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The Killing Of Katie Steelstock (Inspector Mercer #2)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Television personality Katie Steelstock is killed when she returns to her rural hometown for a visit. Superintendent Charlie Knott begins to untangle the knot that was Katie's life. - The Mystery Lover's Companion, Art Bourgeau
Published January 1st 1980 by HarperCollins Publishers
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While it's obviously the case that even a merely adequate Michael Gilbert novel is better than most of the competition, I nevertheless felt a tad disappointed by this.

Part of my disappointment was not in the slightest the fault of the book. I was encouraged to read The Killing Of Katie Steelstock by a blogger's book review. That review was (I assume deliberately) really quite misleading. As a result, when I worked out quite early on who the baddy must be, I assumed this was some kind of a red he
This is a police procedural, not a detective story, chronicling policemen and solicitors accumulating evidence that eventually reveals the criminal. There is no Hercule Poirot here displaying inspired rationcination. In vastly preferring detective stories, I'm of course biased, but The Killing of Katie Steelstock is an extremely well-orchestrated tale of bloodhound work, with three or four characters I wouldn't have minded reading more about.
THE KILLING OF KATIE STEELSTOCK. (1980). Michael Gilbert. ***.
Young Katie had returned to her native village to attend a seasonal dance. She had made it big in television on a London network, and the locals were very proud of her. She was remembered primarily using adjectives like pretty, adorable, etc. Near the end of the dance, she told everyone that she had to leave, tough not specifying any reason. Most people thought that she was off to visit with one of the local boys. After a while, her b
very good until the end, which made no sense to me
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A mystery headed up by dueling leads, the main one being Insp. Knott. The book is well done, but it is a twisting & winding story making it just a bit exhausting to remember all the threads and people and places.

I read it thinking, this must be what it's really like. Mind numbing detailed work where slivers of truth appear here and there amongst opinion and faulty memories.

The culprit is a very cleaver and specific person. And the people in the story are a bit more grounded than others I've
I became interested in Gilbert's books when I borrowed one from Toni's burgeoning shelves during a visit. That one was "Be Shot for Sixpence," and I really liked it. That was more of a '50s spy thriller type book. This one, written much later in Gilbert's career, is a more formulaic British police murder mystery, and suffered for that and its early '80s datedness.
Great! I love Michael Gilbert....and this was a nice, tight procedural. He had me there right up to the last couple of pages. Ending a total surprise. See my full review at:
A little long winded, but really strange twists and turns.
Somewhat a text on how not to do a police investigation or too narrowly focused one.
I liked it until about 2/3ds the way through, then it took a turn into contentious personality battles.
This was fine for an audiobook, but it didn't really captivate me - the pace was a little slow. Plus, I didn't really like the reader.
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Born in Lincolnshire in 1912, Michael Francis Gilbert was educated in Sussex before entering the University of London where he gained an LLB with honours in 1937. Gilbert was a founding member of the British Crime Writers Association, and in 1988 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America - an achievement many thought long overdue. He won the Life Achievement Anthony Award at th ...more
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