Very Private Murder, A (D.I. Charlie Priest) Hardcover – 5 Jul 2010
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'Yorkshire's answer to Inspector Morse' The Bookseller
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. He lives in Fairburn, Yorkshire, and when not hunched over the word processor likes nothing more than tramping across the moors, which often feature in his stories. He is a member of the Murder Squad and the Crime Writers' Association. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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If you haven't read the exploits of the entirely likeable, funny, sometimes sassy Charlie Priest, of Heckley nick, the longest serving DI in Yorkshire, then you have indeed missed a treat and 12 other stories are ready and waiting for your discovery and delight. Pawson's writing is so good that you get well immersed right from word one and he manages to interweave multiple, entirely plausible plots within and niftily tie them all up by the end, with many strands so well crafted you don't see the conclusions coming.
Well done Stuart! Don't stop ! Keep 'em coming.
Your loyal readership.
Upwardly mobile Arthur Threadneedle, property developer, philanderer and former horse owner gets a nasty shock when his famous guest pulls the cord to reveal the commemorative plaque in his latest development, a new shopping mall. His celebrity guest in none other than Gislaine Curzon daughter of the local impoverished gentry. She is a media magnet because she is currently keeping company with one of the Royal princes. DI Charlie Priest is called in to investigate the incident in the shopping mall and later to solve the murder of one of the main characters. In the process he also uncovers the horse killer and arsonist.
This is a very enjoyable read, in which the wit and wisdom of Charlie Priest takes centre stage. He has his own interpretation of justice and tries to make the punishment suit the crime, according to the spirit of the law as interpreted by Charlie Priest. He is a likeable and amusing character and full of surprises.
Unfortunately many of this series seems to be out of print and unavailable, unless you have a Kindle. I cannot understand why this should be, so far all those I have read have been pleasing reads.
"Stable" I mention somewhat in jest as for once Stuart introduces a slightly Francis/Francome/Stacey theme of horse breeding and racing, competently showing Stuart has done his homework in the equine and veterinary field.
Charlie shows his humanity communing with the gentry and with children, whilst also trying to solve some worrisome robberies with menaces by two thoroughly nasty louts with a pit bull. At the same time he finds himself on the scene of an armed robbery. All the threads come neatly together, as usual.
Great clear up rate, Charlie! Gilbert will be proud of you. Oh and for those who worried, Jeff Caton gets a bigger part in this, and a new Superintendent is introduced. In the meantime,is Charlie about to find another woman in his life?
Still worth a read if you are a Stuart Pawson fan.
As always, the plot is well constructed, and the characters plausible but i am starting to wonder whether I really care any more. perhaps I have just read too many of his books within too short a period - if I read them a year or so apart, as they were published perhaps i might summon more enthusiasm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wish Stuart Pawson's books were better known. If you want a well-written police procedural with a down-to-earth, likeable police investigator, Charlie Priest is your man. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
yet again another enjoyable book ,well written as well as to read, and to which iv passed it onto a friend to enjoy,.Published on 5 Sept. 2013 by buyright,.
This is the first book by Stuart Pawson I've read; it wont be the last. A good story, believeable characters and plot. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by rutoap
Another great book by Stuart Pawson A Must for all you British Detectives Police story fans. If you've not yet discovered Stuart Pawson's "Charlie Priest" series, I urge you to do... Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2011 by Yorkydownsouth
Stuart Pawson is an underrated author - few readers seem to know about him. His stories are well planned and written. Read morePublished on 17 May 2011 by Mrs. Esther Ann Hitchcock