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Case Histories is a 2004 detective novel by Kate Atkinson and set in Cambridge, England. It introduces Jackson Brodie, a former police inspector and now private investigator. The plot revolves around three seemingly unconnected family tragedies – the disappearance of a three-year-old girl from a garden; the murder of a husband with an axe; and the apparently motiveless murder of a solicitor's daughter.
- "An astonishingly complex and moving literary detective story." – The Guardian
- "Case Histories is a triumphant return to form: a tragi-comedy for our times." – The Daily Telegraph
- "A great read." – The Boston Globe
- Stephen King considered it "the best mystery of the decade".
A television adaptation of the first three books in Brodie series was produced for the BBC under the blanket title Case Histories (2011). It stars Jason Isaacs (who had also narrated the abridged audiobook adaptation of the book) as Brodie. The adaptation of Case Histories itself was shown over consecutive nights on 5 June and 6 June 2011, followed by adaptations of One Good Turn (2006) and When Will There Be Good News? (2008) over the succeeding two weeks.
- Back cover Black Swan edition, published 2005.
- Owen, Katie (29 August 2004). "A Daily Sense of Danger – Katie Owen Reviews Case Histories by Kate Atkinson". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- (registration required) Silman, Roberta (23 January 2005). "Many Stories Woven into a Tight Knot" (Abstract; registration required for full article). The Boston Globe. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- Jordan, Justine (4 October 2006). "Beyond the Fringe – Justine Jordan Enjoys Kate Atkinson's Excursion to Edinburgh, One Good Turn". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
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