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DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, find themselves pulled into a case of murder, a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London, in Barry Maitland's The Raven's Eye.DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in as a matter of course by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accidDCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, find themselves pulled into a case of murder, a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London, in Barry Maitland's The Raven's Eye.DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in as a matter of course by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accident. On her houseboat, Vicky Hawks is found by one of her neighbors having apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation of the narrowboat's heating system. But while the cause of death seems apparent and there's no reason for Kolla to think otherwise, something about this death still bothers her.Meanwhile, her boss, DCI Brock, is wrestling with harsh budget cuts and a new Commander who is determined to make fundamental changes to the system—including limiting resources devoted to investigations. Struggling against the limitations imposed by the new order at Scotland Yard, Brock and Kolla find themselves pulling at the loose strings in the death of Vicky Hawks, trying to find out who she really was, what she was up to, and how her death might be related to another earlier tragic accidental death....

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ISBN : 9781250028969
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Raven's Eye Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-02-24 07:28

    Readers invariably get more than just a taut mystery from author Barry Maitland; they get an education. The Marx Sisters served up a slice of Marxist history along with its roller-coaster ride of a mystery; The Chalon Heads brought the desiccated world of high-powered philately to life; The Verge Practice allowed Maitland, himself a noted architect, to deliver a valentine to modern architecture; No Trace revealed the sardonic, self-referential world of post-modern art. So it is with The Raven’s Eye, Maitland’s 12th novel in the Kathy Kolla-David Brock series, which explores the cutting edge of tracking technology and the grainy edges of medical ethics.The novel also acquaints readers about the many narrowboats on the Regent’s Canal, which leads west to the Grand Union Canal and eastward to the Thames River. Indeed, the case begins with the death of a young woman aboard a narrowboat on the Regent’s Canal; the death is quickly attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a malfunctioning diesel stove and declared an accident, but it doesn’t quite smell right to Kathy. Due to budget cuts instituted by the new commander, Kathy; her boss, Brock, and the rest of Brock’s team are told not to waste time and resources on the young woman’s death; however, when it’s discovered that the woman was living under an assumed name, Kathy and Brock continue to look into the death of Gudrun Kite (her real name). What they find will have you reeling! Kathy has stumbled into dangerous situations before, but never like this!The Raven’s Eye delivers a suspense-filled police procedural that you want to devour in one sitting. My one regret? That I’ll have to wait an entire year to find out about Kathy and Brock’s next adventure.

  • Mike Gabor
    2019-03-24 07:33

    DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in as a matter of course by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accident. On her houseboat, Vicky Hawks is found by one of her neighbors having apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation of the narrowboat’s heating system. But while the cause of death seems apparent and there’s no reason for Kolla to think otherwise, something about this death still bothers her. Meanwhile, her boss, DCI Brock, is wrestling with harsh budget cuts and a new Commander who is determined to make fundamental changes to the system—including limiting resources devoted to investigations. Struggling against the limitations imposed by the new order at Scotland Yard, Brock and Kolla find themselves pulling at the loose strings in the death of Vicky Hawks, trying to find out who she really was, what she was up to, and how her death might be related to another earlier tragic accidental death.I was very disappointed with this book. With all the new technology we now have to be able to track people I thought that this book would be much better but, the plot just falls apart. Kolla is making some very bad decisions that strain credibility, senior police officials are allowing things to happen that seem very unlikely, other characters seem to have very contrived motives to explain their actions and the ending is really quite unbelievable. Here's hoping that this is just an one off by the author as this is one of my favorite series.

  • Lee Battersby
    2019-03-20 06:36

    Gripping, labrynthine thriller with rounded, believable characters, and a mystery that is both compelling and visceral. At least until three quarters of the way in, when previously solid characters begin to make decisions that would baffle even the simplest souls, and what can only be described as the long, slow live fridging of one of the main character reaches ludicrous levels. It's a testament to the skill of author Barry Maitland that the reader is still drawn through the narrative, and the complex, gripping mystery.This is the 12th volume in ongoing adventures of the lead characters, Brock and Kolla, and as it was the first one I read I can't overstate how good it is to read a novel where you don't have to rely on the rest of the series to understand the status of its leads. Maitland paints his setting and characters beautifully, and apart from the niggles presented above, and an ending that was a mite too pat for me to fully buy into it, I found it difficult to put this book down. I was checking the local library shelves for other volumes while still reading this one: I'll be back fro more Maitland very soon.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-02-26 00:39

