Death on Demand

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Death on Demand [Read] ➳ Death on Demand ➯ Jim Kelly – Polishdarling.co.uk This is the stunning new Shaw Valentine mystery When the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright s th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelcha This is the stunning new Shaw Valentine mystery When the newspapers turn up to cover Ruby Bright s th birthday, they find her seaside care home is a murder scene Someone spirited Ruby away by wheelchair down to the water s edge on the idyllic north Norfolk coast, and strangled her But why kill a harmless centurion As Detective Inspector Shaw and Detective Sergeant Valentine investigate, Death on ePUB Ù it s clear Ruby wasn t the first victim, and nor is she the last All trails seem to lead back to the old Parkwood Springs estate, close to the docklands There s only one way in and one way out of the estate through the derelict Lister Tunnel But what is the secret within.


About the Author: Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly is a journalist and education correspondent for the Financial Times He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter The Water Clock, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.



10 thoughts on “Death on Demand

  1. Sandy Sandy says:

    The book opens with a crowd of onlookers oohing aahing at the appearance of a supermoon in the sky over West Norfolk With what follows, you may be forgiven for interpreting it as an omen.DI Peter Shaw partner DS George Valentine are soon investigating the horrific murder of Ruby Bright at her care home Who would kill a 100 year old And that s not the only thing on their plate.Chief Constable Joyce is on their case about security for the upcoming pilgrimage to a shrine at Walsingham Left The book opens with a crowd of onlookers oohing aahing at the appearance of a supermoon in the sky over West Norfolk With what follows, you may be forgiven for interpreting it as an omen.DI Peter Shaw partner DS George Valentine are soon investigating the horrific murder of Ruby Bright at her care home Who would kill a 100 year old And that s not the only thing on their plate.Chief Constable Joyce is on their case about security for the upcoming pilgrimage to a shrine at Walsingham Left right leaning groups are threatening to use the event to make statements Joyce doesn t want any negative publicity on his watch.Meanwhile, George may be at a crossroad His relationship with PC Jan Clay is solid but results from his recent medical tests don t bode well for their future.Then the wheels officially fall off Before they know it they re dealing withbodies, possible crimes at the care home, Right to Life vs Pro euthanasia groups the appearance of hundreds of sneakers hanging on power lines trees Oh, and George s judgemental cat Zebra He s not looking so well There are multiple plot lines it s only as the book progresses that we, like Peter George, discover which are related Lucky for us, there is a greater conspiracy here which makes for a taut layered mystery full of surprises suspense.This is a smart, well paced police procedural but it s the characters that drive the narrative The complex relationship between Peter George is the centre around which everything else revolves George used to work with Peter s father has known him since he was a kid Now Peter is his boss In a sense, they re family because of that shared history with that come all the emotions conflict you expect to find between family members Those feelings are heightened in this outing due to George s health problems cause both men to reflect on the death of Peter s father Peripheral characters include Peter s wife daughter the various people associated with the crimes They run the gamut from octogenarians to would be gang bangers, all well defined with distinct personalities.The combination of intricate murder mystery personal drama pulls you in from the get go As the story moves into the final chapters, the pace picks up as pieces fall into place truths are revealed As in real life, some issues are resolved, othersnot so much.This is book 6 in the series it doesn t disappoint I look forward to 7


