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Alice Teale is Missing

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  51 reviews

'A highly entertaining, gripping and compulsive crime read, with many twists and turns' *****

Alice Teale walked out of school at the end of a bright spring day.

She's not been seen since.

Alice was popular and well-liked, and her boyfriend, friends and family are desperate to find her.

But soon it's clear that everyone in her life
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Penguin
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Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Howard Linskey is just getting better and better as a crime fiction writer as he proves in this cracker of a book, in what I am hoping is the first of a new series set in Northumberland, in the ex-mining small town of Collemby. DC Beth Winter is a fast track police officer, who has been taken in her first proper posting on DCI Everleigh's team, working with DS Lucas Black who has just taken over the investigation into the missing 17 year old schoolgirl, Alice Teale, last sighted leaving school ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been wanting to read a Howard Linksey for a while so was very pleased to receive this ARC and I was not disappointed! The author writes well, the story was well paced and it was an enjoyable read. The story was set in Collemby, a small, run down town in Northumberland not too far from Newcastle.

I really liked the start of the book which was an extract from Alice Teale’s journal which I found intriguing and so I was hooked from the start! There were extracts from Alice's journal tantalising
Liz Barnsley
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alice Teale Is Missing is definitely one of THE most addictive novels I’ve read this year – a read in record time for me I did not want to put it down.

For a start the police team of Black and Winter (who should definitely have their own tv show) were brilliantly engaging- a new relationship for them and for us – then add to that a really intriguing and unpredictable mystery for them to solve and you have a pitch perfect crime read.

The diary entries from the missing girl add a lot of flavour to
Louise Wilson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4

This story is about how seventeen year old Alice Teale disappeared on her way home from school. There are quite a few suspects. It's set in the Cambrain town of Collamby. A place where everyone knows everyone's business. DC Beth Winter and DS Lucas Black are sent to investigate Alice's disappearance.

The two detectives had not worked together before but they were put together to try and find Alice. They are likeable characters who work well together. The pace is fast at the
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this as an arc at Harrogate crime festival - and it’s a real treat of a read. I love the characters of black and winter and would avidly read anymore novels they featured in, even the background characters are rich and alive I cared about the diner opening for instance. Tied with that is a fantastic plot that unravels with a combined police procedure and extracts from the missing girls diaries. This is one of those cases where you wish you could give more than 5* to a book
Joanna Park
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this dark gripping read, which was the first thriller I’ve read from this talented author. I’m a huge fan of his historical books so I was very curious to see what his thrillers would be like.

This book drew me in from the start with its intriguing storyline and the lovely writing which made it very easy to read. The story is told from the point of view of the two detectives investigating Alice’s disappearance and I enjoyed following them on their investigations. I particularly
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
One evening in Spring, seventeen year old Alice Teale leaves the school grounds around 9pm and is never seen again. What happened to her and why? The investigation gets off to quite a slow start until DS Lucas Black takes over with the help from DS Beth Winter.

The small mining town of Collemby hides quite a few secrets. Did Alice stumble upon something she shouldn’t have? Or did she simply run away from a far-from-perfect family home? Quite a few theories floated through my brain at one point or
Jacqui Huntley
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-written and enjoyable detective story although with some aspects of a familiar theme - child abuse. Unpleasant but not too graphic. A teenager goes missing after leaving school late one evening. The two main detectives put on this case - Lucas Black, somewhat ostracised following a previous case which went horribly wrong, and Beth Winter, straight from police college - are characters each with their own traumatic history and find it difficult to work together at first. Of course they ...more
I was taken by the interesting synopsis for this novel even though I hadn't heard of Howard Linksey, and was delighted to discover that Alice Teale is Missing is set in Collemby, a small fictional Northumbrian mining town. Alice Teale has vanished; she was spotted leaving the school grounds late one evening and she's never been seen since.

Enter Winter and Black ( I love the names!) - DC Beth Winter is a fast track police officer, on her first proper posting with DCI Everleigh's team. She's
With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Graduate trainee DC Beth Winter was excited when she gained a p!ace on DCI Eversleigh`s team. However she was warned that her boss would be DS Lucas Black who had gained notoriety for killing a man.

On her first day on the team Beth learnt they were on a missing person case. Six days earlier 17 year old Alice Teale was last seen leaving Collemby Comprehensive School, she had not been seen since.

At home
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David Gilchrist
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 5* review of Howard Linskey "Alice Teale is Missing'
The author excels with this book, I read it within 24 hrs. Totally gripping from the very start. Love the characters Lucas Black old hand and Beth Winter a rookie. I do hope we see more of these two. A total winner for the author.
Roman Clodia
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
While Linskey writes fluently, the plot and premise of this book is very familiar: a teenager disappears prompting the uncovering of secrets and lies in a small town. With two detectives with their own emotional vulnerabilities forging a new partnership, plus lots of red herrings we don't make much progress for some time - and the on-trend denouement is pretty predictable. The slick writing compensates for the over-familiarity of the story - but if you're looking for originality and read ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it

I have a soft spot for missing person cases. They tend to turn into giant and sticky spider webs with secrets at every corner, whether those secrets matter to the case or not. Well, I am talking about the good missing person cases. The plots which keep you hoping you will find the person alive. The book which makes you hear the ticking of the clock, each minute resonating like the slap of death. To be honest, I have not read many novels that managed to tick all the boxes.

