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The Order of Things

(DS Jimmy Suttle #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  23 reviews

D/S Jimmy Suttle is called to a brutal murder in the picturesque Devon village of Lympstone. Harriet Reilly, a local GP, has been found disembowelled in the bedroom of her partner, climate scientist Alois Bentner.

Suttle's estranged wife, Lizzie, has abandoned Portsmouth, moved to Exeter and returned to journalism, hearing rumours of a local GP offering mercy killings to p

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published November 19th 2015 by Orion
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Bruce Lawson
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love reading, read this.
I've been reading crime fiction for a long time now and maybe due to a surge in popularity of the genre there seems to be a race to the bottom going on: ever more ludicrous plots involving unbelievable coincidences; a cranking up of the body count; weirder and nastier psychopaths at every turn; in-your-face pretence of police procedure; bad sex; bad prose; and then there's Tony Parsons. Even the latest Rebus book is a self- congratulatory exercise in onanism.
But t
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is stuffed with unexamined biases. Suttle demonises a "bull dyke" for being predatory and (horror of horrors, fat) and Lizzie, a writer/journalist in her 30s, carries on as if she's about to be raped by same over a dinner. And Suttle's partner beats a dog to death with a baseball bat. Did Graham Hurley really intend to make Suttle, and his policeman and his estranged wife, Lizzie, quite so repellent?
Andy Weston
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a steady and entertaining crime mystery story.

Set around Exeter in the time just after their floods a couple of years ago, the police try to solve a particularly gruesome murder with the help of the book's heroine, the lead detective's ex-wife, Lizzie. There is enough going on otherwise to make this more than a standard murder mystery, centring around relationships between the police officers, and the surrounding cast. Also, and of most interest, is the climate change link. The murder w
Suzan Lloyd
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always try to find a quiet place to read Graham Hurleys' novels, uninterrupted, as he always gives the reader something to reflect upon as well as a gripping plot and believable characters - both good and bad.
In the "Order of Things", Jimmy Suttle is part of the team investigating the shocking and sickening murder of a woman. She is found in her partner's bedroom and he has disappeared.
The police procedures are expertly written (as usual) and they seem sharper in that they focus on one case to
John Martin
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent book. Once again the author shows what can be done within the basic police procedural format. In my view he is criminally under-rated.
The vicious murder of a local GP in a small village outside Exeter leads the reader into a labyrinthine plot involving climate scientists and voluntary euthanasia. Thought provoking and intelligent, with well-drawn characters and a sympathetic protagonist in DS Jimmy Suttle, The Oder of Things will live long in the memory.
Becky Mowat
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW this mystery has it all! If you are interested in climate change...and its fallout for mankind you will love this book.
Wendy Hearder-moan
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It looks as if this is the last in the Jimmy Suttle series, which is disappointing but not surprising since it would be a challenge to cope with the fallout —physical and emotional—of the ending in this one. The good news is that apparently there is a new series and at least one new stand-alone in the works and I’m already hooked on the latter after reading only a short “taster”. As for The Order of Things, I enjoyed it very much. In addition to plot and character development we have two topical ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Graham Hurley always provides a rewarding read, an ignore-the-world-until-you're finished kind of read. Jimmy Suttle has to solve a brutal murder, negotiate a complicated relationship involving his girlfriend and his nearly-ex wife, while having a crash course on the politics of climate change. A compelling, involving story, perfect for a long journey .... or to keep you turning the pages, far into the night.
Rog Harrison
Another powerful compelling book from this author. Although the main story is on the police investigation of a brutal murder the author also deals with climate change and assisted dying. As ever the author does awful things to his main characters and the ending is shocking.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I've enjoyed Graham Hurley's writing since the early days of the Joe Faraday series. In this book, although the setting is portrayed as wonderfully as always, I found the plot somewhat forced and several of the characters almost over-the -top caricatures.
Robert Dunn
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Not bad. It is a bit difficult as Hurley moves back and forth between Suttles investigation and his wife's. As well the is a lot of their personal lives that are not of much relevance.
Martyn Legg
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
His plots are getting steadily sicker, one needs a strange mind to write like this!
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and well-written as all Graham Hurley's book are. This read our of sequence for having been bought, with relief, on holiday in Australia - how expensive books are there!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Graham Hurley is one of those writer who just gets better and better. I was afraid that with demise of Joe Farady that I would lose interest, but he has managed to transfer all the interest and energy from the earlier books to the Jimmy Suttle series.

Hurley manages to lift the standard police procedural from the mundane and use it as a vehicle to address deeper questions than "Who done it?" part of his attraction I suppose.

This is a great tale which will keep you on the edge of your seat until
Arthur Okun
D/S JIMMY SUTTLE lives with the loss of a child. A marriage that fell apart.
However life goes on. But Lizzie his former wife is a writer and a journalist.
But a brutal murder happen in this pretty Devon village.
We learned from many pages that the main characters are not very stable.
"Lizzie in the nightmare months after her daughter died she'd lost all faith in redemption"
Alois Bentner a climatologist,brilliant----but often quite drunk is missing.
His partner GP Harriet Reilly was found mutilated--
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this up at the library when I was in a hurry and didn't have time for a good look. It was on the new additions shelf so I grabbed it and ran. New author to me but I was pleasantly surprised. A gruesome murder, the detective and his estranged wife both investigating, he as a cop, she as a journalist. Covering issues such as euthanasia, climate change and delving into the messy business of a marriage breakup, this novel kept me interested till almost the end. Sadly the ending stretched cr ...more
Andy Bowditch
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Throughly enjoyed this book, it's always enjoyable reading books set in your local area, in this case Lympstone.

Compared to most crime fiction where the number of bodies mount up as the cops investigate the case this is only about one (or two) murders and revolves a lot around Suttle's private life.

The plot line around salmon was very interesting especially on reflection after reading the afterword.
Jane Walker
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This started out as an acceptable, if unremarkable, murder mystery. At least it wasn't jumping about in time. But I'm afraid it deteriorated. None of the characters are credible or even likeable, and the plot is daft.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
After Joe Faraday novels this comes as a guilty pleasure. Well written and full of promise a different approach to crime novels. getting the readers to know about police procedure and there methods,
a bit grisly but this is life.
Kel Robinson
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brian Gilbert
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy Graham Hurleys books, but thought the plot in this one a little contrived. Despite that it's a good read.
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Graham Hurley was born November, 1946 in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. His seaside childhood was punctuated by football, swimming, afternoons on the dodgems, run-ins with the police, multiple raids on the local library - plus near-total immersion in English post-war movies.

Directed and produced documentaries for ITV through two decades, winning a number of national and international awards. Launched a wr

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