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Posted February 22, 2001
Eleventh in Jill McGown's series of British procedurals featuring Chief Inspector Lloyd and his partner in crime and life, Chief Inspector Judy Hill, SCENE OF CRIME stands alone beautifully. I think that a sense of you-are-there at the heart of the chase is absolutely crucial if a procedural is to work, and Ms. McGown provides us with thrills and misdirection aplenty before the real villain slips up just enough for Llloyd and Hill to make the collar in this cleverly-devised, multi-suspect puzzler. Neurotic Esther Bignall is found dead...bound and suffocated in her home in what looks like a burglary gone wrong. Caught red-handed with the missing property, car thief and former juvenile delinquent, Ryan Chester, would seem to be the obvious culprit, but the Pink Panther gives him an alibi. While his half-brother, Dexter Gibson, can be placed at the scene of the crime, the timing is all wrong which is also apparently true for Esther's doctor, Denis Leeward, who has a guilty secret of his own to hide as does her not so grief-stricken husband, Carl. To further muddy the waters, the Bignall's sleazy neighbor, Eric Watson, has a very private agenda to pursue, and helping the police with their inquiries is definitely not part of it. Fortunately, the combination of left-brained Hill's logic and right-brained Lloyd's intuition is more than up to the challenge, and they uncover the answer that unmasks a cunning killer at the SCENE OF CRIME itself in a way this is both utterly ingenious and intensely satisfying. In a nutshell, Ms. McGown does all-well-that-ends-well better than anyone else whom I've encountered recently, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this delightfully civilized thriller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In Malworth, a local theater group decides to do a production of Cinderella. At the tryouts is eight-month pregnant Detective Chief Inspector Judy Hill who wants the title role. Accompanying her is her professional and personal partner Lloyd. At the same theater is Dr. Carl Bignall, who learns there that someone murdered his wife during an apparent robbery turned ugly. <P> The police quickly find two suspects. Teenager Ryan Chester has been found with a stolen car and Christmas gifts that Carl identifies as being in his home. A witness confirms that Ryan¿s half-brother Dexter was near the crime scene at the time of the murder. The case is resolved so why does Lloyd continue to investigate the homicide as if someone else committed the crime? <P>The eleventh Lloyd-Hill police procedural, SCENE OF THE CRIME, is a fabulous who-done-it that shows why the author and her series are so popular. The story line is intelligent as the reader observes Lloyd and his assistant work through a maze filled with lies, half-truths, and false clues. The recurring cast retains their human qualities so that fans will feel old friends have returned and anxiously await the next visit from Jill McGown¿s top of the line series. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.