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The strangled body of a young woman is discovered in a park in the West Country town of Abbeyford, clad in a leopard skin coat but with no identification, no phone, no handbag. DI Kate Redman and her team take on the case and manage to identify the victim through her role in a local theatre production. But the questions keep coming: why was the victim estranged from her f The strangled body of a young woman is discovered in a park in the West Country town of Abbeyford, clad in a leopard skin coat but with no identification, no phone, no handbag. DI Kate Redman and her team take on the case and manage to identify the victim through her role in a local theatre production. But the questions keep coming: why was the victim estranged from her family? Who was the shadowy boyfriend she was hiding from her friends? And as Kate and her colleagues know, many people could be hiding many, many secrets… Performance is the thirteenth book in The Kate Redman Mystery series, by USA Today bestselling author Celina Grace. Praise for the Kate Redman Mysteries, from Amazon and Goodreads reviewers: "I love the Kate Redman series. At this point, I feel like the characters are old friends and have been through many life changes with them. Celina Grace is a masterful story teller with the ability to set the scenes in such a way that the reader can see them exactly. " “One of the best I have read this year. I read about a fourth of the book early in the day, then at bedtime, I thought I would read a bit more before sleep. I finished the book at 5:20 AM. Just could not put it down.” “At last, a mystery that delivers…I found this novel superb because I got all I needed to know and none of what I didn’t.” “…a gripping detective story but the main character engages you, and as well as wanting to know how the mystery turns out you want to learn more about her too.” "There are not many authors that I enjoy so much that I want to read every book they've written, but I intend to do just that." "Am a big fan of the Kate Redman mystery... Love the way Celina Grace mixes it just right not to much personal stuff but enough to keep you up to date with all the main characters lives. Can't wait for the next book."


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The strangled body of a young woman is discovered in a park in the West Country town of Abbeyford, clad in a leopard skin coat but with no identification, no phone, no handbag. DI Kate Redman and her team take on the case and manage to identify the victim through her role in a local theatre production. But the questions keep coming: why was the victim estranged from her f The strangled body of a young woman is discovered in a park in the West Country town of Abbeyford, clad in a leopard skin coat but with no identification, no phone, no handbag. DI Kate Redman and her team take on the case and manage to identify the victim through her role in a local theatre production. But the questions keep coming: why was the victim estranged from her family? Who was the shadowy boyfriend she was hiding from her friends? And as Kate and her colleagues know, many people could be hiding many, many secrets… Performance is the thirteenth book in The Kate Redman Mystery series, by USA Today bestselling author Celina Grace. Praise for the Kate Redman Mysteries, from Amazon and Goodreads reviewers: "I love the Kate Redman series. At this point, I feel like the characters are old friends and have been through many life changes with them. Celina Grace is a masterful story teller with the ability to set the scenes in such a way that the reader can see them exactly. " “One of the best I have read this year. I read about a fourth of the book early in the day, then at bedtime, I thought I would read a bit more before sleep. I finished the book at 5:20 AM. Just could not put it down.” “At last, a mystery that delivers…I found this novel superb because I got all I needed to know and none of what I didn’t.” “…a gripping detective story but the main character engages you, and as well as wanting to know how the mystery turns out you want to learn more about her too.” "There are not many authors that I enjoy so much that I want to read every book they've written, but I intend to do just that." "Am a big fan of the Kate Redman mystery... Love the way Celina Grace mixes it just right not to much personal stuff but enough to keep you up to date with all the main characters lives. Can't wait for the next book."

