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Hancock Park (Kate Delafield #8)

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Los Angeles detectives Kate Delafield and Joe Cameron have been assigned to investigate a homicide in the upscale neighborhood of Hancock Park. Suspected of murdering his ex-wife is Douglas Talbot-whose own children are more than willing to see him on death row.

And while Kate is trying to prove his innocence, her personal life gets complicated when her lover Aimee myster
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Berkley Trade (first published 2004)
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Eli
Nov 09, 2015 Eli rated it liked it
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Kathleen Hagen
Hancock Park: A Kate Delafield Mystery, by Catherine V. Forrest, a-minus, borrowed from the National Library Services for the Blind.

This is one of the later Kate Delafield novels. She and her newer more enlightened police partner, are called to the scene of a murder in a house in Hancock Park, a rich area of Los Angeles. The house is super-clean, although the victim, Victoria Talbot, is not known for housekeeping. Victoria has been shot, and the person who most clearly stood out as a suspect was
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Kirsten
Jul 05, 2011 Kirsten rated it really liked it
I still love Kate, though now I've read and *own* all 8 of her books. I think the problem with these books is that they are too short! And the author refers to events that happened to Kate in the past, but then they are not described in any of the previous books, which I find confusing. In this book she moves on to the trans issue, in a really positive and inclusive way. Disappointingly, there was no romance in this book, but Aimee and Kate go through some issues - very realistic, I guess, but ...more
Alma
Nov 02, 2009 Alma rated it really liked it
What makes reading the book rewarding for me is the controlled, spare, concise prose that in its stark simplicity conveys the dynamics between two people -specifically, between two women - in a long-term relationship with depth and feeling. Unfortunately Ms. Forrest's calibre of writing is painfully absent from the majority of amateurish works flooding the market. Authors I would recommend as exceptional, especially if you're interested chiefly in reading work written about women by women ...more
Michelle
Jun 05, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
I read this right after #2, "Murder at the Nightwood Bar," and was struck by how Delafield's world has changed considerably between 1987 and 2005. She's a senior police detective, struggling with whether to be open with her sexual orientation at work, drinking too much, and having conflicts with her much-younger partner about same. Also, there's a murder case to be considered -- told in flashbacks from the courtroom. The case is pretty gruesome (though not as horrible as "Nightwood"). There's an ...more
Kylie
Apr 11, 2009 Kylie rated it it was ok
I was sorry not to like this book more as I like this author. The problem is, it is a totally straightforward procedural--reading it is like watching paint dry. There's a tiny little twist at the end but overall there is not enough to the plot to sustain interest.
Naomi
Oct 17, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
It was a quick read. A mystery novel with a hint of lesbianism (Kate the detective is gay). It was a good book....your normal mystery fiction novel. I was not able to figure out who it was until the end!
Lynn
Dec 14, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Of course you had the murder, investigation and trial but it was more. It was about family and how they can sometimes become fractured. Can they be fixed? Do they want to be fixed? Should they be fixed?
Megan
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See the comments in the Lesbian Mystery Reading Group, found here: Lesbian Mysteries.
Sue Frampton
Sep 06, 2013 Sue Frampton rated it really liked it
KVF does it again with a Delafield mystery. A great read and at a pace that keeps your turning the pages from begining go end.
Jan
Sep 24, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Katherine V Forrest, filled with "the personal is the political" themes, hard choices & real life dilemmas that defy simple answers.
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Katherine V. Forrest is the groundbreaking author of Curious Wine, the Kate Delafield mystery series and the Daughters science-fiction series. She’s also known as a prolific editor with anthology and non-fiction credits in her own name as well as the editor of hundreds of novels. Dozens of lesbian writers count her among their mentors. Selected as the 2009 recipient of the Publishing Triangle’s ...more
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