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Television personality Katie Steelstock is killed when she returns to her rural hometown for a visit. Superintendent Charlie Knott begins to untangle the knot that was Katie's life. - The Mystery Lover's Companion, Art Bourgeau...

Title : The Killing Of Katie Steelstock
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ISBN : 9780060114947
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 293 Pages
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The Killing Of Katie Steelstock Reviews

  • Sue
    2018-11-28 00:51

    I venture only occasionally into the massive pile of literature categorized roughly as Mysteries, and I never fail to realize anew how varied they can be, never mind how entertaining. True aficionados of the genre know all the subcategories, it seems, and I’ve never paid much attention to those niceties. But I am coming to appreciate that I really like a good police procedural.Katie Steelstock, a television star, spent the weekend in her home village, where she met her untimely demise. The cast of village characters seems to offer some choices for the culprit, but, unsurprisingly, the citizens are mostly upstanding, civil, and surely not inclined to murder.The Killing of Katie Steelstock features the sleuthing of Charlie Knott, who sees this high-profile murder as his ticket to a promotion. Naturally, the reader is suspicious of Charlie. If this is a murder mystery worthy of its name, he’s on the wrong track, right? This is a grand mystery in the great English tradition, and the clues must eventually yield a surprise. Although I knew that, I did not guess correctly; for his successful ruse, I thank and commend the author. No great social purpose here, just a few hours of engrossing entertainment.This was a lovely airplane book. If you have to sit for a few hours in a cramped seat with bad air and peanuts, this book would be a fine companion.

  • Bruce
    2018-11-21 23:48

    This is a police procedural, not a detective story, chronicling policemen and solicitors accumulating evidence that eventually reveals the criminal. There is no Hercule Poirot here displaying inspired rationcination. In vastly preferring detective stories, I'm of course biased, but The Killing of Katie Steelstock is an extremely well-orchestrated tale of bloodhound work, with three or four characters I wouldn't have minded reading more about.

  • Meredith
    2018-11-16 01:37

    very good until the end, which made no sense to me

  • Bev
    2018-12-06 01:27

    The Killing of Katie Steelstock (1980) is a fine police procedural by Michael Gilbert set in a small town in England. Katie Steelstock is the local girl who made good by becoming a TV sensation. But she still lives mostly at home in West Hannington and comes back to attend the local Tennis & Boat Club dance. Her regular "chauffeur" Tony Windle is unable to provide the expected ride when a prankster puts his car (and a few others) out of commission, so Katie has to provide her own transportation. She makes a good showing at the dance, but leaves earlier than her friends and neighbors expect and they all figure she's gone off to meet a boy.It looks like her romance went sour when the man who serves as caretaker for the club finds her body near the boathouse--a popular spot for those wanting a bit of privacy. The obvious suspect is her on-again, off-again boyfriend Jonathan Limery. Jonathan isn't terribly popular with the local police as it is--he's a hotheaded journalist who likes to incite unrest among the younger set and has no good words for law enforcement. With Katie's ties to influential people in London, Chief Superintendent Knott from Scotland Yard's Murder Squad is on the spot sooner than might be normal in such an investigation. He and his crew find a note that points to Jonathan and when the journalist produces a poor alibi and tops things off with resisting arrest (stabbing a copper in the process), it looks like Knott has found his man in record time.But even as Knott is preparing his evidence for Jonathan's trial, young Sergeant McCourt of the local force continues looking for ties to a completely different suspect. He's quite sure that a local bigwig, Mr. George Mariner, has more to answer for than Jonathan ever could. Two coppers with single-minded efforts. Knott has his eye on a promotion--a promotion that will be his for the taking if he can swiftly and cleanly wrap up this high-profile case. And McCourt has an axe to grind with his favorite suspect--is he deliberately misreading evidence to hang an innocent man?Also up for consideration are a few promising clues from Katie's London life and the appearance of a mystery man in West Hannington on the very night of the murder. Then another body is found...this time floating in the river and the police surgeon notes that the wound is similar to that on Katie's head. The fact that it's a man connected with a sleazy photographer from London with connections to Katie doesn't faze Knott or McCourt a bit. The defending counsel has a few surprises up her sleeve as well and it isn't until they all meet in court that the truth will finally come out. Who really killed Katie Steelstock? Was it Jonathan? Was it McCourt's favorite George Mariner? Was it someone who followed Katie down from London? Or was it someone else?This small-town police procedural does an excellent job weaving tensions among the characters--tensions between the suspects, tensions between the local coppers and the Scotland Yard men, and tensions between the suspects and the police. Gilbert uses dialogue and setting to fully flesh out a cast of very believable villagers, internal police rivalries, and the rivalry between Knott and the defending counsel (a lady who would like nothing better than to watch Knott fall flat on his face in court). He manages to pull off quite a few surprises, though I must say I found myself with the right suspect before he produced the grand finale at court. The pacing is excellent and the story merges modern (for 1980) police practices with the classic mystery form.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Deb
    2018-12-01 00:23

    When I read this Michael Gilbert classic some 40 years ago, I hated it. It was the first mystery I read where the killer was a character I liked. On re-reading it, I can appreciate the master craftsman who created it. I still hate the ending... but now I better understand why.The tale begins with the murder of a fresh faced young TV star named Katie Steelstock--"our Katie" as she is known to her public. DI Knott, the detective inspector assigned the case, quickly focuses on a suspect: an ex beau of Katie's who had a very public falling out with the lady in question. But as the investigation proceeds, sordid details emerge. There's a justice of the peace who is a voyeur and perhaps into pornography; a photographer who holds orgies and drugs attendees so he can stage them performing obscene acts; a boy who is having an affair with a journalist. Katie herself is revealed to be bitchy and manipulative--she may even have been a blackmailer. The police prove to be more interested in proving their case, then proving it against the right suspect. And the counsel for the defense just wants to score one against DI Knott, an old adversary. In the end, very few people come away as being entirely admirable. That makes the downfall of one particular "good guy" all the harder to take.Gilbert unveils his plot slowly, sucking in the reader, until in the final pages, one is left feeling a bit soiled by the whole affair. It's not a pretty picture of imperfect Justice. One is reminded that Gilbert was a solicitor in London's courts; who were his models for this story? This is a must-read for Gilbert fans. Just beware of becoming too attached to any character herein. The ending is most unsatisfactory... but feels all too much like reality.

