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One good turn
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One good turn
a jolly murder mystery
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It is summer, it is the Edinburgh festival People queing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved the wife of an unscrupulous property developer, a crime writer, a washed-up comedian Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a murder suspect
It is summer, it is the Edinburgh festival People queing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved the wife of an unscrupulous property developer, a crime writer, a washed-up comedian Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a murder suspect
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    July 17, 2006
    Having won a wide following for her first crime novel (and fifth book), Case Histories
    (2004), Atkinson sends Det. Jackson Brodie to Edinburgh while girlfriend Julia performs in a Fringe Festival play. When incognito thug "Paul Bradley" is rear-ended by a Honda driver who gets out and bashes Bradley unconscious with a baseball bat, the now-retired Jackson is a reluctant witness. Other bystanders include crime novelist Martin Canning, a valiant milquetoast who saves Bradley's life, and tart-tongued Gloria Hatter, who's plotting to end her 39-year marriage to a shady real estate developer. Jackson walks away from the incident, but keeps running into trouble, including a corpse, the Honda man and sexy, tight-lipped inspector Louise Monroe. Everyone's burdened by a secret—infidelity, unprofessional behavior, murder—adding depth and many diversions. After Martin misses a visit from the Honda man (Martin's wonderfully annoying houseguest isn't so lucky), he enlists Jackson as a bodyguard, pulling the characters into closer orbit before they collide on Gloria Hatter's lawn. Along the way, pieces of plot fall through the cracks between repeatedly shifting points of view, and the final cataclysm feels forced. But crackling one-liners, spot-on set pieces and full-blooded cameos help make this another absorbing character study from the versatile, effervescent Atkinson.

  • AudioFile Magazine ONE GOOD TURN is a kind of literary crime romp set during the Edinburgh Festival. Martin Canning, mystery writer, throws his bag at a baseball-wielding thug to save the life of a stranger. (Festival-goers believe it to be theater.) The incident reverberates through the lives of the many witnesses. Steven Crossley's measured British voice is a pleasure. He deftly develops voices for a myriad of damaged characters, including the timid Martin, deep-voiced retired P.I. Jackson Brodie (returning from CASE HISTORIES), a mysterious husky-voiced Russian with a pink "Favours" card in her bra, and many more. Crossley's pacing and patience are impeccable, especially through Atkinson's many detours. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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