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Pursuit And Persuasion (Ben Reese mystery series Book 3) (English Edition) von [wright, sally]
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Pursuit And Persuasion (Ben Reese mystery series Book 3) (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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Buch 3 von 6 in Ben Reese Mystery Series (6 Book Series)

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If you feared that you were going to be killed and had a good idea who it might be, would you leave a cryptic note asking a friend to investigate even the most natural-appearing death if it happened--and not name your suspect? That's the premise of this pleasant third entry in Sally Wright's Ben Reese series (Publish and Perish, Pride and Predator) and unlikely as it may be, she makes do with it more than adequately.

Georgina Fletcher is a Scottish academic, a sensible woman troubled in the weeks before her seemingly natural death by knowledge of some unpleasantness in her family's history and a strong desire to make amends for the misdeeds of her forbears. When a former student of American archivist Ben Reese inherits Georgina's estate, she asks him to help her solve the professor's mystery so that she can carry out Georgina's wishes. Ben's investigation turns up several likely suspects in Georgina's demise, and the secret of how she was killed. Along the way, the reader is treated to descriptions and explanations of matters as far-ranging as falconry, stone-sculpting, microbiology, and rare book collecting.

A relatively bloodless cozy with pacing as slow as a country stroll, Pursuit and Persuasion presents the petty rivalries of academia nicely. Ben Reese, whose background as a World War II scout provides enough of a provenance to put him in the detecting business, is an interesting protagonist who warrants a fuller portrayal. --Jane Adams


Pursuit And Persuasion, (a 2001 Mystery Writers Of America Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist) revolves around the secrets unearthed by Georgina Fletcher - a private, self-contained, contemplative Scotswoman, a widow, and an English professor at Aberdeen University. The day before she dies, she writes an alarming letter to her heir (the American daughter of her oldest friend) and arranges to have it posted in the event of her death.

"...I have reason to believe that my death was desired, planned and perpetrated with great care and deliberation. Even if I am right, the circumstances of my death will appear to have been brought about by natural causes..."

Georgina is anything but a fool, and it happens just as she'd feared. She's also punctilious and ethical, and won't name the person she suspects. Her assumptions are based on speculation, and she refuses to risk condemning any innocent person. She asks instead that her heir, Ellen Winter, hire a detective to investigate her death, free of her own prejudices.
Ellen is one of Ben Reese's archival apprentices at Alderton University, so she knows he's an ex-World War II Scout who's solved other murder cases and is in Scotland on sabbatical. She'd much rather ask Ben to help than use some unknown detective.


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Early 1960s, Scotland, a touch of Oxford, and pathological obsessions are the context for a fascinating plot. Though one of the author's Ben Reese series, the book stands very well on its own legs. Ben Reese, an archivist and unsung war hero, is called upon to help a friend solve the murder of a wealthy business woman who was also an Oxford scholar and professor. Ben is an American from Ohio academia, combining work with visiting friends in Scotland. The United Kingdom is familiar ground for Ben, from the years of WW II and subsequently his academic work. Some of the best aspects of the story are the intersections of the present with Ben's own past.
This is no cardboard copy of the classic British mystery. It is original and spiced with plenty of suspense. The motives for murder are as classic as Shakespeare and as old as time -- avarice and self-absorption manifested in the singlemindedness of the obsessive, secret collector of rare and priceless artifacts. In this case it is a clever villain whose victim dies of apparent natural causes. But this victim was a worthy opponent -- she left a letter foretelling her death but not naming her murderer. Instead Ben Reese must unravel a complex set of clues which may (or may not) be linked with other murders of other times, including a 400-year-old murder in the turbulent Tudor reigns. Commingled with the clues are a cast of eccentric characters each with his or her own agenda. Sometimes the author's description of geography is a bit confusing, but the map provided at the beginning is helpful for those who want to accurately follow Ben's travels in pursuit of evidence. And while some of the characters are more like props than people, Ben is fully drawn and an interesting person to know.
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Das Buch hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Es ist flüssig zu lesen. Die Geschichte um Verbrechen, Bücher und Sammler ist interessant und die Personen und Schauplätze sind gut beschrieben. Ich werde mir auf jeden Fall noch Book 1 kaufen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read! 21. Dezember 2012
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Here we go again with Ben Reese. I truly liked all three of the books by Sally Wright and wish she would hurry up and write about 10 or 15 more, starring Ben Reese, of course. What I like most about this series of books is the stories and characters are so well written that they seem plausible and rather rational. Keep on writing about Ben and his exploits.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen great start, but . . . 14. Juni 2014
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I was intrigued by the first character one meets in this book, who all too quickly, leaves the story. I was interested enough to keep reading, but I found much of the writing clumsy. Far too often, discriptive passages were surrounded by parentheses and crammed into sentences, almost like an afterthought or an unnecessary aside. It just got tedious after a while. I started skimming to get to the actual plot. But I did want to get to the identity of the murderer. Overall, an OK read.
2.0 von 5 Sternen The writing is just laborious! 7. Februar 2016
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From the first page to the very last, this book is a challenge to read. The author needs to take basic grammar and creative writing courses as well as hire a good editor. Her attempts at descriptive writing are forced and fraught with unnecessary detail or ill placed fragments that bog the flow of the reading experience. Additionally, S. Wright does not know how to properly punctuate. This is most visible in the conversation passages which often required multiple readings to decipher to whom the dangling, unassigned lines should be attributed. So much effort!

On a positive note, I think the character, Ben Reese, is a rather interesting, complex fellow. It's hard to tell because Wright doesn't really let us in. If the author would develop his story just a bit and let the reader KNOW him (rather than try describe his universe ad nauseum), this might become a bit less burdensome. There are some other quirky characters and the mystery itself is drawn out until the last chapter or so. There's not a lot of high tech solving going on just good old common sense and listening skills. It's clean, not violent and no rough language but unfortunately, there's not a lot of reading pleasure either.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Pursuit and Persuasion (Ben Reese Mystery Series) 21. Juli 2015
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A very nice civilized murder mystery. Ben Reese is a WWll veteran who has a number of interesting murder investigations and mysteries that he has helped to solve in the U.S. A past student assistant has asked for his help in solving a mystery in the death of a benefactor and friend of his assistant. The mystery is reveled in a letter posted to Ellen after her benefactor's death stating that there is a possibility that her death will be anything but by natural causes. The story unfolds from here.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Mystery 18. Mai 2011
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I bought ~Pursuit and Persuasion~ to read for a second time. It's an excellent period piece, taking place in the 60s. Strong writing and setting, excellent mystery about the murder of a woman who is very likable. A Christian worldview is beautifully woven throughout.
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