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Lonely Hearts (Charlie Resnick #1)

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Shirley Peters is dead. Murdered. Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home. Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the city.

Tony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious prime suspect and he's just been picked off the Aberdeen train and put straight into custody. But then another women is sexually abused and throttled to death. And suddenly
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published September 25th 1995 by Arrow (first published 1989)
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Chana
Is this a serial killer mystery? I couldn't tell you. Who killed Shirley Peters? I don't know. Who killed Mary Sheppard? I don't know. Did the same person kill them both? Was it the college professor with the scarf in the living room? Uh, could be. Was it the mentally deficient guy with something heavy enough to crush a woman's skull in the back garden? Doesn't that seem unlikely? Well justice isn't necessarily about truth. What does child abuse have to do with it? What does a young woman, very ...more
Guy
Nov 22, 2013 Guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, british-fiction
“Got to be more to life than sex and violence, hasn’t there?”

Lonely Hearts, from British author John Harvey, is the first novel in the long-running Charlie Resnick series. With interesting characters, the book is a good beginning, and the emphasis is on a handful of Nottingham based police detectives who work for Resnick. These detectives have an array of personal problems which become glaringly apparent as Resnick’s team try to solve the vicious murder of a young woman.

PC Patel is making routi
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Bonnie
Jul 14, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randonly picked up the eight in this series and liked it so much I went back to the first Chrlie Resnick Mystery. Set in a CID headquarters in England's Midlands, this first novel introduces Charley Resnick forty, a little overweight, underexercised, divorced with four cats. He loves food and American jazz and is the only child of Polish immigrants. His first case involves two women murdered by someone and the only connectuion between the two is they placed ads in the newpapers in a loney hear ...more
LJ
LONELY HEARTS (Pol Proc-DI Charlie Resnick-England-cont) - G
Harvey, John - 1st in series

From Fantastic Fiction: Shirley Peters is dead. Murdered. Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home. Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the city. Tony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious prime suspect and he's just been picked up off the Aberdeen train and put straight into custody. But then another woman is sexually abused and throttled to death. And suddenly there ap
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Ian Mapp
Staring at the beginning of Harvey's crime career, having read the Elder ones.

I have to say this is plodding and rather poor. Nothing much happens, little character development and no red herrings or twists.

Its like a boring few days at work for resnick.

He investigates the murder of a two women in sex attacks. Both have advertised in the lonely hearts column and are attacked by the only credible suspect - a local professor who bizarrely seems to kill himself when he attacks Resnicks would be squ
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Rebecca
The tagline on the cover calls Lonely Hearts one of the "Bloody Brits" series, and this book lives up to both monikers with lonely people and blood in abundance. I will read more of this series about the typically brooding police detective Charlie Resnick, set in Nottingham as a nice change of pace from London. I give kudos to the author for deftly weaving an enduring hope through several memorable characters, among them Charlie and his cats, Charlie's Polish friend Marian, and his fellow detect ...more
Jodi
Feb 28, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Charlie Resnick book. Harvey was a guest of honor at Bouchercon in Baltimore 2008. I learned I was one of the few people in the mystery community who had yet to read Harvey. He was charming, funny, whitty, and engaging speaker. Having liked Mr. Harvey so much, I was pleased to like Lonely Hearts. Charlie Resnick is a very likable main character. He's a British police officer, single, has 3 cats and loves sandwiches. This is a good solid police procedural mystery. I definitely w ...more
Jo
Apr 11, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this very slow going with the action mainly happening in the last five pages. I found the way the author jumped from character to character was confusing together with his habit of listing the dialogue with no indication of who was speaking. The book is also showing its age as it was written in the 1980s in the days before mobile phones and internet. It is like stepping back in time. Nevertheless the main character was interesting and I shall probably continue with the series although I' ...more
Sue Russell
May 12, 2014 Sue Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I was a little slow to connect with (and warm to) both this book and to Nottingham UK's D.I. Charlie Resnick, but I did. Glad I persevered. Written in 1995, it has a period feel to it and at times that period felt more like the '50s, odd... but in a way added to the intrigue. Resnick is divorced with four cats, the son of Polish immigrants, gone to seed a little physically, attracted to a woman in a way that seems unlikely to end well.

Women die, serial killer is pursued. Yet, the plotting wires
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Monica
Nov 29, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that the last Charlie Resnick is out (alas) I thought it was time to go back to the early ones and see how they hold up. Extremely well is the answer. After 25 years, Lonely Hearts is still a solid procedural with excellent plotting and a great cast of characters. The technology has changed in the interval, but the policing is still at the heart.

