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Ore long she’s up to her neck in crooked land deals – and murder – and her own life is on the line This was a pretty good mystery with a resourceful heroine a PI in a small firm asked as a favor to her secretary to look into a case where a builder installs conservatories which later disappear She is also asked as a favor to a friend to look into a land sale fraud When she is run off the road and injured she can't be sure which case if either made her a target As I said pretty good a bit convoluted than I cared for with the fraud schemes but still good Electing Judges up to her neck in crooked land deals – and murder – and her own life is on the line This was a pretty good mystery with a resourceful heroine a PI in a small firm asked as a favor to her secretary to look into a case where a builder installs conservatories which later disappear She is also asked as a favor to a friend to look into a land sale fraud When she is run off the road and injured she can't be sure which case if either made her a target As I said pretty good a bit convoluted than I cared for with the fraud schemes but still good

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PI Kate Brannigan is hired to investigate a series of strange financial scams across Manchester At first I like the Kate Brannigan character different from most of her other books The book written in 1993 so is pretty dated where she uses computer technology and floppy discs but still a fun read for a Sunday morning Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide uses computer technology and floppy discs but still a fun read for a Sunday morning

Val McDermid ½ 6 Summary

It looks like a discrepancy with the paperwork but the deeper Kate digs the murkier the case becomesBef I reread this as it had been than 10 years since I read it Back then McDermid was my favourite author so I was worried I would now being far critical than formerly ruin it for myself I needn't have worried It was long enough ago so that I didn't remember too much As to the uality of the book I am sure it had flaws but I was having too much fun to notice them Kate Brannigan is a feisty witty brave protagonist and is surrounded by a support network that manage to respect and mock her in just the right proportions There is a lively plot full of twists near misses action sarcasm and far too much Chinese food In other words it is one of those private eye stories that is always a good read especially when the private eye is a womanBrannigan manages to balance a case for a real paying client who her bossy secretary has a most unprofessional interest in as well as do a job on the side for one of her best friends The bad guys from the stories look likely to kill her and Kate really wants to go back to her latest computer game civilization since it was the 90s but I had some cringe factor there Missing floppy disks yes that long ago a corpse who ends up being someone other than the obvious candidate and a Veronica Mars worthy scene on p244 later Brannigan has all the answers It's not really been a puzzle for the reader but it has been a rollicking ride with enough twists and lively dialogue to satisfyI still like McDermid's other detective Lindsay Gordon even betterand I still don't like McDermid's gorier stories But this is good clean fun with some yucky details at the corpse Also as far as love interests go Richard is satisfactory though rather Kate than me The Black Ice Score (Parker, uality of the book I am sure it had flaws but I was having too much fun to notice them Kate Brannigan is a feisty witty brave protagonist and is surrounded by a support network that manage to respect and mock her in just the right proportions There is a lively plot full of twists near misses action sarcasm and far too much Chinese food In other words it is one of those private eye stories that is always a good read especially when the private eye is a womanBrannigan manages to balance a case for a real paying client who her bossy secretary has a most The Black Painting unprofessional interest in as well as do a job on the side for one of her best friends The bad guys from the stories look likely to kill her and Kate really wants to go back to her latest computer game civilization since it was the 90s but I had some cringe factor there Missing floppy disks yes that long ago a corpse who ends Fire and Desire up being someone other than the obvious candidate and a Veronica Mars worthy scene on p244 later Brannigan has all the answers It's not really been a puzzle for the reader but it has been a rollicking ride with enough twists and lively dialogue to satisfyI still like McDermid's other detective Lindsay Gordon even betterand I still don't like McDermid's gorier stories But this is good clean fun with some yucky details at the corpse Also as far as love interests go Richard is satisfactory though rather Kate than me


10 thoughts on “Kick Back

  1. says:

    Just to convenient First Sentence The Case of the Missing ConservatoriesThere were just to many convenient things that happened in this one I'm and convinced that I would not have picked up another book by McDermid it I started out with these books So it's a good thing I only read a few of them before discovering the Tony Hill Carol Jordan SeriesStill I'm determined to read this whole series It just shows how much McDermid grew as a writer


  2. says:

