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Dead Beat (Kate O’Donnell #1)

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A tense and gripping mystery set in 1960s London and Liverpool - When photographer Kate O'Donnell takes off for London from swinging Liverpool she has two things in mind: to make a career and to track down her missing older brother. But when she does find a trace of Tom, he's still missing - leaving behind a dead flatmate and some very suspicious cops, including Harry Barn...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Severn House Digital (first published September 1st 2011)
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Kate O'Donnell, a feisty young woman seeking a career in photography, leaves Liverpool to make her fortune -- or at least get a photo job -- in London. It's the 190s.

She's got two missions, actually. The other is to trace the whereabouts of her missing brother.

It's quite complicated.

The brother becomes a police target after his lover (male) turns up dead. Kate learns of the crime, which reveals her brother's hidden sexual orientation. She eventually locates the brother, and...more
I would give this 3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. Being from Liverpool myself I found the language and phrasing used by the main character to be on point, particularly for that period of time. I liked the nice steady build up in the story and will look forward to reading more books by this author.
Leah Coffin
The Beatles subplot is really the least interesting thing about this book, and probably the weakest. That said, the story of a spunky Liverpool girl trying to make it as a photographer in London and the semi-crooked but good-hearted cop she meets there is a pretty damn good one.
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Patricia Hall is the pen-name of journalist Maureen O'Connor. She was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, which is where she has chosen to set her acclaimed series of novels featuring reporter Laura Ackroyd and DCI Michael Thackeray. She is married, with two grown-up sons, and now lives in Oxford.
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