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Feisty female sleuth Jeri Howard comes back after Kindred Crimes (named Best First Private Eye Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America) to solve a domestic death and an international incident. Jeri has her hands full when she investigates the death of one of her dad's friends in the Philippines. Feisty female sleuth Jeri Howard comes back after Kindred Crimes (named Best First Private Eye Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America) to solve a domestic death and an international incident. Jeri has her hands full when she investigates the death of one of her dad's friends in the Philippines.


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Feisty female sleuth Jeri Howard comes back after Kindred Crimes (named Best First Private Eye Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America) to solve a domestic death and an international incident. Jeri has her hands full when she investigates the death of one of her dad's friends in the Philippines. Feisty female sleuth Jeri Howard comes back after Kindred Crimes (named Best First Private Eye Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America) to solve a domestic death and an international incident. Jeri has her hands full when she investigates the death of one of her dad's friends in the Philippines.

30 review for Till the Old Men Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    I loved this book. It's the Jeri Howard mystery I read first, and it got me started on them. Jeri's father Tim Howard is a history professor at California State University at Hayward; one of his colleagues was murdered, and he found the body. He's still having nightmares months later. The colleague was Filipino, and his estate had been settled when a strange Filipino woman comes into the office claiming to be his widow. Nobody believes her, and Jeri takes the case, planning to prove her wrong. T I loved this book. It's the Jeri Howard mystery I read first, and it got me started on them. Jeri's father Tim Howard is a history professor at California State University at Hayward; one of his colleagues was murdered, and he found the body. He's still having nightmares months later. The colleague was Filipino, and his estate had been settled when a strange Filipino woman comes into the office claiming to be his widow. Nobody believes her, and Jeri takes the case, planning to prove her wrong. Through the course of solving this mystery, Jeri learns a lot about Filipino culture and meets an interesting Filipino man. But these books are not about romance, fortunately - they're about finding the truth, solving mysteries, and this they do extremely well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Crouch

    This is a deep, involving and complex story that deals with past injustices alongside a current murder. When a history professor is killed in a car park, it looks like a random killing. Then a woman turns up at his university, claiming to be his wife and alarm bells begin to ring. It’s time to call in private investigator Jeri Howard, whose father was a colleague of the dead professor. Pretty soon, it becomes clear that the professor left a package that the bad guys want. But who would want to ki This is a deep, involving and complex story that deals with past injustices alongside a current murder. When a history professor is killed in a car park, it looks like a random killing. Then a woman turns up at his university, claiming to be his wife and alarm bells begin to ring. It’s time to call in private investigator Jeri Howard, whose father was a colleague of the dead professor. Pretty soon, it becomes clear that the professor left a package that the bad guys want. But who would want to kill a professor, researching historical events in his homeland, the Philippines? This is what Jeri has to discover and it’s a slow torturous trail through the Filipino community in California where many are related by blood and marriage. Who can she trust and believe? Who has a motive to kill the professor? More than that, what is the motive? It seems the answer lies in his research and the package everyone wants to find. It’s a well-researched story with a detailed background and history of the people involved and their roots. More than once, I struggled with the names of characters and their relationships as the story unfolded. As the story progressed, I began to recognise the key characters and relationships, which helped to make sense of the players and suspects. This early confusion didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. The issues explored made this a private eye novel with a difference, which is always welcome, and added a depth to the background and characters that made the story more interesting and engaging. This is the second book in the Jeri Howard series and I’m looking forward to reading more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter Baran

