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At 5.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was trapped - stranded in a line of eight cars by a blizzard on a Norfolk coast road.At 8.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was dead - viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck.And his killer has achieved the impossible: striking without being seen, and without leaving a single footprint in the snow . . .For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine it's only thAt 5.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was trapped - stranded in a line of eight cars by a blizzard on a Norfolk coast road.At 8.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was dead - viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck.And his killer has achieved the impossible: striking without being seen, and without leaving a single footprint in the snow . . .For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine it's only the start of an infuriating investigation. The crime scene is melting, the murderer has vanished, the witnesses are dropping like flies. And the body count is on the rise . . ....

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ISBN : 9780141027517
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Death Wore White Reviews

  • Eric_W
    2018-10-27 20:59

    I know that I am no judge of what constitutes good writing, but this book is filled with evocative images. For example, as the inspectors regarded a beach following a snowstorm where a man had been found dead, "sometimes a seagull wheeled, ripping a tiny white tear in the monochrome canvas." Or, "Crews disembarked, pencil-gray outlines working in a bank of falling snowflakes, bristling with rakes and buckets and forks."As Stephen points out, this is a form of "locked room" mystery.""There's a passenger in the murder victim's vehicle, but she's gone. There's an apple in the murder victim's vehicle, but it's not his. The corpse on the beach is involved in some form of illegal trade in wildlife, and that's gone too. It wasn't a simple inquiry to begin with." A fresh fallen snow, but no footprints. The man who last spoke to the victim suffers a heart attack. And what's with the used spark plugs found in the victim's car? And was there a connection between the people caught behind the victim's car in the blizzard? See Stephen's nice review for a more complete plot summary. Ripping good yarn.

  • Stephen
    2018-11-18 04:52

    This is a wonderful locked room mystery, except it's not in a locked room at all. When reviewing a mystery one has to be very careful to not give away too much, which is easy to do with a book like this.The two detectives are a study in contrasts. Peter Shaw is young, by the book, and forensics orientated. George Valentine is older, a smoker with some serious lung issues, and was the partner of Peter Shaw's late father. The problem is, Peter Shaw's father and Valentine were of the school of find the man then fit the evidence. In their last case it blew up in their face, Shaw's father retired, and Valentine was knocked down a grade and sent to the Norfolk coast. Not a plum pick of a job. In their working relationship, Peter Shaw is Valentine's boss. Tensions? Yes, but it doesn't get in the way of the police work. All of this is important, so remember it for later.The mystery, which I have lifted from the inside flap of the book. On a frigid winter night, Harvey Ellis is trapped on a coastal road--stranded by a blizzard in a line of either cars. Within a few hours, he is dead, viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck. The problem is this, there is only one set of foot prints leading up to his truck, and the lady in the second car saw the man who made those tracks walk up, keep his hands in his pocket and walk back past her to his own car. Therein lies the locked door mystery. How could anyone have gotten up there, killed him, and gotten away without making so much as a single footprint?Meanwhile Shaw and Valentine are down on the beach trying to catch sight of barrels of toxic waste that are floating up on the beach so they can alert the Coast Guard. While they are doing that a child sized raft floats to shore with a dead adult male in it. It is in the effort to try to find a good cell phone signal (the famous dead spot Verizon says does not exist) that DCI Shaw even notices the line of eight cars, which leads to the discover of above mentioned Harvey Ellis corpse.I enjoyed this book. The only reason I gave it a four star and not a five was the lack of fully developed characters among the other police involved in the book. The suspects all had some development, and guilty party had enough development, but aside from the two detectives, one character was about as cardboard as the next. Now I don't want to know every single character, no matter how small a part they have, to be fully developed as in, say, an Elizabeth George novel, but I do want something that makes one police-man seem different from the police-woman two seats over in the briefing room.Now for the details I asked you to remember about that infamous last case which cost Valentine so much. Young Peter Shaw is interested in that last case, looks over the evidence again, and tries to reopen the case. This causes some friction between him and Valentine, who has the case file and is ever so reluctant to release it to Peter...but he does. You see, the person who they had fitted up for the child murder that cost them their careers, has a very eerie reappearance at the end of the book as a lawyer defending a juvenile delinquent who inadvertently caused a disturbed man to commit suicide. In other words, I sure looks like that had the right man after all originally, but their lack of "doing it by the book" got the case thrown out of court.There are a multitude of things going on in this book, none of them pretty, but all of them are compelling. If you like mysteries. You will like Death Wore White.

  • Arwen56
    2018-11-07 01:52

    Comincio a pensare che se non ci fossi io ad abbassare la media delle stellette, su Goodreads tutti i libri sarebbero da 10 e lode. :-D Persino questo “giallo” che propone paragoni di questo tenore: La neve cadeva a Burnham Market come tante vecchie banconote candide da cinque sterlineAvrei anche potuto capire il contrario, ossia che una manciata di banconote lanciata da un balcone ricordasse la neve. Ma che la neve faccia venire in mente le banconote, mi pare un’idea che sarebbe potuta venire solo a Paperon de’Paperoni.E non demorde il signor Kelly, perché più avanti aggiunge anche:Il contenuto cominciò a espandersi, come un film al rallentatore di un’orchidea che si apre. Rosso, oro e porpora. Foglie che si srotolavano. Shaw ne prese una e la tenne sospesa contro la luce. Una banconota da cinquanta sterline. Capovolse il barattolo e, facendo leva, tirò fuori varie mazzette che cominciarono a distendersi sul letto sporco come tanti fiori esotici. Prima la neve e poi i fiori esotici … sì, decisamente deve avere una parentela stretta con Paperon de’Paperoni. E non è che si riscatti neppure quando si distrae un attimo dal pensiero dei soldi:… giaceva nella vasca, le membra contorte in un intrico agonizzante.Ma se il soggetto in questione è morto stecchito da un pezzo, come fa a essere “agonizzante”?Giusto per bontà d’animo sorvolo sul fatto che:L’acqua del mare era stagnante come il mercurio.Vabbè, soprassediamo sullo stile, che non è il massimo neanche per un romanzo poliziesco, e passiamo alla trama. Per buona parte del narrato, il ritmo è di una lentezza esasperante. In compenso, però, acquisiamo una notevole e utilissima conoscenza sui diversi tipi di tosse che affliggono il compagno di squadra dell’ispettore Shaw, George Valentine. Tosse secca, tosse catarrosa, tosse che scuote le spalle, per non parlare dei diversi e inquietanti sibili che escono dai suoi polmoni di inveterato fumatore. Poi, improvvisamente, l’autore si riscuote. Probabilmente la moglie deve avergli tirato una gomitata della madonna in un fianco per non farlo abbioccare, perché comincia a snocciolare via nomi, situazioni, fatti, cause e concause, assassinî recenti e passati, motivazioni possibili o probabili, alibi e contro alibi. E il lettore, che a quel punto era ormai anche lui ridotto in stato di semi catalessi, senza ricordarsi più una mazza di chi fosse questo o di chi fosse quello e di dove si trovassero e a che ora, prende tutto per buono e si dichiara d’accordo su qualunque cosa, purché la si faccia finita una buona volta, perdio!Ma il signor Kelly non la fa finita. E no. Il signor Kelly, ormai completamente sveglio e pimpante, ci schiaffa lì un ultimo fatterello cruento, per cui, se si vuol sapere come andrà a finire, bisognerà acquistare il prossimo romanzo e magari anche quelli successivi. Per quel che mi riguarda, mi tengo la curiosità. Anzi, farò di più. Decido io, d’ufficio, che il responsabile verrà trovato, processato, giudicato colpevole, messo in galera, la chiave della cella gettata in mare e così et voilà:

  • Trish
    2018-10-28 20:37

    The name Jim Kelly sounds American to me, in a way that the Australian name Ned Kelly does not. But author Jim Kelly is British, and he has produced a mystery worthy of a series with Death wore White. The descriptions of the two lead investigators on a triple homicide are strong and fully-fleshed, containing those rogue contradictions in character that make the action realistic, and interesting. Other characters are quickly sketched but contain the essence of personality and form. The author uses words the way his youthful Detective Inspector Shaw uses his Forensic Art kit, constructing faces, lives, motives from the heap of choices that surround us.Death wore White is complicated, and filled with the feints and weaves that a complex set of family relationships can throw at someone observing from the outside. But the coast of Britain in winter, protected by Her Majesty’s Finest, is a fine place to observe the insecurities and failures of the most well-meaning, and the unexpected strengths and grace of the least among us. What I liked best, I think, was the ending. The straight up-and-down by-the-book young DI does something that might seem out of character for him, but not for his partner DS Valentine, nor for his dead and discredited father. So we look forward to the next development in the series.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-11-03 04:01

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  • Marilyn F
    2018-11-21 01:34

    Might have given a 3.5 or 3.75 if I could ... I did think it was a good mystery, even if it lost me there once or twice, lol, and the characters were fairly interesting. And set in the cold so probably a good one for when you're laying hot on the beach.

  • Susan
    2018-10-21 00:02

    Death Wore White is the first book of the Detective Inspector Peter Shaw and Detective Sergeant George Valentine series by Jim Kelly, set in present-day Norfolk, England. It features an intricate plot with deep characterizations. Shaw and Valentine are members of (fictitious) West Norfolk Constabulary, extremely awkward in their new partnership. Valentine had been partner to Shaw’s deceased father, DCI Jack Shaw, up until their infamous last case, in which their handling of evidence was ruled ‘slipshod’. Peter is not entirely sure what happened in that last case, and cannot trust Valentine implicitly, the theme running throughout the book. Although the two detectives grow to respect each other’s abilities during the case, the past remains to haunt them (and guarantees more books to follow in the series).In Death Wore White, motorists are diverted one winter evening by detour signs from the highway onto the Siberia Belt, where they are blocked by a tree across the roadway. Sarah, in the second car stopped on Siberia Belt, is frantic to pick up her daughter Jillie from school. The elderly man in the Corsa behind her suffers a heart attack. 8 cars total are stopped on Siberia Belt, among them a delivery from a takeout Chinese restaurant, a security van carrying money, a builder’s van, and a teenager driving an expensive sports car.Detective Inspector Peter Shaw and his partner Detective Sergeant George Valentine are investigating a body in a raft on Ingol Beach, when they notice the stopped cars on Siberia Belt. The driver of the first truck has been murdered. A few days later, a body washes up on Styleman’s Middle (beach). Shaw and Valentine believe the deaths are not coincidental, and carefully probe the connections between all the involved parties, while a forensic expert examines all the evidence. The driver of each stopped vehicle has a backstory that Shaw & Valentine investigate in depth, as well as the nearby tenant farmer. I recommend Death Wore White to readers who enjoy police procedurals with a wealth of forensic evidence, a complicated plot, and a large cast of characters. Frequent references to UK-specific terms had me relying on Wikipedia to fully understand the context.

  • Michael
    2018-10-26 05:02

    Det. Inspector Peter Shaw and veteran officer, Det. Sgt. George Valentine are sent to the Norfolk, shore to look for containers of toxic waste that police in England suspect are being dumped in that location. While there, the officers discover a dead body in a raft, washing up against the shore. The weather is terrible and blizzard conditions prevail.Not far away, someone has placed a sign on the main road that due to flooding, motorists should detour to the coastal road. A tree has been cut and is across that road and eight cars are trapped. In addition, someone has killed the driver of the first car in line, Harvey Ellis.When Shaw and Valentine get to the scene, what perplexes them is that, although Ellis has been killed in a violent manner, there are no footprints in the snow.D.I. Shaw followed his father, Jack, into the police department. He is currently the youngest detective inspector on the job. He's teamed with the no nonsense, veteran, George Valentine. What adds possible tension between the partners is that Valentine had been Peter's father's old partner. Twelve years prior, Jack Shaw and Valentine made a mistake with the evidence on a case. The judge was very critical of the manner in which the case was handled, and it ended Shaw's career. Now Peter surprises Valentine asking him to tell him about the case and letting him know that he wants to look into it.This is a well done novel a variation of the locked door mystery. The author's literary style was a pleasure to read and Shaw and Valentine are a fine team, the crusty old vet, under the supervision of the young Chief Inspector, who has a talent for forensics and in dealing with suspects.My dilemma was that I wanted to find out how the story came out but the book was so fine, I didn't want it to end.

  • Jazz
    2018-11-12 03:57

    The blurb on the cover from the NY Times Book Review pulled me in: "Ever since the days of Agatha Christie, the great divide in the British detective story has been between plot and character...which is why the novels of Jim Kelly are something of a find." Add to that -- my favorite -- the impossible crime: Eight cars and their passengers are stranded by a downed tree during a blizzard on a Norfolk coast road. When police arrive, the driver of the lead car is found dead, a chisel in his left eye. How could the killer have committed the murder without being seen by the other stranded motorists, and without leaving a single footprint in the snow? Intriguing first book in the DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine series with plenty of plot twists. Characters are well-drawn inside an interesting setting. I got a little impatient toward the end with the secondary plot line, just wanting the main crime explained, so my only criticism is that I thought it could have been a little shorter than 400 pages. Otherwise, a solid four stars for me, and I will certainly follow this series.

  • Kathy
    2018-10-22 20:38

    Slow reading. Starred reviews for this author from Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Perhpas only Kirkus for this book. Police procedural - interesting enough main character, Peter Shaw, but very convoluted plot of murder on stranded coastal road with lots of characters, subplot of detective and new partner George Valentine, under a cloud involving detective Shaw's father. They unsuccessfully tried to get new info and open the old case; at end Peter will pursue on his own. Guess there's another book coming!

  • Jyv
    2018-10-24 21:49

    I found the style of writing ponderous. There was some unusual use of words for descriptions that seemed unnecessary (eg "pus-coloured" headlights). I didn't care about any of the characters nor was I really bothered about the outcome. I just wanted to finish it so I could start something hopefully more enjoyable.

  • Carolyn
    2018-11-21 02:58

    Rather contrived and stuffed with plot twists just for the sake of it. Not especially well-written, with rather bizarre metaphors, and the characters were rather one-dimensional. Perhaps the creation of detectives of the complexity and depth of Wallander, Rebus and above all, Erlendur has spoiled my appreciation of anything less. I found Shaw decidedly shallow and poorly drawn.

  • Carol
    2018-11-14 04:36

    At 5.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was trapped - stranded in a line of eight cars by a blizzard on a Norfolk coast road. At 8.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was dead - viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck. And his killer has achieved the impossible: striking without being seen, and without leaving a single footprint in the snow . . . For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine it's only the start of an infuriating investigation. The crime scene is melting, the murderer has vanished, the witnesses are dropping like flies. And the body count is on the rise.This is the first novel in this series so I forgave it for being rather slow and having a improbable plot boarding on down right kooky. The characters of Shaw and Valentine are really good and they make a good team. The crusty old vet under the supervision of the young Chief Inspector who has a talent for forensics and in dealing with suspects are actually what carried this novel off and earned it the 3.5 stars. Like all of Jim Kelly's novels that I have read... this one also is very repetitive. It's almost like he has forgotten that he's mentioned this piece of evidence or advise at least five times already. I loved the idea of the plot. It was almost like a closed-door mystery. There was seemingly no way it could have happened but yet it did kind of thing.

  • Reggie Billingsworth
    2018-11-03 03:44

    Jim Kelly continues as a marvel at precise and pithy imagery, on top of the fascinating plots and unique base set of characters with which he peoples his Norfolk broads universe.This title proved my belief in just letting a master do what he does best, even if you have no clue how the hell the writer is going to get out of the self-constructed conundrum. This was a fiendishly complex puzzle with a nicely controlled number of characters and layer upon layer of reveal. If a 5.5 rating was available I would post it.I keep returning to Kelly for the quality of writing and then think, oh yeah, this guy can plot up a storm too for a thoroughly entertaining and intriguing read.

  • Richard
    2018-11-07 00:50

    Jim Kelly is one of my favourite writers. He offers us original descriptions and images while telling absorbing stories with interesting characters. If, like me, you occasionally feel guilty for spending time reading murder mysteries, then Jim Kelly (along with Donna Leon and Robert B Parker, for entirely different reasons) exonerates me.This book starts his second series, and having now read several of them, I think I prefer Shaw and Valentine to the original Philip Dryden books. It is a good, atmospheric tale set in a familiar (for me) and well depicted landscape. Not his best book ever, but well worth your time.

  • Larry Piper
    2018-11-04 20:46

    My friend, Angela, who got me into playing flutes in church some twenty years ago, but whom I've not seen in a number of years, recommended this to me. I'd been commenting (of FaceBook) to someone else from church about the audio book series that were so popular with the two women who ring handbells next to me (the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny). For some reason, Angela jumped into the thread and recommended this series to me, albeit a readable series. I don't do audio books yet. I don't spend enough time in my car. Anyway, I snagged a copy from BPL and checked it out. It's an interesting, albeit rather convoluted story. It begins with a bunch of people being directed into a small lane/short cut by a sign claiming the main road was out. They are trapped on one end by a felled tree, and at the other end by a slewed car. So they can't drive out, nor back up. Also, the lane is a mobile dark spot, so they can't call for help. Eventually, the police, who are nearby fishing a body out of the sea, notice their presence and show up to help get them out. They find that the first vehicle in line, a pick-up truck, has a dead body inside. The driver was stabbed through the eye with a chisel. Several other bodies show up in the area, and Detective Inspector Shaw wonders if they're related. Detective Inspector Shaw has been teamed up with Detective Sergeant Valentine. Valentine was once the partner of Shaw's father. But ten years previously, Shaw's father bungled an investigation. The father was essentially kicked off the force and died a year later. Valentine was demoted and sent to the hinterlands of Norfolk, the northern part of East Anglia, in England, where he languished for a dozen years. So, there's a certain tension between the two. The problem with the dead guy in the truck, is that it was snowing at the time people got backed up in the blocked "short cut". But there's only one set of foot prints going up to the truck in front and then back again. Those are of the guy who was third or fourth in line. He claims the driver was alive when he walked up to him, and that he had a young-woman passenger with him. The woman who was second in line confirms that there appeared to have been activity in the truck. She saw motion in the cab, and also noted that the sounds in the truck, some kind of loud rock, eventually changed to a slightly more muted radio program. But, the police found only one body in the truck. His passenger, the young woman managed to disappear without leaving a single foot print. Well, other bodies show up. People are found to be lying. People in the pile up appear to be more related than one first thought, or than they admitted, and so forth. It makes for an intriguing story.I found several problems with this book. The author keeps trying to soar off into artsy/fartsy flights of description. Rather than being evocative, I found them forced, sometimes inapt, and a distraction. For example, in one place we are told about the dried grasses appearing in footsteps which disturbed the snow. Well, dried grasses might appear if the footsteps are disturbing an inch of relatively wet snow. But only a page or so earlier, we were told there was a foot of snow on the ground. No way a foot step is going to scuff up enough snow that's a foot deep that you'll see dried grasses at the bottom of the foot print. There were other "details" that didn't gibe with settings we'd been given only a few pages earlier. So, neither the author nor his editors were paying much attention when they read the rough draft for editing. Then, lots of acronyms are thrown around. They might make sense to Brits, but certainly not to us more mundane 'merikans. I'm not sure if this is a problem per se. The book was probably meant to be read only by Brits. But it was a problem for those of us who spent most of our lives on the western side of the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, I don't think I've ever read an allegedly professionally prepared book with so many typos. In my experience, books produced by professional publishers rarely have even one or two noticeable typos. In the case of books produced by scanning dead-tree manuscripts, and then performing optical character recognition (OCR) to render them into electronic format, you might get a typo or two, but generally not oodles, unless it's a scan uploaded to a place like Archive.org, where no one follows up. Properly produced OCRed books from places like Gutenberg tend to be well enough proof read that only one or two typos show up.This book, however, had dozens of typos. Given that the book was published in 2008 if seems reasonable that the original manuscript was produced on a word processor and that the e-book version was produced from an electronic manuscript. Apparently, this particular publisher, Minotaur Books, is too lazy to pay editors to check manuscripts (although the author praises a number of editorial helpers in his acknowledgments), or else too cheap to use decent software than can create a useful EBook from a word-processed manuscript. How in the hell is that possible? So the story itself was rather fun, but the poor quality of the background detail and of the production was not so fun. Hence, what should probably warrant 4*s, gets only 3*s from me. I'm seriously on the fence regarding whether or not I'll try reading another book by Jim Kelly.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-20 23:36

    I really enjoyed this book! The characters are both interesting and well-written. The story was seemed to be a traditional "locked room" type of story with just enough off-shoots and twists to keep me interested. I will definitely read more in this series!

  • John
    2018-11-05 22:42

    This is the first book in a new series by Jim Kelly whose books I have enjoyed in the past. This is a police procedural set in King's Lynn, Norfolk and is based on a tremendous set up; a series of cars are trapped by a tree fall in the midst of a blizzard and there is a body. What follows is an excellent who-dun-it and why, with twists, turns and red herrings and a series of intriguing characters, including the twin series protagonists, who have their own history and a cold case with personal connections. I really enjoyed it and have a,lready acquired the sequel.

  • Soho_Black
    2018-10-27 02:48

    Crime thrillers aren't usually a genre known for their excellent writing, unless I'm reading the wrong books. Whilst there are some exciting writers working within it, they're not generally the kind of books you'd pick up for the quality of their writing, more for the quality of the story. That alone makes Jim Kelly's "Death Wore White" something of a surprise and something well worth picking up, as he manages both.One wintry evening on the Norfolk coast, DI Shaw and DS Valentine are investigating a report of a toxic container which is about to wash ashore. At the beach, they find something more than they expected when a dead man floats ashore in an inflatable raft. Worse is to come when they investigate a queue of traffic stuck behind a fallen pine tree to find a murder victim in the driver's seat of the first car. There are very few clues as to either crime, especially the latter where the murderer seems to have escaped through deep snow without leaving any footprints.Worse is to follow when they discover another murder victim half buried in the sand a little way off shore where the cockle pickers go about their business. Could all these murders be related? They also have the usual issues that come with being a relatively new partnership. Valentine had been Shaw's father's partner a decade before and resents being subordinate to a much younger man. Shaw, in turn, knows that the case that ended his father's career may well have been messed up by Valentine's sloppy procedural work, so he's making sure such things don't happen to him as well.It all sounds fairly standard, so it was quite a surprise to open up the book and find that the first line of the story was a skilfully done and very colourful metaphor. This wasn't to be the only time through the book I was shocked by the quality of the writing, although it was perhaps the one that most surprised me, as I hadn't been expecting something this good in a book of this type. The thing that was especially noticeable as I went through the book was that none of Kelly's similes and metaphors ever came across as strained. His use of them was always natural, never seeming like he was simply putting them in to appear like a better writer. Every one of them was natural and appropriate without ever jarring on the nerves because they felt out of place.The other aspect of Jim Kelly's writing that really stuck out was the colour. He doesn't give a lot of detail to describing how people and places look in terms of features, but he gives everything a splash of colour. The overall effect of Kelly's writing is much like a television screen. If you stand too close, all you see are dots of colour, but if you step back a little, you get to see the whole picture. The details appear as if you're moving back from the screen, slightly blurred at first, but soon resolving themselves into recognisable images.The story doesn't quite match the quality of the writing, but it doesn't fall too far short. There are enough murders happening in a number of different ways to make sure things stay quite interesting. Shaw and Valentine are juggling several cases in the present that may or may not be linked as well as having past issues to contend with to keep the pace moving along quite quickly. You get to see pretty much every aspect of police work throughout the story, if only briefly in some cases, but Kelly doesn't spend too much time on the procedural side of things. Instead, he prefers to stick with the investigative aspects, perhaps correctly guessing that the reader will find this more interesting and it makes for a better story.The one thing that didn't feel quite right about the story were the links between many of the characters. I can accept that in a small Norfolk town there is a chance that most people will know each other, but it seemed that each character had links to several others in carrying ways. Although this certainly helped spin more of a web of intrigue, for me it all seemed a little too coincidental and unrealistic and it's the same kind of links that helped spoil my enjoyment of Clare Curzon's "Off Track" some time ago.Fortunately, unlike that book, it doesn't spoil the story here, as there are so many things going on that character linkage is always likely and there's enough else going on to distract the reader from this one aspects. Despite my minor concerns, this is still a very good story and leaves things open so that you can see how the series may continue. My over-riding memory of the book will be how well written it was and how beautiful some of the use of language is throughout. If this is a genre you've read before, I would urge you to check out "Death Wore White", as you probably won't have read it written this well. This review may also appear, in whole or in part, under my name at any or all of www.ciao.co.uk, www.thebookbag.co.uk, www.goodreads.com, www.amazon.co.uk and www.dooyoo.co.uk

  • Eccentrika
    2018-11-05 20:56

    "Trappola bianca" rientra in quella categoria di thriller polizieschi contemporanei ma di stampo classico, con delitti macchinosi e apparentemente inspiegabili che fino alla fine fanno lambicare la mente del lettore. L'ambientazione a inizio libro è quantomai originale e intrigante. Un tardo pomeriggio invernale, persone che a bordo delle loro auto cercano di fare ritorno a casa o portare a compimento alcune commissioni, una bufera di neve in crescendo. Ad un certo punto c'è una deviazione sulla strada principale e le macchine sono costrette ad immettersi in una strada secondaria e stretta. Ma anche qui ecco l'imprevisto: un albero che cadendo sulla carreggiata sbarra completamente la via alle auto, che sono costrette a rimanere ferme e incolonnate. E mentre la neve aumenta, non rimane altra alternativa che rimanere a bordo con i motori accesi, il riscaldamento in funzione e attendere l'arrivo dei soccorsi, che non si sa quando arriveranno dato che in quella zona i cellulari non hanno ricezione. L'ispettore Shaw e il tenente Valentine, capitano in loco per una coincidenza, dopo circa tre ore dagli eventi iniziali e, mentre riescono a mettersi in contatto con i soccorsi e incominciano ad accertarsi sullo stato degli automobilisti si accorgono che c'è qualcosa che non va: il conducente del furgorcino primo della fila è stato brutalmente assassinato. E la cosa più strana è che tra tanti possibili testimoni nessuno ha notato nulla, la neve intorno al veicolo è immacolata, senza impronte. Verrebbe da pensare che la morte sia avvenuta precedentemente, ma come può un morto guidare? Tra questi interrogativi e mille altri i due poliziotti si ritroveranno ad indagare ad un delitto praticamente impossibile e ad altre morti sospette avvenute sempre lo stesso giorno nelle vicinanze. Tutte le persone rimaste bloccate sulla strada durante la tempesta di neve sembrerebbero non avere nessun legame tra loro, ma al tempo stesso tutte destano enormi sospetti e durante le indagini salteranno fuori tantissimi nuovi indizi e concatenamenti.Questo libro (primo di una serie poliziesca che ha come protagonista l'ispettore Peter Shaw) ha una trama notevolmente criptica, arricchita da innumerevoli personaggi, e trovo che sia adatto a lettori attenti, non frettolosi, che amano i gialli intricati e non si lasciano scoraggiare dalla complessità degli intrecci. Personalmente devo dire che, nonostante ami i thriller, seguire le vicende all'interno di questa storia non è stato semplice. Da lettrice veloce come sono abitualmente, sono stata costretta a rallentare il ritmo di lettura, cercando di leggere quanto più attentamente possibile e rileggendo più volte alcune parti che non ero riuscita a capire. Il delitto alla base è già molto difficile, ma a questo si aggiungono altre morti, alcune accidentali altre colpose e i personaggi aumentano in continuazione creando un senso di smarrimento nel lettore. E' come un enorme puzzle con tante (troppe) tessere mancanti e, tra segreti e bugie la risoluzione arriva poco alla volta, tessera dopo tessera, ma ci sono alcuni passaggi che invece di fare progredire il corso degli eventi sembrano ostacolarlo. Devo ammettere che arrivata alla fine speravo di colmare ogni lacuna, ma nonostante la risoluzione del caso sia stata finalmente esposta, a me è rimasto un enorme punto interrogativo a causa di un pezzo del puzzle che per me non ha coinciso. Sono anche tornata indietro a rileggere ma niente, il dubbio mi è rimasto. Quindi, nonostante la storia sia stata capace di assorbire completamente il mio interesse per ben cinque giorni, e, nonostante abbia trovato il tutto estremamente originale e interessante, mi rimane un po' di delusione sul finale. Mi piacerebbe molto, se quancun'altro avesse letto il libro o lo leggerà in futuro, avere un confronto di opinioni sul dettaglio che non mi è chiaro, per capire se sono io ad essermi persa qualcosa, o è un errore dell'autore.

  • Hobart
    2018-10-30 00:01

    At the end of the day, there was a lot more going on here than there is in a typical detective novel -- police procedural or not; British police or American police -- most just don't have as much happening. This makes for a richer, although not necessarily more satisfying, police procedural.Like most mystery novels, there are really 2 things going on here -- you've got a character story, and a mystery storyline. In this case there are five mysteries, technically -- and it's unclear for most of the book just how related they are (or if they are). Sure, given the fact that three bodies are found with suspicious causes of death in pretty much the same area within a day or two of each other, odds are pretty good they're at least semi-related, but one can't be sure until everything has been solved -- another body shows up after the investigation has gone on a day or two. Each method of killing is radically different, there are doesn't appear to be any tangible connections between the victims, adding another puzzle. I briefly lost the thread on a couple of the murders a time or two, but I think that's more my fault than Kelly's (although, he could've worked a little harder to prevent that).The fifth mystery is really tied into the character story. DI Peter Shaw is a very (almost too) talented and by-the-book detective, recently partnered with DS George Valentine, a more experienced detective still laboring under the weight of scandal and infamy due to his not-so by-the-book ways. It should be noted, that DI Shaw's equally scandal-ladened father used to be Valentine's partner. While trying to solve the other crimes, these two men try to decide if they can -- and how they can -- work together, and maybe even trust and rely on each other. This is where the weight of the book lies. Eventually, Shaw will try to reopen the case that forever altered the careers of his father and Valentine.Kelly weaved a very complex story -- maybe a touch on the too-complex side, but not so far as to render this unenjoyable. Not a laugh-a-minute type of enjoyable, but a good puzzle or five to figure out. There were a lot of extraneous materials added into this book -- which points to Kelly's intention to make this into a series, more than it does a weakness. He's making sure the main characters, as well as the supporting characters, are well-rounded, with complex back-stories that he both establishes and draws upon here. This is a real strength of the novel, although you're frequently wondering "who cares?" to some of this -- it slows the narrative a bit, and occasionally seems extraneous. Which is kind of is, and Kelly just doesn't care. This time out, anyway, it works. I'm not sure it would every time.It's not the strongest procedural, or mystery novel in general, that I've read this year -- but it did what it was supposed to, and introduced the readers to what I bet will be pretty interesting series, populated by characters that seem real enough that you'd be half-tempted to expect to see at the police station in the flesh.

  • Karen
    2018-11-09 23:57

    There's nothing better than a well-executed version of one of the good old staples of crime fiction - a twist on the locked room scenario.DEATH WORE WHITE is the first in a new series from CWA Dagger Winner Jim Kelly, an author well known for his ongoing Philip Dryden books. DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine are a good pairing - Valentine the older cop, ex-partner of Shaw's father, his career has seen higher points. Shaw, on the other hand, is a rising star, keen to prove himself and to clear his father's, and consequently Valentine's, reputations over the last case they both investigated. Despite what sounds like a pretty predictable scenario (and let's face it - most of everything's been done before), Shaw and Valentine rub along together as you'd expect the old buck and the young upstart to do for a while, eventually coming to a grudging if not quite respect, then at least understanding.At the heart of DEATH WORE WHITE there's a very complicated plot which unravels for some aspects predictably, and in others unexpectedly. One of the best parts of this particular locked room scenario is that whilst it's obvious that's what the reader is being confronted with, and therefore there must be more to the initial discovery of the scene, the full story is revealed in a way that the reader can draw some conclusions, maybe completely solve the puzzle. The story is, however, incredibly complicated and some readers might find that it stretches credibility somewhat, having said that, personally I had no problem with the interconnectedness of the entire thing. The book is really a great story, told well, with a couple of interesting central characters, set in a vividly drawn and ever so slightly quirky setting. Kelly knows how to write good, solid entertaining crime fiction - a bit of a puzzle solver, as gruesome as the killing may be, these books aren't particularly confrontational and characters and the settings are a big part of what he does. DEATH WORE WHITE should appeal to fans of the Dryden series, as well as to readers who are new to Jim Kelly's books.

  • Erik Ryman
    2018-10-24 21:01

    DI Peter Shaw and his newly appointed partner DS George Valentine have a history in common but not a lot of love for each other. Shaw is the modern copper son of Valentine's former partner and both live in the shadow of a final case that went wrong, with Valentine being demoted and exiled to the east and Shaw's father being retired in disgrace. Set in England for once, the pair are thrown straight into a series of complex accidents/murders, and the painstakingly forensic approach of the younger man clatters against the gut-led instincts of the older.So a cliché of a story then? Well it could have been and in lesser hands it may have sunk into a paint-by-numbers thriller, but Kelly is too clever a writer for that and some of the descriptions of the Norfolk setting are very much literary rather than genre - but he'll never get credit for that of course. Genre writers aren't meant to be able to write, are they?So this is a crafted crime novel from an author I somehow haven't read before, but will now be searching out. As the first of a new series there is perhaps more setting of scenes and definition of characters than would normally be the case, but it is beautifully done and doesn't 'get in the way of the reading' at all, which is well paced and contains more twists and dead ends than the average.The story itself is complex enough to keep the most ardent amateur 'dick' happy, but never strays into the ridiculous, or feels the need to psychopathically list scene-of-crime procedures - something that seem to be the fashion these days. The story is neatly concluded with any loose ends no doubt becoming important in later books. I have to say, I don't read many crime novels as so many disappoint me with their lack of craft or ideas, but it was clear that Kelly is worth the time to explore from the opening paragraphs and Death Wore White will no doubt be a massive success. In summary, if you like your crime written properly, this is for you. Total class, start to finish and don't be surprised if Kelly doesn't find another Dagger on his sideboard.

  • Jmm
    2018-10-29 23:47

    The snows of January complicate the investigations of three mysterious deaths in Jim Kelly’s marvelous police procedural set on northern Norfolk coast of England where Death Wore White. Kelly’s well-developed characters and atmospheric location drive a complex plot that should satisfy the pickiest of mystery buffs. As upstart Detective Inspector Peter Shaw and embattled aging Detective Sergeant George Valentine examine a toxic waste drum drifting near shore off Ingol Beach, they spot a child’s raft floating in the waves carrying one dead male with a deep human bite mark on one arm—the first of three bodies that will mark these two mismatched partners’ first week of working together. At the same time not a half-mile away from the two detectives on the beach, on a road known as Siberia Belt, eight vehicles are trapped behind a fallen tree, unable to advance or retreat as a blizzard moves in from the sea blanketing everything in white. When Shaw and Valentine arrive a few hours later to aid the stranded motorists, they discover the lone occupant of the first vehicle with a chisel protruding from his left eye—clearly dead, and just as clearly the victim of murder. Later, on a sandbar known as Styleman’s Middle, another body is discovered buried in sand with only the head and a single foot and hand showing. Are the three deaths related, or are they each separate cases? Surrounded by death and snow, detectives Shaw and Valentine struggle to find a way to work together despite a shared history with Shaw’s now-deceased father that has mysteries of its own. Kelly’s masterful manipulation of the events will keep readers guessing up to the end. We can only hope this is the start of new series featuring these two crime-solvers.

  • Oswego Public Library District
    2018-10-30 22:00

    With Death Wore White British author Jim Kelly launches an intricately plotted police procedural mystery series. During a miserable snowstorm, motorists are stranded, toxic waste appears on the shoreline, and of course, there is also a body or rather three bodies that seem unrelated to one another. Thus begins the methodical unraveling of clues by a pair of detectives working together for the first time.What works so well here are the dynamics between the two detectives. George Valentine is nearing retirement and bitter due to a botched trial that nearly ruined his career. The stress of that situation led to the death of his previous partner, who is also the father of George's new partner, Peter Shaw. The younger man is also his boss. A lot of dynamics play out as they uncover clues and discover relationships surrounding the present murders. Linked throughout, however, is the need to resolve that previous murder that affects both of these detectives still. This story ends with a tantalizing segue to the sequel. -GDClick here to place a hold on Death Wore White .Be sure and read the second book in this series, Death Watch .

  • Shonna Froebel
    2018-11-04 02:35

    This book has a lot going on. DI Peter Shaw has been teamed up with DS George Valentine, his father's old partner, demoted after the last case the two had.There are still questions around that last case and the behaviour of the police.When the two are sent out to the coast to check out hazardous containers that have washed ashore, they find more than they expected. Shaw already has an eye injury from a previous incident with hazardous waste washed ashore. When they find the container he is cautious and they search the beach, only to find a body in an inflatable ding, with human bite wounds.When Shaw climbs a hill, he also finds a line of stranded traffic on the nearby road. When the two go to the road to find out what has happened, they find many hard to explain things, the largest of which is a dead body in the lead vehicle, with no footprints leaving the vehicle.As the cases expand, and intersect in interesting ways, and another body is found we see into the heads of the two detectives and the motivations that drive them.This was a very interesting book, with no easy answers.

  • Damaskcat
    2018-11-06 00:45

    Harvey Ellis is found dead in his truck after being stuck in a snow storm when I tree is blocking the road. It seems the killer has managed to strike without being seen and without leaving footprints. The people in the vehicles stuck behind him all agree that they were diverted along that particular road by means of an AA diversion sign and yet the sign seems to have disappeared.What follows is a frustrating investigation for DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine who are endeavouring to work together in spite of an uneasy history between them as well as differing personalities and temperaments. I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I love the geographical background of the North Norfolk coast around Kings Lynn and I think the author has really captured the atmosphere of this eerie stretch of coast.I like the characters in this book and I think it is very well plotted. I certainly didn't work out who was behind all the strange events and inexplicable deaths. If you like atmospheric crime novels with interesting backgrounds then this series may be one for you.

  • Gloria
    2018-11-14 03:57

    British author Jim Kelly gives readers here an intricately plotted police procedural mystery. During a miserable snowstorm, motorists are stranded, toxic waste appears on the shoreline, and of course, there is also a body or rather three bodies that seem unrelated to one another. Thus begins the methodical unraveling of clues by a pair of detectives working together for the first time.What works so well here are the dynamics between the two detectives. George Valentine is nearing retirement and bitter due to a botched trial that nearly ruined his career. The stress of that situation led to the death of his previous partner, who is also the father of George's new partner, Peter Shaw. The younger man is also his boss. A lot of dynamics play out as they uncover clues and relationships surrounding the present murders. Linked throughout, however, is the need to resolve that previous murder that affects both of these detectives still. This story ends with a tantalizing segue to the sequel.

  • Lucy Takeda
    2018-11-21 00:53

    I've read the ( I think) first novel in this series, which I enjoyed. It's a police/detective story. The characters are well defined. The conflict between the two major police officers reminds me of Dalziel and Pascol, or Morse and Lewis---kind of backwards, ( The lower rank guy has been in the force " forever," the higher rank guy with college is newer. The lower rank character worked with the upper rank guy's father, which leads to all sorts of psychological issues.) I enjoyed the setting; the characters were very well developed and changed over the novel. I found the relatiionship between the two characters intriguing. The mystery was rather incredibly convoluted, which bothered me a bit. I like novels that require me to find the complex connections between the people involved; this got just a bit too weird for me. It has won awards, which it absolutely deserves.

  • Ron Chicaferro
    2018-10-26 01:53

    Death Wore White is a complex British who-done-it. Its filled with amazingly detailed and believeable suspects. Its the story of two British Cops, Peter Shaw - a very smart Detective Inspector and his partner, a recentely demoted Detective Sargeant. Their case involves kidnapping, murder and smuggling. It also involves an old murder which was originally handled by DI Shaw's own father - also a cop and now deceased. All of the action happens in the dead of winter and you'll feel cold and windblown throughout the book. You'll want to skip to the end to see how it all turns out - but don't do it! Every page is richly detailed. The writing is brilliant and you'll not want to skip any paragraph. Its tough to put down - you'll want to read it right through!