The Dead of Winter

The Dead of Winter

John Madden Series, Book 3

eBook - 2009
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"[Rennie Airth's] meticulously detailed procedural mysteries are beautifully written . . . well worth reading, and rereading."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review On a freezing London night in 1944, Rosa Novak is brutally murdered during a blackout. Scotland Yard suspects the young Polish refugee was the victim of a random act of violence and might have dropped the case if former police investigator John Madden hadn't been her employer. Madden feels he owes it to Rosa to find her killer and pushes the investigation, uncovering her connection to a murdered Parisian furrier, a member of the Resistance, and a stolen cache of diamonds.Delivering the atmospheric writing and compelling characters that have already established Rennie Airth as a master of suspense as well as style, this long-awaited third installment in the John Madden series is historical crime writing at its best.
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9781101105047
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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johnwilla
Jun 11, 2012

Story maintains suspense throughout and shows how the police move carefully and methodically to find a psychopathic killer. The story succeeds (to me) in convincingly depicting wartime London with a minimum of detail. John Madden does not figure so prominently in this story but his work does the major unraveling of the mystery... great story.

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KarenW
Oct 05, 2010

Once again John Madden is involved in a murder case although he has been retired and living in the country for 20 years. This time the victim was someone who was living under his roof and he feels personally responsible in solving the case. While seeking the truth in wartime London, he finds the usual red herrings and people from his past that will eventually crack this case. Rennie Airth has created an intriguing story that brings back old characters and lets the reader catch up on the Madden family as well. Well worth reading!

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