The Paperboys Club

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Detective Samantha Banter's latest case becomes more personal than she could ever have imagined. While trying to find a young boy's killer, her trail leads to a man locked in a mental institution and back to her own daughter.

What Banter discovers in her investigation may change her forever. More

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Published: Feb. 05, 2011
Words: 65,460
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458005250
About Mobashar Qureshi

MOBASHAR QURESHI was named one of the ten rising Canadian mystery writers to watch by Quill & Quire Magazine in 2007. He was born in Benin City, Nigeria in 1978. When he was young he lived briefly in Karachi, Pakistan. He now lives in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on June 24, 2012 : star star star star
Mobashar Qureshi is an author that has fast become one of my favorites. Every story has been different to the extreme but every one of them have been thoroughly readable and this one is no exception. Excellent Sci-fi / Thriller that I finished at work in about 3 hours (Don't tell m boss). Detective Sam Banter and her partner Detective Bashi are trying to solve a cold case of a murdered child that is pointing towards officer misconduct. After meeting Clarence at the mental hospital that the childs mother ended up in and Sam meets him and he tells her things he couldn't possible know, she listens. Hard to put down and an excellent way to spend an afternoon in the sun. I would also love to read a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stormyjmarie on Nov. 15, 2011 : star star star star
I wrote a review in Librarything.com. This is an author to keep your eyes on. The Paperboys club by Mobashar Qureshi was a detective story. You have a single mother who is a detective and is up for a promotion. However, it is a game of chance. There are two detectives up for the same promotion and to get the promotion each is given a cold case to solve. Samtha's (Sam) case is five years old and has some interesting twist to it. There also is Sam's daughter MaryAnn, who has a few issues of her own which leads her to join the Paperboys Club. We can not leave out Clarence who is in the mental institution.
I enjoyed reading this book and kept reading it to see how the author was going to join the three different events into a main theme. I do not normally read detective books; however, this one I would highly recommend.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tracey Steele on Nov. 03, 2011 : star star star star
A murder mystery with supernatural elements. A very enjoyable read, and a quick read, because once I had started I didn't want to put it down. I thought the characters were well written, my only criticism would be that I thought the last scene featuring Clarence seemed a bit rushed. I will definitely look out for other work by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mrsepeel on Oct. 29, 2011 : star star star
A crime thriller, with supernatural elements and a touch of humour - this book was an enjoyable and entertaining read. There may be some aspects of the writing style that could be improved; this in no way detracts, however, from the characterisation and storyline, which are both very good. I suspect that the author's writing career is a work in progress and this book shows a lot of promise. Hopefully there will be a sequel; in any case I'm looking forward to reading some of his other work.

I received this ebook free from librarything as a giveaway for October 2011.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Madame Diotte on Oct. 10, 2011 : star star star
An enjoyable dectective novel with a slight supernatural twist! I especially enjoyed the banter between Sam, the protagonist, and her partner, Bashir. I also enjoyed reading from the children's point of view. I did, however, feel that more variety in sentence structure would have made the novel even more pleasant. I would still recommend this to anyone who is a fan of mystery novels!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tahir Shaikh on Aug. 21, 2011 : star star star star star
Awesome book!

Loved reading it!

Its a fun read with nice twists and interesting characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Abby Bookshelf Confessions on Aug. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
Three children with extraordinary gifts.

Two detectives trying to solve a five-year-old case.

One man in a mental institute with all three gifts and the ability to solve the case.

this book is filled with mystery and action.. i really like detective books...and this one shows..mystery at its fullest..you could actually think like you're one of the characters.. i' so into this book..not only because i feel like it..but the story is written well. and unexpected twist are all over it.. i gotta finish reading this..to find out more..

this is the synopsis of the book taken from the author's website..
Detective Samantha ‘Sam’ Banter is assigned a cold case involving the murder of a seven-year-old boy. With the help of her partner, Detective Fred Bashir, Sam must solve the case before her rival Detective Glen Henkson solve his case. The outcome will lead to the appointment of the new police sergeant.
Sam’s daughter, Maryann, is quiet and withdrawn. She befriends Thomas and Christopher, who, like her, have a secret—gifts that are a result of traumatic episodes in their pasts.
Clarence Hynes has been locked up in the mental institute for a crime he committed two year ago. But was the crime wrong or justified? Clarence is burdened with all three gifts, and with something far worse.
Can Sam solve her case before her rival? Will Maryann, Thomas, and Chrisopher share their secret? Does Clarence get out of the mental institute?
The Paperboys Club is a supernatural thriller with twists and turns that lead to a shocking
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on Aug. 09, 2011 : star star star star
Sam Banter is a detective who has been assigned a cold case in the hopes that she will receive a promotion. A single mom of Maryann, a good kid but somewhat of a loner, has been assigned the case of a child who was murdered and whose killer was never brought to justice. Clarence Hynes was committed to a mental institution and is haunted by demons that no one knows about. During the course of Sam's investigation she finds herself relying on Clarence to help solve her case and in the process Maryann ends up helping Clarence. This book was a quick and enjoyable read with an interesting story line. I would definitely recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tony Brennan on Aug. 08, 2011 : star star star star
Enjoyable Crime novel featuring female detective Sam Banter and her male partner Frederick Bashir. The heroine is a single mother bringing up a ten year old daughter and she is given "a cold case" involving a black murdered five years before and which remains unsolved. Sam is up for promotion to Detective Sergeant in competition with a male colleague with the winner the first to solve their respective "cold cases". Maryann,her daughter who is a loner and gifted joins up in school with three similar gifted boys to form the Paperboys club.Throw-in a patient at a mental asylum,Clarence who can "see" and "feel" things around people and you have the make-up of a supernatural thriller. I read this novel on an island off the south-west coast of Ireland during my holidays and it was a wonderful page-turner.Thanks to the author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: dolphinchick on Aug. 05, 2011 : star star star star
Really great read!! The description sounded interesting, but I wasn’t sure what to expect so I was quite pleasantly surprised! I really liked all the main characters…even ones I wasn’t sure were ‘good’ or ‘bad’… I just knew I wanted to know more and couldn’t stop reading until I found out!! Sam is written wonderfully as a single mother of a smart young girl, Maryann. Sam is unsure of how to handle her at times, like most parents … at the same time she’s this kick-butt detective with an awesome partner, in a pretty male driven line of work, doing the best job she can, always feeling like she’s coming up short either as a mother, a detective, or both. It feels at first like it’s a bit all over the place with a lot going on but it’s all pulled together so well when… I find it difficult to say much without saying too much!! I’m obviously not a writer! J The worst part, as usual in any good book, was realizing it was coming to an end! I wanted to know more about the things happening to these people, adults and children. How and why it stared, how and why it changed and how are they going to deal with those changes?? If there isn’t another book I hope one day there will be because I really enjoyed learning the in’s and out’s of these peoples lives and I’d love to see how the rest of the story unfolds!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: justmax on Aug. 02, 2011 : star star star star
The paperboys Club is an intriguing thriller with a supernatural twist. It is a fast and fun read with very likable characters. This is the perfect book for a lazy summer afternoon.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Aug. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed reading this crime story, that had a supernatural appeal to it. It's about solving a cold case murder of a child, kids with "abilities", and a mental institute patient, that has all the "abilities" in one. This was a great fast read, well written and I highly recommend it to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on July 28, 2011 : star star star star
Sam is a detective trying to get a promotion to sargent. In order to do that she has to solve a cold case, the murder of a little boy from 5 years ago. Sam is stuck and her leads are getting her nowhere. Until a chance meeting with Clarence gives her some hope. A good book, fast read...highly recommended
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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