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First in a new series featuring Rina Martin - After a successful acting career Rina Martin is retired; DI Sebastian McGregor Mac is recovering his nerve after an investigation went terribly wrong; young George Parker and his family are on the run from a violent past. Like Mac and Rina, George thinks he is safe in the sleepy seaside town of Frantham, but then an old lady isFirst in a new series featuring Rina Martin - After a successful acting career Rina Martin is retired; DI Sebastian McGregor Mac is recovering his nerve after an investigation went terribly wrong; young George Parker and his family are on the run from a violent past. Like Mac and Rina, George thinks he is safe in the sleepy seaside town of Frantham, but then an old lady is murdered and peace, for all three, is proven to be an illusion . . ....

Title : A Reason To Kill
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ISBN : 9780727865755
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 202 Pages
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A Reason To Kill Reviews

  • Carmen
    2019-02-24 00:46

    This was better than I thought it was going to be. It's called a "Rina Martin" Mystery, but that's a bit of a misnomer - she's just one of the many main characters and while she's instrumental in solving the mystery, she's by no means the powerful force that Miss Marple was, or Jessica Fletcher, for that matter.Actually, MURDER SHE WROTE is an apt comparison - Rina Martin is a 63-year-old retired actress who runs a boarding house inhabited by elderly ex-actors/singers/dancers. She is sharp and no-nonsense. I liked her. She used to star in a TV show which is Adams' version of MURDER SHE WROTE called LYDIA MARCHANT INVESTIGATES. As a result, she knows a bit about law, a bit about weapons, a bit about murder - and a LOT about human nature, and being a nosy old busybody. :)Mac, or Inspector McGregor, is new to Frantham. He's been sent out to the boonies because a little 6-year-old girl got her throat slit on his watch and he fell into the drink a bit after that. Now he's sober, but the brass decided he'd be better off in a quiet, out-of-the-way area until he reaches retirement. He kind of pissed me off at the end in the way he decided how to handle things. Actually, he started pissing me off right at the beginning when he decides to take the gun away from the old lady. I don't really like him. And I'm supposed to - he's supposed to be the world-worn cop. But no. I don't like him.We've got: a family (mom, daughter, son) on the run from an abusive psycho of a husband-and-father.A nosy, very intelligent, old busybody who's determined to 'help' the police any way she can.A cop who's seen enough of death and evil and is hoping for a quiet little precinct to wait out his retirement.A college-aged girl who's as hard and tough as they come. She's seen the worst of evil and will stop at nothing to protect her family.A magician named Tim who just kind of really annoyed me and I didn't see what purpose he served. He hangs around Rina all the time.The mystery was no mystery at all - you know who did everything and why from the beginning - but Mac doesn't, and you're watching him piece things together and hoping the good guys will be okay and the bad guys will get what's coming to them.It's British, and that's kind of fun. The British-ness is barely noticeable, so when the book surprises you with a bit of tea-time or oh-yeah-no-one-has-guns you suddenly remember "This is England!" :) LOL I kind of enjoyed the subtlety of this. It wasn't done on purpose, I'm sure, but it's a far cry from those British books that are so packed with British-ness that you need a English-to-English dictionary just to muddle through it.P.S. I liked that Carol had an eating disorder by the time her husband was through with her - terrified of eating and terrified of getting fat. I also liked how her son, George, age, 14, was gobbling up everything in sight because his abusive father had withheld food from him for years. Nothing like starving for a few years to become unable to say "no" to any type of food available. I've seen this dozens of times - especially with kids brought here from countries that were experiencing food shortages. Logically, they know food is available all the time here, but all the logic in the world won't stop an eating disorder. Fascinating and a good, realistic addition to the novel.

