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A Song from Dead Lips (Breen & Tozer) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. August 2013

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Quercus Publishing (1. August 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1782064168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782064169
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 3,5 x 23,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 471.026 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'A first-rate police thriller set amidst the seamy underside of the swinging sixties ... The totemic year of '68 will never seem the same again' C. J. Samson. 'Convincing atmosphere, lively dialogue and a fun cop duo unite Beatlemania, English racism and the Biafran war' The Times. 'London in 1968 is an evocative setting and Shaw skilfully re-creates an era of social turmoil and class conflict' Sunday Times. 'Excellent' Mail on Sunday. 'Excellent ... authentic, often humorous ... The Sixties have been examined and presented every which way, but A Song From Dead Lips manages to be something fresh, both in this regard and as a detective novel' Killing Time Crime. 'Superb characterisation, a vivid recreation of the era, its sights, sounds and prejudices make this a highly enjoyable and readable debut for the pairing, although with Tozer threatening to return to the West Country, a series seems a shade ambitious. I trust that Shaw, who is certainly a name to note for the future, has a plan to subvert this and we shall see this original and likeable couple again soon' Crime Review. 'Excellent procedural ... A gripping story, with two appealing protagonists and impeccably researched period details deployed throughout' Laura Wilson, Guardian.

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William Shaw was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, and lived for sixteen years in Hackney. For over twenty years he has written on popular culture and sub-culture for various publications including the Observer and the New York Times. A Song from Dead Lips is his first novel. He lives in Brighton.

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Ein Krimi, der in den 60ern spielt ist mal etwas außergwöhnliches. Die Personen haben mir gut gefallen, allen voran Breen und Tozer. Eine spannende Geschichte, hoffe auf mehr Bände
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It is a nice change to read a crime story where plot is not driven by mobile phone calls. They simply didn't happen in1968. The atmosphere of that era is well captured. The sub-plot about Biafra could have been a bit more elaborate, though.
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A Great New Police Procedural Series 14. Februar 2014
Von dpappas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was originally published last year in the UK under the title "A Song From Dead Lips" and I vaguely remember seeing the UK version of the cover. This book takes place in 1968 and follows Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen as he investigates the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near the famous Abbey Road recording studio. Breen had just acted cowardly during an attempted robbery and is now hoping this investigation will put him back in the good graces of his department. Breen finds himself stuck with Constable Tozer a young and eager policewoman to help out his investigation.

You can definitely see that this book takes place in 1968 just by the way that the male characters talk about and treat females, and by the way some characters are outright racist. The sexism and racism was a part of the culture back then (and some say it still is) and Shaw does a good job of highlighting it in the background of the story.

I loved the relationship between Breen and Tozer. I really liked that in the beginning Breen was really annoyed by Tozer but eventually he grew used to her and even began sticking up for her. I felt like partnering up with Tozer for the investigation really helped Breen move past his difficulties and opened him up a bit. The two of them together made this book shine. While I was reading this I thought that following them would be a great series and then I found out that this was actually going to be a trilogy. You can imagine my excitement at learning that.

I felt like the mystery behind who killed the girl wasn't that difficult to figure out but why they killed her was a true mystery. I didn't lose my interest in this book because I figured out who killed her because of the fact that I had no clue why. I also loved all the action towards the end. I was kind of surprised at what happened in the end with Breen and Tozer (I mean Tozer's decision, not the other thing. This will only make sense if you read the book. Don't mind my rambling). I am really excited to have found a new series (trilogy) to enjoy. I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the chance to read this book.
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A remarkable mystery debut from Shaw that welcomes additional forays into the genre 5. März 2014
Von Bookreporter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The generally accepted definition of “historical fiction” of any genre includes the provision that the work is set in a time period at least 25 years prior to the novel’s publication. It is difficult for those of a certain age who remember specific events in the remote past to classify them as “historical.” So it is with SHE’S LEAVING HOME, a remarkable debut mystery by William Shaw set in 1968 London, which at the time was an influential hotbed of cultural change. The Beatles were the major reason for this; as one might expect from the title of this exquisitely layered mystery, the band exerts a subtle role in the proceedings without making a direct appearance in them (other than for one very brief moment).

The primary mover in SHE’S LEAVING HOME is Detective Sergeant Cathal “Paddy” Breen, who is off of his feed for a number of reasons. Still reeling from the death of his invalid father, who had raised him from his early childhood, Breen finds himself newly and overly sensitive to some of the less appetizing aspects of criminal investigation. He is not particularly well liked by his colleagues to begin with; his latest offense --- deserting a fellow officer who came under attack in the midst of a shop burglary --- makes things even worse.

So it is that when Breen is paired with WPC Helen Tozer --- this at a time when female officers were a rarity and regarded as anything but equal to and by their male counterparts --- it is difficult to see the assignment as anything other than a form of subtle punishment, particularly by Breen himself. Tozer is not exactly a shrinking violet and does not mix well with the boys, so to speak.

Breen gradually warms to Tozer over the course of a homicide investigation. The murder victim is a young woman who is found strangled in a residential area near the Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles frequently record. No one seems to know who the girl is, at least until Tozer uses the possible connection to the band’s fan base (she is a fan, but Breen is almost totally unfamiliar with them) as a means of identifying the victim. After two more violent deaths occur, the case appears to be solved. Breen, though, is uncomfortable with the conclusion and continues to press the investigation onward, even as another case puts demands upon his attention.

Tozer continues the unofficial investigation with Breen, even after she is assigned elsewhere. She wants to see justice done for the victim, a feeling that is motivated in part by her own history, which includes the still-unsolved murder of her younger sister that occurred some years before. As Breen and Tozer follow a tenuous evidentiary trail to a surprising and tragic conclusion, they learn something about themselves and each other.

