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Kindred spirits / Jo Bannister.

By: Bannister, Jo [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Publisher: London : Severn House, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Edition: First world edition.Description: 220 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780727887962 (hardback).Subject(s): Ash, Gabriel (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Best, Hazel (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Police -- England -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Rescues -- Fiction | Criminal investigation -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | Psychological fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 813.6 Summary: A kidnap attempt outside the school gates in broad daylight convinces Gabriel Ash that his renegade wife is trying to steal their sons from him. Only the intervention of his friend Constable Hazel Best kept them safe. It's a simple if alarming explanation, but is it the truth? Hazel uncovers disturbing information about another crime, the repercussions of which are still threatening innocent lives seventeen years later. Once again Hazel finds herself at loggerheads with her superiors. Did they really conspire to protect a murderer? And this time she isn't getting the support she needs from Ash. She'd thought they were kindred spirits: now she's not sure what his motives are. One thing is certain: with her life in imminent danger, Hazel's going to need friends like never before.
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A kidnap attempt outside the school gates in broad daylight convinces Gabriel Ash that his renegade wife is trying to steal their sons from him. Only the intervention of his friend Constable Hazel Best kept them safe. It's a simple if alarming explanation, but is it the truth? Hazel uncovers disturbing information about another crime, the repercussions of which are still threatening innocent lives seventeen years later. Once again Hazel finds herself at loggerheads with her superiors. Did they really conspire to protect a murderer? And this time she isn't getting the support she needs from Ash. She'd thought they were kindred spirits: now she's not sure what his motives are. One thing is certain: with her life in imminent danger, Hazel's going to need friends like never before.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Bannister's fanciful fifth mystery featuring former security analyst Gabriel Ash and Constable Hazel Best (after 2017's Other Countries) finds Ash, who was invalided out of the British intelligence service due to a nervous breakdown, running a newly opened bookshop in Norbold, England. Since he doesn't need the money, he's not concerned about attracting customers. He soon has something important to worry about when his two young sons are involved in a kidnapping attempt outside their school. Fortunately, Hazel is on hand to save the day. She investigates and discovers a connection between the kidnappers and a murder case 17 years previously. The friendship between the two leads develops at a snail's pace in each successive book. Will they? Won't they? Should they? The strongest supporting character is Patience, a dog with whom Ash holds long conversations. Ash thinks these exchanges may be a residual effect from the posttraumatic stress he suffered. Patience-to whose thoughts the reader is privy-considers this interpretation hogwash. This is a book for lovers of high-class soap opera and intelligent canines. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Co. (U.K.). (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Seventeen years earlier, during a bungled robbery, wealthy businessman Jerome Harbinger's wife and driver were killed. Deranged by grief, Harbinger threatened to kill not only the supposed killer, Edward Cho, but also Cho's entire family. Cho's two teenage children were forced to assume new identifies and flee the city. Even after 17 years, Harbinger is apparently still seeking revenge and will stop at nothing to find the two now-grown Cho siblings. Meanwhile, an apparent kidnap attempt on bookshop owner Gabriel Ash's nanny leads Ash's good friend, Police Constable Hazel Best, into making connections between that case and the still unresolved matter of Cho's children. Before long, Hazel finds herself involved in a tragedy of near-Shakespearean proportions. Aided by Hazel's boss, DI Dave Gorman, Gabriel and Hazel race against the clock to try to keep Harbinger from carrying out his final act of revenge. Bannister's cleverly plotted, gripping story offers an effective combination of straightforward procedural and suspense thriller.--Emily Melton Copyright 2018 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

In their fifth outing, damaged ex-intelligence operative Gabriel Ash and his friend PC Hazel Best (Other Countries, 2017, etc.) tackle an abortive kidnapping that gradually, gradually reveals murderous depth.Since his spiteful ex-wife, Cathy, already abducted their sons once and held them for four years, there's every reason for Gabriel to assume she's behind a second attempt to grab them as their school is being dismissed, an attempt foiled by the quick, decisive intervention of Hazel. But the obvious explanation can't be true if, as 9-year-old Gilbert Ash maintains, the kidnappers' real target was his nanny, Frankie Kelly. "I am not kidnap material," Frankie robustly assures DI Dave Gorman. And she's right; this second theory of the attempted crime turns out to be as flawed as the first. Shortly after Hazel finally figures out who the intended target was, the woman vanishes, leaving behind a lack of bona fides that show she'd been living a lie for 16 years. Undaunted, Hazel tries out a third theory: The kidnapping was one step in a deep-laid plot to avenge the death of Jennifer Harbinger, shot back in 2001 by police officers who weren't supposed to be present while she was handing off 1.5 million pounds to the thieves who'd stolen 15 million pounds worth of paintings from her husband, road transport owner Jerome Harbinger. Harbinger's now retired and confined to a wheelchair, but that's not to say he couldn't have hired the hapless pair who bungled the latest kidnapping. Is that the truth Hazel seeks, or is her third theory wrong as well?Not much mystery here, and you'll forget the culprit before you return Bannister's latest to the shelf. What continues to shine in this series is the warts-and-all friendship that makes her hero and heroine, each one a perfectly reasonable sleuth, such an unlikely team. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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