It was an accepted fact that Beatrice Maybrick, owner and operator of the Maybrick Literary Agency, accidentally fell to her death. Or did she? Esme Timmons thought not, her suspicions fuelled by a letter she received from Beatrice following the tragic incident. Faced with this dilemma, Esme takes steps to find the killer.
Meanwhile, Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn commences his investigation into the suspicious death of entrepreneur, Preston Alexander. With robbery ruled out as the motive, Fitzjohn is drawn to Preston’s investment portfolio and the Maybrick Literary Agency.
Finding an antiquated establishment where uncertainty prevails following the demise of its owner, Beatrice Maybrick, Fitzjohn asks himself two questions. Why did the high flying investor, Preston Alexander, invest in such a business, and did it lead to his death?
Jill Paterson is best known for her popular Fitzjohn Mystery Series. Set in the city of Sydney, Australia, her richly drawn characters include Alistair Fitzjohn. Now a police consultant since his retirement from the force, his methods of investigation remain the same, methodical and painstaking.
While continuing the Fitzjohn series, Jill is also working on a new series, the Phoebe Chadwick Mysteries. Set along the east coast of Australia in a small township, Phoebe Chadwick heads the cast of characters as the female sleuth.
When not writing, Jill explores settings for her books and enjoys painting, photography and tai chi.
Esme Timmons and her friend Mildred were shocked and saddened at their friend Beatrice’s death, but Esme was more than a little suspicious over the circumstances. Meanwhile, Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn was called in – with his offsider, Betts – to investigate the death of Preston Alexander, a wealthy highflyer who had invested in the Maybrick Literary Agency, owned by Beatrice Maybrick. Fitzjohn wasn’t sure of any connection until he spoke to Esme – his interest piqued, he decided to keep his mind open as he searched for the elusive answers he sought…
Deadly Investment is the 5th in the Alistair Fitzjohn series by Aussie author Jill Paterson and I quite enjoyed it. Fitzjohn is a great character who loves his orchids and finds peace in the greenhouse behind his house at the end of a hard day. I was a bit disconcerted to find a glaring error which an editor (or even the author) should have picked up – the series is set in Sydney, and in this one, one of the characters went to Port Stephens. Fitzjohn said to him “so you went to the Central Coast” to which the answer was yes. Port Stephens is in the Hunter Valley, north of Newcastle; the Central Coast is south, close to Sydney (a fact that non locals wouldn’t realise). But aside from that, I have no hesitation in recommending Deadly Investment.
A pleasant read. Intrigue without messy things about violent death. One note, windup clocks are usually good for seven days. So, a week after a murder, the apartment would be quiet. The author was kind enough to answer my question about an acronym not used in the U.S.
I am a totally addicted fan of Alistair Fitzjohn. Jill Patterson has created the epitome of the British detective, so completely in fact, that I can hear his accent as I read. If you want good and pleasing entertainment, read this series, starting with #1 and staying with them until Ms Patterson is done, which I hope is no time soon!
I just love this series and Deadly Investment is a great addition. DCI Fitzjohn is asked by Sydney North to help them out and cover the murder of Preston Alexander. Superintendent Grieg is not amused, especially when the cover turns into a full blown investigation of two deaths because wherever they turn in the investigation they come up against the death of Beatrice Maybrick a few days before which was treated as an accidental fall down a flight of stairs but looks more and more like murder as the case unfolds. Deadly Investment is a plot driven cozy with plenty of suspects and red herrings which keep you turning the pages until an ingenious ending. The main characters, with the exception of the overblown and odious Superintendent Greig, are all very pleasant and "normal" - no hangups or troubled pasts, just dedicated detectives. It's all very refreshing and charming. If you want a good, untaxing read with a clever plot to keep you entertained then Deadly Investment will suit nicely.
