One Good Turn: A Jolly Murder Mystery

Kobo ebook | May 29, 2009

byKate Atkinson

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Case Histories, once again featuring ex-cop turned private investigator Jackson Brodie.

It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident – an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander – until he becomes a suspect.

With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own. In One Good Turn she takes her masterful plotting one step further. Like a set of Russian dolls each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last. Her Dickensian cast of characters are all looking for love or money and find it in surprising places. As ever with Atkinson what each one actually discovers is their true self.

Unputdownable and triumphant, One Good Turn is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying.


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Case Histories, once again featuring ex-cop turned private investigator Jackson Brodie.It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident – an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bys...

Kate Atkinson was born in York, and studied English Literature at the University of Dundee. She earned her Masters Degree from Dundee in 1974. She then went on to study for a doctorate in American Literature but she failed at the viva (oral examination) stage. After leaving the university, she took on a variety of jobs from home help t...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 29, 2009Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780307373243

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good mystery #plumreview A good read with interesting characters.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mystery #plumreview Really enjoyingg this series.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Mystery Lots of different scenarios that at times can get a little confusing but the writer helps keep the reader on track. Really funny in parts that can make you laugh out loud. Atkinson can always lead you to a surprise ending.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Get Rid of the Girlfriend and I'll give it another star Jackson Brodie expected a pleasant, restful vacation in Edinburgh with his girlfriend, Julia. Shortly after his arrival a number of unsavoury events occurred which seemed to conspire against this. He became embroiled in a fight, a possible murder, and several other wicked crimes. Retirement should be much calmer that this. It's not only Brodie that had a bad several days. Author Martin Canning had no intentions of attacking a motorist, Paul Bradley didn't plan to become a victim of road rage, and Graham Hatter naturally assumed he'd continue to get away with his secret trysts. I first met the character of Jackson Brodie in Ms. Atkinson's earlier book Case Histories. I was amazed how the author could take such seeming un-connected incidences and tie them together back to a missing child. She did not fail to amaze again. I sat riveted, page after page, waiting to see how these stories would pull together. I was not to be disappointed. The only part of the story I didn't like was the character of Julia. She was a wet noodle the whole way through. Then again, that's exactly how she was planned to appear. Sorry, can't say any more on that. This was a terrific story and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. And no, I didn't guess at the final outcomes of the various story lines. Right to the end, they were surprises. When I purchased this book, I also purchased a copy of the next Jackson Brodie book When Will There be Good News? and am looking forward to reading it.
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect One of THE BEST mystery novels I have read in 30 years, but don't forget to read 'Case Histories' first, also a sensational read, you are introduced to many of the characters in this sequence and of course, the protagonist, Jackson Brodie. Ms Atkinson is now on my must read list!
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Suspense Filled Novel Book 2 in the Jackson Brodie series This multi layered plot full of intriguing twists, graphic violence and a bit of sexual tension kept me fascinated and maintained my interested till the last page. In the past I found it hard adapting to her style, has she mellowed or have I? This author is growing on me. Ms Atkinson’s writing is gripping, full of satire and wickedly funny. Her strength is in her development of strong characters and masterfully orchestrated sagas. The story opens with a car accident on a busy street in Edinburgh, triggering a case of road rage followed by strange events. When witnesses turn out to be connected to each other and more and more weird incidents come to light, we… the readers are slowly drawn into a multitude of exciting and complicated dramas. This multi facetted story is told by the characters, recounting their experiences, the narration alternates between them as the story progresses back and forth in time. Ms Atkinson has masterfully tied all this information into a suspense filled novel. Returning to the front scenes are: Jackson Brodie, the intrepid ex-private detective and Julia, the actress. We are also endowed with a rich cast of fascinating secondary characters. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Date published: 2009-04-18