"P" Is for Peril

"P" Is for Peril

Book - 2001
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"Dr. Dowan Purcell had been missing for nine weeks when Kinsey got a call asking her to take on the case. A specialist in geriatric medicine, Purcell was a prominent member of the Santa Theresa medical community, and the police had done a thorough job. Purcell had no known enemies and seemed content with his life. At the time of his disappearance, he was running a nursing care facility where both the staff and the patients loved him. He adored his second wife, Crystal, and doted on their two-year-old son. It wasn't Crystal who called Kinsey. It was Purcell's ex-wife, Fiona. Everything about their meeting made Kinsey uneasy. Fiona's manner was high-handed and her expectations unrealistic. Kinsey's instincts told her to refuse the job, yet she ended up saying, "I'll do what I can, but I make no promises." It was a decision she'd live to regret. Pursuing the mysterious disappearance of Purcell, Kinsey crashes into a wall of speculation. It seems everyone has a theory. The cops think he went on a bender and is too ashamed to come home. Fiona is sure he ran off to get away from Crystal, and Crystal is just as sure he's dead. The staff at the nursing home is convinced he's been kidnapped, and one of his daughters, having consulted a psychic, is certain that he's trapped in a dark place, though she doesn't know where. Kinsey is awash in explanations and sorely lacking in facts. Then pure chance leads her in another direction, and she soon finds herself in a dangerous shadow land, where duplicity and double-dealing are the reality and, with the truth glinting elusively out of reach, she must stake her life on a thin thread of intuition."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2001
Branch Call Number: FICTION GRA
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 24 cm

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PolyWogg
Mar 10, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
Decent mystery, too much other noise.
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Kinsey is hired for a missing persons case, a retired family doctor, running a nursing home.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The mystery opens with a nice quirk -- it's the ex-wife who hires Kinsey, not the current wife. Like all Kinsey's cases, it gets complicated really fast -- cheating wives, messy divorced families, a search for new office space, Medicare fraud, kids who murdered their parents, etc.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The sub-story about kids murdering their parents and the convenience of some evidence that comes to her from Henry by coincidence really detracts from the story.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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RicktheLibrarian
Jul 10, 2018

Excellent book - except I borrowed the Kindle version and I noticed there was no Epilogue, as in her other books. Edited out on the eBook version or was there none in this (print) book, either? There were a few loose "strings".

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ActV
Jan 02, 2016

What happened to chapters 22, 23 and 24?????! I got all the way to the last 3 chapters and could not read how it turned out as only the first page of each of the last three chapters would show

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pquinn
Nov 24, 2012

Enjoyed the plot and the "twists" at the end.

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blossom21
Jan 31, 2010

Entertaining, funny and exciting.

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