H. R. F. Keating has written numerous novels but he is perhaps most famous for the Inspector Ghote series set in India. He was the crime books reviewer for The Times for fiteen years, has served as Chairman of the CWA and the Society of Authors, and in 1987 was elected President of the Detection Club. He lives in London.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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So-soOct. 31 2004
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Not explaining his motives, the new Chief Constable of Greater Birchester Police Newcomen assigns Detective Superintendent Harriet "The `Hard Detective" Martens with solving a cold case homicide. Taken slightly aback by the hostility in her superior's voice, Harriet has no idea who Mr. Newcomen was referring to when he asked her "Who Killed the Preacher". He expects her to solve the vicious 1967 strangling murder of "The Boy Preacher" Krishna Kumaramangalam before the Imperial Hotel, site of the killing, is demolished. Harriet concludes her new boss wants her to fail so he can claim she is not worthy of her rank and can live up to his nickname Mr. Newbroom by sweeping her away.
Newcomen claims that advances in sleuthing in the past three plus decades will prove fruitful if Harriet is capable of doing her job. While waiting for the results of DNA testing, Harriet reads a true crime book, "Who Killed the Preacher". Next she interviews the seven prime suspects who were the only people with access to the crime scene as the Hard Detective is not going to gently allow Mr. Newbroom to sweep her away.
Once the audience overcomes the regression of talent by placing a highly ranked and paid detective on a cold case for personal vendetta reasons, fans will enjoy this fine British police procedural. The story line moves at a fast pace as Harriet refuses to go down without a fight. Though Newcomen comes across as an officious media hound and his assignment ridiculous, fans will appreciate Harriet's efforts as her inquiries are top rate. Strong investigation, but the rationale for wasting time and money by using the top gun seems unreal.
Slowgoing SeriesOct. 8 2006
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This is the second audiobook in this series I've listened to and still find it hard to work up much enthusiasm for Chief Constable Harriet Martens (not sure if that's her correct title). Harriet's constant doubts about her judgment and hunches drive me crazy! However did the woman get promoted? Maybe I'm just too used to the confident inspectors of Martha Grimes (Inspector Jury) and Elizabeth George (Lynley and Havers). The problems those characters have are with their personal lives and not police work. I do like Harriet's husband who ought to be on the force. Even her new DC is a basket case of nerves! I'll try a third book and see if it's a charm or strike out!