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A Time to Die

(Mark East #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The second Mark East novel and much better than the first. This time Mark East has a case of motiveless murder in a small-town setting.

Mark East refused to be interested in the disappearance of Mary Cassidy. He was on vacation wasn't he? Besides, when fairly attractive ladies disappeared, a smart detective didn't look for crime. A discreet week-end affair seemed much more
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Mass Market Paperback, 1st Pocket Size Edition, 310 pages
Published May 1947 by Pocket Books (first published February 1945)
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Neer

I am very conflicted about this book. On the one hand there are quite a few things I did not like at all - the character of the detective for one. Mark East is overbearing and supercilious. He is a PI but the way he lords over the sheriff, who is shown to be real pathetic in discharging his duties and further takes orders by East so meekly that it beggars belief.

Secondly, the writer throws you in the midst of a certain characters who she assumes you know but not having read the first book I was
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Susan
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Private detective Mark East is on vacation in the sleepy small town where he solved his previous case. That was in the depths of winter; now it's hot (pre-airconditioning), even in the plush resort nearby. When a woman from the resort disappears from a church social, Mark thinks it's a romantic spat that drove her to leave. But as the local sheriff, with whom he's staying, finds out more, Mark gradually realizes that there's more to the case, eventually moving to the resort and exploring the ...more
Eric
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this hard-going. Having read the author's first book, I had reservations before approaching this one.
I find the style of writing somewhat difficult and, although, again, there are some atmospheric passages, there was insufficient of interest in the plot to keep me fully engaged.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dover publications for the digital ARC.
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