    I was surprised to learn I had overlooked this crime fiction series from Scottish born but Australian based author Barry Maitland. The Raven's Eye is the 12th mystery to feature London police detective's Kathy Kolla and David Brock but the first I have read and I have to wonder if my lack of history with the characters affected my enjoyment of this novel. The mystery centers around a woman whose death is dismissed as accidental but something about it doesn't sit right with Kolla. Under pressure from the demanding new Commander to move on, Kolla decides to make some enquiries on her own time slowly unraveling a case which intersects in an unusual way with the force's hunt for criminal kingpin 'Butcher' Jack Bragg. I was enjoying the novel quite a lot until about the half way point when Kolla chose to make decisions that I felt even a rookie wouldn't make, and subsequently the plot began to fall apart eventually fizzling into an ending that barely made any sense. Overall I felt quite disappointed by the execution of The Raven's Eye

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-03 04:39

    Poor Kathy Kolla can't catch a break in this newest of the Brock/Kolla series ---- and Brock is being pushed to the breaking point by the "new" head inspector and the new way of doing things. Lots of disaffected academics, info on longboats in canals, and the scary plan to basically microchip everyone not in favor with the heads of agencies, etc. One protagonist says it's really just one step up from ankle monitoring equipment. OK read - but felt I learned more in the earlier Brock and Kolla books.........

  • Sue
    2019-03-04 02:38

    I am a long-term fan of Barry Maitland, however, was a little disappointed by his latest book. If the plot fits, wear it, I guess, but all the themes seemed a little too contrived and coincidence-driven, while there's a feeling of malaise about both Brock and Kolla. Nevertheless, the writing is impeccable as ever and I kept turning the pages contentedly until all the loose ends were neatened away. A satisfying holiday read.

  • Mary Kay Kare
    2019-02-22 08:42

    The moment I read that both young women had a peri-mortem incision in the same place I knew where we would end up. I was right too, which had the effect of rendering obvious the answer to nearly every question arising in the course of the investigation. Well, to me anyway; our heroes, not so much. Infuriating. Really far from Maitland's best.

  • Lora
    2019-03-21 08:41

    I enjoyed this latest book in the Brock and Kolla series, but didn't love it. For me, the best in the series (All My Enemies, Silvermeadow, and Dark Mirror) are the ones where I'm really intrigued by the case the detectives are working on since the series focuses more on the investigation than the personal lives of the characters.

  • Gary Van Cott
    2019-03-22 01:52

    I like this series very much and this book was ok. But poor Kathy Kolla (now a DI) suffers far too often from physical attacks throughout the series and this book is no exception.

  • Ozgirl
    2019-03-07 06:34

    The beginning of this crime novel was promising. However, as the story progressed, a number of unlikely plot twists began to creep in, as if the author had had more and more ideas and was determined to shoehorn them all into the book. A pity as I have read reviews of other books with the same main characters and they have been highly praised.

  • Susanne
    2019-02-27 04:38

    First novel I have read by Maitland; enjoyed it very much. Yes, some dumb decisions are made but it did not take away from the pleasure of a good read.

  • Kate Loveday
    2019-03-17 00:55

    A look into how the technological age could affect policing, not to everyone's liking, makes for interesting reading. When combined with a hunt for a serial killer who threatens to kill DI Kathy Kolla with a cleaver it becomes even more so!

  • Nancy
    2019-03-23 01:55

    DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, find themselves pulled into a case of murder, a mysterious death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London, in Barry Maitland's The Raven's Eye.DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in as a matter of course by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accident. On her houseboat, Vicky Hawks is found by one of her neighbors having apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation of the narrowboat's heating system. But while the cause of death seems apparent and there's no reason for Kolla to think otherwise, something about this death still bothers her.Meanwhile, her boss, DCI Brock, is wrestling with harsh budget cuts and a new Commander who is determined to make fundamental changes to the system—including limiting resources devoted to investigations. Struggling against the limitations imposed by the new order at Scotland Yard, Brock and Kolla find themselves pulling at the loose strings in the death of Vicky Hawks, trying to find out who she really was, what she was up to, and how her death might be related to another earlier tragic accidental death.Suzy from the new digital squad was involved and Mickey Schaffer, police officer killed Vicki.

