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A Meeting of Minds Hardcover – Sep 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031231874X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312318741
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,201,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Prolific British crime writer Curzon convincingly makes the case for a larger U.S. readership with this well-crafted whodunit, the 10th entry in her series to feature Det. Supt. Mike Yeadings (after 2003's The Body of a Woman). Yeadings and his diverse team of Thames Valley detectives probe the death of a young woman found stabbed in a car, clothed only in a fur coat. The circle of suspects includes her neighbors in a new apartment development and her estranged father. Curzon does an excellent job of portraying the byplay and pedestrian details of daily police work and throws in enough plot twists to satisfy classic mystery fans. The solution is unexpected but logical, and while Curzon is not quite Peter Lovesey, those who enjoy that author's Peter Diamond series should find Yeadings an acceptable substitute.
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About the Author

Clare Curzon has written and published more than thirty novels, under that name and as "Rhonda Petrie" and "Marie Buchanan." Her previous work has taken her to many European countries, but now she lives and writes at her home in Buckinghamshire, England.

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well written British police procedural Sept. 23 2004
By tregatt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Beattie Weyman was very excited about her new undertaking. Using her recent inheritance, Beattie has bought once elegant now almost falling apart Ashbourne House in order to convert (and renovate) the building into 6 luxurious flats which she would then rent to people she had specially vetted. Her dream, however, soon becomes a nightmare, when roughly 9 weeks after all the tenants had moved in, one of them, Sheila Winters, is found murdered in a pub parking lot. But even as Beattie and her other tenants struggle to absorb the fact that quiet, nondescript Sheila has become a fatality in a brutal crime, they little realise that Sheila's murder is only the beginning in a string of strange and savage attacks that seem to dog these new tenants...

"A Meeting of Minds" is a quiet, intelligent and compelling British police procedural that is bound to intrigue. Clare Curzon does a wonderful job of sketching out the characters (both primary and secondary) involved in this particular mystery, inviting our interest and making us care about them and the mystery at hand. I'll admit, however, to feeling slightly frustrated that the clues were far and between, thus not allowing the reader to solve the case along with the police officers. However, "A Meeting of Minds" was a well written mystery novel and a compelling one too, so that niggles aside, I'd vote it as a good 3 star read.
excellent British police procedural Sept. 1 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Just back from a family vacation in warm Madeira, Detective Superintendent Mike Yeadings realizes the cold is inside his bones proving he has not adjusted to winter, which remains a month away. At least the naked corpse except for the fur coat was not found in the river, but instead in a pub yard in Henley on Thames. Mike and his team arrive on site to determine whether a crime was committed or a sad natural death occurred.

Detective Sergeant Rosemary "Z" Zycynski immediately identifies the dead person as her Ashbourne House neighbor, Sheila Winter. Z explains to Mike that elderly Beattie Weyman recently bought Ashbourne House and converted it into luxury apartments. She also says that the victim owned a garden centre and shared her flat with her mother. As far as Z knew Sheila had nothing else in her life. Concluding murder occurred Mike and his Thames Valley team investigates the neighbors to uncover what happened to Sheila.

The Thames Valley CID mysteries are excellent British police procedurals with this entry being the usual superb investigative tale. The brisk story line takes off once the freezing Mike arrives at the crime scene and never decelerates until the case is solved. Mike is a terrific protagonist, but Z plays the centrist role as the victim was her neighbor and she more or less knows the other residents of Ashbourne House. An intriguing sidebar is the motive behind why Beattie converted the house as this lonely senior with the victim brings a message that everyone needs companionship. Ms. Curzon's latest tour of the Thames is a winner.

Harriet Klausner
Why isn't Clare Curzon better known in this country? July 11 2015
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Fans of Golden Age mysteries will enjoy Clare Curzon's Thames Valley CID series. These are police procedurals, but there is a bit more than the usual stale-coffee-and-sarcastic-remarks format. In fact, Curzon's narration reminds me a bit of Christie: she encapsulates her characters in a few pithy scenes, and sets up the parameters of the mystery neatly. In this case, only the residents of a country house that has been divided into rather luxurious flats are suspects in the murders, so the cast is limited and the scope for twists and turns just right.

Curzon does err a bit on the side of villains and heroes; we have one evil, incompetent detective among the good, who becomes a bit of an easy target. But generally the characters are nicely mixed, all with their secrets and weaknesses. If you have not read a Curzon before, you can step into the series effortlessly with this one; there are references to a character who has gone away, but no backstory is needed. And it's pleasant, amid the rash of deeply troubled detectives and police officers, to find a set who are relatively cheerful and competent.

Recommended for fans of Christie, Rendell, and Margaret Yorke.

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