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Gently With The Painters (Chief Superintendent Gently #7)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The death of a young artist leaves Gently desperately piecing together the portrait of a murderer.

When artist Shirley Johnson is murdered and her body dumped outside a provincial police headquarters, Gently is despatched from London to Northshire to take over the investigation. The prime suspect appears to be the woman's husband, a former bomber pilot with a guilty secret,
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published January 2nd 1996 by Chivers North America (first published January 1st 1960)
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In Gently With the Painters (1960) George Gently has recently been promoted to Superintendent, C.I.D. and he is disappointed to find out how little fieldwork a superintendent gets to do. His days are now mostly filled with shuffling paperwork from Inbox to Outbox. When an interesting case of murder amongst the painting crowd pops up in his native Northshire, he begins avidly following the news and trying to come up with a good reason to contact the local inspector in charge.

The victim is a youn
Pauline Ross
This is the seventh of the series about the genial pipe-smoking George Gently, now promoted to Superintendent, and chafing rather at his desk-bound life. The author is getting into his stride now, and many of the rather dated quirks which enlivened the earlier books have been dropped - no more peppermint creams, for instance, and the investigation is much more conventional - Gently visits various suspects, asks them questions and mulls over the answers. He even philosophises over his approach, ...more
Alan Hughes
Aug 07, 2012 Alan Hughes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, crime
This is one of the George Gently detective series and is rather plodding and dull. The characters are too stereotyped to be truely real and, as a consequence, it is difficult to take them seriously.

A further problem is that the novel is now too dated. Some of the references no longer click and it is difficult to feel the menace of a criminal who is referred to as "chummie".

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The death of a young artist leaves Gently desperately piecing together the portrait of a mur

Oct 17, 2014 Rich rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I once again found myself returning to George Gently, and I am slightly disappointed.

Although overall entertaining I couldn't help but find myself bored and frustrated at parts with pointless descriptions and a monologue lasting an entire page. It's a shame that this has been done, or was it perhaps the era they were written? Hard to say, but I feel a little part of this story could have been cut. I found myself dozing at one point, Around the middle of the book, and only began to find exc
Lucy Barnhouse
Jul 16, 2015 Lucy Barnhouse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do like Inspector Gently, but this book was a disappointment. Both plot and characterization are thin, and the gift for atmosphere I enjoyed in earlier volumes of the series was not on display. More jarringly, the entire plot was remarkably misogynistic. The murder victim, an intelligent painter, is spoken of in scandalized tones by the men who knew her as a repressed/closeted lesbian. How do they think they know? It's unclear, and this repeated assertion, of unclear relevance to the plot, ...more
Wilde Sky
A woman (part of a group of artists) is murdered very close to a police station and her husband instantly becomes the main suspect. Gently (newly promoted to Superintendent) becomes involved in the case and starts to cast doubts on the assumptions made.

The characters were believable and the story line and writing were good. Unfortunately the final announcement of the killer didn’t ring true – but still an entertaining way to spend a few hours.
Oct 16, 2014 Caroline rated it it was ok
The first time for ages I haven't finished a book - by half way through I didn't even care enough to find out the solution. Gently has lost all of his individual mannerisms and spends a lot of time listening to a very boring and self absorbed painter with apparent admiration and approbation. I found the writing slightly turgid and the characterisations lacking in depth and continuity.
Aug 13, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
I finished this a couple of days ago and I seem to have nearly forgotten it already. I'm afraid I was influenced by the awful cover. I have really enjoyed the other Gently books that I've read, but this one was not up to snuff.
Jun 24, 2013 Gloria rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. It is dated in a way, but that, for me, adds to it's charm. I cannot read a George Gently book without picturing Martin Shaw as Gently and that also adds to the pleasure :-)
I look forward to reading the next one in due course.
Aug 31, 2015 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read, but I felt the author cheated with the murderer, having hardly mentioned him and certainly not as a possible suspect through the book.
Oct 27, 2010 Jenine rated it did not like it
Entirely forgettable. Sexist and period in a particular English way. I sort of enjoyed it.
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Alan Hunter was an English author of crime fiction. All of his 46 novels feature Inspector George Gently and are mainly set in East Anglia.

Initially a farmer, he became an antiquarian bookseller before writing his first novel.
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