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Death Line (Rafferty and Llewellyn Police Procedural Series #3)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A Rafferty and Llewellyn mystery novel.
Third in the critically-acclaimed mystery series.

The murder of internationally-renowned palmist cum astrologer, Jasper Moon, has DI Joe Rafferty wishing he had a seer's vision.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 27th 1995 by Macmillan
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Mar 29, 2011 Charlie rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir
The detective team of Rafferty and Llewellyn is an entertaining English lineup that works because they brilliantly compliment and oppose each other. Mystery detective pairings often work on a push and pull system operating to either sway the balance or draw a reader towards a direction or clue. Evans has created a tandem that jells together, neither overshadowing nor undermining the other. For those who love Sherlock Holmes style mysteries, you'll likely adore Evans style, humor and method of de ...more
Jun 03, 2011 L.A. rated it really liked it
Article first published as Book Review:Death Line by Geraldine Evans on Blogcritics.

For a man known for his ability to read the future, Jasper Moon was totally unprepared for his own death. Killed with a blunt instrument, his own crystal ball, his death brings up more questions than answers. For Inspector Rafferty and Sergeant Llewellyn nothing about the case is what it seems.

As they begin their investigation looking for answers, they find possible suspects at every turn. There is the erstwhile
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Geraldine Evans has recently re-released her Rafferty and Llewellyn Mystery series in ebook format after it has enjoyed a fourteen book publication run with Macmillan and Severn House in the UK in the early 2000's.
Death Line is the third in the British police procedural series that teams the dynamic DI Joe Rafferty with the straight laced Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn who are investigating the murder of Jasper Moon, a celebrity 'seer to the stars'. Found dead in his office with a crushed skull, the
Alice Yeh
Sep 13, 2011 Alice Yeh rated it really liked it
Originally published in 1995, Death Line is the third installment of the long-running Rafferty and Llewellyn detective series, recently re-released in electronic format. This time, they set about solving the murder of Jasper Moon, a well-known "seer to the stars". With high profile clients, wealthy business partners, and disgruntled employees all under suspicion, it's up to this duo to discover the truth behind this theatrical man's death. Along the way, they'll face their own prejudices and lea ...more
Apr 04, 2015 Salina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little dated now, as I'm reading this close to twenty years after it was first published. I felt like it was a true investigation as it were in real life. there wasn't a breadcrumb trail from the get go and they really had to do police work for leads. while this was realistic, it also felt drawn and slow at times. the secondary characters were flush and well written, not just an empty shell red herrings. I have not read books 1 and 2 but this book was able to give a good account of our two det ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Bert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd in a series of crime novels by this author. Rafferty is a rough-around-the-edges homicide detective with good instincts. Detective Inspector Llewellyn has a university education, and the two of them complement each other very well. The setting is British, the deductive methodology is Holmesian. A quick read, great for a snow day if you are trapped at home. Free from the abundance of annoying spelling, grammatical, and factual errors that plague the work product of many contempora ...more
Nov 18, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ebooks
I had read a later book in this series previously, which was interesting enough for me to want to go back and try earlier stories. A bit dated regarding attitudes towards homosexuality, but as with the other book, the secondary characters were well done. I'm not a fan of Rafferty's (interfering, religious) mother, but she wasn't too pushy here. Recommended as a good place to begin reading the series.
Pamela Fernandes
Loved the realtionship between rafferty and llewlyn.Its a a slow paced novel but with an interesting twist. Mr moons murderer was just caught in the nick of time after planning an almost perfect murder
Jamie Eastman
Mar 11, 2014 Jamie Eastman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised

I have to say, this book took a little getting in to for me at first, but once I did get in to it I had to keep going to find out who did it, was a good who done it.
Apr 08, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another wonderful detective pairing in which
the twosome are well matched and equally
skilled, just in different methods and style.
The action, plot, characterization are all
Sharon Michael
Kindle format for the first of a series first published in 1995. Typical British police procedural, good characterization, rather slow progression, well written.
Marianne Garrett
Good book

Kept reading the book it led from to think it was one way then it went the other way glad to see way ended
Feb 16, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A bit different to normal and enjoyable.
Apr 18, 2014 Karri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good brit writ
Aug 23, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One annoying thing about this series is that the book titles seems to have nothing to do with the actual story! I would never be able to figure out which book goes with which title without a plot synopsis. At least the two main characters were a bit more developed in this third book and the plot took all kinds of twists that I didn't see coming.
Richard Morley
May 15, 2014 Richard Morley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Circuitous route to conclusion

too many side facts.unclear direction.too many better cookbooks, this year.facts too jumbled.characters without definition.slow pace.New facts keeping reader off balance.
Tabitha Chamberlain
It is a very enjoyable old fashion murder mystery. There are a few slow parts in it, but is a very easy read without knowing exactly who the actual killer is until almost the end of the book.
Jul 12, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rafferty and Llewellyn investigate the death of Jasper Moon 'seer to the stars’ who is found dead on his consulting-room floor.
Sep 28, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked some of the twists this book took - though I think it had one or two twists too many..
Sep 24, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept my interest throughout.
Mar 30, 2014 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 10, 2014 Irene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Full of unlikable characters thinking unpleasant things about each other.I couldn't take for very long.
May 23, 2015 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police crime novel in the classic English style, with an array of suspects, each with their foibles.
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aka Geraldine Hartnett.

I'm a British author and live in Norfolk, England. I write crime novels and have two series on the go: Rafferty & Llewellyn and Casey & Catt.

* Rafferty and Llewellyn Mystery
* Casey and Catt Mystery

I also write historical novels, and my first, Reluctant Queen: The Story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII, is on a
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