Alice Teale Is Missing
Susan Hampson
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The opening is, to say the least, creepy and unsettling. The perfect introduction for what is to follow. When the seventeen-year-old girl left school she was seen by a teacher, Alice Teale didn’t reach home.
DC Beth Winter had been transferred to Collemby, a small town in Northumbria when she graduated training college to join DCI Everleigh’s team. When Alice Teale went missing she was assigned with DS Lucas Black to take over the case from a retiring officer. Black comes with a past that makes
Fay Flude
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Immensely enjoyable read set in Northumbria and featuring DS Lucas Black and fast track graduate detective Beth. An unlikely pairing and one Beth is unsure about herself as all the rumours and online information she has gleaned speak of an ex army man who as a firearms officer for the police killed a man...
However the two work well together and are fantastic characters with plenty of banter and dry humour in the conversations between them. So much so, I would love this to be the first book in a
Set in Northumberland, in the ex-mining small town of Collemby (which is fictional but very realistically evoked of such mining towns) Alice Teale has gone missing. Someone saw her leaving school grounds at 9pm and she's never been seen since.

It shouldn't be hard to find someone who knows something. These mining towns are close-knitted, small and everyone knows everyone to some degree .Very well evoked and the setting feels real, with real life characters and issues. It's a forgotten place where
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn this was such a good book it was so addictive I just couldn’t put it down and flew through it mainly as I ignored other things I should do and just made time to read !!
I think what made this book stand apart from other police procedurals was the brilliant combination of the two main characters of Beth Winter and Lucas Black and well what can I say we surely need to see more of these two in future books because what a dream team they are, so well written making them both feel very “real.”
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this police procedural thriller, the eponymous teenager Alice Teale has gone missing in her small Northumbrian town. Attractive, bright and busy, she was last seen leaving school one evening. Young police officer DC Beth Winter is assigned to the case, reporting to DS Lucas Black, an ex-army officer who’s notorious for having once killed somebody. Finding Black grumpy and hard to deal with at first, Winter soon gets used to working with him and together they try to untangle Alice’s life, an ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first by Mr Linskey but definitely not my last!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was so nice to read a police procedural that wasn't bogged down by jargon or abbreviations. It was also good to read a gripping missing person novel that wasn't awash with gruesome bits. Now I don't mind a bit of gore but reading a novel that relies on the quality of the storytelling, rather than a shock factor, really does make a refreshing change.
The characters were all well developed and introduced.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another new author again but another great first read!!! Lucky me!!!

Absolutely tore through this book in two days and didn’t stop for breath, brilliant storyline and characters and loved the detectives who had their own baggage and life dramas going on in the background.

Thought it was fast paced though it kinda slowed in the middle but not too much, great ending too, left me wanting more.

Looking forward to more of the same....
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely awesome. A start of a new series by the incredible Howard Linskey? I hope so. I urge all British fiction crime fans to buy this immediately.
Caroline Mitchell
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Howard Linskey, I was held spellbound by this book, a thoroughly engrossing read.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was brought up in a very small Northern village, and I now live in a small Northern market town. The common cry in both of these places is 'nothing happens here' .... and, on the surface and compared to a metropolitan city, or a seaside resort, they do appear to quiet and peaceful.

Appearances can be deceiving, for under the surface there's so much going on. Everyone knows everyone, and their descendants and their history. When relationships break down; everyone is aware, when someone finds a
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! I hope that this is the start of a series as I absolutely loved the police pairing in this book. Beth Winter and Lucas Black excel in this tale of a missing schoolgirl. Chalk and cheese, as all detective pairings should be, as they spark off each other throughout as they try and get to the bottom of what happened to Alice Teale who disappeared as she left school one evening. The investigation falters until they start to receive pages from Alice's diary and it becomes clear that there is ...more
Joanne Robertson
Alice Teale is Missing is a brilliant crime thriller that will tease you throughout with clues to what happened to Alice but I defy anyone to guess the outcome of his highly addictive thriller! To be honest I did find the final clue that brought everything together a little hard to believe (I can’t explain why without spoilers!) but that’s the only niggle I had about this dark and atmospheric crime thriller set in an authentically portrayed town in the North East of England.

Alice Teale has gone
Miss R
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

"Alice Teale is Missing" is a dark, mesmerising tale of secrets and lies that will keep you gripped until the last page.

There is something very Agatha Christie-esque about the title of this book and I suspect that like the legendary storyteller herself, H.A. Linskey will become a luminary of the crime fiction genre well into the 21st century. "Alice Teale is Missing" is that good. The story revolves around the
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book which hooked me at the very first chapter and then kept me invested right through to the last.Probably no surprises as to what this book is about - the title really does tell you all you need to know. It's about Alice Teale. She's missing ... Okay - so maybe you need to know a little more than that. Like the fact that Alice is a teenager, right in the middle of her A level studies. That she is a conscientious and kind person, very principled and absolutely not the kind of person ...more
Patricia Burton
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the last page, I wanted more!

If I'm honest when I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it even though the storyline sounded appealing, with its dark undertones and mystery surrounding the disappearance of 17 year old Alice Teale, it was the initial introduction to the characters. I know if I don't like them or can't relate to them as believable characters the story, no matter how good the plot, just won't hold my attention.

DC Beth Winter, a newbie detective
Daphne Sharpe
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent police procedural novel, with a team of two likeable officers, DC Beth Winters and DS Lucas Black. There is some initial hostility between them, Beth is a Direct Entry Scheme graduate, fast tracked for promotion, many serving Police Officers, dislike these as they say they don't have enough relevant beat experience, and Lucas is an ex- soldier, whom, if the workplace rumours are to be believed, killed someone, believing him to have a gun, but was unarmed.
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