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Dead Beat (PI Kate Brannigan, Book 1) by [McDermid, Val]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in PI Kate Brannigan (6 Book Series)

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‘Solid pleasure… this moves along with the speed of a Porsche, so smooth you can almost kid yourself you haven’t been sitting on the edge of your seat throughout’
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‘Zippy action, a well-crafted plot and some refreshingly gritty northern truths’
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For PI Kate Brannigan, what starts as a favour is beginning to look like murder ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (22 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007327641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007327645
  • ASIN: B002RI9SKG
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have seen this author on the television and decided to try one of her novels. Of course it was well written but I could not really get involved with the characters none of which I found sympathetic. Perhaps detective fiction is not for me.
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An interesting group of characters all with a motive for murder. Set in a rock star,s mansion it gave a modern feel to an old style who done it. I almost wanted it to be colonel mustard in the blue room! 😯
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I gave up after a few hours just lost interest completely, may have improved later but life is too short.
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I too came to this having read Val McDermid's Tony Hill novels which I love. At times this reminded me of an Enid Blyton famous five crime novel! It was written in 1992 and VD has clearly developed greatly as a writer since then. It was amusing to read a crime story set in the late 80s, early 90s with it's pain staking description of the new fangled 'electronic mail' which journalists are using to send copy from one computer to another and the absence of mobile phones, how things have changed.
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Enjoyable but rather tame. Unfortunately for me I've been reading the Kate Brannigan books after the Tony Hill series and whilst it's very unfair to compare two such different styles there is a tendency to expect something grittier and the Brannigan series doesn't deliver on this. It's not a cosy read and McDermid's prose is fine-tuned; she controls the crafting and development of the plot with consummate skill. Worthy but not 5* for me but I'm still a big follower of the McDermid brand.
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This is one in Val McDermid's "Kate Brannigan" series and is up to her usual high standard. Kate is a very believable PI with personal and domestic problems, just like everyone else with a life! There are no pretentions here, just an upbeat, pacy, investigation into stange circumstances surrounding the death of a fading rock star's ex-girlfriend. Plenty of booze, takeaways and witty one-liners. Great stuff!
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I returned this book for a refund not my style at all it read like one of those American detective novels I usually avoid a shame because I had watched a adaption of the execution place on TV and thought this authors books would appeal to me
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How Kate Brannigan singlehandedlly takes on the drug barons of Manchester, babysits her boyfriend's son, risking her life in the process, and all in the name of love, leaves you gasping for breath! Utterly believable and down-to-earth too.
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