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Fatal Quest (Chief Inspector Woodend #20)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A Charlie Woodend Mystery his first . . . - DS Charlie Woodend has a murder to solve. Trouble is, nobody seems to want him to solve it not Eddie, a Liverpudlian thug sent to threaten him; not DCI Bentley; not Deputy Commissioner Naylor, whose word is law in Scotland Yard; not even the dead girl's mother herself. But Woodend cares. He will find the murderer, he promises him ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Severn House Publishers (first published December 1st 2008)
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Marilyn Shea
Jul 30, 2016 Marilyn Shea rated it really liked it
I read a digital copy of the book, the first time I've ever done that. I suppose I'll get used to reading books this way but I still prefer hardcover books to have and to hold.
It was the last of the Chief Inspector Woodend novels but was set up as a prequel, an account of Woodend's first major case and the reason he was promoted to Chief Inspector, told to his successor, Monika Paniatowski, who has her own series. He told this story to her as they are parting ways, he heading off to his retireme
Sep 09, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, british
DS Charlie Woodend is retiring and while waiting for the train to take him away he tells his partner Monika Paniatowski all about the case that made him a Chief Inspector. Nobody cared about the murder of a "coloured" girl whose body was found near an old war bomb site after WW II. Nobody but Charlie, at least. As the investigation continued, no one at the New Scotland Yard seemed interested in the case. As Woodend stubbornly continues the investigation, he is threatened by both gangsters and hi ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Jovdb rated it liked it
Interesting to learn the history of CI Woodend's promotion.

The brutal murder of a teenaged girl is barely investigated. Woodend's boss is not interested in the death of a "darkie". Racism and crooked coppers all over the place in this story set in the 50's.

Despite being blocked from investigating, Charlie uses his own time and resources to uncover the truth. It is a shocking discovery, one that the higher echelons of the police force want to keep hidden. Rough justice is dispensed and, to keep
Lucy Takeda
Jul 20, 2016 Lucy Takeda rated it liked it
I really like Charlie, the main character, and I adore his wife! I tend to be a determined individual
( a.k.a. stubborn) that frequently does career challenging things in order to do what is right, and so does Charlie. The novel covers quite a bit about class distinctions, and who is REALLY in charge. It is set in London, fairly soon after WWII ends. It rates three rather than four, because I had pretty much figured out the who done it and why about halfway through.
Mar 02, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, british
On his retirement, Wooden recounts his first case. The narrative is littered with racist slurs which I found offensive. I tried reading it in context of the time period and to consider that the protagonist was also offended by the terms. Add that the plot was rather predictable and slow going, and it made for just an okay read. I doubt I'll look for other titles in the series.
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Jul 04, 2016 Caroline Ingvaldsen rated it really liked it
Charlie Woodend's first case, is actually the last one the author has written about him. An appealing procedural set in the grim streets of post-Blitz London, it's a highly satisfying prequel to the series.
Jan 05, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
This book was OK. The constant italicized words were extremely annoying so after awhile I couldn't even focus on what the book was about
Corinne Newell

A good mystery but very hard to read because of the dialogue. Well written and a page turner except for the use of the Cockney language.
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