  2. Elite Group Elite Group says:

    Death on Demand 4 starsJim KellyIt just feels right..The Shaw and Valentine series of crime thriller books will be well known to many readers but new to me The Inspector and Sergeant sidekick format is very common in this kind of story and the interest always lies as much in the relationship between the two cops as in the plot itself On this occasion the plot and the relationship sit well side by side and as a new reader of this series it was like slipping on a favourite glove It just Death on Demand 4 starsJim KellyIt just feels right..The Shaw and Valentine series of crime thriller books will be well known to many readers but new to me The Inspector and Sergeant sidekick format is very common in this kind of story and the interest always lies as much in the relationship between the two cops as in the plot itself On this occasion the plot and the relationship sit well side by side and as a new reader of this series it was like slipping on a favourite glove It just felt right The story is a stand alone and whilst knowledge of the previous books might add something, it is unnecessary There is obviously history between the two men but not knowing the full details did not detract from the enjoyment It is based in Norfolk where a centenarian well almost is found dead in very suspicious circumstances Her murder then leads the detectives to investigate other deaths which are also then found to be suspicious Running alongside this is the Walsingham invasion of pilgrims with the threat from anti pilgrim protesters and strange happenings with shoes all over town.The plot does not therefore solely focus on the first murder but, much like real life, follows other story lines and apparently unrelated incidents plus chronicling the pressure from an unreasonable and uncaring, politically motivated boss which I suspect will chime with many readers There s also a new man on the force who is the boss s favourite and golfing partner so alpha male hackles rise Conflict therefore abounds and there are well written moments when the stress bubbles to the surface, affecting decisions and relationships whilst also adding interest and a change of pace.Even the secondary characters felt real and the dialogue throughout was genuine and not at all wooden or stilted I particularly enjoyed the ending which pretty much sums up life in general.So, 4 stars overall with one star being taken off for some far fetched story lines which are unlikely to have happened in real life but were not important enough to spoil the overall enjoyment.mr zorg


  3. Clare O& Clare O& says:

    This police procedural is well written to link three separate matters dealt with by the police in Norfolk A centenarian is found dead at a senior care home she was killed, sadly She has no immediate relatives so who would want to kill someone aged a hundred And all those annoying instances of littering by throwing paired running shoes over utility wires are explored we get a good look at what this means worldwide, who does it and why Besides this, a pilgrimage to a local shrine is about t This police procedural is well written to link three separate matters dealt with by the police in Norfolk A centenarian is found dead at a senior care home she was killed, sadly She has no immediate relatives so who would want to kill someone aged a hundred And all those annoying instances of littering by throwing paired running shoes over utility wires are explored we get a good look at what this means worldwide, who does it and why Besides this, a pilgrimage to a local shrine is about to occur and this brings outsiders to scenic Norfolk, with inevitable tensions and policing issues I am surprised that the police are the ones who hire a cherry picker, operate it themselves and cut loose the shoes around town In Dublin we phone the utility firm which comes out and does the job it s their lines that are at risk The police are shown spending money on equipment hire, working without a mention of any health and safety instruction though it may have occurred and seemingly wasting time that they could be spending on catching burglars And how does the form filling go Does each one count as a crime I like the supermoon party, the marsh harrier sighting and other issues The issues highlighted with regard to the care home are good to raise, though I did find them obvious other matters raised from the past of policing are referenced as required The DI in this case is happily married to a capable lady, but he has only one working eye due to a work accident His sergeant is getting on to retirement age and has a diagnosis of serious illness to face I applaud the author Jim Kelly for putting people with disabilities on the page The pair are also well suited to investigating the death of an old lady in a wheelchair though not much up to modern computer issues, as a security gap was obvious to me but not to them The benefits of a mixed age policing unit are clearly shown Overall, good story, the first I ve read from this author but it won t be the last


  4. Damaskcat Damaskcat says:

    This is a well written and thought provoking crime novel featuring Shaw and Valentine and set on the North Norfolk coast The location provides an atmospheric background to the disturbing crimes which the detectives have to investigate.A woman in a care home is murdered on her hundredth birthday Shaw wants to prioritise the case but the Chief Constables wants him to spendtime overseeing the arrangements for a pilgrimage to Walsingham which may be disrupted by protestors Valentine has his This is a well written and thought provoking crime novel featuring Shaw and Valentine and set on the North Norfolk coast The location provides an atmospheric background to the disturbing crimes which the detectives have to investigate.A woman in a care home is murdered on her hundredth birthday Shaw wants to prioritise the case but the Chief Constables wants him to spendtime overseeing the arrangements for a pilgrimage to Walsingham which may be disrupted by protestors Valentine has his own problems with his health and has difficult decisions to make.Shaw and Valentine are interesting characters and I loved the descriptions of the Norfolk scenery I enjoyed the skilful way the suspense is built up over the course of the book and the way all the various strands of the plot intertwine If you enjoy police procedural crime stories then this may be one for you I found it a disturbing read but very well worthwhile The book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone story I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review


  5. Julie Julie says:

    Full of social issues to consider and sharp characterizations I really like the pairing of DI Shaw and DS Valentine, who was also the partner of Shaw s late father The final scene tied in beautifully with the theme as well as the plot of the book, and left me with a smile on my face despite the fact that these are not cozy mysteries Great series.


