One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie #2) by Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson“Atkinson’s bright voice rings on every page, and her sly and wry observations move the plot as swiftly as suspense turns the pages of a thriller.”-San Francisco Chronicle

“Two years after the events of Case Histories left him a retired millionaire, Jackson Brodie has followed Julia, his occasional girlfriend and former client, to Edinburgh for its famous summer arts festival. But when he witnesses a man being brutally attacked in a traffic jam – the apparent victim of an extreme case of road rage – a chain of events is set in motion that will pull the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a timid but successful crime novelist, and a hardheaded female police detective into Jackson’s orbit. Suddenly out of retirement, Jackson is once again in the midst of several mysteries that intersect in one giant and sinister scheme.
“Compelling and always entertaining.” -USA Today

“One Good Turn crackles with energy and imagination.” -Chicago Tribune

“Atkinson’s tart prose sparkles.” -Entertainment Weekly

“Entertaining both as a murder mystery and as a sprawling multi-character study in the best post-Nashville tradition.” -The Onion

“A remarkable feat of storytelling bravado.” -Washington Post

(Synopsis and image via Goodreads)

Book Details:
Publisher: BackBay Books
Genre: Mystery / Suspense-Thriller
Published: September 10, 2007
Format: Paperback, 448 pages
ISBN: 0385662610
Source: Purchased


This book disappointed. I had heard so many things about Kate Atkinson’s books and her writing. Shopping in a local used bookstore, I happened upon One Good Turn and decided it was time to find out for myself.

As you can see from above, the reviews on the back cover were stunning. Not so once you open the cover.

Told in a jumbled fashion from each character’s point of view, their stories often topple over one another leaving the reader scrambling to put together the puzzle pieces. Several times I thought of not finishing it, but I kept thinking it would get better.

Nearing the end, I felt as if it was like a 4th of July firecracker that once lit suffered a slow death.

Since I don’t show stars on my reviews, I’ll just tell you I would only give One Good Turn two stars.

Author Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn.

Case Histories introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster.

When Will There Be Good News? was voted Richard & Judy Book Best Read of the Year. After Case Histories and One Good Turn, it was her third novel to feature the former private detective Jackson Brodie, who makes a welcome return in Started Early, Took My Dog.

(Bio and image via Goodreads)

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2 thoughts on “One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie #2) by Kate Atkinson

  1. Hi! So happy to find you here in the blogosphere again! I’ve only read Life After Life from Atkinson. And while I loved the premise and it was pretty good, I’ve read others who have done the same premise better. Hit and miss with her maybe.


    1. Hello, Jennine! One always takes a risk closing down one blog for several months and starting back under a new name, etc. I missed reviewing books and hoped I would slowly gain followers and I am, and I’m so glad you found me. My writing blog and my memoir are keeping me busy. I’m hopeful that I will have the manuscript for the memoir ready for a professional editor here soon. I may have to try another of Atkinson’s books to get a feel for her talent and writing.


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