Deadly Partners (A Kate Kinsella Mystery)

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Kate Kinsella may not have enough work, but she can always use a holiday, so the message on her answering machine seems a godsend. Nigel Carter, who runs the Uplands Lodge Hotel on the Isle of Wight, has disappeared, and his elderly aunt, Elizabeth Forrester, is more than a little concerned. It is a job, but since no one other than Aunt Elizabeth seems worried - Nigel's partner, Stewart Michaelson, and the hotel's permanent residents, Nancy, Harold and Margaret, are all quite calm - Kate envisions a couple of ...
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Kate Kinsella may not have enough work, but she can always use a holiday, so the message on her answering machine seems a godsend. Nigel Carter, who runs the Uplands Lodge Hotel on the Isle of Wight, has disappeared, and his elderly aunt, Elizabeth Forrester, is more than a little concerned. It is a job, but since no one other than Aunt Elizabeth seems worried - Nigel's partner, Stewart Michaelson, and the hotel's permanent residents, Nancy, Harold and Margaret, are all quite calm - Kate envisions a couple of easy weeks before Christmas leisurely exploring the island and getting paid for it. Indeed, only her landlord, Hubert Humberstone, thinks Kate may be taking everything a bit too blithely.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Inefficient, gullible and inept: not promising attributes in a PI who runs her own agency. But Kate Kinsella, head of Medical and Nursing Investigations, has other, admirable skills that she puts to good use in this brisk and appealing British mystery. She should have known that something might be amiss when she was hired by elderly Elizabeth Forrester to find her missing nephew Nigel, co-owner of a hotel on the Isle of Wight. Why did Mrs. Forrester refuse to meet her? Why is beauteous Caroline Uxton, whom Kate met on the ferry to Wight, so anxious to help her with her inquiries? And why are three aged residents of the hotel so relentlessly nosy? Kate, accepting Caroline's offer of help in finding Nigel, becomes the prime suspect when Caroline is found bludgeoned to death in Nigel's tiny home. That eventuality galvanizes Kate into intelligent action; with the aid of her devoted and decidedly eccentric friend, funeral director Hubert Humberstone, she resolutely follows a paper trail and discovers con games, fraud, revenge-and Nigel. This fourth in the series to be published by Walker (after Deadly Practice) sustains a bleak, wintry atmosphere, keeps up a finely tuned sense of the ludicrous and tops it off with a heroine who is determined, feminine, bold and more than adequately flawed. (Jan.)
VOYA - Nancy Nell Gregg
This quirky mystery, set in England, is narrated by the detective Kate Kinsella, who has her own business called Medical and Nursing Investigation Agency. In the first few pages we are introduced to her landlord and friend Hubert Humberstone, a pale undertaker who is in love with his transsexual assistant. One more thing-Hubert has a foot fetish. The case involves the mysterious disappearance of Nigel Carter, whose aunt telephones Kate and engages her to go to the Isle of Wight, off the coast of England, to find out what has happened to her nephew. Posing as a prospective hotel buyer, Kate comes to the Uplands lodge, the hotel Nigel had owned with a partner. Within the lodge is a small group of elderly permanent residents Kate comes to know quite well. Everyone seems to have an explanation for what has happened to Nigel. Some think it is suicide, others murder, and others assume he is hiding. Caroline, a woman whom Kate met on the boat to the Isle of Wight, also is interested in knowing about Nigel. Being curious, she convinces Kate to help her break into a small shed on the hotel property Nigel had used as a hideaway. Once inside the shed, Kate does a quick search for clues while Caroline examines Nigel's financial records. Kate returns to her room for the night, leaving Caroline in the shed. Realizing in the morning that Caroline has not returned, Kate goes to the shed, where she finds Caroline murdered. After police questioning, Kate is arrested and put in a cell until she is rescued by Humbert. Now with two mysteries to solve, Kate pursues many leads in this island community, gloomy in spite of the approach of Christmas. Many puzzles must be solved, including the paternity of Caroline's son who seems unconcerned about his mother's death. Our heroine nurse/investigator solves it all. Written with a sense of humor, this mystery provides a very easy read. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Why would somebody call in Kate Kinsella's Medical and Nursing Investigations for a case that has nothing to do with medicine or nursing? Before she can wonder why she's been lucky enough to land sick old Elizabeth Forrester as a client, Kate's off to the Isle of Wight to find out why Aunt Lizzie's nephew, Nigel Carter, is AWOL from his co-ownership of the Uplands Lodge Hotel. Passing herself off as a potential buyer for Uplands Lodge, Kate allows non-missing Stewart Michaelson to gossip about his partner as he discreetly romances her. But when Caroline Uxton, an acquaintance from the ferry over, suggests breaking into Nigel's cabin to go through his papers together, things go rapidly awry. Kate, tiring, leaves Caroline still toiling away at the scene of the crime; when she returns the next morning, Caroline's still there, and would remain there forever if it weren't for the undertaker; and the stolid Isle of Wight coppers aren't impressed by Kate's bleats of innocence. In order to clear herself, she'll have to get to the bottom of a con game that stretches back more than ten years—and dope out exactly which of the available candidates is really the father of demure Caroline's son.

Synthetic but agreeably twisty, perhaps the strongest of Kate's four cases (Deadly Practice, 1995, etc.) to date—even if the killer's not likely to fool anybody but her.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780373262748
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/29/1998
  • Series: Kate Kinsella Mystery Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.63 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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