  6. Christine Ku Christine Ku says:

    To be honest, I should say that I am completely neutral about this book i.e I neither like nor dislike it That is not to say that I m meh about this book, I think it s solidly written but somehow it just didn t elicit a response from it, whether that s on an intellectual, personal or emotional level It s my first time reading a police procedural unless you count Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series but I think that was before the sub genre of police procedural ever arose or maybe I m jus To be honest, I should say that I am completely neutral about this book i.e I neither like nor dislike it That is not to say that I m meh about this book, I think it s solidly written but somehow it just didn t elicit a response from it, whether that s on an intellectual, personal or emotional level It s my first time reading a police procedural unless you count Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series but I think that was before the sub genre of police procedural ever arose or maybe I m just ignorant So perhaps my reaction is shaded by this But overall, I think the plot is solid the author had two main plots and they were woven together successfully in the end There are also moments where I don t know what s going to happen next, a feature I always look to for the mystery genre although I did guess one of the culprits early on Perhaps it s the characters who did not quite catch on for me or the pace I mean, it s not like a cozy mystery which I felt to be too slow but it s not fast paced either It s kinda like a light reading with shortish chapters where you can put down and pick up anytime And well, I was looking for something easy to ease me back into reading after my long holiday when I picked it up but perhaps I was looking for something a littlefast paced, somethingsimilar to my own conventional conception of a murder mystery


  7. Annie Gray Annie Gray says:

    Jim Kelly has to be one of the most under rated crime writers around This one whips along at the usual pace, all set around a slightly fantastical version of Kings Lynn and the Norfolk coast Bits are very real and recognisable, other bits are not, but work anyway Top form.


  8. Heather Heather says:

    I m enjoying this series well written, well plotted, and interesting characters I ll definitely read others as I come across them.


  9. Trevor Trevor says:

    These are great books, all set in Norfolk s lovely Northern coastline


  10. Caroline Ingvaldsen Caroline Ingvaldsen says:

    The sixth DI Peter Shaw DS George Valentine police procedural is another intriguing murder mystery set against the magnificent North Sea scape and animated by likeable characters The sixth DI Peter Shaw DS George Valentine police procedural is another intriguing murder mystery set against the magnificent North Sea scape and animated by likeable characters


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10 thoughts on “Death on Demand

  1. Sandy Sandy says:

    The book opens with a crowd of onlookers oohing aahing at the appearance of a supermoon in the sky over West Norfolk With what follows, you may be forgiven for interpreting it as an omen.DI Peter Shaw partner DS George Valentine are soon investigating the horrific murder of Ruby Bright at her care home Who would kill a 100 year old And that s not the only thing on their plate.Chief Constable Joyce is on their case about security for the upcoming pilgrimage to a shrine at Walsingham Left The book opens with a crowd of onlookers oohing aahing at the appearance of a supermoon in the sky over West Norfolk With what follows, you may be forgiven for interpreting it as an omen.DI Peter Shaw partner DS George Valentine are soon investigating the horrific murder of Ruby Bright at her care home Who would kill a 100 year old And that s not the only thing on their plate.Chief Constable Joyce is on their case about security for the upcoming pilgrimage to a shrine at Walsingham Left right leaning groups are threatening to use the event to make statements Joyce doesn t want any negative publicity on his watch.Meanwhile, George may be at a crossroad His relationship with PC Jan Clay is solid but results from his recent medical tests don t bode well for their future.Then the wheels officially fall off Before they know it they re dealing withbodies, possible crimes at the care home, Right to Life vs Pro euthanasia groups the appearance of hundreds of sneakers hanging on power lines trees Oh, and George s judgemental cat Zebra He s not looking so well There are multiple plot lines it s only as the book progresses that we, like Peter George, discover which are related Lucky for us, there is a greater conspiracy here which makes for a taut layered mystery full of surprises suspense.This is a smart, well paced police procedural but it s the characters that drive the narrative The complex relationship between Peter George is the centre around which everything else revolves George used to work with Peter s father has known him since he was a kid Now Peter is his boss In a sense, they re family because of that shared history with that come all the emotions conflict you expect to find between family members Those feelings are heightened in this outing due to George s health problems cause both men to reflect on the death of Peter s father Peripheral characters include Peter s wife daughter the various people associated with the crimes They run the gamut from octogenarians to would be gang bangers, all well defined with distinct personalities.The combination of intricate murder mystery personal drama pulls you in from the get go As the story moves into the final chapters, the pace picks up as pieces fall into place truths are revealed As in real life, some issues are resolved, othersnot so much.This is book 6 in the series it doesn t disappoint I look forward to 7


