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There's panache aplenty in this intriguing tale. Sharp plotting, elegant writing, engaging characters, a cracking climax. A series is promised. Bring it on! (Reginald Hill ) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Dan Waddell is a journalist and author who lives in west London. He has published ten non-fiction books, including the bestselling Who Do You Think You Are?, which tied in with the BBC TV series. This is his first novel. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.


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  • Relié: 437 pages
  • Editeur : Thorndike Press; Édition : Lrg (novembre 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1410410927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410410924
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,8 x 14 x 2,3 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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1 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par menchu sur 5 février 2013
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je recommande ce livre à tous ceux qui aiment les intrigues à la fois originales, sinueuses et en lien avec l'histoire. ici, un quartier de Londres, Notting Hill.
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8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great concept that somewhat fizzles out at end 18 octobre 2008
Par hessa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Genealogist Nigel Barnes teams up with a couple cops in order to solve a string of serial killings in modern day London. Oddly, Nigel's genealogical research is much more interesting--and convincing--than the work done by law enforcement. The author seems iffy on actual police procedures, but quite knowledgeable on the secrets of tracing one's past.

The writing in this book is generally rich and well-crafted, carrying it through some rather serious plot holes. Why, for example, doesn't the London Police Force hire more than just one genealogist to help them when the clock is ticking until the next murder? Although the book is engrossing, the ultimate unveiling of the killer is not terribly satisfying. I will probably check out the sequel to see if its ending packs a bigger punch, and if Waddell eases up on the long, rambling historical details which somewhat slow the pace of The Blood Detective.
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Blood Detective by Dan Waddell 9 novembre 2009
Par Susie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'm an avid fan of police procedural series, mostly Nordic and Euro.

Waddell's Blood Detective is a great introduction to a new series.

The story is set in England. There are three main characters, all well defined, and special in their own ways.

I especially like Nigel Barnes, a genealogist. The murder investigation is mostly done by Barnes' research through birth, marriage and death certificates.

The story is well written, perfectly paced from the first to the last page with no wasted words.

I ordered the second book, BLOOD ATONEMENT, a Nigel Barnes mystery novel immediately after I finished BLOOD DETECTIVE.
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strong police procedural 15 juin 2008
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Scotland Yard hires genealogist Nigel Barnes as a consultant to their investigation into ghastly serial killings haunting London. The only link between the victims besides a gruesome death is each corpse is marked with "1A137".

Barnes follows up on the death number and soon realizes it is the number on the death certificate filed in 1879 for murder victim Albert Beck, who was stabbed to death in a churchyard. As he widens his historical search, he learns that Beck was one of the five victims allegedly murdered by the Kensington Killer; Eke Fairbairn was arrested as such, tried and executed. Further evidence seems to imply Eke was innocent and an apparent descendant is avenging his undeserved execution by executing relatives of the prosecution.

Although the climax seems implausible, readers will relish this strong police procedural with a fascinating lead character, who uses genealogy to uncover nineteenth century clues to a present day serial killer. The story line is fast-paced, but held together by Nigel as he begins to piece together the puzzle. He will remind the audience somewhat of Rhett McPherson's Missouri genealogist Torie O'Shea. Fans will enjoy this fine English whodunit while looking forward to more such cases starring Nigel.

Harriet Klausner
Fine ensemble 3 novembre 2014
Par Ed Battistella - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Blood Detective is the story of Nigel Barnes, a genealogist—a family historian, really, who gets enlisted by the London police to help find a serial killer who is reenacting century old killings. Nigel is an attractive character, a sort of failed academic with a code of ethics, and the book introduces a fine ensemble of police character—chief inspector Grant Foster, and his colleagues Heather Jenkins and Andy Drinkwater. The book was a first rate mystery combined with interesting insights into historical research.
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1st in genealogist mystery series is gritty and compelling 29 mars 2011
Par Christina Lockstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell is the first book in a new mystery series starring London genealogist Nigel Barnes. Barnes has recently returned to his work as a family history researcher after an unsuccessful attempt to become a university professor. He's frustrated at the lack of work within the occupation until hired by police detective Grant Foster and his partner Heather Jenkins to discover the meaning behind a code carved into the body of a murdered body found in a churchyard. The code refers to a record at the Family Records Centre which Barnes discovers traces back to a murderer known as the Kensington Killer who stabbed five men to death in 1879. As Foster, Jenkins, and Barnes investigate the 1879 case, they quickly discover that the current victims are tied to that century old case. Who would have thought that Waddell could take the dusty hobby of genealogy and turned it into an exciting and completely thrilling murder mystery. He uses the past to good effect as each person associated with the case has a secret in their own history. The writing is gritty, believable, and thoroughly compelling. Waddell gets extra points from me for laying out the clues for readers so I knew the motive and murderer before the main characters. I will definitely be following up on this series.
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