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The Hireling's Tale (Castlemere #6)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  3 reviews
When a young woman is found dead at the bottom of a boat in the Castlemere Canal, completely naked, and full of crack cocaine, the inhabitants of the dockside town are shocked. How could such a thing happen in Castlemere? The town's trio of police, detectives Frank Shapiro, Liz Graham and Cal Donovan, are concerned with answering a more basic set of questions: Who is this ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 13th 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published March 26th 1999)
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Another excellent book, the sixth in the series and the third I've read. I'm now actively searching for the first three books about the Castlemere detectives which all seem to be out of print.

Bannister's talent is to bring large events to a small town and yet make them seem realistic there. Other series flag when one extreme event after another breaks the bounds of credulity but I haven't felt any of that from this series. In this book it seems as if a hired assassin is on the loose in Castlemer
I have read other jo bannister books before and really enjoyed them but they were of the brodie farrell series and had never read one of the shapiro/donovan/graham series. this story took me a few chapters to get into (I know that is terrible english) but the more I read the more I enjoyed it and really found it quite suspenseful and a page turner at the end. I do have a penchant for british murder mysteries however this one certainly stands on its own.
Another great read from this author.
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Jo Bannister lives in Northern Ireland, where she worked as a journalist and editor on local newspapers. Since giving up the day job, her books have been shortlisted for a number of awards. Most of her spare time is spent with her horse and dog, or clambering over archaeological sites. She is currently working on a new series of psychological crime/thrillers.
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