Two young women have been raped and brutally murdered and it is up to Resnick and his people to find the killer before he does it again. Resnick, 4
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Nancy Ellis
I know this series has gotten lots of rave reviews, but it's just not my "cup of tea". Charlie Resnick is a detective in Nottingham, not a very happy man, aging, divorced, etc., with his cats his only redeeming feature! I found the book to be grim and depressing and couldn't force myself to care about any of the characters. I doubt I'll read any more, but you never know.
Tom
Oct 05, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lonely-hearts theme is strong, satisfying and operates on several levels. There's more observation than I remember from later Resnick novels. Partly to establish the characters and Resnick's professional competence, but it also creates a more reflective tone than the later books which I found are much more propelled by the dialogue. That's certainly present, though: authentically local, darkly amusing and smart, especially when read between the lines. And although a few cultural (not least f ...more
Roxane
Feb 20, 2009 Roxane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad - no P.D. James. Lonely Hearts is the first in the Charlie Resnick series - Charlie is a divorced, sloppy, compassionate police officer with four cats - how can you not love him. A bit different from the average police series as you don't get wrapped up in the victims but spend the time 'working the case'...very refreshing!
Jo Jenner
I originally bought this book because it was set in Nottingham. I was very disappointed that the city wasn't as much part of the story as I had hoped it would be. The city wasn't used as well as it could have been and many of the places weren't explained as to where they were or how they inter connected.
However by half way through I was really enjoying the story. Resnick is a wonderful character and his bizarre food combinations, love of cats and jazz had me thinking about buying the next in the
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Suzy
Jan 28, 2016 Suzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story of a lonely dectective confronting a cold case, a new murder that could be linked to the cold case, and his relationships with his daughter and ex-wife. "I didn't know anywhere had those any more," Rachel said as he withdrew his arm. 'Bells and waiters. "Used to be all there was,' Resnick told her. 'Every lounge bar in the city." She looked away and immediately Resnick wished he hadn't said it, didn't like the way it made him sound, hankering after a past where a shilling was a s ...more
Monica
Feb 01, 2015 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An okay first book of the series. I like the main character and the rest of the police crew. Good story. A nice fast pace necessary to a good crime book. Harvey has a habit of beginning paragraphs without much of a lead-in and it took me a sentence or two to figure what direction he was taking, kind of like your best friend who just rambles and changes subject, expecting you to just absolutely know that she has done this. I'll keep reading, trying the next book. First books in any series are not ...more
Meervi
Jan 03, 2013 Meervi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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3 STARS

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

"Shirley Peters is dead. Murdered. Her body is found twelve hours later in her own home. Just one of the many sordid domestic crimes hitting the city. Tony Macliesh, her rejected boyfriend, is the obvious prime suspect and he's just been picked up off the Aberdeen train and put straight into custody. But then another woman is sexually abused and throttled to death. And suddenly there appears to be one too many connections
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Gina Metz
Jun 10, 2013 Gina Metz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Shirley Peters is found strangled, it initially appears to be an open and shut case when the police arrest her common-law husband, Tony Macliesh. He has a history of violence, a police record, is insanely jealous and they’ve been split up for eighteen months. Shirley also had a restraining order against him.

However they soon find out that Tony is not guilty when the second woman is murdered while they have Tony in custody. As they dig deeper into both murders they find that the only things
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Gary Van Cott
This book is set in the 1980s before DNA testing and mobile phones. There are a lot of characters which is a bit confusing and the author jumps between them frequently often without any obvious reason. This make for a book which is more than a bit disjointed. The ending is also very abrupt with no explanation of why it ended the way it did.
Steve
Nov 20, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an imperfect novel populated by human characters. It does not fit easily in the police procedural genre, because the characters are too real, too erratic to be mere vehicles for plot advancement. As it happens, I love these characters, especially Charlie Renick with his four cats and love of jazz music. But these books are not for everyone.
Beth
Jun 25, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Peter Robinson's books and I needed something else to read. I found Ian Rankin and loved his books, too. Then I read Colin Dexter. Again I loved them. I found John Harvey on Goodreads and checked out the first Charlie Resnick book. I loved it! It's very well written. I like the characters and I couldn't tell who the murderer was. All in all, it was a great book.
Djeand
Aug 15, 2016 Djeand rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polar
Pas vraiment convaincu par le début de cette série pourtant réputée. Intrigue brouillonne, relations entre les personnages peu crédibles (euphémisme). Seule l'écriture, de qualité supérieure, sauve le bouquin. Du coup, je vais tenter la suite en espérant que l'auteur corrige les défauts au fur et à mesure.
Scilla
Oct 24, 2014 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Resnick has two brutal murders of women to solve. Meanwhile, he meets a new girlfriend, the social worker he sees in court while testifying against a man who was sexually abusing his young daughter. There are some scary moments, and the action continues right to the last page.
Tom
Sep 07, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
British procedural thriller - Charlie Resnick is a slightly shabby detective, of Polish extraction, living and working in Nottingham, which is beautifully described.

This is the first in a series which I had missed until now - looking forward to the rest
Jacq
May 20, 2014 Jacq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three cheers for a detective who lives alone with four cats and is MALE! Great old school crime – a few giant leaps with characters but with a bit of back story, a little bit of suspense and a reminder of the eighties a great author to add to the crime shelf.
Neil
Sep 22, 2015 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd previously read the Frank Elder books by the same author, which I thought were excellent, so thought I'd give this Resnick series a go.. have to say I was disappointed with this first book of the series, will perhaps give book 2 a go... maybe..
Bill
This is the first Charlie Resnick mystery. Resnick is a Detective inspector working out of CID in Nottingham, England. He and his team are tasked to solve the murders of two women. The link is that both of them subscribed to a Lonely Hearts page in the local paper and may have been killed by the same person. The investigation is a bit of a jumble, but I liked the pace, the reality of the investigation and especially some of the team; especially Kellogg and Patel. The investigation is always ongo ...more
Vontel
Jul 10, 2015 Vontel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some of the Carlie Resnick books in the past. Decided to go back and start with the first book in the series. Will now proceed in order through as many as available via the library, including the last 2 in the series.
Amy Rhodes
Jun 15, 2015 Amy Rhodes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just read a stand-alone by Harvey, I was curious about his long-lived Resnick series so went back to book 1 which was written quite a while ago. Charlie is a keeper; great character with a good supporting cast. I'll keep going.
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