  • John
    2018-12-07 22:28

    While it's obviously the case that even a merely adequate Michael Gilbert novel is better than most of the competition, I nevertheless felt a tad disappointed by this.Part of my disappointment was not in the slightest the fault of the book. I was encouraged to read The Killing Of Katie Steelstock by a blogger's book review. That review was (I assume deliberately) really quite misleading. As a result, when I worked out quite early on who the baddy must be, I assumed this was some kind of a red herring. It was very annoying to discover, at the end of the book, that my humble deduction had been quite correct. When reading mysteries I don't give a damn if the author successfully bamboozles me through the literary equivalent of misdirection and deceit -- in fact, the more I'm bamboozled the better! -- but I do get pissed off when a book's reviewer lays a false trail. Grr.Aside from that, The Killing Of Katie Steelstock is a fairly standard mystery novel in which the celebrated daughter of a small southern English town gets an unfortunately fatal comeuppance. I laughed aloud in a lot of places, because Gilbert even in his shabbier novels had that marvelous wit. But I still wished I'd instead been rereading (for the nth time) his Smallbone Deceased.

  • Tony
    2018-12-12 03:32

    THE KILLING OF KATIE STEELSTOCK. (1980). Michael Gilbert. ***.Young Katie had returned to her native village to attend a seasonal dance. She had made it big in television on a London network, and the locals were very proud of her. She was remembered primarily using adjectives like pretty, adorable, etc. Near the end of the dance, she told everyone that she had to leave, tough not specifying any reason. Most people thought that she was off to visit with one of the local boys. After a while, her body was discovered on one of the back lanes near to a lake. She had been clobbered with a “Blunt” object and killed. Enter Chief Superintendent Charlie Knott of Scotland Yard. He ultimately stalks her killer’s trail from the proper circles of the English country set to the underside of the London show-business jungle. Knott is faced with a confusing jigsaw puzzle of clues from a wide variety of her friends and acquaintances, including all of the locals who were at the dance plus all of her former neighbors. He finally puts all the pieces together and ends up with a surprise for the reader. As usual with Michael Gilbert’s works, this is an intelligent and witty novel.

  • Dana Stabenow
    2018-12-02 21:31

    Young Katie Steelstock, back in her home village of Hannington from her TV role in London as Britain's sweetheart, is brutally murdered after a small-town dance. Her lover stands accused but not so fast, as other bodies begin to pile up. One of Gilbert's grimmer efforts, as in maybe he went one death too far (or maybe I mean one death short), but exquisitely well written as per usual and the scenes in the courtroom are simply superb.Mrs. Bellamy had brought out a pair of old-fashioned pince-nez glasses, which she perched on her nose, alternately looking through them at her notes and over them at the witness. There was something mesmeric about the bobbing up and down of her head. ("Like a wasp eating marmalade," whispered Mrs. Havelock."Nobody ever did it better than Gilbert. I'm glad he was so prolific that I'm still discovering books by him I haven't read.

  • Lisa Kucharski
    2018-12-11 02:50

    A mystery headed up by dueling leads, the main one being Insp. Knott. The book is well done, but it is a twisting & winding story making it just a bit exhausting to remember all the threads and people and places.I read it thinking, this must be what it's really like. Mind numbing detailed work where slivers of truth appear here and there amongst opinion and faulty memories.The culprit is a very cleaver and specific person. And the people in the story are a bit more grounded than others I've read from Gilbert. I believe this may have been translated also to film/tv at some point.

  • Julie
    2018-12-10 00:25

    I became interested in Gilbert's books when I borrowed one from Toni's burgeoning shelves during a visit. That one was "Be Shot for Sixpence," and I really liked it. That was more of a '50s spy thriller type book. This one, written much later in Gilbert's career, is a more formulaic British police murder mystery, and suffered for that and its early '80s datedness.

  • Dee
    2018-12-06 03:38

    Great! I love Michael Gilbert....and this was a nice, tight procedural. He had me there right up to the last couple of pages. Ending a total surprise. See my full review at:

  • Melinda
    2018-11-27 01:33

    Really disappointed. I have read two other books by this author and liked them and I was getting really interested in this one when on page 124 out pops the F word. I know this is not a problem for many people but that is very offensive to me.

  • Sarahandus
    2018-12-13 22:21

    A little long winded, but really strange twists and turns.Somewhat a text on how not to do a police investigation or too narrowly focused one. I liked it until about 2/3ds the way through, then it took a turn into contentious personality battles.

  • Cari
    2018-11-17 23:39

    This was fine for an audiobook, but it didn't really captivate me - the pace was a little slow. Plus, I didn't really like the reader.

  • Christophe Van
    2018-12-16 04:25

    This is an excellent police procedural. Rather dark in tenor, but I very much enjoyed it.