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Deadly Investment

(Alistair Fitzjohn #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  563 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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 Fitzj
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published December 4th 2015 by J. Henderson
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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 decide ...more
Una Tiers
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Whitebeard Books
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Harry Lane
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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 t ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointed By This Mystery

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 withh
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Got me

I have been enjoying Kill Peterson's Fitzjohn series. Chief inspector Fitzjohn always gets his criminal.Justice prevails. But surprisingly I didn't get killer before the chief inspector. Bravo!
Wendy Hughes
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great story with Fitzjohn, Esme and Betts. It was a complicated crime but they figured it out. I enjoyed it very much
Trudy Ennis
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A light read when you don't want to get into complicated and meaningful stories. ...more
Sheila Myers
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Another wonderful book in the Alistair Fitzjohn series.
Liz Etnyre
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another lovely little kinda' cozy mystery! Nothing deep - and I usually kinda suspect who did it a bit before the denouement - but very pleasant read in a very pleasant series. ...more
Dawn Hildeman
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy reading Fitzjohn’s escapades. I enjoy the characters and his on-going story. Waiting for the next one.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Another good one of a good series.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book

W ell this is my first. Fitzjohn. Book. And l found it very good. You don't go on. about the scenery. And . Things. Just about the case. I am getting my next book now thanks
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good plot, needs some editing

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.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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!
Anne Turnley
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do we have one murder or two?

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.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Andrea Vette
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I really liked the book. Especially that one of the characters (Esme) from a previous book was brought back. After reading all her books I think this one is little more refined.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

I simply enjoy the adventures of a. Fitzjohn in these investigative mysteries. I get a very strong feeling to this character and look forward to more in the future. Keep writing please.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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.
Cenna Lipscomb
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unresolved part

what a great storyline. I enjoyed the cast of characters. I didn't figure it out till the end. !left hanging though in regards to the Chief want to know what his problem is with our hero
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Reading?

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
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really like this series and would have rated it higher but for the editorial glitches. Jill Patterson needs a new editor.
I like this series. This is no5. Will read more. Well written. Not violent. Makes sense. What's not to like. I really can not read intense books without an easy read between. This fills the bill. ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this. A light hearted mystery. Will read more by this author.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Predictable and dull. The killer is so obvious from the outset that it insults the intelligence and makes an idiot of the detective.
Michael C.  Benson
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Investment

This is the third book in the series that I've enjoyed. A very well written book and a good mystery with a good variety of characters.
Carol Nemecek
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A true murder mystery

In fact, 2 murder mysteries. Friends wonder about the death of one and someone close to the dead friend also dies. Fitzjohn must solve both.
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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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