  2. Elite Group Elite Group says:

    Death on Demand 4 starsJim KellyIt just feels right..The Shaw and Valentine series of crime thriller books will be well known to many readers but new to me The Inspector and Sergeant sidekick format is very common in this kind of story and the interest always lies as much in the relationship between the two cops as in the plot itself On this occasion the plot and the relationship sit well side by side and as a new reader of this series it was like slipping on a favourite glove It just Death on Demand 4 starsJim KellyIt just feels right..The Shaw and Valentine series of crime thriller books will be well known to many readers but new to me The Inspector and Sergeant sidekick format is very common in this kind of story and the interest always lies as much in the relationship between the two cops as in the plot itself On this occasion the plot and the relationship sit well side by side and as a new reader of this series it was like slipping on a favourite glove It just felt right The story is a stand alone and whilst knowledge of the previous books might add something, it is unnecessary There is obviously history between the two men but not knowing the full details did not detract from the enjoyment It is based in Norfolk where a centenarian well almost is found dead in very suspicious circumstances Her murder then leads the detectives to investigate other deaths which are also then found to be suspicious Running alongside this is the Walsingham invasion of pilgrims with the threat from anti pilgrim protesters and strange happenings with shoes all over town.The plot does not therefore solely focus on the first murder but, much like real life, follows other story lines and apparently unrelated incidents plus chronicling the pressure from an unreasonable and uncaring, politically motivated boss which I suspect will chime with many readers There s also a new man on the force who is the boss s favourite and golfing partner so alpha male hackles rise Conflict therefore abounds and there are well written moments when the stress bubbles to the surface, affecting decisions and relationships whilst also adding interest and a change of pace.Even the secondary characters felt real and the dialogue throughout was genuine and not at all wooden or stilted I particularly enjoyed the ending which pretty much sums up life in general.So, 4 stars overall with one star being taken off for some far fetched story lines which are unlikely to have happened in real life but were not important enough to spoil the overall enjoyment.mr zorg


  3. Clare O& Clare O& says:

    This police procedural is well written to link three separate matters dealt with by the police in Norfolk A centenarian is found dead at a senior care home she was killed, sadly She has no immediate relatives so who would want to kill someone aged a hundred And all those annoying instances of littering by throwing paired running shoes over utility wires are explored we get a good look at what this means worldwide, who does it and why Besides this, a pilgrimage to a local shrine is about t This police procedural is well written to link three separate matters dealt with by the police in Norfolk A centenarian is found dead at a senior care home she was killed, sadly She has no immediate relatives so who would want to kill someone aged a hundred And all those annoying instances of littering by throwing paired running shoes over utility wires are explored we get a good look at what this means worldwide, who does it and why Besides this, a pilgrimage to a local shrine is about to occur and this brings outsiders to scenic Norfolk, with inevitable tensions and policing issues I am surprised that the police are the ones who hire a cherry picker, operate it themselves and cut loose the shoes around town In Dublin we phone the utility firm which comes out and does the job it s their lines that are at risk The police are shown spending money on equipment hire, working without a mention of any health and safety instruction though it may have occurred and seemingly wasting time that they could be spending on catching burglars And how does the form filling go Does each one count as a crime I like the supermoon party, the marsh harrier sighting and other issues The issues highlighted with regard to the care home are good to raise, though I did find them obvious other matters raised from the past of policing are referenced as required The DI in this case is happily married to a capable lady, but he has only one working eye due to a work accident His sergeant is getting on to retirement age and has a diagnosis of serious illness to face I applaud the author Jim Kelly for putting people with disabilities on the page The pair are also well suited to investigating the death of an old lady in a wheelchair though not much up to modern computer issues, as a security gap was obvious to me but not to them The benefits of a mixed age policing unit are clearly shown Overall, good story, the first I ve read from this author but it won t be the last