Shaw is highly respected as a commentator on popular culture, but one hopes from the depth of SHE’S LEAVING HOME that his foray into the mystery genre is not a solitary one. Breen is a complicated character, and further explorations into his personality would certainly be most welcome. The book leaves two secondary mysteries unsolved at its conclusion, either or both of which could provide fodder for an additional volume or two in the series. Fingers crossed.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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She's Leaving Home 19. Februar 2014
Von S Riaz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This excellent (or should that be 'fab'?) detective novel is set in 1968 Swinging London. The first novel to feature Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen and WPC Helen Tozer - on probation with CID when women are considered unable to even drive police cars, although always called upon to put the kettle on... Breen is an interesting character, not greatly liked by most of his fellow officers and having created a distance from them by moving out of police accomodation to care for his elderly father, who has since died. The author gets the politically incorrect office banter just right as he recreates a time and place where casual sexism and racism are the norm, as is police corruption (including the infamous Pilcher from the drug squad, who targeted John Lennon and Mick Jagger, among others).

Breen is sent to investigate the murder of a young girl, her naked body discovered in a St John's Wood alley. She has been left by a block of flats backing onto Abbey Road, the recording studio where young girls congregate to wait for the Beatles, and also close by the house of an eminent African surgeon. This atmospheric crime novel will take you from Apple Scruffs, to building sites, through to fund raising for the war in Biafra; to both the city and country, as Breen refuses to accept the obvious suspects as the correct ones. Breen and Tozer are fantastic characters, both with their secrets and demons to deal with. I sincerely hope that they will appear together in future novels, as this was so enjoyable and well written.

This was previously published as, "A Song from Dead Lips", so just beware you don't buy the same book twice.
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A Magical Mystery Tour 22. Februar 2015
Von Don Mulcare - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
If “a book is a ship that takes you to distant lands,” then the Breen and Tozer series welds together a tour bus, a “Tube” carriage and a time machine. The Anglophile – with online maps and satellite views – becomes an accidental tourist, following the action, riding from one Underground station to the next and peering down on villages along the M4 and A33 as the detectives make their way across southern England. It’s not just a mystery, but a geography lesson, an anthology of Anglo-slang, and a time capsule.
If you’ve missed the ‘60s the first time around, here’s a chance to catch a slice of 1968 just as the “generation gap” ripped open. The “gap” rent families, often with disastrous consequences. In England, it separated the older generation and its notion that “Britannia rules the waves,” from the “hippies” who preached, “Britannia waves the rules.” The moral imperative of the former – “Do what you like, but don’t get caught – their greatest enemy, “scandal,” their ally was “the discrete wink and nod.” The boomers rejected the rules, did what they liked and resented the imposition of censure by the “establishment.” Homicide detectives Breen and Tozer stood on opposite rims of the gap, each with a family disaster affecting his and her world views.
In London, murder happens even around the corner from EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, the Beatles’ headquarters and the setting for Breen and Tozer’s first case together. Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant Cathal “Paddy” Breen – the girls say he’s a looker, thirty-two, a contemplative loner who hadn’t a clue when it came to women or the Beatles. Temporary Detective Constable Helen Tozer –twenty-two, a farm girl from Devon, one of the original members of the Beatles Fan Club – had the effrontery, as a woman, to transfer into a detective unit. As you can see, they’re a match made in heaven.
Breen and Tozer blend their strengths as they travel to Devon and Essex in pursuit of the identities of murder victims and murderers. Subplots touch on immigration, popular and unpopular wars, urban development and police corruption.
The author masterfully developed his characters, illuminated the social and family lives of the constabulary, and the police interactions with the citizenry. In an effort at authenticity, his characters used sexist, racist, ethnically inflammatory, vulgar and otherwise “politically incorrect” language. He incorporated contemporary events, persons, news, fashion and attitudes of 1968 – a time of contrasts between cosmopolitan London and rural Devon, low-income housing and posh flats, Commonwealth immigrants and nationalistic Londoners.
Readers who lived through the ‘60s may feel a twinge of nostalgia. Those who missed out, may recognize how much the 60’s shaped their own generation. The teens of the 60’s are the parents and grandparents of the majority of today’s readers. Maybe it’s time for a family discussion?
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First Rate Police Procedural set in 1960s London 3. Januar 2015
Von E. Griffin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
She's Leaving Home is a British police procedural set in London in the 1960s. The Beatles are hugely popular, unrest about the Vietnam war is increasing. young people are rejecting the perceived constraints and hypocrisy of their parents, and everyone seems to be rushing towards change. "Paddy" Breen is a policeman, struggling with the impact of the recent death of his father, an out of touch boss, and Paddy's overwhelming unpopularity amongst his colleagues.

The primary plot is the murder of a young girl, her body found abandoned on a trash heap. Paddy is partnered with a woman trainee, which in the early 1960s, is shocking--she's not allowed to drive the police car, is assumed to have loose morals, and in general, is viewed as competent to make tea, and not much else. Searching for the girl's killer leads Breen and Tozer (his female partner) into the world of bankrupt rich people, art dealers, and the civil war in Biafra.

As the case to find the girl's killer evolves, the reader is immersed in corrupt and incompetent police work, racial slurs and prejudice, and the scorn for women that existed in the early 1960s. Paddy learns more about himself, and his parents, and eventually finds comfort in becoming more open to some of the positives these new times offers.

She's Leaving Home is a first rate police procedural, filled with a complex plot, colorful background, interesting sub-themes, and multidimensional characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in police procedurals, British crime, or fiction set in the 1960s, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series which is to be released in early 2015.
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