DEAD ON ARRIVAL: A Yorkshire Mystery

Patricia Hall, Author DEAD ON ARRIVAL: A Yorkshire Mystery

British author Hall delivers another chilling, highly topical contemporary police procedural featuring journalist Laura Ackroyd and her lover, DI Michael Thackeray of the Bradfield (Yorkshire) police force, from whom she's become estranged since 2000's The Italian Girl. When Laura leaves Bradfield for a short-term assignment in London, little does she know that she'll be entering the netherworld of illegal-alien smuggling and murder. At a Docklands rail station Laura silently watches as several skinheads viciously attack two Somali brothers, killing the younger of them. When the youthful murderers realize that this striking redhead has been a witness, they scatter, and the older brother makes his escape. Within days of agreeing to write an article on the assault for the Sunday Extra, Laura receives threats and ends up getting stabbed in a crowded club. Thackeray and his crew in Bradfield meanwhile must solve the murder of a prominent Pakistani businessman, as well as the disappearance of a young "Paki" woman. Throughout, Michael and Laura's suffering as they struggle to find a way to mend the broken pieces of their relationship provides ample human interest. Although the idea of a Yorkshire mystery may sound simple, even cloying, the author provides all the gore and grunge the staunchest murder aficionado could hope for—and then some. From container shipments of illegals to beastly murders, this novel has what it takes to make the reader shiver. (Apr. 16)

Reviewed on: 03/05/2001
Release date: 04/01/2001
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