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The Inspector’s Wife
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Publisher:  VanGoach ISBN-10:  1894618025 Type:  Fiction


Copyright:  Jan 1 2000


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The Book ‘The Inspector’s Wife’ is dedicated to Gerald Stone, publisher of ‘The Grove Sun’ grove, Oklahoma. The Caney Valley ‘Tuesday Readers’ give two thumbs up to the following book: 'The Inspector's Wife,' by m j hollingshead.88,000 words Appearing in various formats as an ebook on the VanGoach site.
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'The Inspector's Wife,'
by m j hollingshead

"Following one of London's famous 'Pea Souper' fogs the wife of Patrick Edwards C I D has gone missing. Alec Strand and his elderly neighbor Ellen Higgins find themselves drawn into a situation filled with mystery, danger and intrigue as they work to rescue Maggie from sure death at the hands of a 'bent copper.' "

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"I can guide you and all then, guv. You're just on the wrong side of the Common, ain't you then? Right. Nuffing to proper worry about, is there? Nah. The fog is a right pea souper for sure. Would you like me to walk along with you and show you the way? Won't be a bother at all then it won't. Me Granddad ain't come along just yet, he ain't."

"Would you then? How kind. I would be ever so grateful. How is it that you are able to get about in this murk? My wife must think me lost..."

"I live here, mate, I know this whole area like me own yard and all, I do. Just walk along here then, Sir. We'll cut right across the Common, we will. Have you home to the missus and your nice hot supper in no time."

Turning, the two began inching along the pathway extending from Eversholt Street through The Common and onto Melton Street. Lime Kiln lay jst beyond where Netherby and Prince Edward meet.

Shining his light on the pathway so Edwards might see his way better, the guide led his prey deeper into the murky darkness enveloping The Common.

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good characters
"The Inspector's Wife"
semi cozy mystery
by m j hollingshead
VanGoach Books
ISBN 1-894618-02-5
"Highly Recommended"

The Review
London is snagged under one of its worst "pea-souper" fogs. Beneath the purblind mist emerge insidious forces: a self-centered player contemplating gruesome murder; a band of petty criminals recruited to carry out the ambitions of a corrupted authority; a wife disappearing under mysterious circumstances. The stage is set for the investigation of a lifetime for the husband of the missing woman, Chief Inspector Patrick Edwards.

The Inspector's Wife is a mystery brimming with tantalizing plot-twists and duplicity. There is sublime, even outrageous evil at work in this fiction, yet Hollingshead's description is respectful to the feelings of sensitive readers as she artfully avoids sensationalized graphic detail. The climate is enjoyably gothic, the supporting characters genteel in that tea-and-biscuits manner cherished by fans of old-fashioned mysteries. Edwards is a an upright man who pursues his case(s) with utmost professionalism, even as his personal stakes in this story are reasonably foremost in his agenda. The defects of the villains are effective and believable. The heroes -Edwards and his wife- are not simple abstractions of polite society but an amiable and down-to-earth wedded couple. It is this credible contrast of dynamics between good and evil that whets and keeps the reader's fascination from the first page to the last.

Readers who are not fans of quaint vernacular might find the lingo obscure at times, but the storyline is satin-smooth and the technical aspects of the police investigation never "over the head". The Inspector's Wife is a tastefully stylish page-turner, sure to leave the reader eager for more from the talented pen of m j hollingshead.

The Inspector's Wife is available in PDF ebook format from the author's website at

Originally reviewed by Maria Osborne Perry ... May 25, 2002

Review 2
The Inspectors Wife
by mj hollingshead, VanGoach Books

This mystery has some good characters who do draw you into the story although I found the colloquial speech kind of distracting at times. There are several plot lines which the author flips between. At the start it is kind of confusing but it does all sort it self out soon. Each story line (which does tie together -well- at least mostly and in a rather round about way) I was quite put out when one seemingly major story line ends rather abruptly and for no reason making me wonder what was the point of that character anyway. Overall a good effort but some flaws. Try it especially if you like Scotland Yard and that stiff upper lip, pip pip, cheerio stuff.

stacey's cadvision reviews

draws you into the story
The Inspector's Wife
by m j hollingshead
Reviewed by: Barbara Bowers
Excellent way with words, draws you into the story from the first page

kept me wanting more
The Inspector's Wife
by m j hollingshead
Reviewed by: Alma Hepp
I am not the most serious mystery buff, but this one certainly kept me wanting more as I just couldn't figure out who really did it in this 'who done it'. Great reading for Halloween! !

Reader Reviews for "The Inspector’s Wife"

Reviewed by Walker Jackson (Reader) 2/20/2006
I read this multi-ploted book from cover to cover. What is they say, "A page turner?"Jumping between plots is a gimmick of mine. Molly, you've stolen my style? Of course I jest. The dated colloquial dialog was different. Though I couldn't figure out the vintage, I found it likable, and I adjusted quickly. Molly claims she writes cozy mysteries then offers you a married Casanova with three children who kill his mistresses when they get pregnant. Then blames them because they got pregnant and thinks he's justified. Like it was their duty to prevent their pregnancy. I don't remember precisely now but, counting the fetuses, I believe the number was more than a dozen. At times you fear for his wife's life. However, you will be pleased when a villain stops to help a motorist fix a tire and gets a knife stuck into his evil throat. Then, I spent several minutes figuring out, in the absence of explicit identification, whodunit. When I talked to Molly about the book she told me I'd guessed right. You read the book. See if you can figure it out. She'll disarrange your mind with all those plot twists. Well, I won't babble anymore. Will the Inspector's Wife escape the lethal hands of the bent copper? You'll have to discover that yourself. I'm sworn to secrecy. Enjoyed the read. (Reposted)
Reviewed by Joe McCarthy 5/18/2004
You're an ispiration. I long to have a book published.
Reviewed by Sara Russell 10/4/2003
The excerpt certainly got me intrigued! This sounds like a great book....

Reviewed by SARA QUEST 8/24/2002
This one sounds like a flavorful, interesting read. I'll be back to check-out more of your work!
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 9/12/2001
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/14/2001
REVIEWED BY Shirden Prince, Bakersfield Ca on PALM GEAR..... A very well put together and compelling story. I can't remember the last time I read a book with such depth. Cheers to the author!
Reviewed by Maria Osborne Perry (Reader) 6/3/2001
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 5/24/2001
Reviewed by Laura Coleman (Reader) 5/5/2001
I think you have a good book. I have enjoyed reading your book. It was a little hard for me to get started with it, but as I read further into the story it really grabbed you. Look forward to reading the book.

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