An entertaining well-plotted police procedural which grabbed me from page one and didn’t let go.

 Life interupted by Death

This introduces Superintendent Veronica Reason, a tough clever determined investigator dealing with the intricate weave of two criminal threads. One concerns corruption in the British Police hierarchy and the other the murder of a beautiful young woman, strangled but smiling. The victim’s phone leads the investigating team to a dozen select sexual customers who need to be eliminated one by one until they are left with a randy priest who has been found guilty of embezzlement by the Bishop, defrocked and expelled, forced to survive on the streets of a northern city.

When his DNA does not match that left at the crime scene, the team must look elsewhere and find themselves on the trail of an unbelievable suspect. On the brink of an arrest, the trail twists yet again.

The detecting detail is competently effective as well as intriguing. However, that the same attention, when it is paid to the gastronomic intake of Subway offerings and coffee amongst other stuff, it becomes a tad tedious, which is my only criticism. The detail of living homeless on city back-streets is interesting but too much detail was given to that particular red herring. That the flow is so smooth and readable, however, made this less of an irritation that it might have been.

 The leading characters are very likeable and as a series I would decidedly enjoy meeting up with them again. The attached taster of the first chapter of the second in the series was a good move, and if I didn’t get my ARC’s free, I would definitely snap up this dish and look for the next course!

Jefferson Merrick

Robin Peacock, alias Jefferson Merrick, author


I selected this Free ebook from a bunch of possibles and was delighted that this one was worth a review here. This author merits a lot more reviews, the staff of life for writers.


About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
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