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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 November 2013
Thank you to the author and publisher for the unexpected but wonderful surprise of a copy of this book for review. Thanks Mr Postman!

Primavera Blackstone has found a hard-earned contentment in a small Spanish village by the sea. A fiercely protective single mother, she doesn't appreciate an offer of marriage. Nor does she welcome the arrival of a blast from her murky Scottish past, retired cop Ricky Ross, now a private detective and working for Jack Weighley, millionaire owner of a budget airline. Jack is a powerful, persuasive man with deep pockets, someone you don't say 'no' to without considering the consequences. So Primavera teams up with Ricky to investigate a series of mystery assaults on Jack's aircraft.

So another wonderful novel from Mr Jardine - who provides me always with that wonderful thing called comfort reading. You can pick up one of his books, be it from the Skinner series (which I am slightly behind on - MUST catch up Liz!) or the two incarnations of the Blackstone series and be sure to get an intriguing and involving read, always of a high standard and with characters that are immediately familiar..

So we come to another outing for Primavera, in this case getting involved with all sorts of shenanigans including tangling with the Spanish special branch, investigating some serious cases of vandalism and trying to work out why someone feels the need to blow Mr Ross up in his car - and as usual she does it all with flair. And a wry eye to the ironic.

As always I loved the backdrop and scene setting here - I feel now like I would like to move to Spain - the body count aside, it seems like a rather wonderful life.

This is easy and engaging reading with clever plot development and intriguing twists and turns along the way - perhaps not as in depth as the Skinner series, these are more suited to crime lovers who prefer a more sedate and light yet still as compelling reading experience. (Me, I'll take both!)

One note: These books definitely benefit from being read in order - for Primavera's first solo outing see "InHuman Remains".

Recommended for Crime Fiction Lovers everywhere.

Happy Reading Folks!
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on 9 April 2014
I used to like Quintin Jardine's writing but I think in the last 5 years he has been 'coasting'. His stories were always a bit dramatic and unrealistic but enjoyable nonetheless. His characters are more preposterous than ever and one dimensional. This particular novel must have taken him a month at the most to knock out. He should stop being so lazy and re-think his approach. Primavera is over for me but I'll give Bob Skinner one more chance.
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One of Primavera's old adversaries turns up in St Marti and she finds she now likes him but he is killed in a bomb blast which the authorities insist is a gas leak. As she investigates the bodies mount up and the danger increases. This is a good, well plotted novel with plenty of twists and turns and a large dollop of family life. I do think, however, that whilst this novel will stand alone you will enjoy it better if you have read the preceding titles as Primavera's ongoing family life is an integral part of the whole. I really enjoy this series and recommend As Serious As Death as a good read. On a technical note I found the Kindle edition difficult to read as the typeset was faint and the font unfamiliar.
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on 2 August 2015
Love Quentin Jardine's books and his different characters. Good to see that is he allowing Primavera to age (if not gracefully) and bringing the children into the book. Another good story with a couple of storylines running at the same time.
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on 26 July 2014
Being a big fan of the Bob Skinner books and oz Blackstone the spin off primavera Blackstone books keep getting better as always with quintin Jardine well written great storyline interesting characters.highly recommend both book and author. Kev dilks.
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on 28 January 2014
As with all previous books a really intriguing storyline and characters in this latest book by Quintin Jardine, you just cant wait for the next one to be published. You can just imaging yourself in the places he describes and being among the characters which you feel that you know really well.
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on 2 December 2013
QJ does not disappoint his fans with another brilliantly gripping tale of Privavera's life - as always the book can be read as a stand alone , however, once you have read one Primavera you will want to read them all.
ANot to be missed read
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on 15 June 2016
Gives me no pleasure to write this but this is one of the worst books I have ever read. A terrible plot, an inconsistent narrative within the first few pages, past facts conspicuously crow-barred into the novel to maintain the ludicrous nature of the story line and characters developed and discarded with the emotional content of a teenage fantasy. A very unsatisfactory read.
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on 24 February 2014
i like Jardine as a writer, & thoroughly enjoyed this book. Maybe too many f------gs in the various conversations. A word I particularly

dislike, & find generally unnecessarily in most contexts.
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on 25 August 2014
Five Star did not want to put this down as usual Quinten jardine is the master keeping you on the edge of your seat. Am saving the next one until I can read it all straight off.
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