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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 8 May 2009
THE 13th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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It shouldn't, of course, have made any difference. But it would, as Chief Superintendent Gently, C.I.D; knew well. Points were stretched for policeman's relatives in trouble, even relatives as distant as a brother-in-law's second cousin, with whom you had only shaken hands twenty-five-odd years before. Where a policeman's relatives were concerned you bent over backwards to give fair play. So Gently allowed himself twenty-four hours to see fair play; to be sure, absolutely sure, that John Kazakerly was as guilty as hell, to prove to himself that the man battered his wife's head in at their Chelsea flat before he fled to Rochester, his mistress, and the sea.

But proving Fazakerly guilty wasn't quite so easy as picking nagging holes in the proof. The deeper Gently probed into the murder of the beautiful Lesbian, in a flat designed exotically for the erotic, and the more he learned of her sensuous, ambi-sexual life, the more reasons he found why Fazakerly should have killed her - and the less he trusted them.

Chief Superintendent Gently, "probably the best interrogator in the business today", as Anthony Boucher rightly described him recently in the 'New York Times Book Review', is here at the top of his form.


Gently Where the Birds are
Gently Where the Birds are
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
THE 23rd CHIEF INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D; MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. . FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The body lay on a leaf-strewn track leading through tall trees and ending on a cliff-top edged by the sea. The first knowledge Chief Inspector Gently had of it came from a photograph sent anonymously to Scotland Yard. And the only clue to its location was the postmark on the envelope - Eastwich in East Anglia.

What neither Gently nor the local police at Eastwich could determine was wheather the photograph was evidence of homicide or merely a hoax. Because, when they eventually identified the wood, the track and, indeed, the precise spot where the body must have lain, they found no body. The wood covered low cliffs by the little village of Grimchurch, rising above the miles of sea-girt marshland and sand dunes which were now a protected bird sanctuary. A place of peace, of nature lovers whose gentle lives were dedicated to the preservation of wild-life - a most unlikely place for violence of any kind. But certainly a haunt of amateur photographers.

Was was the snapshot of the body a harmless prank, the blood oozing from the temple nothing more than tomato sauce? Or had murder been done in those quiet woods and the body hidden without trace in the wild tracts of reeded mere where the birdwatchers followed the coming and going of migrating birds under the protective eye of the Warden? It was a problem which called for all Gently's expertise in interrogation, even to discover whether or not he had anything to investigate/


Gently Instrumental
Gently Instrumental
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
This review is from: Gently Instrumental (Hardcover)
THE 24th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D; MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The music room of The White Hart hotel at Shinglebourne was the scene of a heated argument among the members of the Shinglebourne Quartet, their composer/conductor Walter Hozeley and his protege, the young clarinettist Terence Virtue. They were rehearsing Hozeley's Festival Quintet which would have its first performance in four days' time during the annual Festival of Music and Art.

The details of the argument were duly recorded in their statements to the local police by each of those present except Terence Virtue, whose body was found by the gateway leading to Walter Hozeley's thatched cottage later that night. Chief Superintendent Gently, C.I.D., Central Office, took over the murder investigation only because his Assistant Commissioner, something of a music addict, regarded Hozeley as a genius. And Hozeley was Inspector Leyston's prime suspect. Amongst the members of the quartet, Gently discovered, there were many influential local toes upon which Inspector Leyston was anxious not to tread on.

Against a beautifully evoked setting of sea-lapped Shinglebourne at the end of a blazing, drought-ridden summer, while the sun beat unmercifully on a parched landscape and sweating suspects, Gently quietly pursued his interrogations, each one adding a little more to his knowledge of what really happened after that traumatic rehearsal, in spite of each member's dedication to the protection of the others. Because, whatever happened to the murder enquiry, the only thing that really mattered to them was the first performance of Walter Hozeley's Festival Quintet.


Scottish Decision
Scottish Decision
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
This review is from: Scottish Decision (Hardcover)
[This Walker Publication Is The "True First Edition", Subsequently Published In The U.K. As "Gabrielle's Way", Constable, 1981, and Is A Sequel To "The Honfleur Decision"].

THE 27th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D; MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [ now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The dark and brooding moors of Scotland provide the backdrop for this latest of Chief Superintendent Gently's adventures. The crash of a light plane, and the apparently unrelated kidnapping of French industrialist Hugo Barentin force Gently to pick up the trail he left off in 'The Honfleur Decision'.

Once again, Gently crosses paths with the beautiful Gabrielle Orbec, whose hidden loyalties and unspoken allegiances continue to perplex him. Again, he finds himself in communication with Inspectors Frenaye and Bocasse of the surete. This time, however, Gently must also deal with his own English colleagues, some of whom appear to be less than trustworthy.

