Crying Out Loud

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A Sal Kilkenny Mystery - An abandoned infant on her doorstep is the last thing Manchester private eye Sal Kilkenny needs. Sal’s client Libby Hill is trying to put her life back together after the brutal killing of her lover and the conviction of petty criminal Damien Beswick, who confessed to the murder. But now Beswick has retracted his confession – exactly what game is he playing? As Sal investigates, things get up close and personal, and there are further bombshells to come, which threaten everything Sal holds...

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Overview

A Sal Kilkenny Mystery - An abandoned infant on her doorstep is the last thing Manchester private eye Sal Kilkenny needs. Sal’s client Libby Hill is trying to put her life back together after the brutal killing of her lover and the conviction of petty criminal Damien Beswick, who confessed to the murder. But now Beswick has retracted his confession – exactly what game is he playing? As Sal investigates, things get up close and personal, and there are further bombshells to come, which threaten everything Sal holds dear.

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Publishers Weekly
The vicissitudes of child care complicate a criminal investigation in Staincliffe’s solid eighth mystery featuring Manchester PI Sal Kilkenny (after 2007’s Missing). When someone leaves a baby girl in a stroller on Sal’s doorstep with a note asking her to tend to the infant and not call the police, Sal takes the child in, much to the dismayof Ray, her housemate recently turned lover; Ray’s young son, Tom; and Sal’s eight-year-old daughter, Maddie. Meanwhile, Sal must re-examine a murder case after petty crook Damien Beswick, who confessed to killing the lover of one of Sal’s clients, recants in prison. While the baby drama could easily have veered this installment toward the maudlin, Staincliffe’s steady pacing, her painfully human and flawed characters, and her lush descriptions of the English countryside in autumn keep the pages turning. Genre fans will smile when Sal turns for consolation to a Kate Atkinson novel. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
How can you solve a murder if the baby needs changing? Manchester private eye Sal Kilkenny, a single mother living with her young daughter and Ray, a roommate-turned-lover, and his young son, isn't at all sure she wants to take on the job of proving that Damien, who confessed to murdering Charles Carter, is really innocent. Damien's sister thinks so, Charlie's mistress Libby isn't sure, and now Damien himself has recanted his confession. Sal barely has time to set up a prison visit with Damien, though, because someone has left a baby on her doorstep with a note promising to explain matters later. Ray wants the baby turned over to Social Services, the kids think of the tot as a new toy, and Sal broods and labors to fit nappy changes in between murder enquiries and vice versa. Damien, his memory fogged by drugs, is little help in recounting what put him in jail. Before Sal makes any headway, he hangs himself in his cell. Painstakingly, she reviews the alibis of everyone from Charlie's betrayed wife to his emotionally bereft teenage son to his mistress, now the mother of his other child. His ex–business partner, a con man, appears and attacks Sal. Is the foundling on her doorstep a by-blow of Ray's? He's gone incommunicado and can't be asked. The kids and relationship tension take up much of Sal's time, but detailed scrutiny of the murder timetable upends several alibis and seems to vindicate Damien, leaving Sal free to connect with the baby's mum. Emotionally gritty, though it's hard to admire Sal's taste in men or her pedestrian investigative methods (Missing, 2007, etc.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847513991
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,380,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Raised in Bradford, Cath Staincliffe graduated with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University. She moved to Manchester where she lives today, which provides a background for her stories. Her debut novel, "Looking For Trouble," was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Award for best first crime novel and her work has also been serialised on Woman's Hour. She lives with her partner and their three children.

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