Cold Hand of Malice

Cold Hand of Malice

by Frank Smith
     
 

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A DCI Neil Paget Mystery - When Laura Holbrook, co-owner of Holbrook Micro-Engineering Labs, is brutally murdered one evening while her womanizing husband is out, and with little more than a few dog hairs as evidence, it is believed that Laura was killed by burglars. But DCI Paget and DS Tregalles suspect otherwise, and suspicion falls on several potential suspects

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A DCI Neil Paget Mystery - When Laura Holbrook, co-owner of Holbrook Micro-Engineering Labs, is brutally murdered one evening while her womanizing husband is out, and with little more than a few dog hairs as evidence, it is believed that Laura was killed by burglars. But DCI Paget and DS Tregalles suspect otherwise, and suspicion falls on several potential suspects. It is up to Paget and Tregalles to try to find the true killer . . .

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Publishers Weekly

In Smith's solid if unflashy seventh police procedural to feature Det. Chief Insp. Neil Paget (after 2008's Breaking Point), Paget looks into a series of unsolved burglaries that have baffled the authorities in Broadminster. Before Paget can make much headway, someone bludgeons to death Laura Holbrook, co-owner of an engineering company, in the course of a break-in. When the victim's husband, Simon, acts suspiciously soon after getting the tragic news, Paget and his team begin to examine the possibility that Laura's murder was planned. There's no shortage of possible killers, including Laura's sister, who had her sights set on Simon, and Simon's attractive assistant, who was displaced when Laura joined the company. Another murder narrows the field a bit, but puts added pressure on the police to close the case. While many readers will identify whodunit before the inspector does, clean prose and credible characterizations keep the action moving smoothly to the end. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

DCI Neil Paget and his team are investigating a series of burglaries that are sending shock waves through the Broadminster area when a woman is murdered in her home, and it appears to be the work of the burglars. With a plethora of suspects who have hidden agendas and secrets, Paget and his team must work quickly and carefully while sidestepping the chief superintendent's desire to rush an arrest. Smith's latest series entry (Acts of Vengeance) showcases the author's command of character development and attention to procedural detail. Readers of Quentin Jardin and David Lawrence might like this series. For libraries where British police procedurals are popular.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
A string of bizarre, destructive burglaries end in death when the owner of an engineering firm is found bludgeoned in her bed. There's no doubt that Laura Holbrook (nee Southern) took Holbrook Micro-Engineering Labs from the brink of bankruptcy to financial success. And there's no doubt that part of the project's appeal lay in getting its founder, Simon Holbrook, to throw over her sister Susan and marry her. Possessive of her prize, Laura warns neighbor Moira Ballantyne, one of Simon's former mistresses, quite publicly to stay away from her man. She's equally domineering at the firm, where she sacks Simon's nephew, slacker Tim Bryce, and demotes his faithful assistant Peggy Goodwin. Even so, when Simon and Moira's husband Trevor, having left the ladies home to go off to the movies, return to find Laura dead, her murder seems at first to be the work of local burglars. The MO is the same: lots of damage, little of value missing and clumps of dog hair scattered around the scene. But Scene Of Crime Officer Grace Lovett has her doubts. And the closer DCI Neil Paget (Breaking Point, 2008, etc.) looks, the more something seems off. Soon he and DS John Tregalles, along with DS Len Ormside and up-and-comer Molly Forsythe, are questioning suspects, checking alibis and searching for motive in what may not be a random act of violence. Veteran Smith's procedural offers plenty of puzzle for the suspense aficionado.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780103754
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
DCI Neil Paget Mysteries , #7
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,113,293
File size:
396 KB

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Meet the Author

Frank Smith has always been fascinated by language. He worked as a journalist in many countries before beginning formal academic studies in Australia. This led to a Ph.D. at Harvard University and further world travel researching, lecturing, and writing on thinking and learning. He has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; the University of Toronto; the University of Victoria, British Columbia; and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published many articles and books.

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