    I like the Kate Brannigan character different from most of her other books The book written in 1993 so is pretty dated where she uses computer technology and floppy discs but still a fun read for a Sunday morning


  3. says:

    Second in this series about Manchester based PI Kate Brannigan this has her investigating 3 separate cases one fizzles out as someone else solves it for her while the other two missing conservatories and a friends lost property deposit which both involve highly confusing mortgage scams are excruciatingly boring She spends most of the book driving around on stake out or eating Chinese food when she's not explaining all the technology which was clearly super snazzy at the time but 21 years later is as dated as the fashion I laughed out loud when Kate explains how her laptop can hold a whopping 60 novels worth of textThere's no great suspense a little bit of danger and action and a lot of snark The first in the series was entertaining so I hope the next books improve since I've already bought them fortunately at book fair prices


  4. says:

    A British author—I had read a later book Crack Down in the series a year or two ago and been dissatisfied Now I can’t see whyThe narrator is a PI Named Kate who is partner in a two person firm specializing in white collar crime investigations She has a rock journalist for a boyfriend—one of those couples where he is the softer passive partner This case could be described as The Case of the Missing Conservatories—but it develops into far I liked the bits and pieces of British culturelife—almost like being there2020 note I have been very sorry to see this author drop this series after 5 or 6 books for others


  5. says:

    Let’s face it this is junk writing from someone who could do much better


  6. says:

    I reread this as it had been than 10 years since I read it Back then McDermid was my favourite author so I was worried I would now being far critical than formerly ruin it for myself I needn't have worried It was long enough ago so that I didn't remember too much As to the uality of the book I am sure it had flaws but I was having too much fun to notice them Kate Brannigan is a feisty witty brave protagonist and is surrounded by a support network that manage to respect and mock her in just the right proportions There is a lively plot full of twists near misses action sarcasm and far too much Chinese food In other words it is one of those private eye stories that is always a good read especially when the private eye is a womanBrannigan manages to balance a case for a real paying client who her bossy secretary has a most unprofessional interest in as well as do a job on the side for one of her best friends The bad guys from the stories look likely to kill her and Kate really wants to go back to her latest computer game civilization since it was the 90s but I had some cringe factor there Missing floppy disks yes that long ago a corpse who ends up being someone other than the obvious candidate and a Veronica Mars worthy scene on p244 later Brannigan has all the answers It's not really been a puzzle for the reader but it has been a rollicking ride with enough twists and lively dialogue to satisfyI still like McDermid's other detective Lindsay Gordon even betterand I still don't like McDermid's gorier stories But this is good clean fun with some yucky details at the corpse Also as far as love interests go Richard is satisfactory though rather Kate than me


  7. says:

    We were so charmed by McDermid’s private eye Kate Brannigan in her first appearance in “Dead Beat” that we hurried to this second in her 6 book set “Kick Back” While Kate was still a fun and resourcefully persistent character the plot did little to engage us – indeed many readers were as buffaloed as the novel’s players by the convoluted mortgage refinancing scheme that dominated the story A sub plot involving a land swindling conspiracy complete with a cross dressing lawyer wasn’t really that clear or entertaining either And Kate’s partner Bill who was on vacation during most of the tale had merely the same bit part as in the first bookAll entries in this series were published in the 90’s suggesting the author herself tired of the premise of Kate and Bill’s mostly white collar crime solving team although we are not so discouraged we might try another visit with Kate Meanwhile the author has two other series in addition to the Tony Hill Carol Jordan set – one contemporary with Brannigan featuring police detective Karen Pirie and another newer set about Scottish journalist Lindsay Gordon – perhaps those warrant a try


  8. says:

    This was a pretty good mystery with a resourceful heroine a PI in a small firm asked as a favor to her secretary to look into a case where a builder installs conservatories which later disappear She is also asked as a favor to a friend to look into a land sale fraud When she is run off the road and injured she can't be sure which case if either made her a target As I said pretty good a bit convoluted than I cared for with the fraud schemes but still good


  9. says:

    Fair if a little too involved I kept getting the two separate cases confused The MC has yet to grab me


  10. says:

    Competent but nothing special It perhaps appealed to me as I know many of the locations well Not one for the Buxton Tourist Office to stock