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Dead Before Morning (1993)

af Geraldine Evans

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"In this brilliant crime-fiction debut, Geraldine Evans introduces an offbeat police duo in Inspector Rafferty and Sergeant Llewellyn." "Inspector Joseph Rafferty is under pressure. The naked body of a teenage girl has been found on the grounds of Elmhurst, a private psychiatric hospital, and with the help of upright Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, Rafferty must track down the killer. His task is complicated, however, because the victim's face has been mutilated beyond recognition, and Elmhurst's owner, suave social climber Dr. Melville-Briggs, claims he has no idea who the girl might be." "Between Rafferty's mother's constant matchmaking ambitions, the media's unrelenting attention, and a heated power struggle between snobby Melville-Briggs and working-class Llewellyn, Rafferty's first case since his promotion is not going to be an easy one. His growing dislike of the arrogant doctor quickly turns into an obsessive desire to prove Dr. Melville-Briggs guilty of murder, despite his seemingly solid alibi. But when the identity of the girl is discovered at last, a host of new suspects emerges, and Rafferty and Llewellyn, in the full glare of the media, must hustle to dissect motives and to uncover the true murderer." "Fast-paced, keenly written, and thoroughly engaging, Dead Before Morning marks the impressive debut of talented newcomer Geraldine Evans."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mere)
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I am seemingly unable to resist the pull of a new series and once again I have read the first in a police procedural series. Dead Before Morning by Geraldine Evans introduces the mismatched pair of detectives as Inspector Rafferty and DS Llewellyn methodically work their way through their first case together. A young woman has been murdered and found on the grounds of a posh private psychiatric hospital. They have more than a few suspects and soon find out this is far more complicated than it first seemed.

The recently promoted Rafferty is from a lower class background, he’s rough around the edges and relies on his gut feelings far more than the better educated Llewellyn who keeps a firm control on his emotions and works methodically through the clues. Of course, these differences actually make these two a formidable team.

The pacing is quick, the dialogue is lively and I am not sorry that I will be reading more of these mysteries as I went for the bargain purchase and now have a few sitting on my kindle. I did enjoy the relationship between Rafferty and his mother, who is a determined matchmaker and desperately wants to see her son settled. ( )
1 stem DeltaQueen50 | Jun 5, 2016 |
I received this for a review from LibraryThing. Not a cozy mystery as it is labeled, but it is a good summer read. Interesting detectives, I liked how their partnership developed throughout the book, and the plot was tricky enough to keep me interested. I felt there were a few plot holes, and the clues were very subtle. The book also needed some editing. It is a good start to an English detective murder mystery series, and I look forward to reading more. ( )
  calicocat901 | Jul 4, 2015 |
Recently promoted DI Rafferty and his overly-educated sergeant Llewellyn (shades of Lewis) are sent out to a local mental hospital where a young woman, her face smashed into an unrecognizable pulp, has been found on the grounds.

Billed as a detective cozy mystery, I would probably classify it more as a police procedural. The ending was perhaps too “deus ex machina”, as I’m always a bit suspicious of the sudden illumination to the detective of who did it and why. ( )
  ecw0647 | Feb 12, 2015 |
Really a 3.5, but if you enjoy English mysteries, this is the book for you. The relationship between the detective and his sergeant was a mix of Ruth Rendell and Elizabeth George. Plenty of twists and turns and good character back stories to make for an entertaining series. I'm curious to follow the lives of the two main characters and to learn more about each of their past lives, which were hinted at with a very few details.
A copy was received in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  RobynELee | Aug 31, 2014 |
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"In this brilliant crime-fiction debut, Geraldine Evans introduces an offbeat police duo in Inspector Rafferty and Sergeant Llewellyn." "Inspector Joseph Rafferty is under pressure. The naked body of a teenage girl has been found on the grounds of Elmhurst, a private psychiatric hospital, and with the help of upright Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, Rafferty must track down the killer. His task is complicated, however, because the victim's face has been mutilated beyond recognition, and Elmhurst's owner, suave social climber Dr. Melville-Briggs, claims he has no idea who the girl might be." "Between Rafferty's mother's constant matchmaking ambitions, the media's unrelenting attention, and a heated power struggle between snobby Melville-Briggs and working-class Llewellyn, Rafferty's first case since his promotion is not going to be an easy one. His growing dislike of the arrogant doctor quickly turns into an obsessive desire to prove Dr. Melville-Briggs guilty of murder, despite his seemingly solid alibi. But when the identity of the girl is discovered at last, a host of new suspects emerges, and Rafferty and Llewellyn, in the full glare of the media, must hustle to dissect motives and to uncover the true murderer." "Fast-paced, keenly written, and thoroughly engaging, Dead Before Morning marks the impressive debut of talented newcomer Geraldine Evans."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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