A Shooting On An Estate Puts DCI Percy Peach On The Trail Of A Brutal GanglordWhen A Young Man Is Found With Gunshot Wounds Outside The Thorley Grange Estate, DCI Percy Peach Is Immediately On The Case The Estate Has Recently Been Taken Over By Oliver Ketley, A Generous Local Benefactor Leading A Double Life As A Ruthless Ganglord Peach Quickly Sets Out To Find The Connection Between Him And The Injured Man, But Ketley Faces Much Bigger Problems A Man In His Position Has Many Enemies, And It Will Only Take One Of Them To End His Life My public library s catalog lists some dozen and one half titles by Greggson in two distinct series, and this is the latest in the DCI Percy Peach offerings And I think it will be the only one I read Granted, character development if any occurred in the earlier books, but I felt everyone and everything pure formulaic.A blurb on the dust jacket calls Greggson another Peter Lovesey I admit, I never read any, but I saw several on PBS over the years But I felt Greggson, who must have a considerable following, else why would his publisher continue to carry him, is preparing for his own television fame when Masterpiece Mystery begins to serialize him.None of the quirkiness of Colin Dexter s Morse or moodiness of P.D James s Adam Dalgliesh.My own feeling is It was an OK story, but if you miss this, no loss. Excellent read The Percy Peach series never fails to provide an entertaining whodunnit.Missed all the clues this time, but really enjoyed the flow of the book. DCI Percy Peach is less than overjoyed when he finds out that Oliver Ketley, a Mister Big in the criminal underworld, has moved onto his patch Ketley has bought Thorley Grange and modernised it and lives there with his wife, domestic staff and his bodyguards When a petty thief is found shot and beaten up just outside the walls of the Grange, Peach is suspicious but Ketley denies all knowledge of the incident Ketley has enemies and other criminals want to muscle in on his enterprises and Peach fears the start of a gang war.This is a testing case for Peach and his team as few people want to upset criminals and risk their vengeance I enjoyed this well written crime novel with its interesting characters and plenty of suspects as well as clues and red herrings sufficient to keep most readers guessing.I can recommend this book and this series if you like less violent crime novels with police characters who mainly get on well with each other The series can be read in any order.
James Michael Gregson taught for twenty seven years in schools, colleges and universities before concentrating on full time writing He has written books on subjects as diverse as golf and Shakespeare.
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- 05 January 2019 J.M. Gregson