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Very Private Murder, A (D.I. Charlie Priest) Hardcover – 5 Jul 2010

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  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074900794X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007942
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,180,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Yorkshire's hidden diamond, Stuart Pawson, just gets better and better. Newly released after a long publishing wait, I could have devoured this in a day but decided to treat it like a fine wine, reading in measured sips.
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.
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I discovered the DI Charlie Priest series last year and this is the 3rd of the series I have read. It begins by looking back to the murder of a thoroughbred horse and the destruction of the trainer's stables by an unsolved arson attack. Those past events overlap with the current storylines and everything is brought together and solved in the final chapters of the book.

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.
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Here is the eagerly awaited 13th novel (but certainly never unlucky) in the not-inconsiderable Pawson "stable" about the amiable DI Charlie Priest who is on the case when a serious breach of security is revealed. A Royal prince's girlfriend opens the new shopping mall in Heckley where a graffiti artist is found to have tampered with the plaque. To make matters worse several days later the ambitious Mayor of Heckley who engineered the construction of the mall is found dead. Was he murdered by one of his detractors?
"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?
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It was with some trepidation I started to read this book. The negative comments had put me off for a while. However, although racehorses leave me cold I found myself enjoying the book. It was the usual mix of crimes, characters and personal banter. In the end I gave it four stars as I felt there was a 'spark' missing; it didn't quite fizz along as his other stories did.
Still worth a read if you are a Stuart Pawson fan.
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Another enjoyable novel from Stuart Pawson though I do feel that he is starting to lose momentum. His protagonist Detective Inspector Charlie priest must be nearing retirement now, and perhaps that would be no bad thing.
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.
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Having just read Peter Robinson's 'Bad Boy' and found it disappointing, I was glad to turn to an author who seems to be keeping up standards,although it seemed quite difficult to get hold of the latest Charlie Priest story. Well written, topical and entertaining. Mr Pawson deserves every plaudit he gets.
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We have now read six of the DI Priest stories written by Stuart Pawson and have bought the remaining seven titles. A couple of titles are out of print and we have found some second hand copies to allow us to complete the series. The character is a "old style" policeman, not exactly "Dixon of Dock Green" but not the modern macho policeman. The stories can be read in sequence or out of order. My wife and I prefer to read in order so you can follow the character development more easily. This is the first series of books that actually make me laugh out loud at certain places, the humour is brilliant and well placed in a natural work environment. Long may DI Charlie Priest carry on!
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