A Detective in Love by H. R. F. Keating
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In that mythical Victorian piano-legs -in-pantaloons era people, at least in the respectable classes, may have convinced themselves that sex was something that manifested itself only when a baby had to be made. But in fact it's us, the sophisticated, we-know-it-all generation, who still don't really acknowledge how we're all in a every way all the time at the mercy of that louring cloud.

Detective Harriet Martens--the title character from The Hard Detective--returns in this newest police procedural from a master of the genre, H. R. F. Keating. Detective Martens has a well-deserved reputation for unyielding toughness. In The Hard Detective, she led a Stop the Rot campaign against local crime and faced down a brutal killer on a spree of cop killing. Now, she has been called on to lead the investigation into the murder of Bubbles Xingara, Britain's number one tennis star and media darling, who was found dead on the grounds of her sprawling country home. The case is sure to draw worldwide attention.

The mystery, however, isn't what tests the Hard Detective's strength. It's the fact that Detective Martens, devoted wife, has fallen madly and passionately in love with a subordinate officer. From her first meeting with that subordinate, Martens must struggle not only to solve a perplexing homicide, but also to control her increasing urges and to withstand temptation. Her difficulties are made no easier by her husband regularly commenting on the unavoidable power of "amorousness."
 

About H. R. F. Keating

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H.R.F. Keating is well-versed in the fiction, and non-fiction, worlds of crime. He was the crime books reviewer for The London Times for fifteen years, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors. His repertoire is expansive and includes the well-known Inspector Ghote series. He lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by MACMILLAN. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Crime. Fiction

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Detective Chief Inspector Harriet Martens, on a clean-up-Birchester campaign the press has dubbed `Stop the Rot,” is pulled off the detail when her police comrades are killed according to the list in Exodus: Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.

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Now, however, Chief Constable Newcomen takes advantage of the Imperial’s imminent demolition to demand that Harriet submit the seven suspects’ outer clothing to the police lab to ascertain which of them was sprayed with the Boy Preacher’s saliva in his dying moments.

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One minute Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens is dozing poolside at the Majestic Insurance Club;

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Transcends Harriet’s debut (The Hard Detective, 2000) to join Keating’s trenchant studies of The Rich Detective (1993), The Good Detective (1995), The Soft Detective (1998), and The Bad Detective (1999).

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There are comic asides (a couple of would-be victims prove stubborn, refusing either to die or to fork over their resources), but for the most part events are somber and endlessly frustrating as Bill adjusts to a new life of leisure, with the core of his daily existence ripped out of him.

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Contemporary British police procedural meets old-fashioned puzzle mystery in this slick, streamlined effort from veteran Edgar-winner Keating (The Bad Detective, The Soft Detective, etc.).

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Keating's low-key sense of humor and his dexterity at making a crooked protagonist sympathetic are firmly in place, as is the story's satirical edge, which explores the disparity between the financial rewards received by criminals and police and the symbiotic relationship between cops and robbers.

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A high-profile investigation into a top tennis star's murder gets even more complicated when Harriet, hitherto a model wife and mother, falls in love with a fellow police officer.

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Detective Harriet Martens is back having previously appeared in THE HARD DETECTIVE, A DETECTIVE IN LOVE, and A DETECTIVE UNDER FIRE.

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She started her career in London's Metropolitan Police Force but quickly realized women, in subtle ways, were discriminated against with no chance of advancement.

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Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens was sunbathing sipping a drink while her husband John Piddock was relaxing nearby when she suddenly turned icy cold and her tongue tingled before she collapsed.

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