The Picasso Scam

The Picasso Scam Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is the kind of officer who likes to get on with the job though his unorthodox ways have held him at inspector level for a record breaking length of time Yet while f

  • Title: The Picasso Scam
  • Author: Stuart Pawson
  • ISBN: 9780749083908
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is the kind of officer who likes to get on with the job, though his unorthodox ways have held him at inspector level for a record breaking length of time Yet while few other modern detectives will chase a Rolls Royce down a country lane in an ancient Cortina, Priest does get results When he s not putting crooks behind bars, he s watchinDetective Inspector Charlie Priest is the kind of officer who likes to get on with the job, though his unorthodox ways have held him at inspector level for a record breaking length of time Yet while few other modern detectives will chase a Rolls Royce down a country lane in an ancient Cortina, Priest does get results When he s not putting crooks behind bars, he s watching out for his team of young constables, only too aware that for them as much as for him the knock about humor of the station is in stark contrast to the dangers they face on the beat Sheep steeling and shoplifting are everyday crimes in Heckley, but there are local villains with bigger fish to fry When Charlie suspects a now respected businessman, with a background of extortion and GBH, of involvement in an international art fraud, he s taking on an enemy with friends in high places But Charlie can be persistent to the point of recklessness and, once he s realized that there s a link to the lethal doctored heroin that s striking down the local kids, no threat will stop him

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    About " Stuart Pawson "

  • Stuart Pawson

    Stuart Pawson lives in Fairburn, Yorkshire, with his wife, Doreen, and can often be found tramping across the moors that form a backdrop to his stories After a career as a mining electrical engineer he worked part time for the probation service for five years, mediating between offenders and their victims This gave him a good insight into the criminal justice system, and it was during this period that he started to write his first book, The Picasso Scam Stuart believes he must have some cowboy genes somewhere in his genome because he has always had a strong affinity for the American West His first visit to the USA was to work for a month at a Wyoming coalmine, and he has since holidayed over there many times Although tone deaf some would say stone deaf he has always thought it would be good fun to be a songwriter The thought of composing a three minute song as opposed to a 300 page book has a certain attraction He managed to combine the two themes song writing and the West in the opening chapters of Laughing Boy, and he enjoyed writing that one immensely Stuart is a member of the Crimewriters Association and the Murder Squad He is often asked to speak to library groups, a task which he gladly undertakes.

  • 542 Comments

  • 5 starsSet in the Midlands, full of my sort of humour AND a police procedural? Yes bloody please!!I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and will definitely be picking up the rest of this series. Why has it taken me so long to find DI Charlie Priest? Now j have though I'm not planning on letting him go until I'm bloody ready to and that is not going to happen yet.


  • I did not get this book.This was an introduction to the character Charlie someone. I even forget the last name as soon as I closed the book.It looks more to me that the author just wrote this book to depict how he felt about his life.The characters were shoddy and the conversations made no sense.The important parts of the book were in lengthy paragraphs and the humor was terrible.All in all, this book no sense to me. The villain was the rich dude who was a drug peddler who we know is the villain [...]


  • I had just finished reading "Shooting Elvis" , saw this on top of the bookcase , and ploughed straight in.I like DI Charlie Priest. He is much more of a team player than Morse ever was. He isnt as pompous and bombastic as Andy Dalzell and he is lighter, better organised and on better terms with his superiors than Jack Frost.This isnt so much of a who-dun-it as the facts are soon established but an enjoyable tale and a 4* from me.


  • A reasonable first effort, if a bit facile. DI Charlie Priest is a likeable protagonist, the Yorkshire setting attractive. Here Priest suspects a now respectable businessman of still being involved in his shady past, and even venturing into art fraud and drug dealing. Charlie’s investigative style is a bit too “Wild West” to call this a police procedural, but that is its genre. A bit more depth to the tale would have helped immensely, perhaps as the series progresses so too will that. Paws [...]


  • Es un típico libro policíaco. Tiene todos los ingredientes: un caso por resolver, un detective con olfato, un equipo bien engranado y poco a poco las piezas del puzzle van encajando. La narrativa es entretenida, con golpes de humor (personalidad del personaje principal), pero la forma de contar la resolución del caso no me ha entusiasmado.




  • I've been looking around for this series for a long time. The early books in the series seem to be in permanent out-of-print-ness so I gave up on the idea of collecting them and plumped for the library. This book introduces to Charlie Priest, DI in the Yorkshire town of Heckley. Heckley is has to be somewhere around here (where here is Huddersfield) but I can't quite pinpoint its fictional roots, I get tied up in references to the A61 to Leeds, the Rochdale Road and the Bradford Road and when a [...]


