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I think Kathy Kolla was a more roundly portrayed character in this book and we didn't learn nearly so much about David Brock. I'm intrigued to see what happens next with this partnership as the pairing of a Scotland Yard inspector with a CID sergeant seems to have been on a one off basis for the case in this book.
I'm wondering what gets them together again for book two. I really liked the way that they were brought together and how we didn't learn about it until the second half of the book. Overall I think Maitland didn't do a bad job of characterisation, but I don't think it was his strongest point. Some of the minor characters didn't quite seem all there and I found Kolla a bit inconsistently written from time to time.
The setting definitely came alive for me. It came more alive in the second half than the first. Having the setting destroyed affected me quite powerfully. In the first half I couldn't see the author setting up Jerusalem Lane for us so solidly and then tearing it down as we found out was planned. I was quite shocked when we found it as a building site at the beginning of the second half of the book. With a different setting this would have been an entirely different story, the lane was definitely an essential part of the plot.
That said I found myself thinking of the setting as being in other cities in the UK rather than London but I can't quite put my finger on why I kept thinking that thought. I loved the time span of the plot. The six month gap really worked for me as did the fact that we discover that Brock had a different agenda and wasn't really interested in Meredith's death at all in the first half of the book. I think this accounts for some of the problems that Mike pointed out such as the police not following up on the Judith Naismith lead.
I don't think the police other than Kathy were particularly bothered in proving that Meredith's death was a murder anyway. The resolution was the weakest part of the book but I didn't think it was terrible. I rolled my eyes a little at Kathy jumping off her sick bed to catch the culprit single handedly but it didn't wreck the book for me.
For me it was the opposite of what Maddy said: the plot all the way along was good enough that I didn't reduce my rating to account for the weaknesses of the ending. When I first saw this question I had trouble thinking of stand out scenes but everything that everyone else has mentioned has had me nodding and thinking that I liked it too. I liked the book as a whole and there wasn't really anything in it that didn't work for me. I agree that it's a bit of a cliche to have the female half of the partnership chucking herself into danger at the finale but this worked for me because I felt it was more Kathy Kolla's book than David Brock's and so it seemed reasonable, if not very sensible, for her to be the one taking chances rather than him.
It didn't feel like the first book of a series to me and that's a good thing because it means I think that Maitland avoided making it too formulaic. I liked the fact that we didn't get given tons of background information on the characters straight off, I'm looking forward to finding out more about them as we go on. I wonder if Maitland was planning on making Kolla and Brock a partnership when he wrote this book, I presume that something must happen in the later books to bring them together on a permanent basis.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series very much. I really liked this book and want to know more about the central characters and hope that Maitland can keep up the quality of the plots and the backgrounds. I'm having trouble keeping myself from picking up the second book but I don't want to have forgotten it by the time the discussion comes around again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Detective Kathy Kolla's first case is one for the books. Meredith Winterbottom, a resident of Jerusalem Lane--a quaint section of London inhabited by Eastern European immigrants--and a great-granddaughter of Karl Marx, is found dead. Was she the victim of greedy real-estate developers, or was she killed for the politics of another age?
When a second Marx sister is killed, Detective Kathy Kolla's first case is one for the books. As Kathy and Brock delve into the Lane's eccentric melting pot, they find unpublished letters from Marx to Engels; a possible fourth volume of Das Kapital ; an endless list of shady suspects; and a plot to end Kathy's investigating days for good. Can they unravel the mystery before Kathy's first case is her last? Get A Copy.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 01, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: books. I really enjoyed The Marx Sisters and I was very happy to spend time with two relatively normal police officers leading relatively normal lives. I sometimes get tired of the alcoholics and worse who feature as 'great' detectives in many books in this genre. Due to the fact that Brock and Kolla, so far anyway, do not have huge personal issues the author had time to treat us to an excellent story with lots of solid police procedure and many twists and turns in the plot.
The characters of both Bro I really enjoyed The Marx Sisters and I was very happy to spend time with two relatively normal police officers leading relatively normal lives. The characters of both Brock and Kathy Kolla were well written and I enjoyed the way they worked together. This is only the second book I have read by this author. The first was from another series and I was not really keen on it. This one however is full of promise and I look forward to the next book. The death of the elderly Meredith Winterbottom could easily have been from natural causes — but lead investigator Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla was suspicious.
