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Newly-promoted Inspector Kate Power is steered into dangerous waters in Birmingham CID's latest investigation. Kate Power is newly promoted - and in charge of her own station. So in addition to getting used to the pressures of responsibility and gaining the respect of a new team, she has to get to know a new neighbourhood, with new problems and new crimes. When an impor Newly-promoted Inspector Kate Power is steered into dangerous waters in Birmingham CID's latest investigation. Kate Power is newly promoted - and in charge of her own station. So in addition to getting used to the pressures of responsibility and gaining the respect of a new team, she has to get to know a new neighbourhood, with new problems and new crimes. When an important member of the local Chinese business community comes to her with some inside information, Kate is plunged into a case involving illegal immigration and prostitution. Her investigation is hampered by a missing officer - Kate's new colleagues dismiss him as a malingerer, but Kate has reason to believe something more sinister may have happened to him.


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Newly-promoted Inspector Kate Power is steered into dangerous waters in Birmingham CID's latest investigation. Kate Power is newly promoted - and in charge of her own station. So in addition to getting used to the pressures of responsibility and gaining the respect of a new team, she has to get to know a new neighbourhood, with new problems and new crimes. When an impor Newly-promoted Inspector Kate Power is steered into dangerous waters in Birmingham CID's latest investigation. Kate Power is newly promoted - and in charge of her own station. So in addition to getting used to the pressures of responsibility and gaining the respect of a new team, she has to get to know a new neighbourhood, with new problems and new crimes. When an important member of the local Chinese business community comes to her with some inside information, Kate is plunged into a case involving illegal immigration and prostitution. Her investigation is hampered by a missing officer - Kate's new colleagues dismiss him as a malingerer, but Kate has reason to believe something more sinister may have happened to him.

30 review for Murder on the Job

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric_W

    I like British police procedurals. I guess this one is no exception except that I found the multiple relationships the heroine (Kate Powers - get it?) had with her superiors to be questionable at best. Part of the tension arises from Detective Inspector Powers' prior relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Graham (with whom she still works and who was married to someone else) and her current squeeze, a Detective Superintendent (moving up the ladder) who at least is not married. But my goodne I like British police procedurals. I guess this one is no exception except that I found the multiple relationships the heroine (Kate Powers - get it?) had with her superiors to be questionable at best. Part of the tension arises from Detective Inspector Powers' prior relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Graham (with whom she still works and who was married to someone else) and her current squeeze, a Detective Superintendent (moving up the ladder) who at least is not married. But my goodness, all those detectives floating around and no one scopes out the possible difficulties of such relationships? I mean really.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine Morales

    Hope there will be more in the well written series

  3. 5 out of 5

    elizabeth mcguire

    Finally. I was despairing of this character finding some gutzpah. I didn't even bother leaving a review on the last book. There wasn't a zero stars. I just don't believe someone in this profession would carry on being she breaks down in tears at a drop of a hat. Sad to see she carries on with the older, higher up, man. She needed some of Aunt Carriers guts. However she finally seems to have found love and her place in work. Saying that I will not be buying any more about this character. They were h Finally. I was despairing of this character finding some gutzpah. I didn't even bother leaving a review on the last book. There wasn't a zero stars. I just don't believe someone in this profession would carry on being she breaks down in tears at a drop of a hat. Sad to see she carries on with the older, higher up, man. She needed some of Aunt Carriers guts. However she finally seems to have found love and her place in work. Saying that I will not be buying any more about this character. They were hard going.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This story had a good mix of personal and professional events, some of which became intertwined in a way which didn’t seem as contrived as it might have done. The building of relationships between Kate and her new team was well written and eventually even pulled on the heartstrings a little. I am hoping that there might be more to come on the twist which that brought but I won’t hold my breath. The varied incidents which the team have on their collective plate do not seem to have much in common This story had a good mix of personal and professional events, some of which became intertwined in a way which didn’t seem as contrived as it might have done. The building of relationships between Kate and her new team was well written and eventually even pulled on the heartstrings a little. I am hoping that there might be more to come on the twist which that brought but I won’t hold my breath. The varied incidents which the team have on their collective plate do not seem to have much in common but there has to be a connection somewhere - doesn’t there? I am not sure that everything is tied up satisfactorily by the end of this book and look forward to seeing if things are taken forward in the next book in the series or if they are just left to hang. Without wanting to give too much away, the murder of the title, is not quite what one would think and is resolved more by speculation than great detective skills. I enjoyed this and read it in one sitting but, although a great improvement on the previous book in the series, it has a few weaknesses which prevent it reaching 4 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Good story not well written The writer has a great imagination consequently she has a good story but sadly isn't such a good writer. The story line can waffle on about inconsequential stuff which you have to skip over. The ending may also make sense to the writer (this is true of the whole series) but not to the reader. The writer also had a propensity to use word which are not in common usage which makes her look like she's trying too hard. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story line and the characte Good story not well written The writer has a great imagination consequently she has a good story but sadly isn't such a good writer. The story line can waffle on about inconsequential stuff which you have to skip over. The ending may also make sense to the writer (this is true of the whole series) but not to the reader. The writer also had a propensity to use word which are not in common usage which makes her look like she's trying too hard. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story line and the characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I have read all 6 books and looking forward to the next where I hope to see the relationship between Kate and Rob. I’m surprised with the innuendo of a woman sleeping her way up the with so many movements empowering women to take control and report the despicable behavior of the male officers not to mention the catty behavior of some of the female officers she encounters. At times the personal relationship tends to get in the way of the story and for some that is supposed to be on the fast track I have read all 6 books and looking forward to the next where I hope to see the relationship between Kate and Rob. I’m surprised with the innuendo of a woman sleeping her way up the with so many movements empowering women to take control and report the despicable behavior of the male officers not to mention the catty behavior of some of the female officers she encounters. At times the personal relationship tends to get in the way of the story and for some that is supposed to be on the fast track for advancement she second guesses herself and feels she is the only person she can truly trust at times. If 7 is more of the same it will probably be my in the series and that is if there is a 7.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thomas P. O'Brien Jr

