Death Toll by Jim Kelly
A Mystery (Detective Shaw Mystery)

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“Ever since the days of Agatha Christie, the great divide in the British detective story has been between plot and character…The novels of Jim Kelly are. . . a find.” —The New York Times Book Review

Rookie detective Peter Shaw teams up with his father’s tough expartner to investigate both a gruesome series of present-day murders and some unfinished business from the past.
 

About Jim Kelly

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Jim Kelly is the education correspondent for the Financial Times in London. His first novel, The Water Clock, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 2002. He lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his wife, biographer Midge Gillies, and their daughter, Rosa.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There’s no note, but George Valentine, Peter’s sergeant with 30 years on the job, tells the world that he knows a suicide when he sees one: Pills are pills, evidence is evidence.

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Thirteen years later, in one of those tricky games Fate likes to play, Mortimer finds himself partnered with a younger Shaw, Jack’s son Peter, whose zeal to remove the Tessier taint matches his own.

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DI Peter Shaw (Death Watch, 2010, etc.) deals with two cold cases, one of which is family business.

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Publishers Weekly

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The chilly atmosphere of a British seacoast winter saturates Kelly's moody third police procedural featuring hard-driving West Norfolk Det. Insp. Peter Shaw and seedy, aging Det. Sgt. George Valentine

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Death Toll by Jim Kelly Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop When harsh winter weather brings flooding along the north Norfolk coast, bodi...

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Agent: Faith Evans, Faith Evans Associates.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Detective Inspector Peter Shaw and his partner, Detective Sergeant George Valentine, investigate a decades old murder when the body of a young man is found buried atop a coffin in Death Toll, the third mystery in this series by Jim Kelly.In 1982, Nora Tilden was killed by her husband, who...

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Spinetingler Magazine

A protagonist like DI Peter Shaw gives the author license to throw more curve balls at the reader than a major league pitcher.

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While the case that Shaw is assigned is technically a cold case, once the investigation starts, the case quickly shows every sign of warming up, and Shaw and his team must race against time to prevent another murder.

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Shaw and Valentine are astonished to find that there is a black barman at the Flask, who closely resembles a drawing Shaw has done of the reconstructed face of the skeleton in the grave.

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