FFB: Deathtrap by Peter Turnbull

Deathtrap by Peter Turnbull, Severn House 2000 hardcover, mystery, police procedural. 2nd in the Hennessey and Yellich series, set in York, England.

review from Kirkus Reviews:
“Yet another of the author’s absorbing procedurals, this time set in the city of York, where Detective Chief Inspector George Hennessey presides over the Micklegate Bar Police Station when local retiree John Smith, taking his usual walk on the edge of the Whickham Great Wood, comes across the body of freelance reporter Cornelius Weekes, an apparent suicide, in a closed, fume-filled car. When a painstaking autopsy by Hennessey’s close friend Dr. Louise D’Acre proves the death to be murder, Hennessey begins an exploration of Weekes’s recent movements. He soon links the case to the death 18 years ago of Donald Round, another reporter. Both men, Hennessey learns, had been examining the case of Melanie Clifford, imprisoned for the murder of her long-time lover Toby Erickson’s wealthy wife Charlotte. It’s soon clear to Hennessey that John Cross, the long-retired police detective who first headed the Erickson investigation, had deliberately ignored evidence in Melanie’s favor. Now, 18 years later, Hennessey and sidekick Detective Sergeant Yellich are convinced of Melanie’s innocence and set out to prove it.”

After reading a review of one of the books in this series — don’t recall where just now — I went looking and found an ex-lib copy, which I read just last week. I really enjoyed it, especially the characters. I’ll be looking for more of this series.

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12 Responses to FFB: Deathtrap by Peter Turnbull

  1. Jerry House says:

    I’ve only read one book by Turnbull (his first, DEEP AND CRISP AND EVEN) and greatly enjoyed it. I really should read more of him — I have about fifty to chose from.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Glad you liked this, Rick. As you know, I’m a fan. I’ve read all 10 of the earlier, Glasgow-set series, of which the one Jerry mentioned was the first. I know of at least 24 in the Hennessey and Yellich series. I’ve read the first seven (I believe) and have another 10 or 12 on the shelf waiting to be read. Some are better than others, but I’ve enjoyed them all so far,

  3. I’ve seen Peter Turnbull books in various bookstores, but never read one. This is a fairly long series:

    Hennessey and Yellich (set in York, England)

    Fear of Drowning (1999)
    Deathtrap (2000)
    Perils and Dangers (2001)
    The Return (2001)
    After the Flood (2002)
    Dark Secrets (2002)
    All Roads Leadeth (2003)
    Treasure Trove (2003)
    The Dance Master (2004)
    Hopes and Fears (2004)
    The Chill Factor (2005)
    The Legacy (2005)
    False Knight (2006)
    Fire Burn (2006)
    Chelsea Smile (2007)
    Once a Biker (2007)
    No Stone Unturned (2007)
    Turning Point (2008)
    Informed Consent (2009)
    Deliver Us from Evil (2011)
    Aftermath (2010)
    The Altered Case (2012)
    Gift Wrapped (2013)
    A Dreadful Past (2016)

  4. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    I tend to like British police procedurals (Stephen Booth, William Shaw, Peter Robinson). I’m surprised I have never heard of this author. Have to check him out.

  5. Rick, I’d like to know more about Peter Turnbull’s Glasgow-set series. Are they prequels to the Hennessey and Yellich series? Are there characters that get carried over from one to the other series?

  6. tracybham says:

    I saw this post earlier in the weekend, went to check if I had read one of the series (I have), then forgot to come back and comment. That happens a lot lately.

    I read the first in this series in 2011 and liked it but I found it hard to find more books in the series, and I like to read in order. Maybe reading in order doesn’t matter here.

    • I read this, the second, and have the first on hold at the library, but after that, they don’t have any until much further in the series, so I’m not sure about reading others.

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