Case Histories

A Novel

Atkinson, Kate

Book - 2005
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Case Histories
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To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories.

Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2005, c2004
Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
ISBN: 0316010707
9780316010702
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ATKINSON 2005
Characteristics: 310, 10 p. ;,21 cm

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Kicked off the police force, unlucky in love and haunted by the death of his sister and brother, Jackson Brodie is just trying to make sense of it all. But there is always someone lost, someone hurt, someone who needs his help.

Kicked off the police force, unlucky in love and haunted by the death of his sister and brother, Jackson Brodie is just trying to make sense of his life. But there is always someone lost, someone hurt, someone who needs his help.

To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts t... Read More »

To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts t... Read More »

Jackson Brodie doesn't seek out the cases that he seems to attract like a magnet. But once committed, he can't stop himself from going the whole way.


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Jan 27, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Missing children, murders, and an ex-police inspector turned PI; Atkinson manipulates the elements of blockbuster suspense into an ingenious plot set in Cambridge, Engand. Jackson Brodie is a private eye with a kind heart who examines three case histories and sets upson solving the crimes. As the cases intertwine, he struggles with loss danger, fate, family and love.

Dec 24, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was quite good but you have to be a patient reader to appreciate it. It tends to ramble on in directions that appear to have nothing to do with the story but in this book the story is in the details and the patient reader will enjoy seeing it all come together.

Jan 30, 2014
  • tavkaa rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I didn't really get into the characters until near the end of the book. it ended kind of abrupt.

Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Meet Jackson Brodie, PI, but with his different clients who are all looking for closure as some mystery that has succumbed one of their loved ones. You meet Julia & Amelia, Theo, and Shirley who need Jackson's assistance. But there is some self-discovery made by the characters as you get to know them. Enjoyed - mystery series - book 1

Aug 02, 2013
  • oO_Oo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This novel begins with three tragic case histories and then becomes an interwoven tale. The writing is decent, but I didn't care much for the book. It is quite possible that I am incapable of following so many trailing threads simultaneously. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. Maybe it's yours.

Jul 25, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Twisting tale with good character descriptions. A good literary mystery.

Dec 18, 2012
  • amand_a rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I saw this series on tv and I loved it (mostly because of Jason Isaacs..) so thought I'd read the book. It was terribly written, in my opinion. *gag*

May 28, 2012
  • KCLady rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This seemed like three short stories with the pages shuffled. It wasn't bad, but it was challenging to remember where we were in time and who was connected to each case.

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Apr 01, 2012
  • R_2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved the leisurely way the stories unfolded and merged into one.

Feb 10, 2012
  • jgrnlees rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. I was inspired to read it after seeing PBS's airing of the BBC TV series. The stories were engaging, heartbreaking, dramatic, and by the end, the answers to everyone's questions had been answered. A great read.

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