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Meet Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth. An old-school detective who knows how to handle the law, and himself. Blonde, attractive Stella Carway is found murdered. A blue bow is tied around her broken neck and her near naked body displayed like a bizarre gift. Her stormy marriage immediately points to her evasive husband, Steven, as the killer. But Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth is n Meet Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth. An old-school detective who knows how to handle the law, and himself. Blonde, attractive Stella Carway is found murdered. A blue bow is tied around her broken neck and her near naked body displayed like a bizarre gift. Her stormy marriage immediately points to her evasive husband, Steven, as the killer. But Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth is not so sure...


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Meet Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth. An old-school detective who knows how to handle the law, and himself. Blonde, attractive Stella Carway is found murdered. A blue bow is tied around her broken neck and her near naked body displayed like a bizarre gift. Her stormy marriage immediately points to her evasive husband, Steven, as the killer. But Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth is n Meet Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth. An old-school detective who knows how to handle the law, and himself. Blonde, attractive Stella Carway is found murdered. A blue bow is tied around her broken neck and her near naked body displayed like a bizarre gift. Her stormy marriage immediately points to her evasive husband, Steven, as the killer. But Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth is not so sure...

30 review for Tied to Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Please note this was originally published as The Christmas Bow Murder. An introduction to a new crime series, DCI Jim Ashworth is featured along with his partner, DS Owen Turner. Turner is a skilled detective and in line to take over when Ashworth retires. Ashworth is a 30 year veteran, a cop of the old school. Ashworth and Turner are called to investigate the murder of Stella Carway who was found murdered in her home, a blue bow tied around her broken neck. Upon questioning husband, family, friend Please note this was originally published as The Christmas Bow Murder. An introduction to a new crime series, DCI Jim Ashworth is featured along with his partner, DS Owen Turner. Turner is a skilled detective and in line to take over when Ashworth retires. Ashworth is a 30 year veteran, a cop of the old school. Ashworth and Turner are called to investigate the murder of Stella Carway who was found murdered in her home, a blue bow tied around her broken neck. Upon questioning husband, family, friends, they learn that the Carway marriage was not a happy one and promptly puts the husband as primary suspect. And that's where the team of Ashworth and Turner part ways. One solidly believes that the husband is the killer .. the other does not. This British crime fiction is filled with suspense and page turning twists and turns. The characters are solidly drawn and the differences between the partners are highlighted. even in their personal lives, there are secrets and lies. The conclusion is compelling. THE PRICE OF MURDER is available now ... seems to be an excellent addition to the series. Many thanks to Joffe Books / Books n All Promotions for the digital copy of this crime fiction, Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. NOTE: Following a brief illness, the author died on 4 October 1998. Prior to his untimely death he had had eight novels published as well as numerous short stories and articles.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve P

    This is the first book in the Ashworth series. Some of the characters who appear in later books are not yet involved. It's a fine enough start with some good character conflict, but it's not amongst his best. [May 2021. My reviews were briefer when I originally reviewed this! I’m a big fan of the late Brian Battison and it’s good to see his books being re-printed. Good characters, no extraneous information, fast pace. This one has been given a different title – Tied To Murder] This is the first book in the Ashworth series. Some of the characters who appear in later books are not yet involved. It's a fine enough start with some good character conflict, but it's not amongst his best. [May 2021. My reviews were briefer when I originally reviewed this! I’m a big fan of the late Brian Battison and it’s good to see his books being re-printed. Good characters, no extraneous information, fast pace. This one has been given a different title – Tied To Murder]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    90% Right at 90% I'd figured it out and STILL had to have it laid out for a satisfactory finish. An awfully good mystery! Battinson has a lot of characters in the story and from paragraph to paragraph the "voice" can change so the reader must stay on their toes, so to speak. But it's worth it; this is well written and compelling. I highly recommend it. 90% Right at 90% I'd figured it out and STILL had to have it laid out for a satisfactory finish. An awfully good mystery! Battinson has a lot of characters in the story and from paragraph to paragraph the "voice" can change so the reader must stay on their toes, so to speak. But it's worth it; this is well written and compelling. I highly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine Walker

    Twists & turns I enjoyed the twist & turns of the investigation and the conflicting opinions between the experienced policeman and his younger colleague. I thought more detailed enquiries would have moved the action on more quickly, such as with the missing money. Bank statements could have shown withdrawals, dates, times even , who made them etc and this would have helped eliminate one of the motives of the husband. It is unlikely £190,000 would have been withdrawn in cash so Susan would have b Twists & turns I enjoyed the twist & turns of the investigation and the conflicting opinions between the experienced policeman and his younger colleague. I thought more detailed enquiries would have moved the action on more quickly, such as with the missing money. Bank statements could have shown withdrawals, dates, times even , who made them etc and this would have helped eliminate one of the motives of the husband. It is unlikely £190,000 would have been withdrawn in cash so Susan would have been identified earlier. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and would read more in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Schmidle

    Good story I enjoyed reading this mystery. Several different characters could have "done it". I loved the back stories as well. I recommend this book. Good story I enjoyed reading this mystery. Several different characters could have "done it". I loved the back stories as well. I recommend this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alayne

    An interesting mystery and I really liked the character of Jim Ashworth. His deputy, not much at all. But good story and a satisfying ending.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joyce tuffs

    A good story. This is the first book in the Detective Jim Ashworth series. Jim is a good detective with little support from his team.

