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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (8 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909520195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909520196
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The kick-off to Goodhind's new mystery series - fast moving with a likeable heroine and an impeccably rendered Bath background...' --Kirkus Reviews

'Sometimes it is the location alone makes you curious about a detective novel....Jean G Goodhind in her debut novel has added much more than that - a droll plot and a lot of British humour...' --Brigitte Magazine

About the Author

Jean G. Goodhind is a popular writer of women’s fiction, romance and comedy. For many years she owned and ran a haunted guest house on the outskirts of Bath and was one of the founder members of the Bath Hotel and Restaurant Association. Her experiences inspired the international bestselling Honey Driver series. She has won a BBC Radio award for scriptwriting. She also writes women’s fiction as Lizzie Lane and has writes a regular column for the Western Daily Press.

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The is the first book, since I read Love Story as a teenager, that I have read and not wanted to put it down! Honey is a fantastic character, descriptions of Bath are so clear that I feel
'll as though I know it well. I am really looking forward to reading more. I have several friends who love reading and have recommended the book and character to them.
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This book is decidedly different from the usual crime novel with humour, quirky characters, a plot set in beautiful Bath and lots of twists and turns including a budding relationship with DS Steve Doherty. But is he the grit or the pearl in Honey's oyster? I still can't decide.Definitely 'Something in the Blood' from all angles.
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It is some time since I was last in Bath, but the descriptions in this book made me wish to return. It seems that the Bath Hotel Association (the fictional version at least) did the right thing when they appointed Honey Driver as their Police liaison person in order to boost tourism numbers.
I like the fact that Honey was not some young, athletic girl but a woman of more mature years, although I was brought up short to realise that even so, she was still on the right side of 40! She is after all the widowed mother of a remarkably well balanced and mature 18 year old daughter. She is also however, the frequently frustrated daughter of a less well adjusted, would be controlling, mother, whose raison d'etre seems to be matchmaking for her daughter, who would much prefer that she didn't.
I also liked the fact that Honey doesn't just drop everything to investigate a case which would have been best left to the police, she still has her busy life to fit in alongside her sleuthing. She is a hands on proprietor, and has to be involved in the everyday chores, she also spends a lot of time evading both her mother and the stream of men she brings to the hotel to meet Honey, (on one occasion Honey is very impressed with one of the men her mother introduces her to, and begins to wonder if she has finally come up with someone worth a second look. She really should have known better.)
The detective assigned as her police contact is not thrilled to have to share information with her which leads to plenty of reciprocal non-sharing. There is also a certain amount of attraction between them which neither of them will acknowledge, although Honey finds herself torn between two men because of it.
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This tale, set in Bath, about a hotelier (middle-aged ? woman) who was appointed as crime officer when a tourist went missing. The tale meanders and waffles and none of the characters are really believable. The police 'procedures' are laughable, as is ? Inspector Doherty, who 'liaised' with Honey (real name Hannah) Driver. After two murders with improbable 'clues' Honey finally solves them, not telling the police everything, out of spite, until she had to.
Totally unbelievable and with weak characters. I certainly won't be reading anything else by this author -though the lovers of 'cozy mysteries' might like it.
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Something in the Blood is not Agatha Christie. The pleasure does not come from working out whodunnit (or at least it didn’t for me). There is a mystery, and there are clues. Some are subtle while some are not. (The piece of wood with a six that may be a nine and could have come from a door post does tend to batter the reader about the head as well as the victim.) I didn't really care. About a quarter of the way through the book I realised that I wasn't going to work out who had done what to whom or why. It's a traditionally convoluted tale of long-lost siblings and mysterious overseas relatives typical of Sherlock Holmes on a bad day. What keeps the whole thing going and makes this a book I'm happy to recommend is the characterisation. Honey Driver, hotelkeeper, part-time sleuth and enthusiastic collector of Victorian underwear, is a beautifully rounded character. Her efforts to avoid the dentist her mother keeps trying to foist on her as a romantic partner, whilst worrying about where her daughter is spending the night, and trying to stop her chef from running amok with a kitchen knife are all much more interesting than the question of who murdered the American found floating in the Avon. The Avon? Yes, we're in Bath and the place becomes as essential a part of the story as Honey Driver herself. Jean Goodhind clearly knows and loves the city and Something in the Blood has a strong sense of place.

With an attractive heroine in a beautiful city, what more do we need? Perhaps a detective who combines arrogance and misogyny with an unhealthy amount of sex appeal. There's a lovely set up here that I suspect will run through several more volumes. And did I mention that Ms Goodhind has a smooth writing style with lovely touches of humour?
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Set Bath Honey a hotelier takes on a new role as the "Bath Hotel Association" to liaise with the police to help boost tourism when a murder takes place. Honeys a bit like a modern Miss Marple, likeable with an unusual hobby. Twists and turns but felt a little to gentle. Glad it was free.
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