    The second of the Jeri Howard crime novels, and I must say I do like the style. These are from the early nineties so you slowly see technology catching up and changing, but also they get to sit with the style of the genre changing. These are still 90% the mystery, 10% personal stuff, possibly augmented here by the fact Jeri is initially motivated (and hired by) her father and a colleague of his getting murdered. Whilst this makes it vaguely personal, the book doesn't linger on her internal monol The second of the Jeri Howard crime novels, and I must say I do like the style. These are from the early nineties so you slowly see technology catching up and changing, but also they get to sit with the style of the genre changing. These are still 90% the mystery, 10% personal stuff, possibly augmented here by the fact Jeri is initially motivated (and hired by) her father and a colleague of his getting murdered. Whilst this makes it vaguely personal, the book doesn't linger on her internal monologue much. As in the first novel she has a vague sexual dalliance with one of the people of interest, but otherwise it is a slow layering of the community around a crime. Here it is based around the Bay Area Filipino community, and the mystery itself ties itself back to issues in World War II, and present (early nineties) Philippines politics. Dawson had a knack for quick broad characterisation, and plays fair enough that there are enough clues for you to solve along if you pay enough attention. I'm looking forward to popping back in and out of this series and watching it progress.

  4. 5 out of 5

    C.J.

    If you devour mysteries, this is a good one, especially if you're familiar with the San Francisco Bay area. The plot is intriguing & the writing is capable. I particularly enjoyed following sleuth Jeri Howard into the local Philippine community. If I were reading this book on an airplane I'd have finished it. As it was, squeezing it in between other priorities, I set it aside (repeatedly), first because my sense of geography isn't strong enough for me to care what roads Howard takes to get to wh If you devour mysteries, this is a good one, especially if you're familiar with the San Francisco Bay area. The plot is intriguing & the writing is capable. I particularly enjoyed following sleuth Jeri Howard into the local Philippine community. If I were reading this book on an airplane I'd have finished it. As it was, squeezing it in between other priorities, I set it aside (repeatedly), first because my sense of geography isn't strong enough for me to care what roads Howard takes to get to what destinations, & second, because I've read (and written) so much crime fiction that at this point I'm looking to be deeply engaged by a distinctive plot &/or characters, not just to take an entertaining break from reality.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn E. Hay

    I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Jeri Howard, is an interesting, engagin character and all the other characters are also very well crafted, feeling real. The mystery was well crafted, with any number of twists and turns, an introduction to the history and culture of the Philippines, and enough suspense to want to keep turning the pages. This was my first entry into this series and I look forward to reading more of the books (of which, I understand, there are quite a few).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judith Wong

    An ages old cover up which followed a corrupt businessman across the Pacific Taut, spellbinding story about one man trying to let the world know of his countryman's war crimes committed against his own people. When he is murdered, Jeri Howard, a PI, is hired by her father's university to solve the questions surrounding his death. Although Jeri is successful, it won't change man's treatment of one to another. An ages old cover up which followed a corrupt businessman across the Pacific Taut, spellbinding story about one man trying to let the world know of his countryman's war crimes committed against his own people. When he is murdered, Jeri Howard, a PI, is hired by her father's university to solve the questions surrounding his death. Although Jeri is successful, it won't change man's treatment of one to another.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marion Ziegler

    Jeri kept the story going and proved that blood is thicker than water. Even thou the daughter could not prove it. It was an interesting look into the war in the Philippines and how the locals were divided about the Japanese but still continued to hold power. Jeri was able to prove that blood was thicker than water. Even thou the daughter could not prove it. Interesting look into the war in the Phillipiness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Philip A. Guercio

    Corruption, greed, politics, and murder Story had all the elements that make for a good mystery. The basic story holds many pieces from the genre, however, how many new ways can you tell and old story? The characters are fairly developed and the author had many opportunities to add more hut did not take advantage. In the end it was an entertaining read that held my interest to the finale.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Irwin

    This was a much stronger outing than the first novel in the series. Jeri's father plays a larger role, as one of his good friends is murdered and someone is trying to get access to the deceased's papers. Some interesting background on the Philippines in the 80s as well as what that country suffered through in WWII give the novel additional texture. I also like the way in which Dawson shows off the Bay Area and not just San Francisco in this series. This was a much stronger outing than the first novel in the series. Jeri's father plays a larger role, as one of his good friends is murdered and someone is trying to get access to the deceased's papers. Some interesting background on the Philippines in the 80s as well as what that country suffered through in WWII give the novel additional texture. I also like the way in which Dawson shows off the Bay Area and not just San Francisco in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Golik

