Customer Reviews


145 Reviews
5 star:
 (118)
4 star:
 (17)
3 star:
 (4)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (5)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Characters
Pray For The Dying is really the second half of Funeral Note and would not, I imagine, be much of a read if you haven't read Funeral Note. Bob has moved to Strathclyde Police as temporary Chief so he has a new cast of people to work with which works well as Mr Jardine has probably taken the Edinburgh characters as far as he can. It will be interesting to see what comes...
Published 15 months ago by Elaine Tomasso

versus
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic and self indulgent
I have been a Quintin Jardine fan for many a year, and i have lived with Skinner and the team through all sorts of adventures, so i believe i am well versed in this writer. I am sorry to say i was extremely disappointed in this last book, it seems that the police chief constable of Glasgow can do what he likes, takes on MI5 and Scottish Government and of course wins,...
Published 21 months ago by ronbhoy


‹ Previous | 1 215 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Characters, 19 Jan. 2014
By 
Elaine Tomasso (Troon. Uk) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Pray For The Dying is really the second half of Funeral Note and would not, I imagine, be much of a read if you haven't read Funeral Note. Bob has moved to Strathclyde Police as temporary Chief so he has a new cast of people to work with which works well as Mr Jardine has probably taken the Edinburgh characters as far as he can. It will be interesting to see what comes next. I can't really say too much about the plot as it is so intertwined with Funeral Note and don't want to give anything away if you haven't read it. Suffice to say Bob tangles with MI5 and various politicians in his bid to find the person behind a contract killing and there are enough twists and turns to keep most readers turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it seems to me that the balance between Bob's home and work life is nicely judged - enough work to keep the reader engrossed in the plot and enough home to round out the character and make him a bit more likeable than a straight procedural would make him. I recommend this book as a great read on top of Sgt Dan Provan's patter.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down., 8 Jun. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
As usual this book has been gripping from the moment I started reading. The plot has several twists that leave you guessing right to the end. With Skinner temporarily taking control of Strathclyde Police, there are new characters to keep the series fresh. Add in the turmoil that is Skinner's family life and this book will keep you gripped. Mr Jardine, I salute you
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic and self indulgent, 16 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I have been a Quintin Jardine fan for many a year, and i have lived with Skinner and the team through all sorts of adventures, so i believe i am well versed in this writer. I am sorry to say i was extremely disappointed in this last book, it seems that the police chief constable of Glasgow can do what he likes, takes on MI5 and Scottish Government and of course wins, changes staff like theres no tomorrow and no tribunals, decides who will go where in other forces, Dundee, London and Edinburgh, has more contacts than James Bond, all the top legal and newspaper contacts are in his favour, boy when does he get time to sleep. I realise this is fiction, but some dollop of reality and research would help. I felt that this was a wee bit too far fetched and rushed to a point whereby the plot became ridiculous and British Govt officials were being brought down and yet the other characters were powerless against him. Sorry Quintin not your best work i'm afraid.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for., 12 Jun. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I have been following Bob Skinner, the main character in the book since the beginning, liked some better than others, the last two have been riveting. Sometimes a little over the top, he has a complicated love life, the books are always enjoyable. I would say if you enjoy a good crime story with a flawed but likeable main character then this is for you. However my recommendation would be that you start at book one and see the evolution of the main characters.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More political than Detective, 21 April 2014
I have read all of Jardine's series about Skinner and to my mind by elevating him to Chief Constable, he has been unable to sustain the momentum of the character. In this somewhat implausible storyline he deviates away; mostly, from the criminal elements of an investigation and into the murky world of espionage and government control. I am sure it is well researched but the conclusion and some of the detail included in the book are not plausible.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, 7 Oct. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I am intrigued how some reviewers say they couldn't put the book down. I forced my way to a third of the way through and stopped. I found the characters were one-dimensional and the storyline was vapid. Uninteresting at best.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it..., 23 Jun. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Book 23 in the Bob Skinner series. As usual this book has been gripping from the moment I started reading it.. twists and turns all the way through it that leave you guessing right to the end. Fantastic book.... well worth reading
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent story!, 21 Jun. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Yet again another excellent story from QJ, Skinner moves onward and upward and we gain more insight into his and his colleagues lives. Thanks can't wait for the next one.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars usual excellent plot, 4 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
this is the latest of the bob skinner books and was the usual set of characters, i feel now that the ideas are getting a bit unreal as i would imagine in real life an officer of this seniority i.e.chief constable would have to delegate a bit more and i cannot see where the idea can go,its time i think to introduce a new main character .there is such a one in dc haddock in the latest novels who i think could be developed,i have enjoyed all the 20 plus books series.and this is not a criticism of Mr Jardines skills.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read. A follow up to Funeral Note and ..., 13 Sept. 2014
By 
DxB "dxb" (L'Escala, Spain) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
What a great read. A follow up to Funeral Note and a triumph for Bob Skinner and QJ. I found the new characters interesting to say the least and all in all a cracking good read.Many twists and turns in the plot but constructed so that I was never totally lost. Not the Skinner book to start with but the two books together gave me so much enjoyment. A big well done Quintin
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 215 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Pray for the Dying (Bob Skinner Mysteries)
Pray for the Dying (Bob Skinner Mysteries) by Quintin Jardine (Hardcover - 6 Jun. 2013)
£6.81
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews