Death Of A Temptress

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Death Of A Temptress Book Summary

DS Dave Slater is suspended from duty. The injustice of taking the rap for a fast-track London detective’s botched investigation hits him hard. To add insult to injury, his boss hands him a closed case for a discreet re-investigation. Is this a chance to redeem himself or a way of ensuring he fails?

Ruth Thornhill went missing six months ago. According to the evidence, she ran off with another man, so the Met closed the case. However, Ruth’s sister Beverley refuses to give up. And Beverley has friends in high places. 

Slater’s enquiries soon find inconsistencies in the original investigation, and after a near-fatal encounter with a London bus, he realises the stakes are far higher than he imagined. Someone wants him to disappear. 

An unlikely ally, in the form of fellow scapegoat DS Norman Norman, helps him uncover disturbing connections between the missing woman, a Chinese businessman, a glossy magazine, an online escort agency, a top London banker and senior officers from London’s Serious Crime Unit.

The two uncover a mire of corruption, blackmail, deception and possibly the most cunning murder ever seen. The evidence stacks up against one particular suspect and Slater and Norman close in. 

But as with most things in Slater’s life, nothing is ever simple.

“If you like your crime with a lighter touch, Death of a Temptress is a refreshing, entertaining mix of mystery and humour that never takes itself too seriously.” 

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Death Of A Temptress - P.F. Ford Reviews

  • First P.F. Ford.

    By trucky3212
    As stated, my first book by P.F. Ford, but certainly not my last! I will be waiting for the next Dave Slater episode. A great read with equally great characters.
  • Death of a temptress

    By spridget
    Good book. Lots of plot twists; lots of suspects. Characters were well-drawn and believable. Added as needed when needed. Kept me interested and involved. Plot scenes diverse and interesting. Minor characters helped move the plot along. I will definitely read more by this author.
  • Death Of A Temptress

    By B'dos
    Gripping. Credible. A great read
  • Death of a temptresses

    By Woogha
    Not having a flowery vocabulary of an author myself, I will keep it simple. It was VERY,VERY GOOD !
  • Great story

    By Broken rod
    I could not put the book down. I also got an intro to English slang! Looking for the next story.
  • Great read

    By Mangy Ranger
    I have always enjoyed British police dramas. This is one of the best.
  • A Delightful Head Scratcher!

    By Dough DRT
    Detective stories have become a dime a dozen. What makes this story so successful is the odd pairing of Detective David Slater with Detective Norman Norman, an out of shape Detective who looks as if he sleeps in his clothes. They seem an odd coupling, but they work well together from the start. They were each thrown under the bus by an upper level Special Detective, have lost the respect of their peers, and been put out to pasture. Their need to show they are better than ever brings out a can-win attitude they forgot they had. They have enormous fun taking down the bad guy. It's infectious - I was rooting for them from the start. The characters are well developed - most of them posh, beautiful, and rich. The mystery is a head scratcher, and it's more than satisfying when these two, who bicker and care for each other like an old married couple, figure things out and come back way on top.
  • Death of a Temptress

    By Suzaway1
    Well written. The sex was not in your face which detracts from the story. The plot was intriguing and never lost my attention. There no descriptions of places that went on forever but just enough. This the first time I read this author but I intend to read the series.
  • Death of a Temptress

    By Bullock Fan
    This was a most enjoyable mystery with a few clever twists. Detectives Dave and Norman work together like Cagney and Lacey with quite the repartee. A love a good who-dun-it and this filled the bill! Check it out.
  • Quite an excellent first

    By kores76
    "Death of a Temptress" is quite an excellent 'first in a series', especially as the author, P.F. Ford, didn't intend it as such. Detective Slater, on a forced leave of absence, is handed a case of a missing woman which turns out to be quite a great deal more. The stalwart Slater at first muddles through the clues and trails but manages, by good old fashioned detective work, to start revealing the smoke and mirrors thrown in his path. When he presents the first results of his investigation along with his suspicions, his boss teams him up with another detective, Detective Norman, who has also been hit upon by the higher-ups, thus beginning a partnership that benefits both men professionally and personally. I throughly enjoyed the banter between Slater and Norman and found it refreshing and genuine. The dialogue flows well and the action is easy to follow but not too revealing, i.e. the reader is right there with Slater and Norman (and Biddeford) as they reason through the puzzles. Modern technology does play a part in this story but it is the dogged determination of our heroes that wins the day. The reader gets a taste of police lingo with a smattering of British slang which is totally understandable (no dictionary required) and which adds to a better understanding of British police protocols. I highly recommend "Death of a Temptress" and look forward to reading more in the Detective Slater series.

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