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Description - Why We Die: Zoe Boehm Thriller 3 by Mick Herron

'Herron is a stylish writer with a mordant sensibility and a deadly wit. He's also a tricky plotter' New York Times Book Review

When Zoe Boehm agrees to track down the gang who knocked over Sweeney's jewellery shop, she's just hoping to break even in time for tax season. She certainly doesn't expect to wind up in a coffin. But she's about to become entangled with a strange collection of characters, starting with suicidal Tim Whitby, who's dedicating what's left of his life to protecting the pretty, battered Katrina Blake from her late husband's sociopathic brothers, Arkle and Trent.

Unfortunately for Zoe, Arkle has a crossbow, Tim has nothing left to lose, and even Katrina has her secrets. And death, like taxes, can't be avoided forever.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781473647022
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 128mm x 24mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publish Date: 6-Aug-2020
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Why We Die: Zoe Boehm Thriller 3 by Mick Herron - Reviewed by (30 Aug 2018)

5 stars Why We Die is the third book in the Oxford Investigations series by British author, Mick Herron. The story starts with a widower, a debt-ridden PI and a bunch of thugs. Arkle, Baxter and Trent have decided they can make easy money, just not in the family gravel business. Tim Whitby, still grieving the loss of his wife, checks into a hotel, planning to check out (of life) but is distracted by a bruised-looking Katrina Blake.

And Zoë Boehm’s old red Nissan Sunny is stolen and set on fire, something arranged by someone she’s recently upset, meaning she has to resort to a borrowed orange VW beetle for transport. The same someone also arranged scrutiny of her finances by Inland Revenue, resulting in a bill of almost five thousand pounds, forcing her to take on an investigation for a crooked robbery victim.

Some tedious surveillance and an encounter with an unusual chauffeur gives Zoë the information she needs, but her interest is piqued, and she heads to Totnes to dig a little deeper. While there, she finds herself rescuing Tim Whitby from a crossbow-wielding Arkle with an apple.

In the action that follows, Zoë effects another rescue, is rescued twice herself, climbs up a wall, brandishes a chair, assists more than one assailant downstairs, kicks and king-hits, is knocked out by a torch and ends up shut inside a freezer. Several people are stabbed and the crossbow gets quite a workout. The hood ornament of a hearse plays an important part, and several people are seeking a certain bag with a lot of money in it. As usual, Herron gives the reader a plot with some great twists and, of several red herrings, one that will have readers familiar with his style wondering if he has indulged in his tendency to kill off a regular character without qualm or hesitation. Fans will be eager for the fourth and final book of the series, Smoke and Whispers. Excellent British crime fiction.


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