    Interesting story about WW2 and the Phillipines. This story has several murders plus much history. From the Pacific theatre. I like how the past impacts the present in this book. Nice light romance.. She tells you about people's pasts which are part of the story. Interesting book Interesting story about WW2 and the Phillipines. This story has several murders plus much history. From the Pacific theatre. I like how the past impacts the present in this book. Nice light romance.. She tells you about people's pasts which are part of the story. Interesting book

  11. 5 out of 5

    DiannaMoylan

    Worth reading The story line runs well a d seems to be well-researched. Sometimes descriptions of places are a little overcome when they are irrelevant to the story. In the Kindle version there are several errors of transcription that are intrusive. I shall try to read more by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    june

    Great read This was a really good book. I almost didn’t finish it, but I am glad I did. It was well written and I read it in 24 hours. Though someone does need to do a little proof reading as there were a few spelling mistakes. On the whole one of the best books I have read in a while. Thanks June

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kasia Szpakowska

    Love the San Francisco background The author clearly knows San Francisco, but it seemed a bit dated. Once I realized it was written in 1993, it made sense. I liked the fast moving plot, and I leaned a great deal about Manila. I needed a cast of characters though as I kept losing track of who was who. I would read more of her work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Female PI, but not hardboiled. I liked how the mystery unfolded, clue by clue. I also liked that the female PI, while independent, was not hardboiled or too cynical, and there was a surprising but welcome lack of profanity.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra H. Wruble

    Political intrigue Very interesting story spanning history of a family from a grandfather when he was a young man at war in Manila and his children and grandchildren and friends of the family who help unravel the mysterious deaths surrounding them

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill D Coffin

    Historical Suspense Likeable protagonist, interesting characters and lots of plot twists and surprises. Highly recommended for those who like a good story, somewhere between bloody hard boiled and cozy mysteries.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne Turnley

    International intrigue Jeri is a PI with an interesting case. Check out a woman claiming to be the wife of a recent murder victim. Since her father found his friend dead, she also has a personal interest.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rizello

    still enjoying the series. this one is about the death of one of her father's colleagues from the Philippines. Not only is the plot interesting, but you learn a bit about Philippine politics in the 80s. still enjoying the series. this one is about the death of one of her father's colleagues from the Philippines. Not only is the plot interesting, but you learn a bit about Philippine politics in the 80s.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    San Francisco PI story about the Philippino community.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gaye Lemm

    Another good read I decided to read this book after reading her first book. Janet is a fine writer. She really researched for it. I admire that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie A Yeschick

    Good writing I enjoy this writer, developed plots and good characters. Grammar is good, unlike some of the kindle books I have downloaded. I will read more by this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann Patterson

    Till The Old Men Die Jeri, the P.I., again mixes a case with a little romance against the background of Filipino history. if you enjoy WWII history, this one is for you

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Sousa

    Almost predictable. Good start. Nice info on the history of the Philippine government. Towards end i could just about map out the scenes for the ending. Still a good read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda Miller

    Pretty good plot, a few too many characters and too much description of places. I almost decided to quit reading it and went back to it after starting another book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hoyer

    Pretty boring Slow build to the plot. Mundane descriptions. Too much information on her day to day life and not enough on investigation of the mystery

  26. 4 out of 5

    karen wendt

    Fun PI mystery. Lots of info about Filipino culture and relationships

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carlotta

    Finally a great book Didn't want to put it down I will definitely read more by this Author. Jeri reminds me of Kinsey Millhone. Finally a great book Didn't want to put it down I will definitely read more by this Author. Jeri reminds me of Kinsey Millhone.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adrion Kusant

    Enjoyable Well researched. Street and road names didn't have much meaning for someone not familiar with the area. I will likely read another Jeri Howard. Enjoyable Well researched. Street and road names didn't have much meaning for someone not familiar with the area. I will likely read another Jeri Howard.

  29. 4 out of 5

    James H Brandenburg

    Great read Great book. I loved reading about a female OK and how it takes p!ace in the Bay Area where I have lived.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Murray

    Enjoyed I liked the concept and the characters and story line but who goes after a killer with no gun.That is not a P.I.

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