Cold Case (Barbara Holloway #11)
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Cold Case (Barbara Holloway #11)

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Twenty-two years ago, controversial author David Etheridge and ambitious state senator Robert McCrutchen were investigated in the death of a young coed. But a circle of secrecy guaranteed the case was never solved.
When Etheridge returns to Eugene, Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host--until the senator is found shot dead. Now Etheridge is back where he was two decades...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Mira Books (first published July 1st 2008)
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This is Wilhelm's latest in the entertaining Barbara Holloway series. All set in Eugene, OR, Barbara so very likable and bright. I finally decided this morning why I enjoy this series--they're like a grown up Nancy Drew series with a circle of regular characters who are also competent and honest... even a very neat, widowed and now retired, father.
The main defendant character here is a pleasantly complicated liberal academic. There's reference to the issues with of ideology, the declining state...more
While, as almost always, I enjoyed this book in Wilhelm's Holloway series, my brain protested the whole way through about the amazing memories of characters who recalled in precise detail the events of a party from 20 years before: who left with whom, at what time, who drank what, what was said, who danced with whom, who parked where or arrived on foot, etc. While I can usually overlook this kind of plot device for an instance or two under the "willing suspension of disbelief" reader's clause, I...more
Anne Van
After reading so many novels this year set in Goteborg, Malmo, Jakarta, Dublin, and London, London, London, what a delight to read a book set in Eugene, Oregon. Reservations at SweetWaters, driving down Franklin, lost on Fox Hollow Road, loved it. Thanks for the recommendation, Jane, I enjoyed getting to know the main character, defense attorney Barbara Holloway. And her father. I'm sure I'll be back for more.
Nice comfortable read. I was way ahead in who the suspect should be and seemed like a long time for the lawyer to "get it". But I like the characters and the story was interesting.
OK - not great but a pleasant read.

Twenty-two years ago, controversial author David Etheridge and ambitious state senator Robert McCrutchen were investigated in the death of a young coed. But a circle of secrecy guaranteed the case was never solved.

When Etheridge returns to Eugene, Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host—until the senator is found shot dead. Now Etheridge is back where he was two decades ago—suspected of murder. Only this time, with the cold case reopened, he's facing a double c...more
Katherine Adams
It's never easy to write a less-than-stellar review, but I'd be leading others to the wrong conclusion by recommending "Cold Case."

Apparently, attorney Barbara Holloway has appeared in 10 other Wilhelm novels, surrounded by a regular cast of characters including her father Frank; co-attorney Shelley and her disfigured husband Alex; an investigator named Bailey; and Barbara's current squeeze Danner and his son. Unlike Sue Grafton, who seamlessly introduces familiar characters whether you're read...more
When David Etheridge, a controversial author and scholar, returns to Eugene, Oregon for a speaking engagement, he rents an apartment from Robert McCrutchen, an old classmate from college. Robert is none too happy about this arrangement because he's involved in politics and wants to stay far away from the controversy that follows David. Robert also wants to keep a 22-year-old unsolved murder under wraps, a murder for which he and David were both investigated.

When Robert winds up dead, that old mu...more
Kathleen Hagen
Cold Case: a Barbara Holloway Mystery, by Kate Wilhelm, A-minus,
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Another wonderful visit with Frank and Barbara Holloway, and Barbara’s current boy friend and his son. In this one, Barbara is hired to defend David, who it seems the police are going to arrest for the murder of a man who had been his college classmate 20 or more years ago. As Barbara investigates, she realizes that the murder is very much connected to a party held after col...more
This was a very unsatisfying story.

I've read Kate Wilhelm's science fiction, and when I saw she is now writing murder mysteries, I picked up this book.

I kept reading through to the end because I was curious how the killer would be found out. However, if you want well-written mysteries, this book isn't it.

Too many names kept popping up, too many for me to keep up with who was who.

There were too many passages in which the main characters think about leaving something for later, and leave the evide...more
Pr Latta
#11 in the Barbara Holloway legal mysteries (can't be termed a thriller), this entry drags a little in the middle where defense attorney Barbara realizes she really has nothing to defend her client -- but the only thing the prosecution has is a third party testimony. The old crowd (father Frank, investigator Bailey, co-attorney Shelley and her husband Alex, etc.) is all there and Barbara has even moved in with Darren and Todd. Another reviewer says this series feels like a grown up Nancy Drew an...more
This is the first time I've read one of the books in the Barbara Holloway series. I found it interesting that I liked it enough to give it 4 stars because I am not naturally drawn to the lawyer mystery genre. But I found myself liking Barbra and her father and the story was interesting.

I did figure it out about 3/4 of the way through, although not the details. I listened to the audio book which was read well enough to enjoy, but I hate it when all of the "He Said, She saids" are read. I guess I...more
This legal mystery centers on a controversial author David Etheridge, who was arrested for the recent murder of an old college classmate, and also for the murder of a young woman which occurred 22 years ago, after a graduation party both men attended.

