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A Dreaming Detective

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (December 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792733932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792733935
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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From Publishers Weekly

Det. Supt. Harriet Martens (aka the Hard Detective) has a controlling new boss ("Mr. Newbroom"), a new and very cold case and the deck stacked against her in this solid police procedural from prolific British author Keating (A Detective Under Fire, etc.). There were seven possible suspects when Krishna Kumaramangalam, the Boy Preacher, was strangled to death in a Birchester hotel ballroom 30 years earlier. Despite the efforts of a top detective at the time, no conclusive evidence was uncovered. Harriet is tasked with applying DNA tests to the stored evidence and discreetly reinterviewing surviving suspects, each of whom offers intriguing possibilities. If she succeeds, her boss will claim credit; if she fails, for whatever good reason, Chief Constable Newbroom's bad opinion of her will appear confirmed. Not technology but old-fashioned police work applied with a fresh eye and Harriet's customary vigor turns out to be the key to solving the crime, whose closed-room aspects Keating adroitly handles. The final confrontation between Harriet and Mr. Newbroom will induce more than a few smiles.
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About the Author

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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cff7360) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
HASH(0x9cf14de0) out of 5 stars Series Continues May 3 2016
By booklover - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
DS Harriet Martens is back ... and she has a new Chief Constable who obviously does not like her and wants her to fail miserably. Maybe it's jealousy that he wants the best detective on board to look like a failure.

Whatever his thoughts and beliefs, he charges her with finding the killer of a young preacher .. a crime that has been unsolved for 30 years. And he wants it solved within the next 2 weeks. The hotel where the preacher was murdered is being torn down at that time.

But being the 'nice' guy he is, the Chief Constable is giving her a helper .... a man who has suffered a mental breakdown and is 'all better' now.
Martens certainly has her hands full; no wonder that this case is finding its way into her dreams ..or nightmares.

There are plenty of suspects. Seven people were at the hotel at the time of the killing. Some had motives ..some didn't. Some are still alive ... some aren't.

Martens must now depend on forensics that weren't available at the time, but who knows what kind of shape the physical evidence is in. Hopefully DNA will point at the killer.

Martens is determined to save her job and solve the crime ... or die trying.

I actually like Harriet Martens better in this book than in The Hard Detective. She becomes more of a likeable person while showing her softer side in the relationship with her husband. Although she has problems with her assistant, she seems to interact with him in a less than volcanic fashion as she would normally.

In the real world of course, a superior officer would not be allowed to play these kinds of games with the detectives under his umbrella .. and especially would not hinder the abilities of the well-known reputation of the best detective around. But this is fiction .........

Many thanks to the author / Endeavour Press / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
HASH(0x9c7ccbdc) out of 5 stars Slowgoing Series Oct. 8 2006
By D. Morse - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
HASH(0x9c87521c) out of 5 stars surprisingly good June 18 2016
By Leyla - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book, having previously read another of this series, I did not think I would like it. It was a lovely surprise that this book was one that kept me turning the pages until I finished it, which was long into the night.
It certainly is a series the improves with each book - really kept my interest.

This book was provided to me in return for an honest and unbiased review