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Kate Brannigan, feisty Manchester-based PI, is back, investigating the bizarre case of the missing conservatories. Before long she’s up to her neck in crooked land deals, mortgage scams, financial chicanery – and murder. But when a favour for a friend puts Kate’s own life in danger, bizarre is not the first word she thinks of…

Series: Kate Brannigan Series
UK Publisher: Golancz
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 1993

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Kate Brannigan deserves promotion to the top rank, alongside Kinsey Millhone and V.I. Warshawski. Plot, characterisation, pace are all first-rate, and the bouncy Brannigan is one of the most likeable of all todays PIs.

— Sunday Telegraph

Kate Brannigan is truly welcome. A fictional equivalent of Victoria Wood, hot on one-liners, Chinese food, tabloid papers and Thai boxing, she is refreshingly funny.

— Daily Mail

A satisfying range of villains, Manchester and its environs turn deeply sinister and Brannigan toughs and wisecracks her way to a solution. Passes the Second Novel test triumphantly.

— The Times

Fast moving and entertaining.

— Crime Writers’ Association: Chairmen’s Choice

At long last, this is a genre heroine with a big heart, witty tongue and an understanding of modern youth. Fun at all levels.

— Evening Standard, Frances Fyfield

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