A Perfect Match
That's all Chris, who stumbled into his friends' house drunk and disheveled, would say. "I didn't mean to!"
Didn't mean to what? That question becomes more than curiosity to Helen and Donald Mitchell when the police come calling to report a woman was murdered the night before after quarreling with Donald and leaving with Chris.
This first of Jill McGown's Lloyd and Hill mysteries was published in 1983. It has a clever twist, but I figured out who did the murder and how it was ...more
Wish I could add a book as 'couldn't finish due to unforeseen circumstances.' I do intend to finish this book, as it was pretty good, but it made me sick. Yep, and I looked it up. The book smelled of must and mildew, so I'm going to pursue getting another copy through a diff. library system. (Or talk to the librarians about finding me a newer, non-musty copy.)
Every time I picked the book up I went through a sneezing fit then felt like c r a p. (That's a word in my family which just meant awful o ...more
"But things get a bit too cozy when Donald's mistress, a rich widow, turns up murdered in a boating park, and the person known to have driven her is Helen's young lover -- who has since vanished. The connection is especially puzzling since, until the night of the murder, the two had never met.
"This brilliantly intricate case p ...more
The author also gave us an atmosphere of a simpler time, quiet walking paths, peaceful villages, where the police just had to keep chipping away at the puzzle in order to solve it. No DNA or computer simulations. Just simple, hard work on behalf of two police officers. ...more
A Perfect Match got better as it moved toward the end. It's been so long since I read the rest of the books, now I am tempted to keep going ...more
This kindle version was poorly edited - in one case two sentences are run together into a single paragraph when there was actually a change of scene if not chapter between them.
Incidentally it's a re-issue - I've just checked and the original was published around 198 ...more
Inspector Lloyd is a bit bossy at times and perhaps a bit of an old school copper, as Judy Hill seemed to get all the dirty work.
I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars and plan to read the next book in the series.
Anyway, I had identified the Murderer correctly, although I didn't figure out How.... Cleverly written to confuse the Reader concealing the Old Triangular Plot. That's all, folks....
This is writing at its best....for ever keeping you guessing. Jill manages to keep the actual nudes secondary to the story itself...the details, the plots sidelines, they are all wonderfully written. Delve in and enjoy the journey.
There are several other novels with this title.
The book started out slowly for me but found as I progressed the pace and my interest picked up. By the end, I was interested in reading the next book Murder At the Old Vicarage (aka ...more
I enjoyed this well written crime novel. Hill and Lloyd make a good team and the plot is reasonably ...more
Small, but pretty well formed. I liked the look of a couple of the later books in the Lloyd & Hill series but received advice that the character development was such that it was a series worth making the effort to read in order so I've started at the first book.
There's a good plot, nothing too deep or complicated, just enough complexity for a two hundred page book in fact. You don't feel like things are being dragged out or too much is being squeezed into the last few pages. I like both the...more
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 1983, 186 pgs
CHARACTERS: Detective Inspector Lloyd & Detective Sergeant Judy Hill
TIME/PLACE: 1980's; UK
COMMENTS: 1st in the Lloyd & Hill poloice procedural series. Donald & Helen have been married for 26 yrs & Donald has been seeing other women. Helen strikes up a friendship w/ a younger man. The widow of Donald's recently deceased brother shows up dead in their small town. Helen's friend is the last on ...more