Dead Reckoning by Patricia Hall
A Yorkshire Mystery (Yorkshire Mystery (Hardback))

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Earnshaw's Mill, one of last remaining foundations of Bradfield's industrial heritage, harkening back to Yorkshire's glorious past, has seen better days. As the times have changed, the future of the Earnshaw mill has become even more uncertain. With impending staff cuts necessary to keep the mill alive, the union is unhappy and the workers are threatening to strike. Racial tensions are already high enough in Bradfield's Muslim community, so with the possibility of large unemployment in town looming, trouble is in the air.

When one of the Earnshaw children turns up dead, DCI Michael Thackeray heads up the investigation into his death. The victim, a major shareholder in the company, has left no will and the future of the mill has become even more unclear.

In the meantime, Thackeray's girlfriend, reporter Laura Ackroyd, is researching a story on the racial tensions in the Muslim community. After witnessing a hostile race-related mishap on the street, she wanted to take a closer look at the circumstances underlying Bradfield's racial problems. Then she learns about the case of Saira Khan, a gifted student from a Muslim family who has gone missing and her story takes off, plunging her right into the middle of an escalating crisis. As both industrial and race relations reach the boiling point, Patricia Hall is at the top of her game in this gripping and emotional novel.

 

About Patricia Hall

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Patricia Hall is a former journalist who worked for The Yorkshire Post, The Guardian, and The Observer. The author of nine previous crime novels featuring Thackeray and Ackroyd, including Deep Freeze, she was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Oxford.
 
Published April 1, 2005 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Laura's boss, owner of the Arnedale Observer, wants Laura on the scene as the locals, headed by farmer Ray Harding and realtor Barry Moore, do battle with a pathetic band of New Age travelers camped in the hills.

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When Laura’s father flies in with a possible buyout plan for the mill, Thackeray begins to suspect Simon’s brother, but the murder of the Pakistani union rep and the news that Simon’s missing girlfriend is a Paki on the run from her traditional family keep tempers simmering on every side of the e...

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The bleak Yorkshire Dales in winter provide the backdrop for the third segment (after Dying Fall) in the Michael Thackery/Laura Ackroyd mysteries.

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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.

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British author Hall's latest police procedural to feature reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray (after 2004's Death in Dark Waters ) takes a compelling look at Muslim-Christian relations in the industrial Yorkshire town of Bradshaw.

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The second reason was because I was hearing all kinds of rumors about this book being the end of Sookie and Eric, and being a huge Eric fan I was preparing to be royally ticked off.

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Charlaine Harris’ new installment of the Sookie Stackhouse Series “Dead Reckoning” has restored the level of my faith in the series.

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