Deadly Practice: A Kate Kinsella Mystery

Christine Green, Author Walker & Company $19.95 (200p) ISBN 978-0-8027-3257-6
British nurse/PI Kate Kinsella, introduced in Deadly Errand, returns in a twisting case of murder and revenge. Hired by the mother of a young man suspected of murdering a nurse in a neighboring clinic, Kate takes the dead woman's job to find out who else might have had a motive for the killing. After the mistress of a doctor at the clinic is also found dead, Kate's investigation takes a turn into the past, probing the disappearance of another doctor's wife. Complications and deaths increase as Kate loses her client, pursues another in order to stay on the case and then loses that one too. While the plot occasionally threatens to slip out of Green's grasp, the narrative is kept on track by Kate's winning personality--she is a refreshing combination of lazy, rash, bright, inept and brave--and by her relationship with her landlord and sometime-partner, undertaker Hubert Humbertson. This is a saucy modern mystery in classic British vein. (July)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1995
Release date: 03/01/1995
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