Lonely Hearts (Charles Resnick, #1)
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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...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published September 25th 1995 by Arrow (first published 1989)
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“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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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

"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 between these seemingly unrelated crimes. Because Detective-Inspect...more
Sue Russell
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...more
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
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.
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!
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...more
Gina Metz
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...more
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.
Linda Bartnik
I like all of John Harvey's books. He gets huge kudos from big authors, and for the most part, I agree. However, every time he uses a musical reference, I want to scream. In the hands of a writer like Rankin or LeHane, using a rock, blues or jazz reference from the 1950's or 1960's works. They know to whom to link the musical reference, someone for whom listening to the oldies makes sense. But Harvey invariably links the oldie to someone who, in all other respects in the novel, is a wild-eyed co...more
Jun 15, 2007 Pete rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fans.
Shelves: recentlyread
I had never heard of John Harvey before, he would seem to be one of the best kept secrets in crime writing, and he is unlike other British crime writers in that despite being set in a provincial setting there is not an attempt to ape American crime writing.
He is a fine stylist, and also appreciates the importance of plot and procedure when writing a novel with a police officer at the heart of the story.
The serial killer angle is a bit old hat now, and the villain is somewhat unconvincing, but it...more
I am a fan of crime fiction, particularly those in a series that allow me to really get to know the characters. Jahn Harvey's Charlie Resnick series is wonderful. This is the first in the series where you meet Charlie and his colleagues. Charlie is quirky, caring, and competent, a very real person. He loves cats, jazz and sandwiches. He's hard luck when it comes to relationships, which makes you feel for him all the more. But one can respect his crime-solving acumen and the way he treats his fel...more
Really pretty good. Perhaps closer to 4 stars actually. A little too much bumping from one character to another with no warning made it a bit clumsy to follow at times, but that was about the only negative. Not just a tight police procedural - there was lots of insight into the internals of the main characters. Will definitely read more in the series.
This is a new series for me. While not super exciting, this "police procedural" is very appealing. The hero is Polish (though his name is Charlie Resnik), there are lots of references to Poland (though it is set in Nottingham), and he has four cats whom he is clearly bessoted by and is always "nipping back to feed". :)
This is the first book in the Charlie Resnick series and it was a good introduction. The book is complex; the inspector is complex and prone to moodiness - seems to be pretty common in male British author's police procedurals; and the killer is also complex. A bit above the run-of-the-mill police procedural.
Sandy Hall
I really liked this! It stumbled in places, but overall the story moved right along, the characters felt real and the mystery was well thought out. The ending was a bit weak - not nearly enough explanation for the bad guy's actions, especially his final action, but hopefully it will be made up for in #2.
I loved this first book of the Resnick series. Very fully fleshed out characters, and an interesting mystery – though the mystery took back seat to the characters. It waited until the end to solve the mystery and then didn’t belabor the point. I felt I was there with the characters.
Rog Harrison
This is the second time I have read this. Charlie Resnick is a wonderful character and it was because of him I started to take a more adventurous approach to making sandwiches twenty years ago! The characters are real but the story is disturbing.
Carnival Books Mystery Book Club selection for April 2011.

It was only okay. Other book club members liked it better than I did. Too much emphasis on the romantic relationships and not enough emphsis on the sleuthing.
This is the start of the brilliant Charlie Resnick series set in England. Excellent characterization and sharp writing. I can't get enough of the Resnick stories.
Kathy Rogers
I'm not sure that if this were the first of this series I had read that I would continue. I liked the character, though, and will make sure to follow him.
A good story ruined by unexplained accidents such as who posted the Lonely Hearts advert with Rachel's number and the hasteful, unsatisfactory ending.

I liked the characters, the story line was ok but was disappointed with the abrupt ending. However, I will read another in the series.
Jenn Estepp
Reminded me a bit of the tv show "Touch of Frost," as well as the Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo mysteries. Will look out for others in the series.
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