  • Wisteriouswoman
    2019-03-13 03:51

    Fun to find a mystery author from Britain that I haven't read before. Since I didn't know the history behind the two detectives I was a bit confused. It made me want to read his earlier books in the series even if I don't start at the beginning. I found it refreshing that the characters didn't seem to drink and smoke or use profanity as much as other English cop stories especially the ones on television. And the mystery isn't clouded by side romances thrown into the already complicated plot.I especially liked having a female protagonist even though her injuries were far too unbelievable. I have friends with shoulder injuries and I can tell you it takes weeks to recover and use the arm again. She does too many things that would be impossible one handed and way too painful to do two-handed. I loved the oddball characters in the story and the setting along the canal. The medical and technology aspect of the mystery added a few twists. It would have been interesting if we were given a bigger peek into the lives of the two women that were murdered. The villain wasn't creepy and the various police office almost seemed like bad guys so it kept you guessing.

  • Laura
    2019-03-08 04:57

    This is a worthy addition to the Brock & Kolla series, though Maitland seems more intent to put Kathy Kolla through the ringer with each new book. In this story, she gets a meat cleaver to the collar bone, has a couple of abductions, surgeries (not all of them consensual), is drugged within an inch of her life, and she narrowly escapes a narrow boat that is set ablaze. Basically, she's an action hero. I think the only reason I find it to be significant is that she's a woman, and the fact that Maitland gives her so many physical hurdles to sling herself over is a sign of him being a feminist. Or a misogynist. But let's say feminist, because I want to keep enjoying his books.Otherwise, it's a fun book. It doesn't give much about Suzanne or Brock's estranged son (who we [and he] just found out about in the last book), but hopefully there will be more on both to come.

  • Sunnie
    2019-03-07 07:28

    The Ravens Eye is the 12th in the Brock and Kolla Series. I'm a big fan of British police procedurals so I was keen to read this. It's well written and structured. However it is perhaps a bit too fanciful for my tastes. There's conspiracies, dirty dealings and a main character put in harms way a number of times by both her superiors and by her own actions. Towards the end I was beginning to wonder if she was made of Kryptonite.This is the 3rd book in a row by an author I'm familiar with that disappointed me a little. Maybe I'm becoming old a and grumpy and too pickyIf this review makes you think I disliked the book, that wasn't my intention. My problems with it not withstanding, it did hold my attention and had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. So if you are happy to put up with a few plot developments that have you rolling you eyes you,might enjoy this.

  • Newport Librarians
    2019-02-23 03:53

    Just discovered a new mystery series: Brock and Kolla mysteries by Barry Maitland. I started with the latest one – The Raven’s Eye, published just recently, but apparently the series and Mr. Maitland have been around since 1999 – when it all started with The Marx Sisters. In the Raven’s Eye, DI Kathy Kolla and her boss, DCI Brock, are faced with some very unusual murders (made to look like accidents), drastic budget cuts and a new Supervisor who seems at the same time a bit obsessed and extremely dense. There are some elements of the unreal here: a new Scotland Yard division, DiSTaF, charged with bringing new technology into crime solving, but which is actually developing illegal spy chips to be embedded in the human body. (Or is this unreal?) This is a page turner with some well developed characters and a really interesting plot. I will go back and start from the beginning.

  • Michael Martz
    2019-02-24 08:29

    The Raven's Eye is a rare miss by Barry Maitland in his Brock & Kolla series. It's well-written and I still really like the lead characters, but there's too much going on in this novel, too many plot twists and things that are so unlikely to really happen that I had a suspicion about 2/3 of the way through that I wasn't going to like the conclusion. I don't want to spoil the plot so I won't go into any further detail, but suffice to say the number of things that were too far along the reasonableness continuum were excessive.I've enjoyed the Brock & Kolla series quite a bit and look forward to a return to form by Mr. Maitland in the near future. If you're interested in diving into his work, I'd recommend starting from the beginning, not with this one.

  • Susan
    2019-03-06 03:42

    DI Kathy Kolla thinks there is something suspicious about the death of a woman on a narrow-boat in London, especially when she learns that the woman has been living under an assumed identity. The new penny-pinching regime in Scotland Yard thinks differently, even though Kathy has the backing of DCI Brock. Everyone is caught up in the pursuit of a ruthless gangster, back in London to exact revenge against his ex-wife, who looks a lot like Kathy. This is a dark enough book for me, but is still a bit lighter than many of Maitland's; reading it reminded me of why his recent new series, set in Australia, wasn't quite as appealing: No Brock.

