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After a long hiatus, amateur investigator Gil Yates is lured to Pennsylvania by the deep pockets of a pompous heart surgeon. On the surface everything points to suicide in this case, but the drop-dead gorgeous widow, the doctor’s daughter, insists otherwise. Who’s hiding what? Who has a hidden agenda and who holds the truth? What Yates uncovers will surprise everyone. This After a long hiatus, amateur investigator Gil Yates is lured to Pennsylvania by the deep pockets of a pompous heart surgeon. On the surface everything points to suicide in this case, but the drop-dead gorgeous widow, the doctor’s daughter, insists otherwise. Who’s hiding what? Who has a hidden agenda and who holds the truth? What Yates uncovers will surprise everyone. This is the ninth lovable Gil Yates mystery.


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After a long hiatus, amateur investigator Gil Yates is lured to Pennsylvania by the deep pockets of a pompous heart surgeon. On the surface everything points to suicide in this case, but the drop-dead gorgeous widow, the doctor’s daughter, insists otherwise. Who’s hiding what? Who has a hidden agenda and who holds the truth? What Yates uncovers will surprise everyone. This After a long hiatus, amateur investigator Gil Yates is lured to Pennsylvania by the deep pockets of a pompous heart surgeon. On the surface everything points to suicide in this case, but the drop-dead gorgeous widow, the doctor’s daughter, insists otherwise. Who’s hiding what? Who has a hidden agenda and who holds the truth? What Yates uncovers will surprise everyone. This is the ninth lovable Gil Yates mystery.

25 review for The Ice Maiden Cometh Not

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wes

    This was my first (and last) Gil Yates novel. The fractured metaphors were mildly amusing at first but got tiresome long before the end of the book. More importantly, the key element of a mystery - solution through deduction - is almost entirely absent. The detective just keeps asking questions until eventually someone tells him the answer. Disappointing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It’s been eight years since California private investigator Gil Yates' last novel, eight long years. Of course, fans know that Gil isn’t really a licensed PI; his name really isn’t Gil Yates; and his amateur sleuthing is done on the sly, hidden from his overbearing wife and his gasbag father-in-law. Fans also know he’s an eccentric narrator with a self-admitted inability to handle clichés—“a nickel for your thoughts?” he asks at one point, getting it almost right. He's also in the habit of charg It’s been eight years since California private investigator Gil Yates' last novel, eight long years. Of course, fans know that Gil isn’t really a licensed PI; his name really isn’t Gil Yates; and his amateur sleuthing is done on the sly, hidden from his overbearing wife and his gasbag father-in-law. Fans also know he’s an eccentric narrator with a self-admitted inability to handle clichés—“a nickel for your thoughts?” he asks at one point, getting it almost right. He's also in the habit of charging outrageous per-diem rates, like the 10 thousand bucks a day he’s getting from a highly unlikable heart surgeon to find out whether the surgeon’s son-in-law’s plunge from the roof of a department store was suicide (as the police contend) or murder (as the widow, the surgeon’s head-turningly gorgeous daughter, says). Boyle takes a fairly traditional hardboiled set-up—the questionable death, the beautiful young widow, the arrogant client, the client’s seductive wife, the wiseass narrator—but, hilariously, turns it into a near farce. There’s a real mystery to be solved here, but the greater pleasure for readers is listening to Gil’s quirky voice and meeting Boyle’s cast of weird and wonderful characters. This book was a long time coming, but, oh boy, was it worth the wait! — David Pitt — ALA Booklist *Starred Review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Athalia Stoneback

    Don't miss "The Ice Maiden Cometh Not," the ninth book in the Gil Yates series. Gil Yates, the private investigator alter ego of beloved Malvin Stark, is back to private investigating after a long hiatus. This time, he has to investigate the death of a prominent Pennsylvania doctor's son-in-law. Was it murder or suicide? If it was suicide, what prompted this young man to commit such an act? A read that kept me spellbound for pages; Boyle did it again! Readers from southeastern Pennsylvania will Don't miss "The Ice Maiden Cometh Not," the ninth book in the Gil Yates series. Gil Yates, the private investigator alter ego of beloved Malvin Stark, is back to private investigating after a long hiatus. This time, he has to investigate the death of a prominent Pennsylvania doctor's son-in-law. Was it murder or suicide? If it was suicide, what prompted this young man to commit such an act? A read that kept me spellbound for pages; Boyle did it again! Readers from southeastern Pennsylvania will recognize some places- "Ness's," for "Hess's" and "Josh Lately" for "Josh Early," for example.

  4. 4 out of 5

    William

    This is the 9th in this series but the first that I have read. It has kind of a sweet sense of humor for a PI type book (very soft-boiled!). The author relies on misquoted common puns and sayings for a lot of his jokes. This was good for a first reading but might get old if the reader was on their 9th book of the series. An easy quick read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frank Taranto

    An enjoyable read. I liked the protagonist, Gil Yates, and that always help make a book good. The title gave away the mystery for me early in the book, but I liked finding out how he got to the truth. Some of the other characters were very interesting as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Al Stoess

    It was ok. Somewhat humorous. Slow going. Not very exciting.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Don

  8. 4 out of 5

    Edward Barrett

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rose

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  11. 4 out of 5

    RetroHound

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maryfox

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mariya

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ajzani

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cj

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tammi

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arlette Mooney

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Stocchi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Litha

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Apple

  25. 5 out of 5

    FBML Mystery

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