Barry Maitland s first mystery, The Marx Sisters, won fans with its intricate plotting and charming characters, Kathy and Brock Now, in The Malcontenta, Maitland has honed his mystery weaving skills and created a nuanced, complex new thriller Kathy has been reassigned to Family and Juvenile Crime and sent by her new boss to investigate an apparent suicide at a local natBarry Maitland s first mystery, The Marx Sisters, won fans with its intricate plotting and charming characters, Kathy and Brock Now, in The Malcontenta, Maitland has honed his mystery weaving skills and created a nuanced, complex new thriller Kathy has been reassigned to Family and Juvenile Crime and sent by her new boss to investigate an apparent suicide at a local naturopath spa She can tell right away that there is a cover up in process and calls on Brock for help When Brock checks himself in as a patient, they both learn that spas are not always beneficial for one s health especially if you re a target for murder.
The Malcontenta Barry Maitland s first mystery The Marx Sisters won fans with its intricate plotting and charming characters Kathy and Brock Now in The Malcontenta Maitland has honed his mystery weaving skills a
DS Kathy Kolla has been seconded to the countryside from the Met She isn t having an easy time of it as her superior officer doesn t seem to care for her She is assigned to look into an apparent suicide at a local health resort She doesn t seem to feel that this was indeed a suicide but her investigation is stopped when her superiors interfer and close the case In desperation she turns to DCI David Brock and he eventually starts looking into the case on his own time.This is a very good mystery P [...]
Author Barry Maitland simply possesses too much talent Thanks to him, I completely neglected so much that I had to accomplish over the two days that it took me to devour the 348 pages of The Malcontenta.The suspense builds from the first few pages Sergeant Kathy Kolla, physically if not mentally recovered from her experience in The Marx Sisters, visits Detective Chief Inspector David Brock of Scotland Yard at his London home Kolla, spending a year on special assignment in an unspecified county i [...]
The last time I read about a naturopathic spa, it was in Thunderball I guess naturopathic spas are like a thing in mystery novels Who knew In this spa, an employee has been killed and Detective Chief Inspector David Brock goes undercover to the spa where they deprive him of, well, everything in order to release the toxins from his system There s not as much involving Sergeant Kathy Kolla in this book, which was interesting since the first book, The Marx Sisters, featured her so predominantly I s [...]
Rating is rounded up from an actual 2 1 2 stars due to good writing which kept me turning the pages, despite many serious flaws in the plot and action Point 1 No cause of death ever definitively given for physio trainer, who officially committed suicide The cause is finally revealed months later, but no reason is given for why the pathologist would have connived at the cover up Point 2 The psychopathic killer would not have left Brock alive while he was in the same room with the second victim as [...]
Kathy Kolla was assigned to investigate a suicide at Stanhope Clinic it when she arrives she realises this suicide may in fact be a murder The victim, Alex Petrou, was a physiotherapist at the clinic and his character received a mixed review from the patients But during the investigation Kathy did something which has landed her in trouble and so she seeks David Brock s advice on how to proceed This is where this book opens and as always you can never tell how it will end.I like this series The b [...]
This very solid police procedural has a pair of likable protagonists and an interesting plot I highly recommend it, and the only reason I didn t give it a fourth star is that the plot twists aren t quite enough to prevent you from easily guessing who did it based on first impressions and personality types Although this is 2 in the series, knowledge of the first story isn t needed to enjoy this one My local library didn t have 1.
Deliciously tangled plot, with a surprise ending I was kept guessing right to the end I loved it and will be looking for from Barry Maitland.
My comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and as such contain spoilers on the characters I may be forgetting something essential but I don t remember there being any recurring characters other than Kolla and Brock I thought Brock was better developed in this book because he had a bigger role to play and of the book was written from his point of view In _The Marx Sisters_ Brock was quite sketchy and here we learnt about his past and his home I think everything here was consistent wit [...]
Maitland, Barry THE MALCONTENTA 2000 This is a new author for me, but one I will surely read of He was born in Scotland, raised in London, and now lives in Australia He was the recipient of the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction Australia s Edgar equivalent , and was short listed for the John Creasy Award for Best First Crime Novel This work features the pair of his series characters, Inspector Brock and Detective Kathy Kolla This is their second adventure, their first being in his first novel, [...]
This was a light, fun, absorbing mystery The crime takes place in a large estate that has been converted to an alternative medicine center that patrons check into for weeks or months at a time The author admits it s the perfect setting for an Agatha Christie story, though in this case the butler did not do it I enjoyed reading about detectives whose work is thwarted by their superiors because they re involved in the crime It seems fitting given my current situation, working for gasbags who don t [...]