Will Gently be able to piece the puzzle together in time to uncover Gabrielle's true colors? Can he prevent his aggressive underling Empton from beginning a terrible bloodbath? as the suspense builds, Gently pits himself against scoundrels on both sides of the law in a race against time to protect the wealthy Barentin, the mysterious Gabrielle, and naturally, himself.


Fields of Heather ([A Superintendent Gently suspense novel])
Fields of Heather ([A Superintendent Gently suspense novel])
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
[Subsequently published in the U.S.A. as "Death on the Heath", by Walker Publications, (1982), ISBN 0 8027 5468 6]

THE 28th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D; MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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In a lonely thicket of gorse near the Suffolk coast, a man lies dead on a summers afternoon: Frederick Quennell, amateur yachtsman and head of a successful local firm of printers. Later examing the site, Chief Superintendent Gently (newly married to Gabrielle Orbec, and reluctantly in chrge of the investigation) wonders who wanted Quennell dead.

There is no shortage of suspects, as the Suffolk police point out. Quennell's neglected wife is deeply in love with an artist - a man moreover, who's been suspected of murder once before. What about Raymond Tallis, who headed the printing firm until Quennell took his place? Tallis's own family affairs are complex: his brother Arthur drowned in a yachting accident, with Tallis and Quennell both on board at the time, and Tallis themn married his brother's widow...

In the tranquil Suffolk countryside, scented with heather and sea-breezes, Gently sets to work to disentangle the emotional bonds - the jealousy, love, hatred, and remorse - the enmesh the dead man's family and friends. And he starts by contemplating not just one previous death, but two...

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REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS "GENTLY" NOVELS :

["Gently French"] .... GENTLY FRENCH is the twentieth crime story by Alan Hunter to be published by Cassell. For eighteen years he has been creating mysteries for Gently to solve. Originally hailed as an English Maigret, Gently soon took his own highly individual place among the most popular of policemen in English detective fiction. He has been widely praised by most of our home critics but his skill has also been acknowledged abroad. Discussing Alan Hunter's work in the 'New York Times Book Review,' Anthony Boucher described Gently as : ... "probably the best interrogator in the business today.".

["Gently Does It"] ... In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms : ... "Fond as we all are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer in the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots. The author is careful to point out that 'Gently Does It' is a detective story but not a whodunit, and broadly speaking this claim is upheld, though the identity of the murderer is by no means immediately apparent. The county-town background is lovingly authentic, and the authour's bold determination to share all clues and information equally with the reader and the Chief Inspector pays handsome dividends. We accompany Gently fascinated from hunch to clue to certainty and finally, in a very tight corner, to proof. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams."

["Gently By The Shore"] ... The following year 'Gently By The Shore' confirmed his success and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post' : ... "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently By The Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his career, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as : ..."a wholly modern blend of thriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

Every year since 1955 (and occassionally twice a year) a new Gently has appeared, and in 1971 Mathew Coady wrote in the 'Guardian': .... "It's a measure of Mr Hunter's skill that after eighteen investigations one always wants more."

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"FIELDS OF HEATHER" IS THE 28th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY NOVEL, WHICH IS NOW A TELEVISION SERIES STARRING MARTIN SHAW.


Gently Between Tides
Gently Between Tides
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
This review is from: Gently Between Tides (Hardcover)
THE 29th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Drifting upstream on the flood-tide in a dank October mist, a loosed dinghy carries the body of a once lovely girl, strangled. No mystery about who she was...everyone in the small Suffolk community devoted to music and sailing knew Hannah, the pleasant, reclusive Czech girl who lived alone in a Martello Tower by a lonely stretch of sand and shingle. The question is: who could have wanted her dead?

Chief Superintendent George Gently, now living in the neighbourhood with his new wife, Gabrielle, is busy painting the stairs when the telephone rings: sighing, he agrees to help the local man with the initial stages of the investigation.

But in spite of himself he's drawn into the mystery, as they start to question those who might have known Hannah well. Her ex-husband? Her bookshop employer? The local war-hero? The flashy ex-crook who now runs a pub?

As the river ripples back and forth in the mellow autumnal sunshine, Gently and the lugubrious Inspector Leyston set about piecing together fragments from the dead girl's life: two dinghies drawn up on the riverbank by the church; a rendezvous note; two cigarette ends; a poem in Czech... it begins to seem that there was more to Hannah than met the eye. And gradually, into Gently's sympathetic and intuitive mind, understanding flows like the rising tide...


The Honfleur Decision
The Honfleur Decision
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
This review is from: The Honfleur Decision (Hardcover)
THE 26th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Trouble seems to follow Chief Superintendent George Gently even on a French vacation. While day-dreaming by the quaint old harbor in Honfleur, violence strikes. First he is thrown into the water, then shortly afterwards someone tries to shoot him, narrowly missing him on two occasions. Gently is mystified, as are the Honfleur police. He knows of no enimies, French or English, or of any reason why anyone should be after him. Local police think he may have upset the plans of a thief stalking the Antiques Fair just opening in Honfleur, but senior officials from Paris have a much graver theory.

