Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

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by Janet Neel

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'An exceeding good detective story' -- Evening Standard


'An exceeding good detective story' -- Evening Standard

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Publishers Weekly
Jules Carlisle, a freshly minted London solicitor with a troubled past, finds herself out of her depth when she becomes involved in a case involving illegal immigrants in this well-crafted mystery from British author Neel (O Gentle Death). Minding the fort over a holiday weekend, Jules agrees reluctantly to counsel a desperate Serbian who demands to see absent senior partner Paul Jenkins, a specialist in immigration law. The man claims that one of eight illegal Serbian aliens recently found dead on the shore of the Wash is his brother. Though Jenkins takes command on his return, Jules continues to receive the attentions of MI5 detective Richard Allenton, both professional and romantic. Meanwhile, the press gets wind of her unwise affair with a married social worker. About to collapse from stress, Jules goes into hiding with her adoptive mother, Lady Ann Barlow, unwittingly delivering them into the eye of the human trafficking storm on the North Sea. Growing tension, substantial characters and illuminating historical and geographic details combine to make this a compelling read. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A primer on why even attorneys should avoid illegal immigrants. When Mirko Dragunovic walks into the office of Jules Carlisle, the only lawyer working in her firm on Maundy Thursday, she thinks her biggest problem will be brushing up on immigration law. Instead, Jules, the adopted daughter of Baroness Anne Williams, finds that Mirko's quest to identify his brother, one of several illegal immigrants suffocated in a container while being shipped to England, opens a fatal can of worms. While in police custody, her client is killed before he can tell what he knows about his brother being smuggled into the country. Jules's boss, Paul Jenkins, an expert in immigration law, tries to ease her off the case, but she keeps getting involved, courted by the gentleman farmer for whom Mirko worked and the investigating MI5 officer. When a tabloid reporter threatens to put her affair with a married man on the front page, she kicks him in the shins and heads with her mother to the lettuce farm where Mirko worked to avoid the devastating publicity. Once among the lettuces, however, they are in peril, as the smuggling ring regroups and zeroes in on them. A fast-paced, ripped-from-the-headlines plot, but the cutesy preoccupation Neel (O Gentle Death, 2001, etc.) lavishes on class, and her maternal indulgence of the heroine, may undermine the appeal for all but like-minded, full-blooded English nationals.

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Janet Neel is the nom de plume of Baroness (Janet) Cohen of Pimlico, who sits as a Labour peer in the House of Lords. She started out as a solicitor, then went into the Board of Trade, then to Charterhouse Bank. She now works at several places at once, including the London Stock Exchange and the Ministry of Defence, in addition to writing crime fiction. Her first novel, Death's Bright Angel, won the John Creasey Prize, and Death of a Partner and Death Among the Dons were both shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger.

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Ticket to Ride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Being the most recent qualified solicitor at Jenkins Associates, Jules Carlisle handles the cases when everyone else is on vacation. Potential client Serbian Mirko Dragunovic discusses with Jules his belief his brother is one of eight dead men found on a nearby beach. When Jules suggests telling the police, he says he is an illegal economic migrant before handing her a vial of his AB type blood to be tested and compared to the victims. --- Jules knows she needs senior help, but all are away including Mr. Jenkins visiting Slovakia. When the cops catch Mirko, she comes down to the station to act as his lawyer. The police believe that her client has a connection with those suspected of committing the homicides besides a victim with AB blood. Even stranger is that Mr. Flowerdew, the farmer who employed Mirko when he was legal three years ago, has a deep interest in the case that he says is altruism. Besides she also believes Mirko is hiding something that Jules believes could prove deadly to the Serbian expatriate not realizing the same holds true to her as the future lies in the numbers. --- TICKET TO RIDE is a terrific investigative tale with a strong British legal thriller subplot to anchor the inquiry. Jules is a fabulous protagonist struggling with a client who does not totally add up as she believes he hides a key fact from her, but seems sincere anyway. Besides the link to the beach deaths, Mirko also represents those leaving war torn or impoverished nations for a chance in a G-8 nation though in his situation it means ignoring his Biochemistry Masters degree. A final twist adds to a pleasurable entreating story. --- Harriet Klausner