  8. 5 out of 5

    loopyloulaura

    Stella Carway is murdered in her home and a bow tied around her neck. Her marriage was far from perfect but the lead detective Jim Ashworth is not convinced that her husband is the killer. The police investigation uncovers lies, money and sexual secrets but who wanted Stella dead? Tied To Murder is a police crime thriller originally published in the 1990s. Some things do date the book a little such as the cost of houses and the lack of technology. However, I found it refreshing to revisit the era Stella Carway is murdered in her home and a bow tied around her neck. Her marriage was far from perfect but the lead detective Jim Ashworth is not convinced that her husband is the killer. The police investigation uncovers lies, money and sexual secrets but who wanted Stella dead? Tied To Murder is a police crime thriller originally published in the 1990s. Some things do date the book a little such as the cost of houses and the lack of technology. However, I found it refreshing to revisit the era in which I was a teenager! The murder occurs at the very beginning of the book and we see it in detail but it doesn't seem gratuitous. We then discover that Stella wasn't the nicest of people and the number of suspects grows rapidly. The book centres around the two main detectives investigating the murder of Stella. Jim Ashworth is older and holds a superior rank to Owen Turner but they begin quite friendly and respectful of each other. However, differences in their opinion of Stella's husband's potential guilt as well as developments in their personal lives, drive the two officers apart. We are shown the human side of both Jim and Owen by seeing them in their home contexts with their wives. In particular, Owen's home life is in turmoil as he and his wife Karen bicker constantly and he turns to a female colleague for solace. Tied To Murder is a very enjoyable police mystery and I look forward to reading more books by Brian Battison as Joffe book republishes them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    Smart An experienced detective suspects that there is more to a woman's murder than a bad marriage. Trusting his instincts over political pressure and ambitious colleagues is a recipe for retirement. But Det. Ashworth can not let it go. I liked this novel. Ashworth is a strong lead, moral, intelligent and perceptive. The plot was good and the ending satisfying. Well done. Smart An experienced detective suspects that there is more to a woman's murder than a bad marriage. Trusting his instincts over political pressure and ambitious colleagues is a recipe for retirement. But Det. Ashworth can not let it go. I liked this novel. Ashworth is a strong lead, moral, intelligent and perceptive. The plot was good and the ending satisfying. Well done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    A brand new Detective series, self proclaimed as a ‘Gripping Novel’ and yes, for the most part, that wouldn’t be wrong. Welcome readers, to the new detective on the block, DCI James Ashworth. Ashworth, a copper of 30 years is partnered with a younger DS Owen Turner, set in the early 90s of Britain’s policing environment. Both characters add their own background to this novel, which is obviously needed. Ashworth as detailed is of the old school who believes the husband of the deceased is innocent A brand new Detective series, self proclaimed as a ‘Gripping Novel’ and yes, for the most part, that wouldn’t be wrong. Welcome readers, to the new detective on the block, DCI James Ashworth. Ashworth, a copper of 30 years is partnered with a younger DS Owen Turner, set in the early 90s of Britain’s policing environment. Both characters add their own background to this novel, which is obviously needed. Ashworth as detailed is of the old school who believes the husband of the deceased is innocent, Turner is convinced otherwise. Personal turmoil interrupts this promising partnership and that is that. Ok, this novel is mostly gripping, with the odd red herring here and there and other interesting back stories. However, I just feel that the author takes forever to get to the conclusion, without much emphasis on how we got there. I will say, however, that this is still very well done and is worth a read. 4 out of 5.

  11. 4 out of 5

    EILEEN

    TIED TO MURDER emerges within a barbaric, petrifying malevolent incident. The multifaceted investigation can't find the motive for this baffling, horrific mystery. Navigating this maze-like conundrum that seems to have all dead ends, ramps up page turning suspense culminating in a dynamite, completely unforseen finish. TIED TO MURDER emerges within a barbaric, petrifying malevolent incident. The multifaceted investigation can't find the motive for this baffling, horrific mystery. Navigating this maze-like conundrum that seems to have all dead ends, ramps up page turning suspense culminating in a dynamite, completely unforseen finish.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Really great story. Detective Jim Ashworth is a wonderful character. This author has created a cast of characters that are interesting and they are brought to life through this very intriguing and puzzling murder. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Good book! I enjoyed this book. I really like the DCI. I didn’t like his sergeant so much. I hope he grows up. The mystery kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to more of this series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Murray

    Good read A very wonderful read good visual story telling made you think you were with them all the way to the end