In company with the charming Gabrielle Orbec - who may or may not be an accomplice of Gently's attacker - Gently plays the role of decoy. Apparently just a sightseer on the beeches of Normandy and in the sunlit, cobbled market squares, Gently, with the French Surete close behind, lays a trap for a very much wanted man.

In Alan Hunter's latest Gently detective thriller, historic Honfleur and its neighboring woods and villages provide a colorful background to his exciting, meticulous plot.


Gabrielle's Way (Constable crime)
Gabrielle's Way (Constable crime)
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 7 May 2009
THE 27th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The burning of a light aircraet in a lonely field in Scotland and the daring kidnap of French industrialist Hugo Barentin are, on the face of it, two unconnected incidents. But there is a tenuous link: the mysterious Gabrielle Orbec has suddenly checked out of her home and disappeared. Chief Superintendent Gently, shortly back from France himself, is called on again as events from the 'Hornfleur Affair' are thrown into a new, and painful, relief.

Is Gabrielle still involved? And, if she is, will Gently be quick enough to beat her to the showdown and to deflect his colleague, Empton, from precipitating a bloodbath? With no time to spare Gently pits himself against the hooligans on both sides of the law, and against a woman determined to sacrifice herself to save a man who was kind to her and to salvage her conscience.

The chilling denouement, which takes place in the wilds of Scotland, rounds up the Honfleur episode and, for those novitates of the 'Gently' series, makes a spendid introduction to the man himself.


Death on the Broadlands: A Superintendent Gently Novel
Death on the Broadlands: A Superintendent Gently Novel
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 6 May 2009
THE 30th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. N.B. Originally Published In The U.K. As "Amorous Leander", Constable & Co, (1983). .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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The Norfolk Broads in summer seem the perfect place for novelist Stella Rushton to recover her equilibrium after being agonizingly and humiliatingly jilted.

An acquaintance, the elegant, musical comedy writer Simon, who has a house full of visiting theatre folk, lends Stella his riverside cottage and a boat; but it is Keith, one of Simon's houseguests, who best restores Stella's shattered pride.

Keith, young, vulnerable and akward, falls instantly in love with Stella, watching her with tongue-tied yearning as their boat skims up the sunlit Broad and swimming alone in the dark waters to catch a glimpse of her at midnight. Stella remains cool and amused, but Keith's uncontrollable passion is balm to her wounded heart.

Her detachment, however, is brought to an appaling end when a tragedy occurs on the Broad. It is compounded by the realization soon afterwards that what happened was not an accident.

As Stella, horrified, comes reluctantly to suspect the one person she likes, she has no one to turn to for advice but the big, quiet pipe-smoking man who sits fishing on a houseboat moored nearby. Chief Superintendent George Gently, though on holiday and incognito, finds once again that crime seeks him out.


Gently Sahib (Crime connoisseur books)
Gently Sahib (Crime connoisseur books)
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Unknown Binding

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 6 May 2009
THE 12th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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A year had passed since the One-Day Wonder of Abbotsham's Tiger - the Saturday when the animal owned by a local zoo-collector had padded disinterestedly round the fast-emptying streets of the little country town before it was shot (almost farcially after the panic it had caused) in the Gentleman's share of the public conveniences in the market place.

A year before the Abbotsham police found the cruelly mauled remains of the tiger's kill in the grounds of a deserted bungalow; and a year and a few days before Chief Superintendent Gently, C.I.D; his promotion sitting easily on his broad shoulders, came down from London in the wake of a sensation-happy mob of long-serving crime reporters, to investigate the macabre case of a tiger which tore a man to shreds - and then decently buried him in his own back garden.

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OTHER "REVIEWS" :

["Gently Sahib"] .... "After eleven books, it is about time that this bloke Gently - now promoted to Chief Supt. Gently C.I.D. - got done. On T.V. Or films. After all, he is as solid (fourteen stone I reckon) as Maigret. Or Cluff. And he comes out very well in this tale of an escaped tiger that eats a blackmailer in an edgy Home Counties market town. A clever murder, says Gently, proves it, shoots a panther, then goes fishing. But he will be back. Many Times, I hope. - (Peter Phillips, 'The Sun')."

"Pipe smoking Gently interviews a colourful array of likely suspects, uncovers the flaws in several 'unquestionable' alibis, steers the case through a violent and exciting climax and, in his wisdom, brings matters to a just and tidy finish. A very readable novel with several pleasing touches of humour. - (Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine)."

["Gently Does It" - THE DEBUT NOVEL] .... "Fond as we all are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular 9and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams. - ('Time and Tide')."


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