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Subject: British Police procedurals
Date Posted: 9/27/2008 2:54 PM ET
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I really enjoy reading police procedurals, especially the British ones. I do need, though,  for someone to clarify for me the ranks within the British police system. I gather that the entry level is Police Constable or PC, but I'm lost after that. I appreciate any help given. Thank you.

Date Posted: 9/27/2008 4:30 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:28 PM ET
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Marilyn,     Thank you so much for the information. I think I had it pretty well figured out. Now I will keep the list close at hand just to make certain. I've come across references to commanders and chief constable before. Now I know the difference! Again, thank you for all your help. I'll bet that there are others out there who also used the info you gave!    M'ann

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 2:50 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/22/2008 12:26 PM ET
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love British police procedurals. Want to list some?

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 2:41 PM ET
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Catherine Aird's C. D. Sloan

Colin Watson's Flaxborough Chronicles - more of a skewed version of police procedurals

Barry Maitland's Kathy & Brock series

Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby

Reginald Hill ...

That's all off the top of my head right now.  Sad to say, I usually just wander around the house and read names off the piles of books.

(Another PBS member suffers from what I call too much British fiction spelling syndrome.  That's when z's become s's and color is colour; gray is grey, etc.  I recognize it because I have it too.)

 



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Date Posted: 10/22/2008 3:35 PM ET
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Me as well. I had a poster ask if I were British a couple of months ago.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 3:43 PM ET
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An odd police procedural- The "Mrs. Jeffries" mysteries, written by a former Brit who now resides in the U.S., Emily Brightwell. These are *cozies*. Mrs. Jeffries and her staff work for Inspector Witherspoon of the Scotland Yard. They work in conjunction with him (unbeknown to him) to solve his cases. They are veryv ery cozy though, and some might find them dull if they go in for more graphic proceedings.

Date Posted: 10/23/2008 3:10 PM ET
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Some that I really enjoy, in no particular order:

Lots of books in those series so, if you find any of them to your liking, you'll have more than enough to keep you going for awhile! ;-)