Jill Paterson has a delightful series going with the Fitzjohn mysteries. Fitzjohn isn't brilliant or terribly intuitive; he is methodical and thorough. In this outing, Paterson has constructed an intricate plot for Fitzjohn to unravel. There are some interesting twists and turns of both a professional and personal nature. And Paterson's eye for detail and descriptive ability add a further dimension.
"Deadly Investment" is another great entry in this delightful series about Australian DCI Fitzjohn. Author Jill Paterson has put together an interesting story with plausible, interesting characters. I love this series, all the characters and how they are all intertwined. Especially that some of the characters (Esme) from a previous book was brought back as well as his not so pleasant neighbor. As a few others have observed, there were some grammatical and spelling errors in this Kindle version that need better editing. Regardless, this is an enjoyable series, and if you like a good ‘British’ mystery, then I recommend this series to you.
In "Deadly Investment," DCI Fitzjohn is asked by Sydney North to help them out and to investigate the murder of Preston Alexander. Fitzjohn’s nemesis Superintendent Grieg is not amused. Also, Beatrice Maybrick, owner and operator of the Maybrick Literary Agency, accidentally fell to her death. Or did she? Esme Timmons thought not; her suspicions are fueled by a letter she received from Beatrice following the tragic incident.
Set in Sydney, Australia, Paterson's is a well-crafted mystery with a fast paced plot. Paterson's characterization has created well -rounded, engaging characters. This is especially true of Chief Inspector Fitzjohn and his side-kick Sergeant Betts. Chief Inspector Alastair Fitzjohn is a very realistic and likable character, a little reminiscent of Adam Dalgleish (for those who enjoy British mysteries). In fact, most the characters are nicely developed, with just enough detail of family life outside their work to give them a well-rounded personality. To enjoy them the best, do start with the first novel “The Celtic Dagger” in order to appreciate the change and development in characters. I will certainly read more of Patterson, and I invite you to give her a try!!
The storyline is straightforward with a few twists and clever red herrings. That said, this mystery was not satisfying for several reasons. For one, Fitzjohn never followed up on crucial clues offered by Esme Timmons. Of course, had he done so, the book would’ve been shorter, and there would have been one less twist. There were other details that sharp-eyed Esme would have noticed and would not have forgotten to tell the Inspector.
I believe author Jill Paterson withheld that information (and another piece of information to do with one of the literary agents) until after the 90% mark. I correctly chose the culprit for several other reasons, but I docked a star.
This was a solid murder mystery set in Australia. The main character is a Detective Fitzjohn and his capable assistant Betts. The story is fairly interesting, but not riveting. I liked the characters and the British flavor and I guess that's what kept me reading. It was a clean book and that's a plus for me as well.
This book wasn't quite as riveting as the previous books in the series. The story seemed almost a place holder for whatever comes next in the professional life of Fitzjohn & his supervisor. As I mentioned in the title of this review, there were some grammatical & punctuation errors that need closer editing. I'm glad I read it & look forward to the next one.
This is the only book I have read in this series, and I would love to read them all. Inspector Fitzjohn is brilliant, patient, and very likable. Esme Timmons is also a very likable character that adds interest to the plot. I would love to read more of Jill Paterson's books!
Inspector Fitzjohn and DS Betts are off on another investigation when an old friend tells them of her suspicions That another death was murder. We start with too many suspects and too many motives but, Fitzjohn works through the tangles to find the villain.
Fitzjohn has his hands full with a murder investigation and an accusation against him from chief superintendent Greig about a former case he can't recall. Then another possible murder comes to light. I love all the characters that Jill Paterson has developed through these five novels. There are some surprising twists in this one.
I just didn't connect with this book. The characters all seemed a little one-dimensional to me, and the storylines didn't draw me in. The writing wasn't bad, and it was a pretty quick and easy read, but not for me.
Another great book. I love this series, all the characters and how they are all intertwined. Not a lot of boring this-n-that in the story-line, just right to the point. Fast and great reading. Thanks Jill