Playing with fire / Patricia Hall.

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      First world edition.
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      Summary: The death of a young girl leads Detective Sergeant Harry Barnard and Kate O'Donnell into a hotbed of simmering tensions, violence and threats in sixties' Soho. London, 1964. At three a.m. on a chilly autumn morning, Detective Sergeant Harry Barnard is called to a club in Greek Street where a young girl has fallen to her death from a top-floor window. A new breed of fans is flocking to Soho's rock and roll haunts. But was it a tragic accident, or something more sinister? Meanwhile, Kate O'Donnell, Harry's photographer girlfriend, receives a call from her Liverpudlian ex, Dave Donovan, pleading for her help. His new squeeze, Bernie Collins, set off for London in the hope of getting a recording contract, but she's not answering her phone. Where is she? With simmering tensions, intimidation and terror rife on Soho's streets, Harry and Kate are drawn into its dark underbelly in their attempts to find answers.
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    • ABNT:
      HALL, P. Playing with fire. [s. l.]: Severn House, 2018. ISBN 9780727888266. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hall P. Playing with Fire. Severn House; 2018. Accessed January 20, 2020.
    • APA:
      Hall, P. (2018). Playing with fire. Severn House. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hall, Patricia. 2018. Playing with Fire. A Kate O’Donnell Mystery. Severn House.
    • Harvard:
      Hall, P. (2018) Playing with fire. Severn House (A Kate O’Donnell mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 20 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hall, P 2018, Playing with fire, A Kate O’Donnell mystery, Severn House, viewed 20 January 2020, .
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      Hall, Patricia. Playing with Fire. Severn House, 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hall, Patricia. Playing with Fire. A Kate O’Donnell Mystery. Severn House, 2018.
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      Hall P. Playing with fire [Internet]. Severn House; 2018 [cited 2020 Jan 20]. (A Kate O’Donnell mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2

London, 1964. A young woman dies in a fall from a high window. Murder or tragic accident? That's what Detective Sergeant Harry Barnard needs to determine. Meanwhile, photographer Kate O'Donnell, Harry's love interest, is concerned that one of her friends has vanished without a trace. Can Kate and Harry navigate the world of the swinging sixties and solve these mysteries? The seventh installment in the O'Donnell series blends plot and milieu into a satisfying mixture: come for the story, stay for the precisely detailed environment and its people. The author is perhaps better known for her Ackroyd-and-Thackeray crime novels, but this newer series is a keeper, too. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 October #2

It's 1964, and London is swinging, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the city's Soho neighborhood, as shown in Hall's solid seventh mystery featuring professional photographer Kate O'Donnell and her lover, Det. Sgt. Harry Barnard (after 2017's Cover Up). Early one morning, Barnard answers a summons to Greek Street, where the body of a 15-year-old girl known only as Jackie has fallen from a window of the Late Supper Club. By the time he arrives, an ambulance has removed the body, and the club's staff and patrons have vanished. Was Jackie's death an accident or was she pushed? Meanwhile, Kate is contacted by a former boyfriend, who asks her to help him find his singer girlfriend, Marie Collins, who left Liverpool for London hoping to be signed by Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, and has not been heard from since. Marie's trail eventually leads to the Late Supper Club. Readers will enjoy Hall's convincing picture of 1960s London, especially as viewed through the eyes of Barnard, a square copper who's trying to come to terms with a changing society. (Dec.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.