51 review for Performance (Kate Redman Mysteries #13)

  1. 5 out of 5

    LooseBoots

    Wow, what a fantastic book. I always enjoy a Kate Redman investigation and this is no exception. Kate’s unique perception wins out in the end of this intriguing murder mystery. Once again, Celina makes you feel part of the” team” , part of the story. It’s as though you are watching the actions first hand. Such is the skill of an accomplished writer. We also send a development in her personal life, but no spoilers from me. In conclusion, this is a most excellent and exciting read, definitely not to b Wow, what a fantastic book. I always enjoy a Kate Redman investigation and this is no exception. Kate’s unique perception wins out in the end of this intriguing murder mystery. Once again, Celina makes you feel part of the” team” , part of the story. It’s as though you are watching the actions first hand. Such is the skill of an accomplished writer. We also send a development in her personal life, but no spoilers from me. In conclusion, this is a most excellent and exciting read, definitely not to be missed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Montezinos

    Performance, Celina Grace's 13th novel in the Kate Redman series, comes out during a year when the world has been overwhelmed by a pandemic with huge social, political and economic effects, it is a story most remarkable for having no mention of any of that. Instead we are treated to a cozy, convoluted mystery solved as expected through a combination of dogged police work and Kate's especially sharp intuitions. It's a wonderful distraction. As in past books, Kate as a character continues to evolve Performance, Celina Grace's 13th novel in the Kate Redman series, comes out during a year when the world has been overwhelmed by a pandemic with huge social, political and economic effects, it is a story most remarkable for having no mention of any of that. Instead we are treated to a cozy, convoluted mystery solved as expected through a combination of dogged police work and Kate's especially sharp intuitions. It's a wonderful distraction. As in past books, Kate as a character continues to evolve in this story. A couple of new threads are added to her personal life, and only time will tell where they lead. This is actually encouraging since many authors begin to tire of their characters after living with them through a dozen novels. But it appears that Grace still seems to be engaged with Kate and in imagining how her life will play out. There are a couple of threads left dangling here as well. There is the obvious omission of the viral elephant on our collective table. But also, there was an arch villain introduced in Grace's last book, Tasteful, who has dropped out of the picture. Perhaps he's merely forgotten for now? All in all, Performance is a comfortable story, with just enough twist in the plot and interesting character development to keep a home-bound reader well entertained. It's a reasonably stand-alone novel for new readers to enjoy. But also a satisfying next installment in the Kate Redman saga for her fans. It should be quite interesting to see where Grace takes her signature character from here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

    PERFORMANCE by Celina Grace Kate Redman Book 13 The strangled corpse of an unknown young woman is found in a park in the West Country town of Abbeyford. She wore a leopard skin coat, but nothing else that would help the police identify her. DI Kate Redman and her colleagues answer the call to investigate this strange case. DI Redman finds herself starting a new role as a wife and all the attendant changes that come with marriage, so interrupting her leave to investigate a case throws a real monkey PERFORMANCE by Celina Grace Kate Redman Book 13 The strangled corpse of an unknown young woman is found in a park in the West Country town of Abbeyford. She wore a leopard skin coat, but nothing else that would help the police identify her. DI Kate Redman and her colleagues answer the call to investigate this strange case. DI Redman finds herself starting a new role as a wife and all the attendant changes that come with marriage, so interrupting her leave to investigate a case throws a real monkey wrench in her plans. Kate is secretly relieved to have a little extra time to adjust to her new situation. The town, her team and job are all the same and yet feel different to her. Her perspective has somehow changed. I like this new Kate Redman; she has really matured. She has honed all those skills that have made her exceptional at her job, and learned how to manage those fears and self doubts that have plagued her since childhood. The author has skillfully rounded out Kate’s persona as a gifted professional, while retaining her humanity. I feel I actually learned a lot about Kate Redman in this book from the way the author described the progression of the murder investigation and the professional relationship of Kate and her colleagues. Similarly, the author allowed me more glimpses of Kate, the adult, who, has begun to recognize her personal demons and finds insights to manage them. I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series, but this is the best one I’ve read, by far. I give this one 5 stars, with no resrvations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict

    Performance is a wonderful addition to the Kate Redman series! I love this series so much and one of my favorite things is how the characters grow and change from book to book. Performance was a great catch-up with the various characters in this series. Celina Grace works all their "news" into the plot seamlessly, much like opening a Christmas card to find out what far-flung relatives have been up to over the year. As usual, I was left guessing who the murderer was and what drove them to commit m Performance is a wonderful addition to the Kate Redman series! I love this series so much and one of my favorite things is how the characters grow and change from book to book. Performance was a great catch-up with the various characters in this series. Celina Grace works all their "news" into the plot seamlessly, much like opening a Christmas card to find out what far-flung relatives have been up to over the year. As usual, I was left guessing who the murderer was and what drove them to commit murder right up until the end. I wouldn't have it any other way and one of this author's strengths is that she scatters the clues so perfectly that you've seen the important clue, but just didn't realize it. If you enjoy police procedurals, British mysteries, and/or a great read, then you should pick up this series. I'd recommend starting at the beginning because there is great character growth from the first book through to the 13th. These police detectives have begun to feel like family and I always enjoy knowing what is going on! The fact that there is a solid mystery and excellent storytelling in each book is a bonus that makes me anxious to explore each new novel. Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC at my request. My thoughts in this review are my own and happily shared.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joyce927

    An exciting new book from Celina Grace occurs once again in the world of the theater. The body of a young woman is found in the park in Abbeyford with no identification. After having no luck at identifying her, Kate recognized her from posters advertising The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie's play currently being performed at the Kite Theater. The young woman was still a mystery however, and no one knew anything about her background. Through diligent investigation they were able to locate Anna Hart's An exciting new book from Celina Grace occurs once again in the world of the theater. The body of a young woman is found in the park in Abbeyford with no identification. After having no luck at identifying her, Kate recognized her from posters advertising The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie's play currently being performed at the Kite Theater. The young woman was still a mystery however, and no one knew anything about her background. Through diligent investigation they were able to locate Anna Hart's birth family, but that didn't move the case closer to a solution. The more Kate discovers, the stronger she feels the connection to the theater is. But she also feels the influence families have on lives and is not content until she discovers the real motives for the murders. This book is satisfying in many ways. Celina Grace is one of my favorite authors. The group of homicide detectives in Abbeyford are like old friends, and it's great to see where the characters have progressed in their private lives, especially Kate and Anderton. Ms. Grace is a talented writer with intriguing plots, well developed characters, and the ability to keep the reader fully engaged till the surprising conclusion. I am delighted with the reconnection to the Abbeyford CID and highly recommend this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gill Powell

    This is another great read in the Kate Redman series. A young woman is found strangled and Kate and her team are brought in. Once the body is identified and the story of her background emerges, it looks as if the guilty person could be one of several people. Well constructed and written, with a good balance between Kate’s work and home life. This book is part of a series and you need to read them in order if you want to get to know the characters and keep up to date with Kate’s personal life. Th This is another great read in the Kate Redman series. A young woman is found strangled and Kate and her team are brought in. Once the body is identified and the story of her background emerges, it looks as if the guilty person could be one of several people. Well constructed and written, with a good balance between Kate’s work and home life. This book is part of a series and you need to read them in order if you want to get to know the characters and keep up to date with Kate’s personal life. The plot is well thought out and it wasn’t clear until the end who the perpetrator was, although the clues were there along the way. I’ve enjoyed reading all the books in this series, and am glad that this one is longer than some of the earlier books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lloyd

