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Cold Case (Barbara Holloway #11)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  957 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Twenty-two years ago, controversial author David Etheridge and ambitious state senator Robert McCrutchen were investigated in the death of a young coed. But a circle of secrecy guaranteed the case was never solved.
When Etheridge returns to Eugene, Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host--until the senator is found shot dead. Now Etheridge is back where he was two decades
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ebook, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Judy
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. They just keep getting better! Barbara Holloway and her father, Frank make an awesome pair when it come to solving cases and defending their clients. This one was especially good, I think. Wilhelm is captivating author.
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While, as almost always, I enjoyed this book in Wilhelm's Holloway series, my brain protested the whole way through about the amazing memories of characters who recalled in precise detail the events of a party from 20 years before: who left with whom, at what time, who drank what, what was said, who danced with whom, who parked where or arrived on foot, etc. While I can usually overlook this kind of plot device for an instance or two under the "willing suspension of disbelief" reader's clause, I ...more
Lesley~aka Ella's Gran
I do like Barbara Holloway and her Dad Frank.
Cherie
Not a great idea sometimes to skip books in a series, but when others are not available....well.

I enjoyed the story. Maybe not as exciting as some of the previous stories, but well told. A crime from the past and a crime in the present, give a very compelling look at our justice system and how a person is process and prepared to go to trial. I like the lawyer information.
Katherine Adams
It's never easy to write a less-than-stellar review, but I'd be leading others to the wrong conclusion by recommending "Cold Case."

Apparently, attorney Barbara Holloway has appeared in 10 other Wilhelm novels, surrounded by a regular cast of characters including her father Frank; co-attorney Shelley and her disfigured husband Alex; an investigator named Bailey; and Barbara's current squeeze Danner and his son. Unlike Sue Grafton, who seamlessly introduces familiar characters whether you're read
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Jane
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is Wilhelm's latest in the entertaining Barbara Holloway series. All set in Eugene, OR, Barbara so very likable and bright. I finally decided this morning why I enjoy this series--they're like a grown up Nancy Drew series with a circle of regular characters who are also competent and honest... even a very neat, widowed and now retired, father.
The main defendant character here is a pleasantly complicated liberal academic. There's reference to the issues with of ideology, the declining state
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Anne Van
After reading so many novels this year set in Goteborg, Malmo, Jakarta, Dublin, and London, London, London, what a delight to read a book set in Eugene, Oregon. Reservations at SweetWaters, driving down Franklin, lost on Fox Hollow Road, loved it. Thanks for the recommendation, Jane, I enjoyed getting to know the main character, defense attorney Barbara Holloway. And her father. I'm sure I'll be back for more.
Mary
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice comfortable read. I was way ahead in who the suspect should be and seemed like a long time for the lawyer to "get it". But I like the characters and the story was interesting.
Chris
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kate-wilhelm, ill
characters were hard to get into at first. This was better than I thought it would be for the low general rating

THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY
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Another wonderful visit with Frank and Barbara Holloway, and Barbara’s current boy friend and his son. In this one, Barbara is hired to defend David, who it seems the police are going to arrest for the
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Judith
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I registered this book at BookCrossing.com!
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Barbara Holloway is a defense attorney with a small office and a partner who happens to be her father. She is married to a doctor who is in charge of an addiction center.

She is engaged to represent a man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of Robert, a former classmate and current state senator. Not only that, but he is also suspected of killing another person over 20 years earlier. David Etheridge i
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Kathy
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
I thought it would be interesting to read a mystery set in a place I am familiar with (Eugene, Oregon), but I was wrong. The plots are contrived, the characters are shallow and predictable, and there's way too much information about relationships and motivations. I much prefer it when an author reveals details slowly throughout the book and/or the series. I won't waste any more time on this series.
Molly
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Watching"the characters progress is a snapshot in time. They do get up, get dressed, (sometimes) eat, go to work, work, go home (eventually), and enjoy life at home. The machinations that the characters go through to get there are intriguing. It may take me a while to read; it is captivating when it happens.
Rosie
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't one of my favorite Holloway books. I think she's a good author, except it seems she's stuck in the 70s.. When characters use certain phrases that are clearly not contemporary, or there's a mention of the Watergate Hotel as though it happened recently, it's clear that she needs to update her references. Overall, though, she's a decent writer.
Dina Coutu
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
my 1st book of this series and I was not disappointed! really enjoyed the characters, there were some ends I thought they just kinda let go and did not follow up on but over enjoyed the book
Ruie
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book to listen to while walking. Mostly interesting characters.
Mike
Dec 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-books
I've discovered something from reading this book, and I did manage to finish it, but it was a chore. Authors write obviously, it's their profession, their trade and craft, but not all know how to tell stories well. And that's a big discovery to change my reading habits forever.

It's one thing to input realism into a story and entirely different to have nothing of redeeming quality to offer. Because a book is a commitment, much more so than a movie would be, when it's in writing it seems less lif
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Jen
When David Etheridge, a controversial author and scholar, returns to Eugene, Oregon for a speaking engagement, he rents an apartment from Robert McCrutchen, an old classmate from college. Robert is none too happy about this arrangement because he's involved in politics and wants to stay far away from the controversy that follows David. Robert also wants to keep a 22-year-old unsolved murder under wraps, a murder for which he and David were both investigated.