Somewhat odd approach in this book considering where the series eventually goes The book is in three parts, with the first being Kathy narrating to Brock the difficulties encountered in the murder case so far, the second Brock alone going undercover with only mixed success while another crime is committed, and finally Part III is Brock and Kathy working together to tie things up You can tell in this book 2 in the series the author is still trying to figure out his characters and their relationsh [...]
What a great read This is my second Brock Kolla after the Marx Sisters and it s just as good as the first.Barry Maitland is one of Australia s best crime writers The characters are so well drawn and the plots are riveting.Most other reviewers will give you an indication of the story line so I won t bother with that except to say that many authors have problems with the ending not in this case Maitland holds your attention right to the very end of the book.I would recommend The Malcontenta to any [...]
This is the second novel I ve read in the Kathy and Brock series I m so impressed with this writer s ability to make me care about his characters and draw me into the story Add to that a puzzling murder or two with plenty of twists and turns and I m hooked As a former architect, Maitland brings much architectural interest to his books The Malcontenta has a double meaning of course But it refers on the surface to a mansion turned naturopathic spa outside of London and modeled after the villa La M [...]
Kolla has been loaned out to a village police dept Her captain there doesn t give her much to do, but sends her out to take care of what seems to be a suicide at a nearby health resort It turns out to be a homicide and the investigation begins, but then people in law enforcement leadership seem to be impeding the investigation She appeals to Brock who ends up checking himself in for treatment.Interesting A few graphic descriptions, but overall a good police procedural.
It s hard not to love the mysteries of Barry Maitland with his unfailing attention to detail and making an intricate mystery the center of attention, but with enough problems in the detectives lives to keep me rooting for them I didn t enjoy the dated attitudes towards homosexuality, but being as this was written in the mid 90s, perhaps it s a product of the times This book was impossible to put down.
I found Maitland s follow up an enjoyable success He brings Kolla to a county department on loan for a nice change of scenery, but manages to incorporate Brock into the story in an essential way Their relationship is endearing, the story was tense and twisty without being unbelievable, and the setting though not London was interesting and full of character I m anxious to read the rest of the series and I m happy to see that there are at least four .
good mystery Kolla and Brock are a likable pair of sleuths There are a lot of twists and turns, some of them probably unnecessary but still enjoyable to read Will Continue to follow Kolla and Brock later In reading reviews of the next books in the series it seems that the Kindle versions of the books do not make for good reading, full of errors, etc
Maitland is such a fine mystery writer His characters grow and learn, and the plots are so tightly structured.In this one, the culprit seems so obvious until he isn t But it s a kind of Murder on the Orient Express deal, too That part is not entirely untangled, but one can piece it together Taut writing and solid characters This is a really good series.
Thoroughly enjoyed this one murders in a naturopathic clinic run by a strong minded autocrat As with other Maitlands, the architecture is an important aspect the Malcontenta being a classic Italian building copied as a folly in the English landscape Plenty of twists and turns, but all perfectly reasonable.
I really must pay attention to what I download on to my Kindle I didn t realise that this book is almost 18 years old until I was into it and wondering why the technology seemed so archaic Things have changed a lot in 18 years.Nevertheless, it was a very satisfying, if a little dated, mystery with plenty of red herrings and plot twists I can t work out how I hadn t read it before
Kathy has been loaned out to a local agency who s boss is a sexist pig and doesn t believe she s capable of anything She, of course, becomes involved in a mysterious death at a local health spa The story is complicated and odd at times but the resolution is well worth the wait.
The Brits have always been big on alternative medicine, and several mystery writers have used the clinic spa arrangement as a setting for a mystery I m not sure why I wasn t engrossed by this particular Brock Kolla outing, but somehow I didn t enjoy it as much as others in the series.
I enjoyed this second book in the series than The Marx Sisters I felt it has a much better plot design and better character development Now, on to The Chalon Heads which I started months ago but stopped wanting to read these in order.
This is the first Kathy and Brock book that I have read Actually the second book in the series I liked the book, good characters, good descriptions and a good story I will continue reading the books.
I never really got into this book the main characters seemed flat and the premise didn t seem real I ll try the next book in the series and then decide if I want to continue reading Mr Maitland s police procedurals.
I enjoyed the character development of Brock and Kolla, and I intend to read in the series.
This book has interesting characters and a devious plot.
Skipped half and read the last chapter I could still maybe see reading the next one, but I prefer the classic style.
Second book in the Brock and Kolla series.
I love discovering a good new mystery series