    I have read several of Kate Redman’s mystery stories so have come to enjoy her company and admire her persistence in trying to solve crime as part of a hard-working police team. Following normal procedure, they investigate this horrific murder by looking into all aspects of this young actress’s life. Are her strictly religious responsible or was she unwise in her choice of boyfriend? At home Kate and older partner, Anderton, are settling into a new home together and need to decide on their plans I have read several of Kate Redman’s mystery stories so have come to enjoy her company and admire her persistence in trying to solve crime as part of a hard-working police team. Following normal procedure, they investigate this horrific murder by looking into all aspects of this young actress’s life. Are her strictly religious responsible or was she unwise in her choice of boyfriend? At home Kate and older partner, Anderton, are settling into a new home together and need to decide on their plans for their future together. Although it is worthwhile following Kate’s life story through the books in the series, The Performance is perfect to read as a stand-alone mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carlin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have waited for this installment of the Kate Redman mystery series and was thrilled when the author gave me a pre-publication copy in exchange for an honest review. It definitely was worth waiting for (and may be my favorite to date). I finished it in one day and was ready for more! The body of a young woman was found in a park with no identification. The team calls Kate back from her time off even though she and Anderton have just moved into a new house and are adjusting to their lives togethe I have waited for this installment of the Kate Redman mystery series and was thrilled when the author gave me a pre-publication copy in exchange for an honest review. It definitely was worth waiting for (and may be my favorite to date). I finished it in one day and was ready for more! The body of a young woman was found in a park with no identification. The team calls Kate back from her time off even though she and Anderton have just moved into a new house and are adjusting to their lives together. I love how Kate has matured over the course of the series. Although she can get triggered by childhood memories, she is now able to work them through rather than be paralyzed by depression. And Anderton is the perfect spouse for Kate! The methodical crime solving techniques of the team combined with Kate's intuitive talents (her gut feelings) slowly but surely lead from the identification of the victim to the killer. I hope the next installment comes soon!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Celina Grace is a master storyteller, And what a tell the thirteenth book in this series is. Kate Redman is assigned to a case of an unidentified young woman. While walking to work a couple of days later, Kate notices a billboard in a theater window with a picture that could be their victim. With everyone giving only half truths about the young woman, Kate and her team really have their work cut out for them this time. Meanwhile, Kate is settling into her new home with Anderton, and she's now contempl Celina Grace is a master storyteller, And what a tell the thirteenth book in this series is. Kate Redman is assigned to a case of an unidentified young woman. While walking to work a couple of days later, Kate notices a billboard in a theater window with a picture that could be their victim. With everyone giving only half truths about the young woman, Kate and her team really have their work cut out for them this time. Meanwhile, Kate is settling into her new home with Anderton, and she's now contemplating how much more she's starting to want out of her life. Even the pain she suffered when she was younger is not going to stop her.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob Tolich

    This was another in the long line of the enjoyable Kate Redman series! Once again, Celina Grace has brought to life, and together, a series of seemingly disjointed clues, information, and possible suspects to give the reader a wonderful story. The suspect whom I originally suspected, I later dismissed because of the wonderful misdirection, only to find out I was right! I both love, and hate those plot lines because they keep me thinking!! You won't be disappointed by picking up and enjoying this This was another in the long line of the enjoyable Kate Redman series! Once again, Celina Grace has brought to life, and together, a series of seemingly disjointed clues, information, and possible suspects to give the reader a wonderful story. The suspect whom I originally suspected, I later dismissed because of the wonderful misdirection, only to find out I was right! I both love, and hate those plot lines because they keep me thinking!! You won't be disappointed by picking up and enjoying this one. I did-and in one sitting. I couldn't put it down!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jan Millward

    I was given a copy of Performance in exchange for my honest opinion. In my opinion Celina Grace has produced another brilliantly entertaining book. The storyline is well thought out, with plot twists that kept me guessing. I really enjoy the style of Grace's writing, it's written well, with the action flowing seamlessly. Great book, one I highly recommend to anyone looking for a book to escape into for a few hours. I was given a copy of Performance in exchange for my honest opinion. In my opinion Celina Grace has produced another brilliantly entertaining book. The storyline is well thought out, with plot twists that kept me guessing. I really enjoy the style of Grace's writing, it's written well, with the action flowing seamlessly. Great book, one I highly recommend to anyone looking for a book to escape into for a few hours.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This might be my favorite book yet in the Kate Redman series. It really kept you guessing to the end. I've read the whole series, some out of order but was always able to keep up with the changing relationship dynamics. This might be my favorite book yet in the Kate Redman series. It really kept you guessing to the end. I've read the whole series, some out of order but was always able to keep up with the changing relationship dynamics.

