Started Early, Took My Dog

Started Early, Took My Dog

Book - 2010
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With Dickensian brilliance, Kate Atkinson creates plots peopled with unlikely heroes and villains.

It's a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.

Witness to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie, who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2010
ISBN: 9780385671347
9780385608022
Branch Call Number: FIC Atki
Characteristics: 350 p

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Pippi_L Jun 10, 2011

If you haven't discovered Kate Atkinson and you enjoy literary mysteries with engaging characters you're in for a real treat. Start with her first one, Case Histories.


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singasong70
Sep 05, 2017

Should've realized what "irreverent means". Realized after about 20 minutes I don't like "irreverent" and did not read it.

Funny, irreverent, and seemingly unrelated events and people are expertly woven together in this tale of good intentions gone wrong. Atkinson at her best.

JMP7 Sep 18, 2013

Loved it. Brilliant author. I've read all the Jackson Brodie books. The title is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem, I just found out.

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readlisten
Sep 06, 2013

Interesting book, but confusing. In the final analysis, I am not quite sure what happened to whom and why. I am, however, tempted to try another by this author because both the subject matter and the writing style were excellent. A gritty British murder mystery with corrupt cops and abused children.

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kenglish43
Mar 11, 2013

did not like or finish

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ambergrey100
Jan 20, 2013

My favourite by this author. Loved the characters, the action and the happy ending. And of course the dog. I hope the author brings them all back in another thrilling story.

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GSTONER
Jun 14, 2012

I love how the Jackson Brodie books always weave this web that keeps you wondering how it will all fit together.

gracindaisy May 22, 2012

One child bought & sold, two others adopted or kidnapped? Once again, Jackson Brodie solves the mystery. I love how the story unfolds in bits & pieces; the reader is engaged in putting together the clues.

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Roundcat
May 02, 2012

As usual with Atkinson, great writing, complex plot, but she left so much hanging at the end of this one, I'm hoping she's got the next one in progress to resolve the loose ends.

Mallevato Jan 02, 2012

A good read. Very well written with very likeable characters. One of the author's better books by my reckoning.

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