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Without Trace

(Detective Trevor Joseph Series #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  541 ratings  ·  48 reviews
So intriguing . . . cleverly woven together and tensely written - Sunday Times First book in the Detective Trevor Joseph series. In the chilly half-light of dawn a bizarre pierrot figure waits in the shadows of a deserted stretch of motorway. The costumed hitchhiker's victim is a passing motorist. The murder, cold-blooded, brutal. Without motive. Doctors at the local hospi ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 by Accent Press (UK) (first published January 1st 1991)
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Katherine John's absorbing thriller takes us on a harrowing journey into a web of deceit and smoke screens. Dedicated and talented doctor Tim Sherringham disappears on his way to an urgent call from the hospital. Then the bodies start appearing but Tim's is not among them. This is no straightforward murder mystery but one which considers the possibilities and dangers of the brave new world we find ourselves in at the frontiers of medical research. Some of the dialogue feels a little clunky and p ...more
Roddy Williams
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: murder-mystery
I really wanted to like this. It's not a difficult read. It has a seaside setting with a creepy pier, murderous clowns, mysterious disappearances and a couple of moody sergeants, but there's an awful lot wrong with it.
For a start, where is it supposed to be set? Somewhere on the English coast, but I'm buggered if I can work out where. It must be near London because there is a connection between London and the investigation. As far as I can see, no place names are mentioned and there are no regio
Leanne Keenoo
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
quite a page turner but complicated in places as well.
so many characters and a few red herrings thrown in too.
Basically a doctor goes missing and then a couple of murders occur and the story focuses on two police officers trying to get to the bottom of it along with the missing doctors wife.
I liked it but not enough to read the next in the series
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story has more twists and turns than a roller-coaster, and every one of them has you sat with your hand over your mouth, it has so much crammed into the pages, that you keep needing to come up for air, because each new twist has you reeling; A brilliant story, and if you are a crime book reader you will absolutely love this.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rather disappointed with this book. The plot had all the elements of an exciting mystery, but it just wasn’t executed very well. It was a bit boring and slow. I felt the timeline was confused, I was never sure what happened when or if it could have. The plot also doesn’t feel authentic for time it was set in for example there was no cctv evidence or mobile phone tracing. I know the book was written in the 1980s then badly modernised in 2000s. The book feels much older than trying to be, like the ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was such an awesome read. The plot well thought out and executed in the writing. The characters were unique in their own way. Twist surprising a real page turner. My first time reading from this author and it surely will not be my last.
Barbara Fraley
lots of twists and turns. a doctor, a husband, a brother disappears. a ransom is paid. clowns are involved - yes i said clowns. the police struggle to find clues. this book will keep you guessing till the end
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A promising young surgeon goes missing. Sergeants Joseph and Collins are looking for him. They uncover some increasingly odd goings on in the search, and some barely credible medical situations.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
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Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A good mystery. It seemed to me the plot rambled, but it all worked out.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tensely written, and so intriguing.
Lynda Kelly
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I'd heard good things about this series but I'll not be bothering with any more after this one, I'm afraid. Way too many mistakes throughout and the story headed off into the realms of total fantasy as it neared the end. I have to be able to partly believe what I'm reading as I don't "do" fanciful stuff at all. So all in all I was pretty disappointed.
A couple of times I was added into sentences for no reason I could see and pretty much every single time the author used italics the ensuing word w
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good writing. Complex and engaging characters. A thrilling plot with lots of twists and turns. Red herrings and misdirection lead the reader on a very satisfying mystery chase, some characters are convinced that TIm is still alive, while others are equally convinced that he is dead. The story begins with a doctor getting called in on an emergency early in the morning. He never arrives at the hospital and that is the beginning of what begins as a missing person case and ends in multiple homi ...more
Emmett Tullia
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Generally a good plot but the events were tough to follow, mostly because the dialogue is predominately British and the murder investigation is quite boring. The progress and the dialogue are a bit mundane and because the progress is so boring it is tough to follow. I was going to stop reading and go to another book but the thought of wasting money on an e book kept me reading. I thought the book was free from Amazon Prime but I got caught in the small print and had to pay more than I wanted for ...more
Vicki - I Love Reading
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
i've found another author to add to my list. This is book one, i've now got book 2, 3 and 4 ready to read.
Enjoyable with twists and turns.
Doctors at the local hospital Tim and Daisy Sherringham are blissfully happy. The perfect couple.
When an emergency call rouses Tim early one morning, he vanishes on the way from their flat to the hospital and Daisy is plunged into a nightmare of terror and doubt .
In the chilly half-light of dawn a bizarre pierrot figure waits in the shadows of a deserted stre
Fiona Watkins
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this, although I felt it had some big flaws in terms of the plot, things like the likelihood of both police officers involved being injured so close together, and Joseph's relationship with Daisy. That said it was easy to read and despite hating clowns I wasn't out off by the criminal clowns. Knowing there were more books in the series destroyed the uncertainty over Joseph's survival and the twist in terms of who was behind the whole scenario was easily guessable, but I still e ...more
Adrienne Testa
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sgt. Trevor Joseph and his partner are working the case of a missing doctor,recently married and missing without a trace. His attraction for the missing doctor's wife can't be hidden, as he risks his life to find the truth. As the police investigate the sightings of clowns on the motorway, people gone missing and the evidence piles up without making sense. The story gets a bit wordy for several until the truth is revealed and the killer is discovered. Even with the wordiness the story is a good ...more
Maureen Vincent-Northam
First in a series with unlikely police hero, Trevor Joseph. Joseph, normally assigned to the drugs squad, gets involved in a missing person case when Doctor Tim Sherringham answers an early morning call but doesn’t show up at the hospital. Meanwhile, a killer dressed in a Pierrot costume is on the rampage.

