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An Unsafe Pair of Hands

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"I gave up sleep so that I could read to the surprising and satisfying ending. I laughed out loud in public in response to the quirky plot twists. An Unsafe Pair of Hands by Chris Dolley is a masterful addition to the British mystery genre." -- Barth Siemens

Peter Shand is the 'safe pair of hands' - a high-flying police administrator seconded to a quiet rural CID team to g
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Published (first published June 27th 2011)
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Barth Siemens
Jan 03, 2016 Barth Siemens rated it really liked it
Peter Shand has a reputation as a careful, competent, and informed detective - a safe pair of hands. In order to fast track his career, he has accepted a safe, one-year post as a DCI in the "quietest, most crime-free corner of the country." But his first case is anything but quiet. And DCI Shand is shocked at the risky actions that he will entertain to solve the case and save his career.

I gave up sleep so that I could read to the surprising and satisfying ending. I laughed out loud in public in
Nov 04, 2016 Bonnie rated it liked it
I liked the style and character of this book - I hope there are more with the same protagonist. He's an administrator who is trying to break into fieldwork, and the difference between theory and practice are often comical for the reader and usually frustrating for the character. The truth is revealed in a very organic way and full of surprises.
Ana Menendez-tuckman
Nov 26, 2016 Ana Menendez-tuckman rated it it was amazing
This book was a pleasant surprise for a $2 bargain that I brought through BookBub. The detective's comical brushes with press disasters were actually very credible. I look forward to read more from him
Rick Saylors
Oct 29, 2016 Rick Saylors rated it really liked it
Good read. A lot of false positives before the solution

I enjoyed the book. The main character is interesting and a bit flawed. There are many red herrings, perhaps too many.
Joe Young
Sep 08, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it
DCI Peter Shand was transferred from his area of expertise as a desk pilot at London headquarters where he had been capably administrating and training personnel for fifteen years. His boss assured him that it was essential to garner some field experience for promotion eligibility and promised that he would find him a billet in the most crime-free corner of the country saying "one year as a DCI in the sticks and you'll be back on the fast track. Chief constable within ten years." Now, his second ...more
Laura Belgrave
Aug 28, 2016 Laura Belgrave rated it really liked it
British author Chris Dolley's novel, what I would describe as a "police procedural," is one of the best I've read in years. Not only does he launch his story with a wonderfully imaginative and unexpected murder twist, but he's created a main character who would seem almost the least fitting to solve the crime. It isn't that the protagonist, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Shand, doesn't have experience. It's just that his experience (until now) has been as an administrator. For him, the pressure ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Helen rated it liked it
This book actually deserves a 3.5 stars and I considered giving it a 4, but it really comes into the Good Read category, the sort of thing that is an excellent book to take on holiday or read for relaxation.

DCI Shand has just been given his first murder case. Though he has lots of experience of murder, it's all theoretical, lecturing about past cases after he's had plenty of time to pore over the evidence. Now he has to solve a murder in real time.

The rural setting inevitably invites comparisons
Sean Randall
Jan 05, 2016 Sean Randall rated it it was amazing
I positively howled with laughter when Shand was telling Wiggins about Satan. The whole book possessed a superb flavour of whimsy but I couldn't contain myself by this point, even though I'd been chuckling and chortling at bits before, that was the breaking point when I literally put the book down and found myself roaring. A book hasn't done that to me for some considerable time. Shand is just top notch, and I can honestly say that this is such a different milieu to either Shift or Resonance ...more
Jennifer Stevenson
Mar 30, 2013 Jennifer Stevenson rated it it was amazing
I read Medium Dead and Magical Crimes and almost swallowed my tongue laughing. This new detective Peter Shand is just as great. Dolley gives great Brit humor, great twisty mystery, and he doesn't neglect the relationship angle in favor of gore, which is my pet peeve. His women matter. I'm hoping there are more Peter Shand stories coming! (Of course I'm also hoping for more of the characters from Medium Dead, but I'll stop whining now.)
Nov 27, 2014 Bigal-sa rated it really liked it
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An easy read and extremely funny in places. The only thing that stopped me from giving it five stars is that a lot is left hanging, for instance I'm still at a loss as to whodunit, especially after the final letter...
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