When Robert winds up dead, that old mu
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Kathleen Hagen
Cold Case: a Barbara Holloway Mystery, by Kate Wilhelm, A-minus,
Produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Another wonderful visit with Frank and Barbara Holloway, and Barbara’s current boy friend and his son. In this one, Barbara is hired to defend David, who it seems the police are going to arrest for the murder of a man who had been his college classmate 20 or more years ago. As Barbara investigates, she realizes that the murder is very much connected to a party held after col
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Kate
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a very unsatisfying story.

I've read Kate Wilhelm's science fiction, and when I saw she is now writing murder mysteries, I picked up this book.

I kept reading through to the end because I was curious how the killer would be found out. However, if you want well-written mysteries, this book isn't it.

Too many names kept popping up, too many for me to keep up with who was who.

There were too many passages in which the main characters think about leaving something for later, and leave the evide
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K. East
Alas, this is the last Barbara Holloway mystery available on audiotape, so I guess I'll actually have to find one these and read it myself. The first 11 of these have kept me engaged and entertained in my car on errands around town and road trips across several states. And each book has been well-plotted and entertaining. Of all of them, this novel seems to have been the weakest: the real culprit was obvious to me almost from the start; the plot line about the photographs was introduced and then ...more
Pr Latta
#11 in the Barbara Holloway legal mysteries (can't be termed a thriller), this entry drags a little in the middle where defense attorney Barbara realizes she really has nothing to defend her client -- but the only thing the prosecution has is a third party testimony. The old crowd (father Frank, investigator Bailey, co-attorney Shelley and her husband Alex, etc.) is all there and Barbara has even moved in with Darren and Todd. Another reviewer says this series feels like a grown up Nancy Drew an ...more
Amy
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, oregon, fiction
This legal mystery centers on a controversial author David Etheridge, who was arrested for the recent murder of an old college classmate, and also for the murder of a young woman which occurred 22 years ago, after a graduation party both men attended.

I picked up this book to read on the plane, on my way to visit Eugene, Oregon, where the story takes place. While it pulled me in enough to finish it, I wouldn't call it among the best. The plot line moved towards conclusion based on a sure convicti
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Vanessa
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read one of the books in the Barbara Holloway series. I found it interesting that I liked it enough to give it 4 stars because I am not naturally drawn to the lawyer mystery genre. But I found myself liking Barbra and her father and the story was interesting.

I did figure it out about 3/4 of the way through, although not the details. I listened to the audio book which was read well enough to enjoy, but I hate it when all of the "He Said, She saids" are read. I guess I
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Patsy
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK - not great but a pleasant read.

Twenty-two years ago, controversial author David Etheridge and ambitious state senator Robert McCrutchen were investigated in the death of a young coed. But a circle of secrecy guaranteed the case was never solved.

When Etheridge returns to Eugene, Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host—until the senator is found shot dead. Now Etheridge is back where he was two decades ago—suspected of murder. Only this time, with the cold case reopened, he's facing a double c
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Donna
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this book. I read Death Qualified less than a month ago, the first in her Barbara Holloway series of courtroom/legal dramas and found it excellent. Cold Case is the latest in the series, and lacked everything that made the first one so good. The characters lacked depth and spark, the plot plodded and it was difficult to feel invested, and aside from two paragraphs two-thirds of the way through the book, not a single idea worth contemplating poked it's little head out, ...more
Loraine
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Kate Wilhelm's novels have all been good. I like them because she is a trial lawyer and the cases she tries are capital murder cases, and interesting, but more real-life than a lot of novels about lawyers. It's interesting to read about how a trial lawyer in the real world would handle these types of cases. I also really liked this story because it had a very interesting twist at the end. It's always someone you don't think it is, but this time, it really was someone that you would not guess. An ...more
Susan
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Controversial academic David Etheridge returns to his hometown of Eugene to lecture on his latest anti-everything book. But when his old college nemesis is shot dead, David is arrested for the murder as well as the 22-year-old unsolved case of a co-ed from their same class. David hires Barbara Holloway as counsel, just before an unknown assailant beats him within an inch of his life. I like this series but this is one of Kate Wilhelm’s less successful efforts. The villain is transparently obviou ...more
Donna
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Holloway and her father Frank take on David Etheridge's case when the controversial lawyer is accused of murdering the state senator whose apartment he is renting. The only suspicious material revolves around a girl they were both interested in 20 years previously who was murdered but whose murder was never solved. This cold case is central to the defense's and the prosecution's case. Somehow, I had this one figured from the time the senator was murdered. The crime must have been more ov ...more
Darla Stokes
The good:
I really liked the descriptions of the character of David and the difficulties of defending him.

Plenty of suspects/motives.

The bad:
This is the first I've read of this series, and the ongoing characters were not introduced or explained well at all.

The "romance" was shoe-horned in for no reason at all that I could see.

There didn't seem to be sufficient reason for David to hire Holloway beyond his initial visit to her.

The verdict:
I wouldn't mind reading more from this series if I run acro
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Su
Nov 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book from the cheap bin at the book store and I guess I got what I paid for! I didn't realize at the time that this is a mystery series and, from what I have discerned, a rather popular one. I on the other hand found this book to be boring, dry and pointless. It was the story of a murder that took place 22 years ago and then a current murder, both involving the same group of people. I never could distinguish one character from another and I cared little about any of them. I just di ...more
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Kate Wilhelm’s first short story, “The Pint-Sized Genie” was published in Fantastic Stories in 1956. Her first novel, MORE BITTER THAN DEATH, a mystery, was published in 1963. Over the span of her career, her writing has crossed over the genres of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy and magical realism, psychological suspense, mimetic, comic, and family sagas, a multimedia stage producti ...more
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