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Web of Deceit

(Detective Ella Marconi #6)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When paramedics Jane and Alex encounter a man refusing to get out of his crashed car with bystanders saying he deliberately drove into a pole, it looks like a desperate cry for help. His frantic claim that someone is out to get him adds to their thinking that he is delusional. Later that day he is found dead under a train in what might be a suicide, but Jane is no longer s ...more
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Published February 1st 2013 by Pan MacMillan Australia
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When paramedics Jane and Alex encounter a man refusing to get out of his crashed car with bystanders saying he deliberately drove into a pole, it looks like a desperate cry for help. His frantic claim that someone is out to get him adds to their thinking that he is delusional. Later that day he is found dead under a train in what might be a suicide, but Jane is no longer so sure...Detective Ella Marconi shares Jane's doubts, which are only compounded when the case becomes increasingly ta
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Sharon
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Paramedics Jane and Alex attend the scene of a man who has crashed his car against a pole, but on closer inspection Jane and Alex soon discover the man has locked himself in and refuses to get out of the car. With a lot of talking and attempting to calm the man down eventually they are able to get the man out of the car. Although the man doesn't seem to be injured, he seems to be anxious, shaken and rather scared. The mans name is Marko and he doesn't have much to say only that someone is after ...more
Jenny
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Web of Deceit is book six of Detective Ella Marconi Series by Katherine Howell. Web of Deceit is about Detective Ella Marconi investigation into the death of Marko Meixner. Everyone assume that Marko Meixner committed suicide. However, Detective Ella Marconi and paramedic Jane Koutoufides did not believe that. Web of Deceit follows Detective Ella Marconi investigation into finding out who killed Marko Meixner intertwine with Jane Koutoufides and Alex Churchill private lives. Also, the readers of ...more
Carolyn

This was another excellent crime novel from Katherine Howell, possibly her best so far in this series. Featuring Detective Ella Marconi and her partner Murray and paramedics Jane and Alex, the author carefully builds her tangled web of lies and deceit into a complex mystery building up to a final explosive scene.

It all starts when Jane and Alex are called out to a minor accident where a man claiming to being followed has run the car he was driving into a pole. Fearing he has a psychiatric proble
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Once I started Web of Deceit I couldn't put it down, which led to a very late night given I had intended, at midnight, to read only a chapter or two before getting some sleep. I really should have known better as I always find Howell's series to be compulsive page turners, packed with intrigue, action and excitement.

Web of Deceit opens as Sydney paramedics Jane and Alex attend a minor car accident. The driver, Marko Meixner, blames the incident on a stalker and even though his almost incoherent
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Phrynne
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another really enjoyable book from Katherine Howell. I stayed awake until after midnight determined not to put it down until I had finished it. As usual Detective Ella Marconi's story is paralleled with that of a female ambulance officer. In this case they are both suffering from disappointment in their romantic lives and are both handling it in quite strong minded ways, although it was nice to see Ella at least make some forward progress by the end. A really good read - recommended to anyone wh ...more
Deb Bodinnar
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say??? Another brilliant piece of writing by one of our talented and amazing Aussie female authors. Of course... one character in particular is outstanding!! *cough cough*
Love the way it all came together...not going to say any more coz I don't want to spoil it for others. GET THIS BOOK.....
Brenda
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When paramedics Jane and Alex arrived in their ambulance, the man whose car was jammed up against a pole seemed to be trapped. But it turned out he had locked himself in, and was refusing to get out. Witnesses had tried to talk to him, but he seemed terrified, uninjured but badly frightened. After they had managed to talk him into the ambulance, and were headed for the hospital, Marko Meixner wouldn’t tell them anything, other than to say he was being followed, that someone was out to get him. H ...more
Diane
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but for some reason I struggled with my reading time. My focus was not on this book the way it should have been.

The story line was good and the characters lived up to their standings, and there was just enough angst - maybe a bit too much, where the over 35's were acting like 16 year olds - just my feeling. From snipers, to impersonators, to kidnappers - lots going on in this book :)

I do recommend this book, and give it 4 stars and a thumbs up.
Karen Brooks
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why I do this to myself. Every time I pick up a Katherine Howell book, my fate is sealed. For the next how ever many hours, I will barely eat, sleep or blink until I finish the story. And don’t try talking to me while I have my nose in the novel – I am unable and have no desire to hold a conversation let alone compose a coherent response to a question – I simply have to know what happens next. Call me a glutton for punishment or someone who just knows a wonderful book when she opens ...more
Ruth Wykes
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are people who think Australian women crime writers are somehow inferior to their international counterparts. My challenge to them is simple: read Katherine Howell. I picked up her first book, Frantic, a few years ago and was intrigued. It is Howell's style to tell a story through two sets of eyes; her Sydney homicide detective, Ella Marconi and the paramedics who invariably open the stories. The author is a former paramedic herself, so she brings a gritty, realistic tension to those scene ...more
Alex Cantone
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Just couldn't get to grips with this one. Started well: man fell / pushed in front of a train, boss tries to hang himself after menacing calls, but then it got bogged down in the emotional baggage of police inspector and ambo. After 170 pages I gave it away.
CatBookMom
This author's books were mentioned in the Aussie Readers group, and this was the only book I could find via my library's OverDrive collection. It was quite good, kept my interest, even though there's a great deal of jumping between the paramedics' stories (drama for each of them) and the homicide detectives' story.

