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Blind Date

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Elisabeth Kennedy is a complicated, prickly ex-police detective recovering from a brutal attack of deadly acid - and a woman who is determined to fight back. Unable to escape the memory of her sister's murder, Elisabeth flees the stiflingly safe confines of her mother's seaside home to return to her own precarious existence in an apartment high atop a crumbling London bell ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Viking Adult (first published 1998)
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Bill Kupersmith
Jul 02, 2014 Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it
I've had mixed results with Fyfield's novels. When @ her best, as in Gold Digger, I rate her as one of the best novelists writing. But when she's not quite got it together, as in Without Consent or The Art of Drowning, her books are never a waste of time but neither inspiring nor worthwhile. So much depends upon her principal characters: a Di Quigley or Sarah Fortune (or both together as in Casting the First Stone) will haunt you long after you finish. Unfortunately Elizabeth Kennedy's not quite ...more
Bill
Apr 16, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my bookshelf for quite awhile now, but I've wanted to try Frances Fyfield just as long. This book was a bit of a slow build. It took me awhile to get used to the characters; who was Joe, or John or Jack??? But I'm glad I took the time to get used to the story. It starts off with the violent murder of Elizabeth Kennedy's sister. You realize that something also happened to Elizabeth at a later date. Was it due to her drunkenness at the time or something else. It was interesti ...more
Ellen Keim
Feb 05, 2013 Ellen Keim rated it liked it
I thought the writing was choppy and the story line hard to follow until about half-way through. I almost didn't finish it because of that and the fact that I couldn't get a handle on the characters. There was a complicated back story for the main character, Elisabeth, which was kept rather vague and I was confused about how Joe came to be involved in her life. Also, Joe's friends were difficult to keep straight.

Once a lot of these things became clearer, I began to enjoy the book and I'm glad I
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Asghar Abbas
Oct 12, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it

Honestly, I don't remember much about it except that I read this in May of 2006 and really enjoyed it.
Naomi
Jul 10, 2016 Naomi rated it liked it
The premise of the novel sounded good... However, the writing was less than stellar - choppy and hard to follow.
Fanficfan44
Jul 02, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it liked it
I have not read any other work by Frances Fyfield, however I did watch and enjoy the TV series of the Helen West Casebook, which was based on her Helen West books. I picked up this book because it was a selection for this month for the Kindle English Mystery Club on Goodreads.

I liked a lot about this book, the characters of Elisabeth Kennedy and Joe, were interesting in themselves and as a relationship. The villain(s) twisted relationship revealed over time was intriguing and well done. I found
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Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
This book is written much later than the Helen West books and is a stand-alone rather than part of a series. I found it confusing and never could form an image of the main male character, Joe. It was interesting to compare this to the two Helen West books that I just read. I have one more recent book by this author to read before I'm out of her stuff for now. I hope I like the next one more.
Kaylol
Feb 26, 2011 Kaylol rated it liked it
This is the first book I read by this author. When starting, I thought it would be another of those romantic shallow novels that I dislike. But it wasn't. Yeah romance comes in, and it's more or less the focus of the book, but it's not the love in se, it's about the search for love, and the lack of love from people resulting in a hate big enough to kill someone...
Sandra
Convoluted and the characters difficult to get a grasp of to start with, and difficult to like too. Had a more old-fashioned feel than others of hers. I think the John Mortimer quote on the front - 'Her most ambitious book ... once you're in its grip its irresistible' is spot-on - perhaps over-ambitious? I'd need to re-read to fully appreciate all its workings-out.
lytteltonwitch
Mar 07, 2011 lytteltonwitch rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Frances Fyfield characters are always flawed and this book was no different. Elisabeth's sister had been murdered and she hunted down the murderer and this leaves her haunted. I will never ever go on a blind date. Interesting ending.
Stephanie
Aug 03, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book version of this, and it wasn't broken up very well as it switched between characters, which was often. It was very mystery with very few clues and very British stiff upper lip.
Joe Shoenfeld
Apr 12, 2014 Joe Shoenfeld rated it really liked it
I like her blend of psycho creepy and procedure...
Caley Ann (Katie)
Jan 13, 2012 Caley Ann (Katie) rated it liked it
This was okay. Not my usual fare, and not a must see to others she has written, but not bad.
Juli
Apr 21, 2014 Juli rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-and-1-2-stars
2.5
JenniferB
Jul 06, 2016 JenniferB rated it liked it
ok, but difficult to read, I didn't complete this.
Barbara
May 29, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a good chalenge, and this book was one. The writing was a little opaque, but not so much as to discourage the reading. I loved the strong characters.
Christophe
Aug 15, 2010 Christophe rated it really liked it
ça ressemble un peu à un Hitchcock style "l'ombre d'un doute". ça commence donc bizarrement par rapport à un polar classique. mais plutôt pas mal.
Cynthia
Apr 28, 2011 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I like Frances Fyfield. This was a good one
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Frances Fyfield is a criminal lawyer, who lives in London and in Deal, by the sea which is her passion. She has won several awards, including the CWA Silver Dagger.
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