  • Vicki Gooding
    2019-02-25 07:07

    Three Cheers for Jane A. Adams. This was the first book I read that she's written and it just happened to be the first book of a Rina Martin Series. The new and better Ms Marple with a menagerie of off-beat characters who live with her, a near "has been" recovering DI named Mac, and a young adolescent named George (and his older sister Karen) with a violent and mysterious past. Rina Martin used to have a successful acting career until she retired. Her home in this quiet little sea-side town has become a home of sorts for similar wanna be's. She's intelligent, observant and becomes a most welcomed asset to this DI when the murder of a nice old lady happens. You'll fall in love with the characters. It reads like a good movie. The plot and clever twists. I heartily give this a big thumbs up.

  • Linda
    2019-02-22 03:06

    So I'm looking for a new mystery book series and I ran across this one. This is the first book which refers to it as a Rina Martin series. I had a little trouble getting started with this book but then it took off. Rina is a retired actress who played a detective in one of her shows. She has a bunch of retired people who also were in different types of entertainment fields. Also DI Sebastian McGregor (Mac) who came to this seaside town to get away from a bad case where a child had been killed. There is also a mother, daughter and son who are on the run because of an abusive father/husband. Once the story took off it was great and jumped right into book 2. I'm glad I started this series now. She has also written another series and I might try that one also.

  • Linda
    2019-03-17 00:47

    First in a series and it's a good one. Looking forward to getting to know this new author.

  • Sara
    2019-03-20 03:08

    A tough, no-nonsense older woman with a rooming house and a policeman recovering from a breakdown are the detectives in this very interesting mystery that takes place on the coast of England.

  • Georgiann Hennelly
    2019-03-03 05:48

    Rina Martin has retired to the Seaside sleepy town of Frantham. A perfect place to open a cozy boarding house after she has retired from her acting career. Det Sebastian"Mac" Mc Gregor, a transplanted Det . This is just a place to forget a recent tradegy. But when murder strikes, Rina and Mac soon discover that some dangerous secrets hide behind Frantham's quiet facade. Who would savagely beat a harmless old women to death, somehow, the victiom was connected to two locals: When an abusive father returns to bring chao's and danger back into a troubled teenage boy and his older sister,s lives. When another murder occurs Mac and Rina- a former t.v. Det,- connect the dots. But as a disturbing picture of violence, desperate acts and terror emerges, its hard to sort the victims from the criminals.Author Jane Adams draws you into the story, truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by Jane Adams

  • Nancy
    2019-02-28 02:47

    A really good British mystery, published by one of my favorites: Worldwide Mystery, (c2009/May 2012) . Wonderful, intelligent but rather sparse writing; Rina and her "family" are delightful. This is my first book by this author and I will eagerly read more! Setting: South coast of England,Frantham-on-the-Sea . I want to reread as there are some notable quotes 2B gleaned from this tome ;)

  • Amanda
    2019-03-13 00:53

    I'm really stuck between three and four stars. It's an intriguing murder mystery. And gosh... shades of Miss Marple. But the different plot threads never really quite felt finished, even though they were - it was very slice of life. I definitely recommend, but it's quite different from the usual murder mystery.

  • Mamatufy
    2019-03-14 05:06

    Cool little multi-layered mystery about a quaint little seaside town in which a murder occurs. There are some very interesting components to the story making for a very intriguing and interesting story.

  • Robin
    2019-03-01 02:55

    Looking for a new book and really enjoyed this until the last two pages. I was so disappointed with the way this ended that I am reluctant to read another in this series. I probably will but am having a hard time getting over the ending. Clearly I need to move on.

  • Francine
    2019-03-06 23:10

    New series to enjoy.

  • Corrina
    2019-02-25 00:54

    Great murder mystery! Clean, but kinda gross in description of blood, etc. (Not gratuitous.) Takes place on the coast in England. This is the first in a new series.

  • Barb
    2019-03-25 00:56

    A good quick-read mystery. Easy one-day read. Fast paced. I bought two of her books and will probably read the other one tomorrow, then I have do get down to some serious book club reading.

  • Paula
    2019-02-28 03:43

    Good Book. I'm looking forward to reading another one in the series.