Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and to Chris Collett, Joffe Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC copy to read in return for an honest and unbiased review.
ATTACK, KIDNAP, MURDER
Stefan Greaves emerges from a coma. He was brutally mugged while investigating a whistleblower complaint at a local hospital. She had feared mortality rates of children on her ward born with terminal illnesses and disabilities were on the rise. Now the whistleblower has disappeared.
PC Mick Fraser is sent in to interview Greaves. His partner, PC Denny Sutton, has just been murdered.
Then the whistleblower is discovered murdered and Fraser learns that Sutton had been stealing evidence to cover up crimes against those considered to be a drain on society: homeless and disadvantaged people and the mentally ill.
HOW ARE THESE CRIMES LINKED?
A fiendishly complex puzzle emerges. Can these two detectives learn to trust each other enough to put the pieces together?
Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
Lawyer/Para Legal Stefan Greaves is brutally mugged one evening whilst popping to the local shop for no apparent reason. Mick Fraser takes over the case from his partner Denny Sutton and soon he is found murdered. What’s more puzzling is the last potential client who spoke to Greaves is also fund dead, setting the scene for a puzzling case with limited evidence.
I loved the way Chris Collett has written the two male lead protagonists. With Stefan, she has written a very intelligent and strong disabled character who lives a happy and fulfilled life but has equally highlighted some of the daily struggles and misconceptions faced by him. He is charming and witty and easily likable. Mick Fraser is a little more ‘wet behind the ears’ to begin with but has great instinct and likes to have answers for things. He is not a smooth as Stefan but together with their skills combined they are formidable. Writing in first person and using each character’s perspective the reader experiences the investigation in different ways and from different view points. For me it was also a great way to gain more insight into the characters themselves.
The plot unravels at a steady pace and reveals little bits of the jigsaw along the way. It’s pacey enough to keep the reader interested but not so fast that you miss bits. I found myself analysing every bit of conversation, interaction or evidence to try and piece the crimes together. For me this is the whole point of reading crime and police procedural novels – to be pulled in so much that you turn detective.
Told through clever plotting and narrative, once the threads do pull together it results in a twisted and disturbing conclusion. Chris Collett goes beyond simple story telling and delves deep into the psyche of people and society and has produced a riveting read that I couldn’t put down. I’m really hoping to see more from this duo.
Author Bio – Chris Collett
I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.
Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.
What readers are saying about Chris Collett
“I couldn’t put it down.” Barbara
“Definitely one of the best British crime novels I have read, with a great plot that twist and turns.” Terje
“A brilliantly well thought out mystery with plenty of red herrings.” Jacqueline
“A strong pace and multidimensional characters keep this British procedural moving briskly.” Library Journal
“Cleverly plotted, with an unexpected shock ending, plenty of suspense, and a likably genuine cast of characters, this is a strong new entry in an increasingly popular police-procedural series.” Booklist
“Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.” Yorkshire Post
ALSO BY CHRIS COLLETT
DI MARINER SERIES
Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies
Book 6: Buried Lies
Book 7: Missing Lies
THE FIRST THREE MARINER MYSTERIES ARE AVAILABLE IN A GREAT VALUE BOX SET: DETECTIVE TOM MARINER BOOKS 1-3