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Lane's End

(Alistair Fitzjohn #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  859 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Sydney’s Observatory on a balmy summer evening is the perfect venue for a cocktail party and, it would seem, a murder, for Peter Van Goren’s body is discovered bludgeoned to death in the grounds. The first question Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn must answer is why Van Goren was present given his name does not appear on the guest list. The second is what was the subject ...more
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published October 30th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn had just arrived home after taking out a prestigious title with his prize orchid; he was returning it to his glasshouse when he was interrupted by his Sergeant, Martin Betts. They had just been called to Sydney’s Observatory where it appeared that a cocktail party had gone very wrong for one of the guests. Peter Van Goren had been badly beaten and his body was lying in the gardens of the Observatory.

But when Fitzjohn discovered that Van Goren wasn’t on the gues
Diana Hockley
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this traditional murder mystery! Beautifully written, the characters are a delight, each person's life unfolding without fanfare. Fitzjohn's bossy sister and her intimidated niece to Betts, his sergeant, who has a "thing" for Sophie, Grieg, Fitzjohn's nemesis and his belligerent neighbour all play their parts with conviction.

What I particularly liked about this book was the setting - Sydney, where I lived for many years - the solid policing and quiet style of the lead character and the lac
Diane Challenor
After reading the first four books in the DCI Alistair Fitzjohn series I've become attached to it. An enjoyable read. It's a series I'll be following further. ...more
Kathy Davie
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Fourth in the Fitzjohn Mystery detective series set in Sydney, Australia, in 2013 and revolving around Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn.

My Take
The story is very low-key in a number of areas, low enough to be vague, which I found irritating — and partially accounts for the "3". What really pushed me to that "3" was how lame the reason was for not revealing what truly happened back in 1983. Good grief. Why not at least tell Richard??? It was a letdown when the truth all came out. Oh, it
Pauline J
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun read!

This book flowed from start to finish, with numerous twists throughout the storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed this author once again!
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in Sydney, Australia, "Lane's End" is a well written, fast paced mystery. There is a element of Australian local color that is unique to many English related books, and that is the question of social class which often can impede an investigation. The protagonist is Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn. Through a maze of twisted stories, Fitzjohn follows a winding path to solve his case, but he is not prepared for the spiraling perplexity that his investigation creates. This is an enjo ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s always good to read a well-turned story set in one’s home town. While you me of the joys of reading is gaining familiarity with many places you never or rarely visit, there is nothing like the jolt of reading a good story set in a place whose geography,streets, road networks and public transport you recognise instantly.

It helps, of course, that Paterson creates interesting, rounded, credible characters and tells a convincing, engaging story. I appreciate the lack of melodrama. Secrets lie h
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Easy-read Australian cozy with a straightforward procedural plot that proceeds at a comfortable pace. Unlike most cozies, there are three—okay, 2 and 1/2—cases. The present day cases are: 1) the mystery of the missing journalist/writer, and 2) the murder of an uninvited guest at a cocktail party being held at the Sydney Observatory. Plus, a seemingly solved case from 1983—suicide vs. accidental death—which impinges on the present case. There is also a fun side-story involving Detective Fitzjohn’ ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Liz Etnyre
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another nice little classic Christie-style mystery! Echos of Father Brown and Midsommer Murders. Just a touch formulaic, and I think they would be better if I didn't read them back to back - but I'm going to anyway! Nice diversions. Heartily recommended - as long you can juggle 10-12 characters. Luckily, they have different enough names and rolls that it's not hard to keep up. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Quick read. Enjoyable characters. Like a lot of e-books, the plot is propelled forward more from talking and confessions than police actually finding evidence. Pleasant read but I'm not sure I'll be reading any more in this series - this felt more like a first novel than number 4 in a series. ...more
Frances L. Ehrig
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cliffside Antics

An excellent read. I look forward to reading more books with detective inspector
Fitzjohn as the leading character. He really works his case and keeps the reader's attention until story's end.
Dawn Hildeman
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Beautiful Place

Once more Fitzjohn’s skills, aided by Betts, take on a cast of characters in a breathtaking setting. The story is easy to follow and a comfortable quick read. See if you can figure out who dunnit.
Kari Morandi
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it

I was hoping for more of a sense of place. It seemed no different than any of the English mysteries I've read. The most interesting part of the book was the information about the Sydney Observatory at the end.
Glenda Griffin
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Ms. Patterson for such an intriguing novel!

