- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (15 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749081139
- ISBN-13: 978-0749081133
- Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.3 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shooting Elvis (DI Charlie Priest Mystery) Paperback – 15 Feb 2007
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The story is well-paced and the suspense builds up enough to keep you turning the pages and there is no better recommendation for any book than that.
About the Author
Stuart Pawson had a career as a mining engineer, followed by a spell working for the probation service, before he became a full-time writer. When not hunched over the word processor likes nothing more than tramping across the moors that often feature in his stories. He is a member of the Murder Squad and the Crime Writers' Association. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I've read ALL of Yorkshire-based Pawson's available stories of Inspector Charlie Priest, the longest serving DI in the East Pennine force in the fictional town of Heckley. This quirky title, just one of Pawson's many strengths, does eventually make sense, as with many more of his unusual and therefore memorable titles. Charlie as usual solves a number of intertwining mysteries and the characters are fresh and credible, each plot a brilliant device and expertly handled by a master. As it says on the tin (cover) "If you've not read Pawson before..shame on you !" - mainly because you are, in fact, missing a fantastic treat.
Run, don't walk to obtain a copy now. You'll be glad you did. Happy reading.
Is selling your employer's customer base to their rivals a reason for murder? When a body is found it would appear that it is. Or is the victim a case of mistaken identity. DI Priest is happy in both his work and his life. His new girlfriend is a world class athlete and that's enough to put a smile on any man's face. But when a second body is found on his patch Charlie's smile soon disappears. He needs to discover what is motivating the killer to cause these death and quickly . . .
Good entertaining crime fiction.
The book opens with the discovery of the body of Alfred Armitage, an old man who had been found electrocuted in his own home. The initial assumption is that he has committed suicide, but there are certain oddities that cause the police to look a little more deeply into Mr Armitage's past. It turns out that since the death of his wife a few years earlier he had taken to drinking heavily and had been prone to the occasional bigoted rant about the state of the country and his beliefs about the root of the problems. Just another pub bore, really (and I am all too familiar with them from the puib i used to frequent in Highgate!). However, despite the fairly modest circumstances of his small house and dowdy clothing, it transpires that he had over £340,000 in the bank.
Priest and his team start to delve further until another murder occurs, this time of a lowlife character who had been a player in Heckley's criminal fringe. This murder has all the trappings of a vigilante's campaign, with the body strung up in a humiliating pose. Are the murders connected? And, if so, how?
Pawson's books are always based in plausibility and the detective work to unravel these crimes is solid rather than spectacular. However, the effect is always pleasing, and this proves to be another creditable addition to the oeuvre.
Would buy from this seller again, great packing and swiftly posted, thank you very much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just as good as the rest of the Charlie Priest mysteries.
They should make these books into a tv show!
I bought this book on the strength of the title (books and covers sprint to mind!) but haven't read it so far so I can't comment on the book itself. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2012 by LizS
I liked this book by Stuart Pawson, I liked the dialogue between Priest and his team and at the same time Charlie stands no nonsense. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2010 by andy capp