The Dead of Winter (John Madden #3)
On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. The police suspect she was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been the victim's employer.
wonderful writer. I feel that perhaps he was rushed
to finish this for publication. Too bad.
They should just let him take his time.
This book is heavily loaded down with tons of exposition
which should have been edited out and inserted into the
story in another way. Most of it seems like short-cut writing merely to inform the reader.I was truly surprised.
Don't let this stop you though, from reading the first
two John Madden novels which are brilliant.
The setting is England. The first novel, River of Darkness, takes place soon after World War I, where a serial killer is charging into rural homes and slaughtering entire families. The second novel, The Blood-Dimmed Tide, takes place a decade later, in the depths of the Great Depression, and a homicidal maniac is targeting young girls for rape and murder. The third novel, The Dead of Winter (love that title), takes place in 1944, after D-Day but before the Bat ...more
The book differs in a number of ways from the previous stories. Two of the most significant though are the time frame and the characters. Unlike the previous books ...more
It’s 1944 and England is anticipating the end of the War, but crime lives on. A young Polish is brutally murdered on the streets of London. Chief Inspector Angus Sinclair is assigned the case along with Inspector Bil ...more
"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."
-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her employer. Madden feels he owes it t...more
The book itself is boring, for the reasons I said above, and I felt the author went too far to being realistic. We all ...more
A young Polish woman is garrotted on a blackout-dark London street. Around her are some burnt matches as if someone had been looking for something. But nothing has been stolen and it appears that the woman was not assaulted prior to her death. When the police manage to identify her, it turns out she was a land girl working for ex-police inspector John Madden, who is still a close friend of the investigating officer Chief Inspector Angus Sinclair. So it seems only natur ...more
He retired John Madden, the protagonist at the end of the first book but each suc ...more
During the blackout, an Air Raid Warden in London bumps into a young woman out alone. A short while later, he literally stum ...more
John Madden, our traumatized World War I hero with a Scotland Yard b ...more
I am pleased to read an old style detective novel in which the detective is not an alchoholic , divorce ...more
Old friends abound in Dead of Winter – Madden, his engaging wife Helen (who I always picture as Helen Mirren for some reason…), and hi ...more
During a blackout, in London late in 1944, an Air Raid Warden bumps into a young woman. He offers to accompany her to her destination; she thanks him and declines his offer. A short time later, the Air Raid Warden stumbles over her dead body. It isn’t clear why Rosa Nowak was murdered: there is no obvious motive, there are very few clues and not many witnesses can be identified. An ageing police force is stretched: there may be a shortage of police manpower but not of oppor ...more
He did not know why, but when he noticed it was a murder mystery, he passed it on to me. For fans of British crime novels, this is a gem. Set in winter before the end of World War II, scotland yards deals with the death of a Polish refugee whose death would have been ignored, except she was the employee of a retired police investigator, John Madden. Wonde ...more