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Never Pick Up Hitch-hikers!

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Alf picked up the hitch-hiker, he seemed perfect as a stand-in for the horrific crime Alf was about to commit. But by luck William is saved from Alf's plan and someone else is killed in his place, this leads to a tangle of mistaken identity and an unsolved bank robbery from many years ago.
Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
Published 1992 by Headline (first published 1976)
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Lois Bujold
Sep 20, 2013 Lois Bujold rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in early Peters and/or British cozies.
Recommended to Lois by: internet mention

I ordered this from the library due to an internet review that mentioned it as funny. When it arrived, I was rather put off by the blurb on the cover that described it (inaccurately, happily) as "a chilling novel of suspense". It proved to be more nearly a cozy thriller, if that's not a contradiction in terms.

I was familiar with Peters from some of her later, more popular Brother Cadfael historical mysteries. This was an earlier then-contemporary -- mid-70s -- set in a provincial British market
This is not one of Ellis Peters' George Felse or Brother Cadfael mysteries, but I really enjoyed it. Young Willie Banks is hitch-hiking to the town of Braybourne when he is picked up by a man who gives him a package to deliver and a key to a residence in that town. Willie delivers the package but does not stay, which turns out to be a good thing, as it contained a fire bomb. Thus is Willie thrown into the middle of an attempt to retrieve a quarter of a million pounds stolen from a Braybourne ban ...more
This book appears in Ninety Classics of Crime Fiction 1900-1975, ed. Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor. It is the first book I've read by Ellis Peters (Edith Mary Pargeter) and I gather from other reviewers that it is atypical of her work. It is somewhat difficult to characterize, being partially cozy, comic, mystery, crime, or thriller novel. An innocent hitch-hiker, off to a 1970s British market town to make his way in the world, is innocently involved in an arson where he is meant to b ...more
Superb. Most young sleuth pairs are more twee than I really care for, but these two protagonists (as it were) are sensible and sweet enough to fall for each other in a natural manner... all the while staying one step ahead of at least two crime gangs and the police (whom they involve just as a matter of course, but keeping their hands in). Very fun read.
This is the 4th Ellis Peter’s novel I have read (or attempted). The first was a Cadfael novel, “Monks Hood” which I really enjoyed. So I picked up three crime novels by the same author expecting to like those too. But I was wrong.
I didn’t get past the first few pages of “Fallen into the Pit” before I was bored with it. Then I attempted “Holiday with Violence”, managing two or three chapters before I became so frustrated with the characters I didn’t want to read further. This book, “Never Pick Up
Chris Fitzgerald
This was on a list of "50 great mysteries", but as one who reads Peters' books for the character interaction and insight into their motivations, I found this one to be uncharacteristically built on plot and action alone. Still a decent bedtime book, but probably my least favorite book by Peters so far.
A fast moving British mystery featuring a newly met young couple who become involved with the police and rival groups trying to recover the stashed money from a major bank robbery three years earlier. The newly met young couple make this a delightful read. Quite a cast of characters.
I love this book. Youth and innocence triumph over the bad guys, who can resist that?
Jul 21, 2009 Mrsdarcy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with good taste
Shelves: crime-fiction
Superbly crafted story. Can't count the number of times I've read this.
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A pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.

Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Hor
More about Ellis Peters...
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1) One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #2) The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #5) Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3) St. Peter's Fair (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #4)

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