BTW, somewhere I read a review that said this (or another of this author's books) were rather like a TV drama, in the way things jump from one story line to another. This is a very go
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Helen McKenna
Initially it seems like just another routine call out for busy Sydney paramedics Jane and Alex - a single vehicle car accident with only minor injuries. Although sympathetic towards the victim (who claims to have been chased by a stalker), it appears he has some kind of psychological problem and the pair can only deliver him to hospital before continuing onto their next call. It is not until several hours later when they are called to a fatal train accident that they realise it is the same victi ...more
Sally906
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Katherine Howell is one of my “must buy as soon as a new book” comes out authors. I can guarantee that if you pick up any of her books you will not be able to put it down until you are heaving and panting for breath at the end. Errrr, no not that … get your mind out of the gutter – this is a mystery. And it is a damn good mystery with twists and turns and a feeling that it is all building up to something, but you’re not sure what.

WEB OF DECEIT is Katherine’s sixth novel and Detective Ella Marcon
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Sheree
Best yet ... no lie! I'm a huge fan of this series but for me Web Of Deceit was the consummate blend of paramedic voyeurism and investigative punch. Smart, tight and pacey made for seriously compelling reading.

Obviously Detective Ella Marconi is the constant but with each book we're introduced to new paramedics, in Web of Deceit it's Jane and Alex. Each book I reiterate that the Ella Marconi novels work fabulously well as stand alone's, but I love the continuity that the series brings to Ella's
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Paula Clark
Loved it, as I have all of Katherine Howell's books! I love how Ella Marconni's character is developing throughout the series and I really enjoyed the smaller storylines playing in conjunction with the main and then intertwining at the end - brilliant :)
David
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read from Katherine Howell.
Merryll
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, just as much as her others. When is the next one coming out?
Alicia
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Paramedics Jane and Alex are called to the scene of a car accident and find the driver, Marco Mikesner, afraid to even open the door. He finally does and, though uninjured they convince him to go to the hospital. He is clearly paranoid and they both suspect he needs to talk with a psychiatrist. The hospital is very busy and he is sent to the waiting room. Just before Jane and Alex are to sign off for the day they are sent to the metro train station where they find Marco dead under the wheels of ...more
Wisteriouswoman
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My biggest complaint was that this is the only Ella Marconi mystery in the King County Library!

It seemed like there was a great deal going on that related to past cases so I was a bit confused at times. But maybe I was just confused because the story jumps between two teams and I had to reorient myself to visualizing which team the author was talking about and the drama with the man-friends and ex-husbands and wives. Is she the one sleeping with a newscaster or a doctor?

The mystery wasn't stra
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Creeker868
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Paramedics respond to a car accident in which the victim is refusing to get out of the car. He is afraid of someone. Is he delusional maybe not as he turns up dead shortly after. Detective Ella Marconi wants to investigate but her superior wants the case ruled a suicide and is hampering her investigation. I feel I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read some of the earlier books as it was the characters didn't really grab me.
Judy
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Although this is promoted as number 6 in the Detective Ella Marconi series, I felt just as much focus was given to the paramedics Jane and Alex. These two characters were developed in the sub-plots and came to be seen as believable, empathetic people with strengths and weaknesses.
Detective Marconi and her team concentrated on two major suspects, but a few red herrings were thrown in to keep the reader engaged.
A competent murder mystery for fans of the genre.
Bronwyn Rykiert
This was a pretty good story. I liked the characters and the story line.
Maggie Ragnow Campion
Stepped into this series with this book. Not bad but won’t rush out to get the first 5 volumes.
Cheryl
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Another great read.
Useless information - The title of the book is very common. Maybe 20 other authors have used it too.
Susan
Jul 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish. Language issues.
Rachel McKitterick
I really enjoy this series, but I want to re-read this one as my brain isnt working so well and I kept losing track of who's who, so im sure the real star rating is more like a 4-4.5.
Jason Cross
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Howell has a great gift of creating great characters. I didn't want this story to end because I wanted to keep with these characters and see where their lives go.
Monica
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Another great crime/mystery by Howell. These novels are always fast paced and attention grabbing. Returning characters continue to evolve and grow. Good story, a nice wrap-up. I'm definitely a fan of this series.
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Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing. Her first novel, Frantic, was published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan and set a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction. Her second book, The Dar ...more

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Detective Ella Marconi (8 books)
  • Frantic (Detective Ella Marconi, #1)
  • The Darkest Hour (Detective Ella Marconi #2)
  • Cold Justice (Detective Ella Marconi, #3)
  • Violent Exposure (Detective Ella Marconi #4)
  • Silent Fear (Detective Ella Marconi, #5)
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