I picked up this book to read on the plane, on my way to visit Eugene, Oregon, where the story takes place. While it pulled me in enough to finish it, I wouldn't call it among the best. The plot line moved towards conclusion based on a sure convicti...more
I was very disappointed in this book. I read Death Qualified less than a month ago, the first in her Barbara Holloway series of courtroom/legal dramas and found it excellent. Cold Case is the latest in the series, and lacked everything that made the first one so good. The characters lacked depth and spark, the plot plodded and it was difficult to feel invested, and aside from two paragraphs two-thirds of the way through the book, not a single idea worth contemplating poked it's little head out,...more
Controversial academic David Etheridge returns to his hometown of Eugene to lecture on his latest anti-everything book. But when his old college nemesis is shot dead, David is arrested for the murder as well as the 22-year-old unsolved case of a co-ed from their same class. David hires Barbara Holloway as counsel, just before an unknown assailant beats him within an inch of his life. I like this series but this is one of Kate Wilhelm’s less successful efforts. The villain is transparently obviou...more
Kate Wilhelm's novels have all been good. I like them because she is a trial lawyer and the cases she tries are capital murder cases, and interesting, but more real-life than a lot of novels about lawyers. It's interesting to read about how a trial lawyer in the real world would handle these types of cases. I also really liked this story because it had a very interesting twist at the end. It's always someone you don't think it is, but this time, it really was someone that you would not guess. An...more
Barbara Holloway and her father Frank take on David Etheridge's case when the controversial lawyer is accused of murdering the state senator whose apartment he is renting. The only suspicious material revolves around a girl they were both interested in 20 years previously who was murdered but whose murder was never solved. This cold case is central to the defense's and the prosecution's case. Somehow, I had this one figured from the time the senator was murdered. The crime must have been more ov...more
Darla Stokes
The good:
I really liked the descriptions of the character of David and the difficulties of defending him.

Plenty of suspects/motives.

The bad:
This is the first I've read of this series, and the ongoing characters were not introduced or explained well at all.

The "romance" was shoe-horned in for no reason at all that I could see.

There didn't seem to be sufficient reason for David to hire Holloway beyond his initial visit to her.

The verdict:
I wouldn't mind reading more from this series if I run acro...more
I bought this book from the cheap bin at the book store and I guess I got what I paid for! I didn't realize at the time that this is a mystery series and, from what I have discerned, a rather popular one. I on the other hand found this book to be boring, dry and pointless. It was the story of a murder that took place 22 years ago and then a current murder, both involving the same group of people. I never could distinguish one character from another and I cared little about any of them. I just di...more
I really like the way Kate Wilhelm writes her mysteries and it's interesting that she does them from a lawyers standpoint instead of the normal - police officer, private eye kind of thing. I'm really enjoying reading her books. Just when I think I have it figured out she does something else that I should have seen coming, but for some reason don't.
This book reads a bit like a soap opera and didn't really hold my interest. The story was a bit repetitive and uneven and pieces of the mystery seemed to neatly pop into the story-line out of the blue while other things she repeats endlessly (ants crawling on a dead man) end up totally meaningless. I must say I enjoy a more creative red herring.
Jill Manske
This was a pretty good who-done-it, with just enough suspense and surprises. Although there were clues sprinkled through-out, it was never obvious what had really happened. The characters were well-written, warm and genuine. It was an interesting plot and the dialog helped move the story along. I'll definitely read more Wilhelm books.
A decent, realistic legal thriller with a female defense attorney, Barbara Holloway. As in real life, there's not much action once the murders are committed, but lots of meetings, talking and paperwork. Nevertheless, it was interesting to see how Holloway unraveled a 22-year-old case. Good read for the doctor's office, beach or a sick day.
Barbara is defending someone who is accused of two murders. This case appears to be the hardest of her career to defend, and she struggles to determine how to argue against the prosecuting attorney.

The book tends to slow down somewhat as Barbara prepares for the trial, but it has a satisfying end to the story.
Kate Wilhelm is one of my favorite authors, and I really like this Barbara Holloway series. However, this one was not quite as good as the previous ones in the series, seemed more predictaable than hers usually are. I still really enjoyed it, like the characters and the relationships between them.
"Wilhelm is a masterful storyteller whose novels have just the right blend of solid plot, compelling mystery, and great courtroom drama." � Library Journal

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These fun mysteries keep showing up at the library (I've had this one on reserve for a couple months!) and pushing the deeper stuff off my reading list :) I think I'll have to wait for summer to get to the really heavy stuff.

Finished this today. Another good one about Barbara Holloway!
I think I must be inside Kate Wilhem's head because I had the killer figured out right away and was waiting to find out why. Glad that Darren was in the book more, as well as Todd. They help to add to the story. Poor Bailey, he will probably ask for a bonus ;-) Maybe Frank will gain a friend.....
This is perhaps more of a 3 1/2 stars since it was a bit more politically correct than I might have liked. Nonetheless, it was a really good mystery and I liked it as much as all of the other Barbara Halloway books. Good plot, lots to figure out and a satisfying ending.
Barbara Holloway #11 is just a good as the best of them. Characters are distinct and lovable, each in his or her own way. Barbara and her father Frank work their way through a cold case of murder that may be connected to a modern day involving a polarizing author, Ethridge.
To quote Jamie, a good airplane read as you wouldn't care if you left it behind. Definitely not a memorable read and I'd only read it if you have nothing else to read. It's better than many books as it is pretty well written, but not gripping in any way, shape or form.
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Kate Wilhelm has won the Hugo and several Nebula Awards. She is the widow of author and editor Damon Knight.
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