    Good series with an exception The stories in this series are entertaining and fast paced. The one thing I dislike about the books is the put downs of Kate by senior officers. If I had ever had bosses who acted like these folks I would have found another job. I truly hope these childish boorish outbursts are purely fiction. If there are future books I suggest omitting these totally unnecessary scenes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    jennifer jones

    Book turner. I couldn't put these books down!! Read the six back to back, real indulgence! Can't wait for the next in series! Beautifully written, no dull moment, all components of twists and turns In detective stories. Book turner. I couldn't put these books down!! Read the six back to back, real indulgence! Can't wait for the next in series! Beautifully written, no dull moment, all components of twists and turns In detective stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    M R B Davis

    Intriguing Kate Power is promoted and in uniform but that doesn't stop her investigating several crimes despite the difficulties presented by last adversaries. A good story that increases with pace and keeps the reader enthralled. Intriguing Kate Power is promoted and in uniform but that doesn't stop her investigating several crimes despite the difficulties presented by last adversaries. A good story that increases with pace and keeps the reader enthralled.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    This one was a bit of a slog seemed to drag on a bit and some of the things that took place, as well as the horrible supervisor, were extremely off-putting. Looking forward to the next one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Migs Halpern

    Read This Another great read! The whole series is wonderful I highly recommend this! All her reads read well! Enjoy as I did!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    Another great read. This book just as good as the last one the lead characters still holding one's interest , so into the next offering, Another great read. This book just as good as the last one the lead characters still holding one's interest , so into the next offering,

  13. 4 out of 5

    Virginia E. Irving

    Police Procedural Classic police procedural. Not enough suspense or action. Main characters were ok but maybe too calm or bland. Probably will read more books like this!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Bailey

    Gripping Kept you reading till finish ed. I interesting story carry on. Nice to see a police relationship develop. Well written.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good series. Kate and Rod are together and she has her own "nick." All ends well. Good series. Kate and Rod are together and she has her own "nick." All ends well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Baker

    Great read Old reading from beginning to end. Nice to be able to understand the lingo of the land. True to life story lines all through.

  17. 4 out of 5

    AnnPackham

    Enjoyed it every much Will there be a seventh book with Kate and Rob getting married couldn't put it down once I had started it Enjoyed it every much Will there be a seventh book with Kate and Rob getting married couldn't put it down once I had started it

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    It was Ok I guess my expectations outgrew this series. The first 4 books were excellent and these last three were average. A good series overall.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Evans

    Great read Great read, loving the series. Can't wait for the next one. Hope it's not too long for us to wait. Great read Great read, loving the series. Can't wait for the next one. Hope it's not too long for us to wait.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    This was a fairly interesting book however not much of a murder mystery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Muriel Evans

    Last in series This last book in series was very good i really enjoyed it,will look out for the next book that Judith writes

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rog Harrison

    First read 10 February 2004.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kate Power

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Owen

  25. 4 out of 5

    mabel deighton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ian Firth

  27. 5 out of 5

    shannon fairley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Deadre Appleton

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ken Montgomery

  30. 5 out of 5

    george h. grabe

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