to look after her. Not only does she move into Parish's spare room, much to the chagrin of both Angie and Richards, but she also tries to tempt him away from Angie. What am I doing? I've nearly told you the whole story, but not quite... There's more twists and turns in this book than a game of Twister! And I haven't even mentioned the wedding, a clue coming from a friend about Parish's parents, or St. John - the killer!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1234 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: KOKO Publishing Ltd (3 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063AXQCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tim Ellis was born in the bowels of Hammersmith Hospital, London, on a dark and stormy night, grew up in Cheadle, Cheshire, and after a 22-year sojourn in Essex with his wife and four Shitzus, returned to Cheshire in April 2014. In-between, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps at eighteen and completed twenty-two years service, leaving in 1993 having achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Regimental Sergeant Major). Since then he has worked in secondary education as a senior financial manager, in higher education as an associate lecturer/tutor at Lincoln and Anglia Ruskin Universities, and as a consultant for the National College of School Leadership. His final job, before retiring to write fiction full time in 2009, was as Head and teacher of Behavioural Sciences (Psychology/Sociology) in a secondary school. He has a PhD and an MBA in Educational Management, and an MA in Education. Please feel free to visit my website and blog at: or my Facebook fan page:!/pages/Tim-Ellis/160147187372482 you'd be most welcome, Tim

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars continued brilliance 8 Nov 2011
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i love this series of books. thought they could not get better after the 3rd book but Tim has excelled again. The book grabs you from the 1st page and takes you on a roller coaster ride through to the end, i feel as though i am friends with DI Jed Parish and his colleagues. Keep up the brilliance Tim and i am looking forward to book 5.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some silly errors but good. 24 Nov 2011
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I have now read all four of this series and I agree with the comments of most of the reviewers of all of them. The interplay between the two main characters is engaging BUT - Mr. Ellis please please stop with the constant "Sirr", "You're so mean to me", and the constant repetition of names on every single line. Morse and Lewis did it sometimes but never to the excesses in these books! I notice that the journalist character introduced in book 3 has a catchphrase "pig" which also gets very wearing in combination with the constant naming and cries of "Sirr".

This book has a very silly error - are we expected to believe that a DVD can only occupy 37Kb and take less than 40 seconds to burn to a disc? Please Mr. Ellis double check everything particularly when it is technology related! When someone knows technology, silly errors like this really break the flow of the story as they cause the reader to leave the world of the story for a few minutes.

Having said all of that the first four books have had good plots, excellent characters (the Doc is going to be sorely missed), and some particularly nasty villians. I am looking forward to the next installment and hope that Tim Ellis does a tad more research and gets a decent proof reader to knock out the repetitive catchprases. These books would be excellent as one hour dramas in the vein of Frost or Morse and I'm sure we will learn a lot more about Jed Parish over the coming novels.

I will buy more of Tim Ellis and hope that he takes the time to go back over the last four books and do a bit of tweaking and editing to make them really great.

Some advice for first time readers of the series; just work through the minor irritants and filter the odd error and you'll really enjoy the books. This is the first time I have read four in a row from one author on my Kindle and I am looking forward to more from this author.

Excellent and highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Nov 2011
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Another great success from Tim Ellis. The relationship between Parish and Richards continues to excel. The story line is excellent and I can't wait to read His Wrath is Come. Terry
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive 22 Nov 2011
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I have found all of the Parish and Richards books utterly compelling. Yes, sometimes the storylines are a little far fetched, but I'm still giving this one five stars because it kept me turning the pages half the night. However, the spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and inconsistancies are so irritating in all of these and this does not seem to be improving. Please, please, Mr. Ellis, get yourself a good editor. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best 16 Jan 2012
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I thought this was the weakest of the Parrish and Richards books I've read so far. It felt slightly unbelieveable with Parrish being suspended (because of someone else's agenda) yet co-ordinating his own investigation from his own home with the support of several other officers and Toadstone the forensic scientist.

The actual storyline wasn't bad but did seem a bit like a repeat of previous books. I'll still look out for the next one in the hope that it will be back to the previous high standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where is the 5th... 9 Jan 2012
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Best of the four books so far, keep up the good work.
Now i'm going to try one of the other books, while I wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easy reading 30 Dec 2011
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I have just completed the fourth book in this series and must say I have enjoyed them all immensely. They are easy to read and not too involved. Tim Ellis has the knack of writing about his characters in such a way as to make you feel that you know them. I look forward to further Jed Parish novels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 Nov 2011
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Thoroughly enjoyed it. Love the characters. Can't wait to see them on television. But when is His Wrath Is Come being published? Soon please.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read! Enjoy the relationship between characters! Although they do seem to always get on to trouble if not life threatening situations
Published 1 month ago by Moonlight1
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these stories
I love these stories and the characters are brilliant; not just Parish and Richards but others. All well rounded and interesting
Published 6 months ago by JS
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much child abuse, repetitive and overly dramatic.
I have read 5 of the authors' books in rapid succession and am appalled and alarmed that child abuse is woven into the storyline in each and every one and with "the Shadow of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cathy Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars A LIFE FOR A LIFE
Tim Ellis is amazing!!!! Not only are his story lines intriguing and complex, his characters are witty and very likeable - the banter between Parish and Richards makes for a great... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Annah
5.0 out of 5 stars The Parish & Richards series
So far I have read the first 5 books. Each follows the next seamlessly creating one very large whole. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Much to Say Except. . .
. . .there are a lot of crime writers out there, but what I really like about this series is the interaction between Parish and Richards. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Fotoflyer
3.0 out of 5 stars shadow of death
Tim Ellis writes several intriguing crime novels often with a high body count and tortuous plots and this novel is of his typical standard.
Published 13 months ago by Dr. R. Jameson
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like as good as the previous books
I very much enjoyed reading the first 3 books in the series. This book (book 4) was disappointing. It was very far-fetched and nothing like as funny as the previous books.
Published 13 months ago by Roggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love these books as the characters have been given loads of personality .The main 2( Parish & Richards ) bounce off each other all through the books with some humorous moments . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cussler fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping read!
Tim Ellis seems to be ale to hold you in the grip of his writing until then end. Another tantalising plot, but in this case you know it's not over. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mummypenny
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