Chelsea Mansions

Chelsea Mansions

A Brock and Kolla Mystery

Book - 2011
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""Brock and Kolla's meticulous, psychologically astute sleuthing fascinates." --Entertainment Weekly on No Trace The annual Chelsea Flower Show is one of the tourist highlights of London. But this year, the event is tainted by the murder of an American tourist in a random act of violence. But when DCI David Brock's Serious Crime division of Scotland Yard investigates, they quickly discover that the killer somehow avoided having both his face and his escape captured on any of the many closed circuit cameras in the area. The conclusion is inescapable - what seemed a senseless, but random, event was in fact a carefully planned murder. But how could the victim- a retired widow traveling with a long time family friend - be worth the trouble and expense of such an elaborate killing? When a very wealthy Russian oligarch is killed in the garden of his palatial estate not far from the hotel where the murdered tourist was staying, Brock and Kolla suspect that something more complicated is going on and that the two killings are somehow related. In a case that takes Brock and his team all the way to the States and back, secrets from a long forgotten past are the key to a string of bloody murders that are just beginning.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780312600662
Branch Call Number: M MAITLAND
Characteristics: 375 p


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Feb 15, 2014

Despite overly convoluted plots, and rather shallow character development, I find I can't put Maitland's books down and am quickly working my way through all those my library has. I may even have to resort to buying others for my Kindle...Still, Kathy Kolla is neither an active nor recovering alcoholic which is a relief, even if her boyfriends never work out and family of origin issues appear to have left her emotionally stunted. Neither she, nor Brock, seem quite fully realized as people.

akarenina May 25, 2012

This Maitland mystery was a confusing mixture of twists, turns and tangents as well as characters, including Russian oligarchs, old Soviet spies, agents from MI5 and MI6, Americans, a Canadian, as well as the usual assortment of thugs, criminals and cops. By the time it was over, I wasn't really sure whodunit or why. Nevertheless, I anxiously await the next Brock and Kolla Mystery

mikeyppl Jan 05, 2012

Loved this book. Will definitely read more in this series.

Jan 02, 2012

Disappointing effort from an author I usually like. Found the story boring and the characters are not that interesting any more.


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