An unusual storyline with plenty of intrigue, plot twists, and some interesting characters.
Michelle Douglas
This is the first in the book series revolving around Detective Trevor Joseph and his partner.
The opening chapter certainly grabs your attention when a Pierrot clown murders someone in their car and the story continues with unauthorised brain cell research. I am looking forward to the next book of Katherine John
Marcia Witherspoon
I truly enjoyed this book and so will you!!!

This was a very unusual mystery novel, the twists and turns kept you guessing through the entire book and even though I was not a fan of detective Collins I admired his tenacity and ability to get to the nitty gritty of an investigation. I also love his devotion to his partner. This is a must read.
Judith Ann Garrett

Never saw that coming! From the first page to the last I was hooked. I can't wait to download the next in the series. Kudos to Katherine JOHN!!! I now have a another new favorite author.
Judy Ann Bertoson
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I found that this book was one that pulled you in at the start and then dragged in some places. I just found it too be some what disjointed, the ending was totally a surprise. I not sure if I would recommend it to anyone.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book starts with the disappearance of a hospital doctor, but soon becomes three separate mysteries. Slowly the mystery comes together with the help of the two detectives, one almost loosing his life. A twist at the end made the book more intriguing .
On to the next in the series.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If this was a soap opera it would be one with the wonky sets that move

If this was a soap opera it would be one with the wonky sets that move . The next in series couldn't be worse - could it? Will give e them a miss
pamela k cronister
Can't believe that this was Kindel unlimited

Great plot good character development extremely well-written I will be reading this author again and would not mind paying for the privilege
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was such an awesome read. The plot well thought out and executed in the writing. The characters were unique in their own way. Twist surprising a real page turner. My first time reading from this author and it surely will not be my last.
William Eichler
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mystery up to the very end

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mystery. It's filled with plots and subplots right to the very end.
I didn't care for the English terms used to describe police officers.
It did keep my attention to the end in just 2 continuous reading sessions.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New author for me but quite impressed and will read more.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. A clever page turner, with twists and turns.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
First book that I have read by this author. Really enjoyed it and now looking forward to reading the other I have by her.
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Katherine John is a pen name of the author Catrin Collier. She was born and brought up in Pontypridd and worked for a while in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family.

Other books in the series

Detective Trevor Joseph Series (6 books)
  • Midnight Murders (Trevor Joseph Detective Series, #2)
  • Murder Of A Dead Man (Trevor Joseph S.)
  • Black Daffodil
  • A Well-Deserved Murder (Trevor Joseph Detective Series, #5)
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