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "The policeman's lot" How does the song go? The policeman's lot is not a happy one? Based on the sexual antics of the coppers in this caper they should all be walking around with a big grin on their face. That apart, the twists and turns in the murder inquiry kept me reading to the very end. It's clear from the references throughout that this was written in different times, although the steady decline from a police force to a police service was already underway. Joffe Books have taken another for "The policeman's lot" How does the song go? The policeman's lot is not a happy one? Based on the sexual antics of the coppers in this caper they should all be walking around with a big grin on their face. That apart, the twists and turns in the murder inquiry kept me reading to the very end. It's clear from the references throughout that this was written in different times, although the steady decline from a police force to a police service was already underway. Joffe Books have taken another forgotten talent and 'refreshed' a series that preceded the kindle era. Whether today's woke audience will accept what was par for the course twenty or thirty years ago, only time will tell.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victor S Southern

    Rather far from gripping, in fact rather dull. The characters were not very plausible in their thoughts and actions. The plot dragged and the police work was sloppy. Also I know times have changed but this book seems to be set in about 1998 or thereabouts and I doubt that a Detective Chief Inspector will allow his sergeant to call him Jim. Otherwise the usual - great detective frustrated by useless police chief who will not allow him to pursue a line of enquiry and who has made up mind on flimsy Rather far from gripping, in fact rather dull. The characters were not very plausible in their thoughts and actions. The plot dragged and the police work was sloppy. Also I know times have changed but this book seems to be set in about 1998 or thereabouts and I doubt that a Detective Chief Inspector will allow his sergeant to call him Jim. Otherwise the usual - great detective frustrated by useless police chief who will not allow him to pursue a line of enquiry and who has made up mind on flimsy facts. But then I am an old curmudgeon and others may see this book quite differently.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Tied to Murder. Jim Ashworth investigates the murder of a woman whose life was far from straightforward. This is a really good first book in the series. The characters are well written and the story itself full of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book in the series to see what happens to Jim next. If you are looking for a series of books featuring a new police officer then look no further than Tied to Murder. Highly recommended. Tied to Murder. Jim Ashworth investigates the murder of a woman whose life was far from straightforward. This is a really good first book in the series. The characters are well written and the story itself full of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book in the series to see what happens to Jim next. If you are looking for a series of books featuring a new police officer then look no further than Tied to Murder. Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Intricate and psychological I found it hard to put down. The sympathetic writing on the problems of people's lives was very captivating. The dialogue was natural. The mystery was presented in a varied manner, bouncing from character and locations. The writing was clear and economical with no extra detail. The contrast of the methodical Inspector and the ambitious compromising sergeant made thoughtful reading. I look forward to more from this author. Intricate and psychological I found it hard to put down. The sympathetic writing on the problems of people's lives was very captivating. The dialogue was natural. The mystery was presented in a varied manner, bouncing from character and locations. The writing was clear and economical with no extra detail. The contrast of the methodical Inspector and the ambitious compromising sergeant made thoughtful reading. I look forward to more from this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Slotto

    When there is another Jim Ashworth story, I will read it, although I would like to see a bit more development of the main characters--more background, for example. The plot worked and descriptions of physical characteristics of players were especially good. I was able to guess who did it pretty early on.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mr Kenneth L Mullen

    Great Story This is the first book that I have read by Brian Harrison and I am pleased that I have already purchased the next two. A great story,well put together with plenty of twists and turns and a great ending.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Due to her lifestyle when Stella Carway is murdered the police discover they have a long list of suspects. It is up to D.I. Jim Ashworth and his team to find the motive and the killer. But Ashworth is at odds with the team. An entertaining and well-written crime story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    lisa Siddall

    Re-read I just couldn't get into this book and not sure why I persevered till the end but think I'd need to re_read this to enjoy it as left it too long from starting it until I finished reading the book. Re-read I just couldn't get into this book and not sure why I persevered till the end but think I'd need to re_read this to enjoy it as left it too long from starting it until I finished reading the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ann pac

    Really great 1st in a series I'm always looking for new series involving crime solving an I hit the jackpot with this first book. I am also partial to British crime fiction. Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth is my kind of police. He reminds me a bit of Armand Gamache. Great read. Really great 1st in a series I'm always looking for new series involving crime solving an I hit the jackpot with this first book. I am also partial to British crime fiction. Chief Inspector Jim Ashworth is my kind of police. He reminds me a bit of Armand Gamache. Great read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Not bad for a first in the series The plot was good as were the characters. Yet, l have to say I didn't like a one of them: modern and messy, the lives of these characters. Plus, it readily became apparent who committed the murder. Not bad for a first in the series The plot was good as were the characters. Yet, l have to say I didn't like a one of them: modern and messy, the lives of these characters. Plus, it readily became apparent who committed the murder.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Good cosy mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Thought his style of writing and the flow of the plot was excellent. Ready to buy rest of series and didn’t. The reviews of all the sex and him being unfaithful will pass.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Czahor

    G G This was a very good read. I am sure you will enjoy reading this book Had to give it five stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Chambers

    Thoroughly good read I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fast paced with good characterization and cunningly leads you to the culprit. Very satisfying.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debra Whisson

    Didn’t finish this , gave up about quarter of the way through as I was finding it so dull. I couldn’t even remember the name of the detectives

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott aka Curmudgeon

    Kept me up past my bedtime Tied to a Murder kept me 2 .5 hours past my bedtime, very few books due that these days. it said more coming soon; I sure hope so

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