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The Broken Circle (A Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Trentham Mystery #4)

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In the quiet Lancashire village that is home to forensic psychologist Jill Kennedy, the wealthy new owner of nearby Kelton Manor is found dead in the woods. Local residents are wary of newcomers; Jack Taylor, a man who regularly walks his dog near to where the man’s body is found, seems especially determined to hinder the investigation.

As Jill and her sometime lover and co
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Hardcover, 282 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Soho Constable (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rhonda
Jul 11, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I really wanted to enjoy this book as our two on-off lover-heroes seemed an interesting pairing. But this was too lost in the "village" theme of cups of tea, dogs and woods to be very strong on investigating the murder mystery. In particular, as a forensic psychologist, our hero Jill did very little and didn't demonstrate much professional work at all. There still seemed to be a few loose ends at the end for me. It was OK, but I wouldn't rush out to read the others in the series.
Dan
May 19, 2014 Dan rated it liked it
Having finished the series of 4 (if there are more, I didn't know and doubt that I'd read them anyway), I came to thinking that these are simply quick, easy reads that require no thinking and don't challenge your brain in the slightest. If that's what you look for, then it's not a bad set, as they are actually pleasurable reads, they just don't get me thinking which is what I like a 'mystery' to do.
The series, unlike the main characters may suggest, don't do very much investigating and there is
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Nikki
Oct 23, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a few twists and turns in this book - I kept thinking I knew whodunnit then was not so sure. Kept me guessing until the end which is always a good thing. I have not read the earlier Jill and Max stories (although I plan to now) but I really enjoyed their relationship throughout the story, though it doesn't distract from the main storyline. This book is easy bedtime reading (not so scary as to give you nightmares) and gives the traditional quaint British countryside village mystery an edge ...more
Pam
Jul 24, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
Another really great book by Shirley Wells, I just couldn't put it down, as always great characters and a brilliant story line.
Mike Gabor
Jul 24, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
The new owner of Kelton Manor is found dead in the woods. DCI Max Trentham and Jill Kennedy are on the case. The victim was a newcomer and not well liked by the villagers. Not much is being learned by Max and Jill and one man,Jack Taylor,seems to be delibrately difficult.

This is the fourth book in this series. The author again does a wonderful job of describing village life in England. The plot is well thought out and the ending somewhat surprising.
Julie
Jun 06, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why Goodreads doesn't recognize this author or her mystery series as it is very good. This is the newest installment. I highly recommend it.
Anita
Jan 27, 2011 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, 2011
this book was ok. may have been better if I had read the previous as there were references. good twists and turns though
Tanya
Feb 25, 2011 Tanya rated it liked it
A little slow but it made you keep on reading to see who the killer was. Definitely didn't expect the ending.

Karen
Oct 05, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Shirley Wells has delivered the goods as usual!
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