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Poisoned cherries /

By: Jardine, Quintin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: An Oz Blackstone mystery: ; 6: ; Oz Blackstone series: Publisher: Headline, 2002Description: 256 pages ; 24cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0747271771 :.Subject(s): Blackstone, Oz (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Private investigators | Mystery -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.
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When Oz Blackstone is offered a major role in a cop movie shooting in Edinburgh, he cannot resist taking centre stage. The self-professed `luckiest man on the planet` is on a roll with stardom beckoning and some serious wealth to his name, but his marriage to Primavera is on the rocks. A brief encounter with beautiful and self-possessed businesswoman Susie Gantry is turning into something much more long term - she is pregnant with his child. So will Oz finally silence the call of the wild and settle down to a cosy family life?

It all looks like a bowl of cherries until ex-lover Alison Goodchild turns up asking for a favour. It's the least Oz can do for an old flame, but when he finds Alison`s business partner murdered in her flat, he can`t help but suspect he`s been set up. And when he discovers a trail of intrigue leading to the cast of the very movie in which he is performing, those cherries begin to taste very rancid indeed...

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Library Journal Review

P.I. Blackstone has been offered a role in a film shooting in Edinburgh, but his marriage is floundering, his girlfriend is pregnant, and an ex wants a favor. When he finds the ex's business partner/fiance dead, though, it looks like someone's been set up. A fine mix of procedural and intrigue. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

In Quintin Jardine's Poisoned Cherries, the Scottish author's sixth hard-hitting Oz Blackstone mystery, the rugged Glaswegian thinks he's sitting pretty after landing a big role in a cop movie being filmed in Edinburgh. But a rocky marriage, an ex-lover with a special favor and murder ensure that Oz hits a few bumps on the road to stardom. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Book Review

Oz Blackstone, p.i. and movie actor (Autographs in the Rain, 2001, etc.), underwhelms as both. Yes, there's a big budget cop movie being filmed in Edinburgh, but only snails would feel tested by the pace. It's just as well, because Oz needs the time to sort out a clutch of female problems. To begin with, his marriage has been in the tank since Primavera, his wife, decamped with her lover--granted, not a complete loss, since he no longer likes her that much. In the meantime, his girlfriend Susie has gone and had his baby. Though Oz, nine-tenths tomcat, might view that as bad news, he actually likes Susie a lot--until the entrance of Alison, a distressed former girlfriend who appears out of the blue. Her lover/business partner David has disappeared. For reasons not entirely persuasive, Oz decides it's a good idea for the two of them to go to David's apartment to thump on his door. Oz thumps, but David doesn't answer because his body is already cooling. Predictably, Alison becomes a leading suspect. Subsequent murders produce additional suspects, stirring up the mystery, but the whodunit question is much less urgent than the burning romance-novel question: Can Oz be a standup guy for Susie? Mindless but harmless British import. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.