I chose this rating because the suspense was well put together. I try to solve mysteries before I reach the end, well Ms. Patterson gave me a run for my money, and I love that.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been enjoying this series so far. The author has a lot of ins and outs along with red herrings that can keep you guessing. Putting the "little grey cells" to work. Looking forward to reading more of them.

For those interested, nice clean reads which is a big plus.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
a twist among the memories - real or pretend - of family and friends leads to an untimely end of one of the characters - jealousy lasts a long time
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Quite good but lacked a bit of pace for my taste.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thought Provoking

This adventure covers a variety of escapades. Love, jealousy, lies, romance, family, and deception along the way. This author entertains!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Enjoyable mystery story. 3.5 star read
Cathy Roberts
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I really love these stories.. All the Fitzjohn mysteries are intriguing. The characters are brilliant. It's a story I couldn't put down.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Becky Hanne
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good suspenseful read

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and very defined. The mystery was good all the way to the end!
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fitzjohn is a Chief Inspector in the Sydney. He is good at what he does at work, and he has just won an award for a prize orchid which shows he is also good at his hobby.

At work, he is assisted by Detective Betts and at times Detective Williams. And all of them make a good team. At home, there is a neighbor who wants to make his life miserable, a sister who is out of control and wants to run everyone's life and a niece who is moving into a new apartment with two guys.

There is a murder which mak
John Thompson
It's British so it reads a bit different. All in all it was pretty good read. ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, ebook, 52
Much of my pleasure in this mystery came from the modern day Sydney, Australia setting. I don't think I've read a book set there before, and I enjoyed looking up the places in the story on Google Maps. This is a police procedural with Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn. This is the fourth in the series but the first I've read. I didn't feel lost not having read the first three books in the series. The mysteries aren't very hard to figure out mostly due to lack of suspects, but the characterizatio ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Set in Australia, a good mystery as the author keeps things moving along. Somewhat predictable, and then again - maybe not so much! The story begins at a cocktail party in the famous Sydney Observatory, with the death of a man who is not on the guest list. What follows in a cast of interesting characters with plot twists and turns that will keep you guessing. You may figure out 'who-done-it', but why? And, are you able to solve all of the mysteries presented in this book? This is the 4th book in ...more
H.M. Chambers
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting read

I started this book completely unfamiliar with the author or the series. As it turned out, I couldn't put it down! In fact, I carried it with me while doing dishes and laundry so that I could finish it all in one afternoon! Lane's End is a refreshingly old fashioned mystery told from the notoriously hard to write (and not often seen) dual point of view. Each chapter is a delicious morsel that leaves you longing for more. The plot is ingenious and keeps you guessing, and the charac
Paul DiBara
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first of the Fitzjohn Mystery series I've read. I liked it. The main characters are not as compelling or interesting as I would like but the story is laid out well and the clues are there so that you can come close to guessing who-done-it. There are twists and turns, as there would be in any real investigation, and there are some side stories that add to the general fun of the narrative. ...more
Colleen McAllister
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Mystery That Begins at Lane's End

Fourth in a series of mysteries featuring Detective Fitzjohn, this book follows in the investigative footsteps of the master detective as he and his fellows unravel a mystery that solves a much older one. A favorite of mine, this is a worthy successor to the first three books.
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Jill Paterson is best known for her popular Fitzjohn Mystery Series. Set in the city of Sydney and its environs, it features DCI Alistair Fitzjohn. A police officer of the old guard, Fitzjohn's methodical, painstaking methods are viewed by some as archaic. Nevertheless, over the years, they have brought him success as well as the respect of all but one of his colleagues; Chief Superintendent Grieg ...more

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