  • Joan
    2019-03-03 07:37

    As usual, I enjoyed hanging out with David Brock for a while. Unfortunately, this is not one of the best stories in the Brock-Kolla series. There are too many characters, and the plot is way over the top. I was also disappointed that Maitland didn't develop the quantum-cryptography angle at all; that might have made for a great story, and I don't see why an author would bother introducing the terms "quantum cryptography" or "quantum key distribution" in a novel if they don't wind up playing a major role.

  • Susan
    2019-03-15 00:36

    DI Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard is called in by the local Paddington police when a woman turns up dead in what appears to be an accident on her narrowboat. By far the most interesting part of the book is the setting on the canals and waterways where a boat culture has survived from an earlier era. However, in the course of the book, Kathy is blown up, knocked around, kidnapped, and drugged. And, like a battered wife, she keep coming back for more. She seriously needs to find a way to escape the clutches of this sadistic author.

  • Anna
    2019-03-13 00:54

    I love Maitland's books for reasons I don't quite understand. They are a kind of comfort reading, and I also like how he brings the reader into a new world of stamp collecting, art creation, etc. This book did not bring me into a new world. I also am beginning to seriously wonder about Kathy Kolla. How many times does she need to be abducted and tortured before she writes a damn note to tell people where she's going? Kathy! You are not going to crack the case with your stunning new clue! You are GOING TO BE ABDUCTED.

  • Pat
    2019-03-21 03:49

    As a fan of this series from the beginning I was not bothered by the lack of back-story explication, but it may hamper some new readers to the series. Nevertheless, the story sets off at a brisk pace and doesn’t let up till the last page. I was intrigued by the merging of police procedural with thriller. The twists and turns of the suspenseful plot kept me on the edge of my seat. It moved fast enough to make me overlook some of the unlikely super-human stresses that Kathy suffered during a more than eventful week. The last paragraph had me laughing out loud! What will they get up to next?!

  • Kay
    2019-02-27 00:33

    Intrigue for the geek mind as well as the mystery-loving reader--my first Brock and Kolla mysterdy and fascinating look into various human surveillance methods ... and their misuse. Involved, and a tad convoluted, the plot rolls and races along with DI Kathy Kolla getting into and out of more trouble than any woman would want in a lifetime and she makes it look easy. But a swift read and I'll be looking for more Brock and Kolla mysteries!

  • Rhonda
    2019-03-06 02:33

    I've read a few others in the Brock and Kolla series and, like a few other reviewers, I found the plot in this one just a bit strange and unbelievable. There was more than one moment where I thought "did she really just decide to do that?/I can't believe she did that!". The setting of the canal boats and tracking technology was interesting, but somehow it didn't come together in a satisfying way. It was still a pageturner which I enjoyed reading and it won't put me off others in the series.

  • Shannon Brown
    2019-02-25 06:44

    As always, I like the mix of musings on modern London life and traditional procedural. This was a little slow in spots, though I liked that Brock and Kolla had a little internal police drama to mix things up. My main complaint is the disjointed ending, which hinted at a further adventure in Australia (where the author actually lives) but then sort of ran out of steam. Still a quick and enjoyable read.

  • Patricia
    2019-02-28 08:48

    I really like Barry Maitland and I will read everything that he writes. Sometimes he goes off on some wild, totally not believable tangents for plot lines, and I'm happy to follow. This one had a few of those diversions, but it was still fun. And lots of locations that I know in London, so that made visualizing it all easier and interesting. Good back stories, and it appears that aKhy Kolla is becoming the star of the series. Bring back Brock!!!

  • Mickey Hoffman
    2019-02-26 04:54

    I thought I'd figured this one out, but I had major parts wrong. My one beef with the plot is my usual complaint when the good guys are physically battered but still keep on going, and going, and going. Maybe I'm too much of a wimp? Anyhow, Brock and Kolla got a new boss who's a real piece of work, and it seems he's going to keep on going as well. This will keep things interesting, as if these two detectives need anyone to spur them on.

  • Karen
    2019-02-26 08:48

    Barry Maitland’s Brock and Kolla series is back for its 12th outing with The Raven’s Eye, set on the canals and houseboats of the Thames. Full Review at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com/2013/...

  • Mickey
    2019-03-17 05:29

    #12 is the best Brock and Kolla yet, and the last until Barry Maitland writes another installment of this excellent mystery series. Kathy Kolla gets into all kinds of trouble, but is so smart and sharp that she manages to solve the puzzles pretty much on her own. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!