Living with her two sisters, Eleanor and Peg, the three women were refusing to leave their apartment in Jerusalem Lane in London, where developers were gradually buying everyone out in the surrounding area. But the ladies were determined to stay where they had been for many years. Partnering Kathy for this case was Scotland Yard Inspector The death of the elderly Meredith Winterbottom could easily have been from natural causes — but lead investigator Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla was suspicious. Partnering Kathy for this case was Scotland Yard Inspector David Brock — which seemed odd in itself — but Kathy found herself getting along with Brock and when they bounced ideas off each other, came up with some sound answers.
Highly recommended. Since I inadvertently started reading this series with book 10, Dark Mirror , I decided that it was pretty decent and there are all these other books in the series, and now I have to read them all. Not because they're not good, but just because I have so many other books I also need to read.
What I had liked about Dark Mirror was that it involved so many details about thin Since I inadvertently started reading this series with book 10, Dark Mirror , I decided that it was pretty decent and there are all these other books in the series, and now I have to read them all. What I had liked about Dark Mirror was that it involved so many details about things I am already interested in.
This one did as well, to a lesser degree. This story is about Marxism! Or, sorta. There is talk of Marxism and Stalinism and other Red issues, and that's a lot of fun to read in a British thriller. I guess it's sort of a novelty because it's not a Russian novel, which is primarily where I read about that sort of thing.
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While Dark Mirror involved primarily a graduate student or two, this story is about three elderly women. Elderly women are safe and innocent, right? Old women are super scary and dangerous. I don't trust any of those golden girls. So, yes, another fun read in the Brock and Kolla series, and I think I will continue to enjoy reading them. Unfortunately Kathy Kolla is not always very bright and she makes very sad decisions on how she'd like to run her life or her career , and that's frustrating as a reader.
She made some poor choices in Dark Mirror too, so I can't even say she gets smarter as she moves up the career ladder. But it seems Brock will always be there to catch her. In fact, that's exactly how I visualize him. Except with maybe a little less bloat. Jun 03, Niki rated it liked it.
I liked the characters of brock and kolla especially kathy kolla who goes blindly ahead, and risks her life but that's a thriller for you - i look forward to reading more about that team. Dec 02, Sam Still Reading rated it really liked it Recommends it for: people looking for a good crime book.
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: read other books in the series. I finally located a copy in Kinokuniya, Sydney but discovered more recently that most of the series is available as e-books. Being familiar with the more recent books in the series though, I could sense that this book was a little grittier, a little more rough around the edges but I liked that. Jan 21, Jaksen rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-series. Great story, interesting characters, fabulous setting - antiquated buildings in the center of London. Once in their orbit, she is lured into a piece of theatre over which, increasingly, she has little control.
In All My Enemies, Brock and Kolla find themselves in a tangled web of deceptions in a case wherein a corpus of plays becomes a template for murder. Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New arrivals. Barry Maitland September 1, Charles Verge, a powerful, cutting-edge architect, has disappeared into the blue, leaving behind his firm; his beloved—and pregnant—daughter; and his young and very dead wife. The case is stalled and, after months of fruitless searching leaves the authorities desperate to save face, Detective Chief Inspector Brock and Detective Sergeant Kolla are called in.
All of London is abuzz with questions about the high-profile case, which will send Kolla and Brock to some less-than-scenic locales in Barcelona, and back to their own stomping ground—where suspicion of internal corruption comes closer to home than they would like. This guy is good.
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Web, Tablet, Phone, eReader. Content Protection. Read Aloud. Flag as inappropriate. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders. Continue the series. See more. Silvermeadow: A Brock and Kolla Mystery. Book 5. Two Cases. One location. The first case, a girl gone missing, seems a decidedly local affair. The second, the return of a violent criminal who had fled the country, instantly attracts the interest of Scotland Yard and Detective Inspector David Brock.
Their manhunt centers on Silvermeadow, the supermall on the outskirts of London where North was spotted. Brock and Kolla camouflage their search for North by taking on the case of the missing girl—a mall employee. They lie in wait, hoping to catch North before he can strike with a new crime. Yet what should they make of rumors of other young girls disappearing from Silvermeadow?
Is there a predator on the loose within the apparent safety of a carefully orchestrated aura of order and control? Very quickly, the mall itself—and its colorful cast of characters—becomes key to the dual investigations. This is Maitland at his cunning best. More featuring detectives.
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