Dead Before Morning
#1 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…
For readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals.
With his superstitious Irish nature, British Detective Joe Rafferty isn’t surprised that his first murder case as a newly-promoted Essex detective is a tough one. The murder victim, whom the media has dubbed 'The Faceless Lady', has no ID and has been bludgeoned beyond recognition. She also supposedly had no access to the secure psychiatric facility where her dead body is found. The news media has seized on the case, placing Rafferty in an unwelcome spotlight. His boss, with whom he shares a mutual loathing, would love to see him fail.
And these are not his only little difficulties. Because Detective Rafferty is cursed by a malign fate and with a large family who believe obeying the Law of the Land is optional, Rafferty capitulates to his ma's demand that he does whatever it takes to get his crooked distant cousin out of the pokey in time for his marriage to ma’s niece. Successfully accomplishing this sticky manoeuvre is sure to be challenging, but keeping it upwind of his morally stiff new partner might be a demand too far.
If Rafferty can't spring his cousin in time, his ma's liable to commit murder—his. And if the Faceless Lady's case remains unsolved, the Superintendent will black-mark his record so indelibly that his career as a detective will never recover. If he still has a career left to ruin.
'This often comic tale sharpens the appetite for more.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
'Evans' humor seriously added to my enjoyment of her book. The series has stand out central characters and clever plots. AUNT AGATHA'S BOOKSHOP, ANN ARBOR
The first book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series.
Rafferty & Llewellyn series
Dead Before Morning #1
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Death Line #3
The Hanging Tree #4
Absolute Poison #5
Dying For You #6
Bad Blood #7
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Blood on the Bones #9
A Thrust to the Vitals #10
Death Dues #11
All the Lonely People #12
Death Dance #13
Deadly Reunion #14
Kith and Kill #15
Asking For It #16
The Spanish Connection #17
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In this lively crime-fiction debut, British author Evans introduces a fresh ``odd couple'' team of sleuths. Rough-edged, blustery and emotional Det. Insp. Rafferty comes from a large, demanding and semi-criminal family; his foil is college-educated Sergeant Llewellyn, only son of a Welsh minister, who hides most of his feelings in scholarly observations and a dour demeanor. Investigating the death of a London prostitute whose battered body is discovered in the well-tended gardens of a private psychiatric institution, they find that all the staff members have keys to the grounds, not to mention alibis of varying credibility. In charge of the home is patrician Dr. Melville-Briggs, who resents proletarian Rafferty putting obstacles the way of his womanizing and career advancement. The pair are soon immersed in a caper full of illegal drugs, jealous physicians and jilted mistresses. Though Evans drops some crucial clues too early to escape the notice of seasoned crime pundits, this often comic tale sharpens the appetite for more from the verbose, expansive Rafferty and his solemn cohort.
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Dead Before Morning
Really really boring and a non-ending ending. A real slog😡 Nicky
Dead before morning
A good read. Keeps your interest. The two principal characters are particularly interesting in their relationship.