In and Out (Don Packham and Frank Mitchell, Bk 2)
In and Out - Don Packham and Frank Mitchell, Bk 2 Author:Mat Coward Bull's -- Eye It's Murder — Whether he's miserably depressed or buoyantly cheerful, a day with the delightfully unpredictable Detective Inspector Don Packham is never dull for his partner, DC Frank Mitchell -- especially when it involves murder. When the body of Yvonne "Chalkie" Wood, a member of the Hollow Head Pub... more »39;s darts team, is found bludgeoned in the ladies' lavatory during a night of celebration over a championship game, Packham and Mitchell accept an unspoken challenge from a clever killer.
Though the victim had her share of enemies and each member of the team wished her dead, her untimely murder puts the detectives on a case of money, sex and secrets that requires luck, skill -- and an excellent aim -- to solve.« less
D.I. Don Packard is generally considered a loner, nut job. Family man and upwardly mobile D.C. Frank Mitchell is so excited to be in the CID that he sets about training himself to deal with Don/Sir's (according to mood) peculiarities rather than complaining about them. The result is a partnership that really is one rather than the usual experienced old hand showing up the green newcomer. It takes both Packam and Mitchell to solve this crime involving a darts team and we are treated to Coward's clever writing all along the way. (Ex: "Is this one with you?" he asked [Frank], nodding at Don, who was staring into space doing his celebrated impression of a disused warehouse.)