Death Dues (Rafferty and Llewellyn Series #11)

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A Rafferty and Llewelyn Mystery - When local loan shark John Jaws Harrison is found with his skull caved in in an alleyway backing on to rundown Primrose Avenue, DCI Joe Rafferty, and dour sidekick Dafyd Llewellyn, imagine the case will be easily solved. Armed with a list of local debtors, they begin their investigations. But they hadnt counted on the apparent consensus of silence amongst the residents most of whom had good reason to want Jaws dead . . .

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Overview

A Rafferty and Llewelyn Mystery - When local loan shark John Jaws Harrison is found with his skull caved in in an alleyway backing on to rundown Primrose Avenue, DCI Joe Rafferty, and dour sidekick Dafyd Llewellyn, imagine the case will be easily solved. Armed with a list of local debtors, they begin their investigations. But they hadnt counted on the apparent consensus of silence amongst the residents most of whom had good reason to want Jaws dead . . .

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Protecting even those who may not deserve it, Rafferty and Llewellyn (A Thrust to the Vitals, 2007, etc.) try to find out who's been mugging the collection agents of Elmhurst's most prominent loan sharks. Everyone in Primrose Avenue seems to owe money. The Joneses and their boarder, Peter Allbright, have trouble making ends meet on Jobseekers' Allowance after the layoffs at the nearby factory. Josie McBride wants a little extra for her wedding. Jim Jenkins is helping pay his granddaughter's college tuition. Les Sterling likes to play the ponies. And with five children courtesy of five different fathers, Tracey Stubbs can always use a bit of cash. So DI Joe Rafferty has plenty of suspects in the murder of debt collector John "Jaws" Harrison, bashed over the head while making weekly rounds on behalf of Malcolm Forbes. Of course Forbes isn't the only game in town. Rafferty's cousin Nigel Blythe, who recently launched his own loan company, was on Primrose Avenue the very day of Jaws's unfortunate demise, collecting in person because his agent had been the latest victim in a series of attacks on debt collectors. And of course solving the case isn't Rafferty's only worry, with fiancee Abra's plans for the wedding of the century guaranteeing to put him in the poorhouse. The only real mystery in this tepid procedural is whether Rafferty himself will end up in hock to Malcolm Forbes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727866479
  • Publisher: Severn House Publ
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Rafferty and Llewellyn Series , #11
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Evans has had a variety of jobs and spent several years helping to run a vehicle-repair workshop. There she tackled tax returns, the intricacies of which she believes were an excellent apprenticeship for the brain-teasing work necessary in writing a whodunnit.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

    2.5 stars I had not read any of the other Rafferty & Llewel

    2.5 stars

    I had not read any of the other Rafferty & Llewellyn books before reading Death Dues, and having finished this one, I will not be reading any more of them. Describing this book as a "procedural" gives it entirely too much credit; rather, it is a repetitive round of witness interviews conducted by flat characters, interspersed with irrelevant and faintly misogynistic episodes relating to Rafferty's impending marriage. Given that this is the eleventh book in the series, I expected the main characters, and their relationship, to be well-developed; to the contrary, the interactions between Rafferty and Llewellyn are superficial, with no explanation as to why Llewellyn would tolerate Rafferty's taking advantage of him (to make tea, to print wedding invitations, etc.)

    In some books, weak and uninteresting characters are at least partially offset by an intriguing crime with well-placed clues. Unfortunately, neither the crimes Rafferty and Llewellyn are "investigating," nor their resolution, was sufficient to redeem Death Dues. Readers looking for well-written British police procedurals with strong characters and fascinating mysteries, written by female authors, should consider the works of Val McDermid or Mo Hayder instead.

    I received a free copy of Death Dues from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

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