  • An amazing first entry in a series featuring DI Charlie Priest, set in modern-day northern England. Of course when I say "modern day" I have to stipulate that this book was written 20 years ago, so "modern' is relative. Computers were only just starting to be used widely, and almost no one had cell phones. I literally devoured this book. Trying to think of why I liked it so much, and I think in part it's because unlike many of your typical cop and detective books, this one portrayed much more re [...]


  • The first of a series of crime novels introduces Charlie Priest, the policeman with a heart of gold. What has an art scam got to do with drug-dealing? Charlie risks his life trying to find out, and the drugs are linked to other crimes he investigates. The story is enjoyable, but I found the police banter a bit tedious after a while, and the love-interest seemed rather tacked on. If you like your crime novels dark and violent, this won't be for you: while there is violence, it is not portrayed in [...]


  • Detective Inspector Charlie Priest, an unorthodox officer who traets his young constables with knock about humor that covers up his concern for their safety. While crime in the Yorkshire town of Heckley usually imvolves sheep stealing and shoplifitng, when Charlie becomes suspicious that a local business man is involved in both international art fraud and drug smuggling, he soon finds himself with enemies in high places. A good start to a police procedural serieswith wit and appealing characters [...]


  • I was prompted to read The Picasso Scam after learning about the death of Stuart Pawson.I had read a few of his books many moons ago. I remembered Pawson's Charlie Priest as a likeable character and his colleagues as good people who shared a collegiate office relationship.No gruesome murders, no highly dysfunctional characters, just a group of epode doing a job with diligence and humour.The series won't set the world on fire but what it does is give a light enjoyable read minus the rot-your-teet [...]


  • As I said previously, listening to this as an Audiobook.The reader is highly annoying in that he sounds like William Hague (UK Government) impersonating Gary Barlow (Take That Pop Band).Anyway, the actual story, while ok, went on a bit too long.Will probably READ the next one and see if that improves my enjoyment.Audio version 2Story 3So should be 2.5, but do not have that luxury.


  • This was the first Pawson I read - and it started a habit. I am not sure this is to everyone's taste, since there is not much actual 'detective/mystery' to it, nor much in the way of serious action scenes, it is pretty well pure 'Police Procedural'. However, for someone looking for a good yarn, not too dark but with some nasty people getting a reasonable approximation of what they deserve, and some gentle humour as they go, Pawson is among the best, and this is one of his best.


  • A good cast of characters, some hilarious dialogue, great descriptions of the Lancashire scenery, and a plot with lots of twists. Having said all that, it's a gentle read but it still keeps you reading in order to find out more. I enjoyed this much more than I expected to and will definitely be reading more in the series.


  • I rather enjoyed this British mystery novel and will seek out more by this author. The characters are believable, and somewhat flawed. A good escapist novel. I have to say,I picked it up on a whim, thinking it was a Scandinavian mystery novel, but was in for a surprise when it turned out to be likable Detective Inspector Charlie Priest, a series of which I wasn't familiar. Will read more!!


  • A more gentle type of police procedural, this book deals with an English force, in Yorkshire. I always enjoy reading about Charlie's exploits and he makes a change from the bitter, or problem-ridden police inspector. In this novel he is chasing - in his unorthodox fashion - a drug dealer.If you like clever, but not too gory and nasty police action, then this series is worth a read.


  • Three stars since I got lost at the beginning and the main character seemed to be made up with parts of several well know crime detectives. Still it was a quickest read with just over 200 pages and have already the next book waiting.


  • I had never heard of this author, and had to this book by ILL. Doris, a new outreach volunteer, suggested him. I enjoyed meeting Charlie Priest and his colleagues at the Heckley police station. He reminds me of Peter Robinson, especially the humor.


  • It took me a while to get into this but I ended up eventually being charmed by Charlie's wit and get-to-it-ness that I found myself looking for more books in this series at the library. Charlie certainly is a character.Enjoyable!





  • In my search for British mystery authors I found Stuart Pawson, who I like quite a bit. Hard to find his books. Not as good as Stephen Booth.


  • Easy read, kind of a "day in the life of" story. Didnt really get the picasso part, but has good potential for the others in the series. 3.6


  • Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Charlie is such a well rounded character. Good dry humour. Looking forward to reading more!






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