  13. 5 out of 5

    hbhb

    Another brilliant Kate Redman story, exciting, interesting, Celina writes so descriptively you just want to keep reading and not put it down, as always I would recommend this book and all previous books in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deidre Imhoff

    Great story. Unable to figure out the ending until Kate did.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kandy

    Well this book kept everyone guessing. Kate, Chloe, the rest of the staff and me too. Very interesting story with so many great characters. I can't wait to see what happens next for all of them. Well this book kept everyone guessing. Kate, Chloe, the rest of the staff and me too. Very interesting story with so many great characters. I can't wait to see what happens next for all of them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Thompson

    This book had everything I've come to expect and enjoy in a Kate Redman book. The feeling you get of returning to old friends and the insight into their various relationships and interactions are just a couple of the things I enjoy almost more than the mystery itself. However, the case they're involved in this time is extremely interesting and involving and kept me riveted to the end. I really couldn't guess who would end up being the culprit, but in this author's extremely capable hands, it all This book had everything I've come to expect and enjoy in a Kate Redman book. The feeling you get of returning to old friends and the insight into their various relationships and interactions are just a couple of the things I enjoy almost more than the mystery itself. However, the case they're involved in this time is extremely interesting and involving and kept me riveted to the end. I really couldn't guess who would end up being the culprit, but in this author's extremely capable hands, it all ends up as a completely satisfying and enjoyable puzzle. Every single time I finish one of the books in this series, I immediately want to read more, but now that I've gone through them all, the author will just have to write faster! **I received an ARC from the author. My review is strictly voluntary.**

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ms Jan

    Brilliant book in the Kate Redman series. Interesting characters and great plot as usual

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Another pleasurable read through the life and career of Kate Redman. Celina always puts together easy to read tales set in lovely locations with enough crime twists to keep the ages turning!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A body of a young female is discovered in a park in the town of Abbeyford by a dog walker. Without any identification, and no obvious motive D.I. Kate Redman with her team start the investigation. But why is so little known about the victim, what is her relationship to her family. What are her secrets. Another entertaining and well-written crime story with its cast of likeable and varied characters. A good addition to the series which can easily be read as a standalone story. I voluntarily read and A body of a young female is discovered in a park in the town of Abbeyford by a dog walker. Without any identification, and no obvious motive D.I. Kate Redman with her team start the investigation. But why is so little known about the victim, what is her relationship to her family. What are her secrets. Another entertaining and well-written crime story with its cast of likeable and varied characters. A good addition to the series which can easily be read as a standalone story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim Campbell

    I just love these books by Celina Grace. I have to say that this wasn't as good as the last two, but no doubt this was due to how our whole way of life has had to change over the past 18mths or so. Don't get me wrong I still liked it and read it all in one sitting, but I'm hopeful that once life gets back to what we used to know as normal, so will Kate's cases. I just love these books by Celina Grace. I have to say that this wasn't as good as the last two, but no doubt this was due to how our whole way of life has had to change over the past 18mths or so. Don't get me wrong I still liked it and read it all in one sitting, but I'm hopeful that once life gets back to what we used to know as normal, so will Kate's cases.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mrs J Fletcher

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Woodward

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexei Weinstein

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roy Winsor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Long Jarvis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  31. 4 out of 5

    VEDA

  32. 5 out of 5

    Gwen S

  33. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Groves

  34. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Schmit

  35. 5 out of 5

    BARBARA SINGER

  36. 5 out of 5

    Anna Moreno

  37. 5 out of 5

    Nelmarie Gainsford

  38. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  39. 4 out of 5

    Diana

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  41. 4 out of 5

    Faye Giannini

  42. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

  43. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

  44. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Ortins

  45. 5 out of 5

    Deborah King

  46. 5 out of 5

    joyce velzy

  47. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Basinger

  48. 4 out of 5

    MacDaddy

  49. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

  50. 5 out of 5

    Susan Randall

  51. 5 out of 5

    Karen Campbell

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