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Towers of Silence (A Sal Kilkenny Mystery Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Cath Staincliffe
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Book Description

Sal Kilkenny #5

Christmas is put on hold for Manchester private eye, Sal Kilkenny, after she reluctantly decides to investigate the death of a mentally unstable mother, Miriam Johnstone. The coroner's verdict is suicide: yet a grieving family and Sal's own suspicions suggest otherwise. Why would a woman so petrified of heights choose to jump from the top of a multi-storey carpark? Sal also has a personal dilemma. When should she introduce her daughter Maddie to new boyfriend, Stuart? Later, Sal accepts another case from a distressed single mother. Yet the results of Sal's enquiry into the troubled teenager's life are puzzling, and before long she is led in unexpected directions that will take her closer to danger and heartbreak than ever before...

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'Excellent, always practical detective work... Staincliffe's novel is unmistakably her best, with writing that gives Britcrime its heart, mind and soul. Accept no substitute; this is the real thing.' Phillip Oakes, Literary Review 'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that.' Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

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A Sal Kilkenny Mystery

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2547 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F8B52G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cath Staincliffe is a best selling, award winning 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 British 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 with her story The Message. Both stories featured in Best Eaten Cold, a Murder Squad anthology. Cath was shortlisted again with Night Nurse in 2014. 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, exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment and whether it is possible to forgive. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club in 2014 and featured on ITV3s Crime Thriller Club. Ruthless is Cath's third novel based on the popular Scott & Bailey UK 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, UK and now lives in Manchester, Lancashire with her family. You can follow her on Twitter, @CathStaincliffe, which she does when she should be busy writing!

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manchester noir 26 Aug. 2002
In the stressful and busy countdown to Christmas, Sal Kilkenny, Manchester PI and single parent, is asked to re-open the apparantly hopeless case of a black woman who fell to her death from a central Manchester multi-story car park. Against her judgement that she can add nothing to the official investigation, Sal takes the case and a trail of dark secrets and murder opens up...At the same time, deception and lies of a different type are at the root of the subplot case, involving an apparantly truculent teenager bunking off college whose worried mother asks Sal to investigate.
This is an enjoyable and well-told tale of ordinary people's lives set against an authentic Manchester background with a likeable and resourceful heroine.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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As an avid reader (several hundred books every year) I'm always looking for new authors, and decided to give Cath Staincliffe a try. I read the sample pages first, liked them a lot, and had high hopes for the book.

Alas, I was disappointed.

Some things about the book are great. The matters relating to mental illness are handled with sensitivity and authenticity. The parenting issues also feel authentic. The two cases the detective handles are interesting and I like their solutions.

However... The main character is not believable as a private investigator. What private investigator goes to tail someone for a day, travelling in the same public bus, going to the same places, and does not bring along some accessories to change her appearance? This PI doesn't. Indeed, she's followed the person for a long time before it occurs to her that it would help to change her appearance, so she needs to go to a charity shop to buy a new hat. A real PA on a major tail would bring some hats and scarves and things with her.

Even worse: near the end of the book, she's with friends in an isolated spot and realised that the murderer has followed her and plans to kill her. What does she do? Instead of staying with her friends, she leaves them and goes to an even more isolated spot, and then is surprised when the killer really follows her and tries to kill her. Nobody with an ounce of common sense would be that stupid. I don't doubt that some stupid people exist - but a professional private investigator? Especially someone who's currently taking self-defence classes with focus on how to avoid dangerous situations? This is simply unbelievable.

The pace is very slow for a thriller, and there is not much action.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Cath Staincliffe 16 May 2010
Cath Staincliffe, the brainchild of BLUE MURDER, now televised, has written a clutch of wonderful mysteries and I think this is one of her best.
Sal Kilkenny is a likeable Private eye in an authentically depicted Manchester, a single parent with small children feeling the pinch close to Christmas, so against her better nature, Sal reluctantly takes on a case investigating the death of an elderly black woman who fell from the top of a multi-story car park. Suicide say the police. Never, says the family. It makes no sense - why would she have been there when she was afraid of heights? The family is right - and a particularly nasty con artist is revealed along the way.
Later a frantically worried mother wants Sal to investigate the reason why her son has turned into a truculent and monosyllabic teenager who won't stay at home - and the answer Sal finds opens up a veritable can of worms.
Staincliffe's triumph is in the ordinariness of people's lives in suburban middle-class Britain. Wonderful stuff. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 22 July 2013
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I bought this when it was on offer just for something to read. I thought that as the principal character was a woman and it was written by a woman I, as a man, might find it a little tame. How wrong I was. It was a gripping story from start to finish and it was difficult to put the book down. The heroine, Sal, was a believable and likable character, and I have since read several more books in the series. I would definitely recommend this and others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good easy read 10 Dec. 2012
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Great book, gets you gripped early on, just read it on holidays, perfect for a quick and easy holiday read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 13 May 2014
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Easy read, not the most gripping story I've read though I would be prepared to read other books by Cath Staincliffe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and true to life 1 April 2014
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Sal Kilkenny at her best totally believable a great read. Can't wait to read another of her adventures, highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the stay at home retireies 27 Feb. 2014
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Very good read surprising outcome kept you on the edge not able to put it down recommended to all of my friends and fellow readers will continue to follow this author
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Christine Fowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Another great read,I could not put this book down,I just love the way she writes,captures your imagination completely.onto the next.
Published 8 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book.
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne Waughington
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Cath Staincliffe never disappoints with the content and style of writing. I read only crime stories and look for novels that are hard to put down because the final solution is not... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jan Headland
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid, UK-based mystery/crime story
Great if you like this kind of novel (and I do), Set in Manchester, single mum/private eye Sal Kilkenny takes on the mysterious case of a woman who was afraid of heights and yet... Read more
Published 19 months ago by NinaD
5.0 out of 5 stars Manchester
Again I liked the book being set in Manchester. Excellent plot(s). I also like being allowed into her detectives life.
Published 19 months ago by claire hallworth
2.0 out of 5 stars TOWERS OF SILENCE
Published 20 months ago by Paris
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I enjoyed this. An easy read but kept me going to the end. Will read more of cath staincliffe books.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a spare afternoon
The title made it sound more exciting than it actually was in my view, but if you have a spare afternoon its propably worth a read.
Published 22 months ago by L M Peake
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