  4. Damaskcat Damaskcat says:

    This is a well written and thought provoking crime novel featuring Shaw and Valentine and set on the North Norfolk coast The location provides an atmospheric background to the disturbing crimes which the detectives have to investigate.A woman in a care home is murdered on her hundredth birthday Shaw wants to prioritise the case but the Chief Constables wants him to spendtime overseeing the arrangements for a pilgrimage to Walsingham which may be disrupted by protestors Valentine has his This is a well written and thought provoking crime novel featuring Shaw and Valentine and set on the North Norfolk coast The location provides an atmospheric background to the disturbing crimes which the detectives have to investigate.A woman in a care home is murdered on her hundredth birthday Shaw wants to prioritise the case but the Chief Constables wants him to spendtime overseeing the arrangements for a pilgrimage to Walsingham which may be disrupted by protestors Valentine has his own problems with his health and has difficult decisions to make.Shaw and Valentine are interesting characters and I loved the descriptions of the Norfolk scenery I enjoyed the skilful way the suspense is built up over the course of the book and the way all the various strands of the plot intertwine If you enjoy police procedural crime stories then this may be one for you I found it a disturbing read but very well worthwhile The book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone story I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review


  5. Julie Julie says:

    Full of social issues to consider and sharp characterizations I really like the pairing of DI Shaw and DS Valentine, who was also the partner of Shaw s late father The final scene tied in beautifully with the theme as well as the plot of the book, and left me with a smile on my face despite the fact that these are not cozy mysteries Great series.


  6. Christine Ku Christine Ku says:

    To be honest, I should say that I am completely neutral about this book i.e I neither like nor dislike it That is not to say that I m meh about this book, I think it s solidly written but somehow it just didn t elicit a response from it, whether that s on an intellectual, personal or emotional level It s my first time reading a police procedural unless you count Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series but I think that was before the sub genre of police procedural ever arose or maybe I m jus To be honest, I should say that I am completely neutral about this book i.e I neither like nor dislike it That is not to say that I m meh about this book, I think it s solidly written but somehow it just didn t elicit a response from it, whether that s on an intellectual, personal or emotional level It s my first time reading a police procedural unless you count Patricia Cornwell s Kay Scarpetta series but I think that was before the sub genre of police procedural ever arose or maybe I m just ignorant So perhaps my reaction is shaded by this But overall, I think the plot is solid the author had two main plots and they were woven together successfully in the end There are also moments where I don t know what s going to happen next, a feature I always look to for the mystery genre although I did guess one of the culprits early on Perhaps it s the characters who did not quite catch on for me or the pace I mean, it s not like a cozy mystery which I felt to be too slow but it s not fast paced either It s kinda like a light reading with shortish chapters where you can put down and pick up anytime And well, I was looking for something easy to ease me back into reading after my long holiday when I picked it up but perhaps I was looking for something a littlefast paced, somethingsimilar to my own conventional conception of a murder mystery


  7. Annie Gray Annie Gray says:

    Jim Kelly has to be one of the most under rated crime writers around This one whips along at the usual pace, all set around a slightly fantastical version of Kings Lynn and the Norfolk coast Bits are very real and recognisable, other bits are not, but work anyway Top form.


  8. Heather Heather says:

    I m enjoying this series well written, well plotted, and interesting characters I ll definitely read others as I come across them.


  9. Trevor Trevor says:

    These are great books, all set in Norfolk s lovely Northern coastline


  10. Caroline Ingvaldsen Caroline Ingvaldsen says:

    The sixth DI Peter Shaw DS George Valentine police procedural is another intriguing murder mystery set against the magnificent North Sea scape and animated by likeable characters The sixth DI Peter Shaw DS George Valentine police procedural is another intriguing murder mystery set against the magnificent North Sea scape and animated by likeable characters


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