3 detectives I met in fiction in 2015

Here's another list from this year's reading:

3 detectives I met in fiction in 2015

1. JOHN PYE Cathedral of Lies 

(Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 1) 

Previously I wrote a list of 5 Authors I've discovered in 2015 and enjoyed reading and I could easily have added this author to that list too.

Author John Pye uses his knowledge of police procedure to give this book a high level of authenticity. Combined with a gripping plot, interesting characters and an unexpected thriller style development Cathedral of Lies is a page turner from start to finish.

DI Doug Taylor of the Staffordshire Police teams up with three police officers from Exeter when their respective investigations become entwined. Unexpectedly, the plot develops to encompass elements of a real life unsolved crime which broadens out the setting for this exciting novel into another country.

The relationships between the villains are complex and challenge the reader to try and work out who has been doing what to whom and why with a new interpretation in every chapter.

The novel is intriguing and exciting and after a few pages I found I had to force myself to put it down to go and do other things. A really good read and I quickly went onto the second DI Doug Taylor novel: Field of Lies.

Field of Lies by John Pye

(Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 2) 

In the second novel DI Taylor and his team develop as even stronger characters and the plot is gripping and page turning. The police procedural and forensic detail is excellent and gives the book depth and reality. The plot develops skilfully with many unexpected twists and turns.

The introduction of another strong female character, the mysterious Blonde, is an unexpected and effective addition to the story enhancing both the plot and the characterisation. There is a very satisfying ending where all loose ends are convincingly tied up. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable read and the third DI Taylor is on my list of books to read whenever in the future it appears.

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2. SEAN CAMPBELL Ten Guilty Men 

(A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 3)

I could have added Sean Campbell to my list of 5 Authors I've discovered in 2015 and enjoyed reading as this was the first DCI Morton novel I'd read.

The characters are realistic and convincing and a few pages in I found this was a book I had to keep on reading. The plot is a tricky one for Morton and his team to solve and just when you think you've worked it out some new development occurs which knocks your theory out.

There is plenty of procedural and legal detail which helps to ground the book which combined with the high-life lived by the victim and the main suspects results in a really engaging read. The deceased is just as much a character in the story as all the living and the dramatic title keeps you guessing right to the end.

The first DCI Morton Crime Novel is Dead on Demand. It has hundreds of good reviews on Amazon UK and is currently free to download. Guess who just downloaded it?

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3. JULIA HUGHES Everybody Lies

I first met DI Crombie, the star of Julia Hughes' new novel Everybody Lies, playing a supporting role in A Raucous Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 1).

The intricacies of Crombie's relationship with Rhyllann and Wren (the Celtic Cousins of the title) are the backbone of the book. Taciturn, down-to-earth, idiosyncratic and courageous Crombie joins the ranks of all the good fiction detectives as he aids and obstructs the Celtic Cousins in pursuit of their goals.

Crombie's presence is minimal in the other Celtic Cousins' Adventures but he has his own short story Crombie's Christmas. There's something about this author's writing style that I really enjoy: there's a sense of fun, of not taking life or the story too seriously. Deftly written with a nice, light touch which entertains and keeps the pages turning, Crombie's Christmas is an amusing short story with an unexpected ending.

Crombie's Christmas is a quick read but it includes some new aspects to Crombie's character and more back story about his home life. I suspect that Mrs Crombie might become a force to be reckoned with.

Everybody Lies is the novel DI Crombie fans have been waiting for putting the big man himself centre stage!

Author Julia Hughes has devised a tricky plot full of twists and red herrings that keep the reader guessing right to the end. Crombie is at his straight talking, takes-no-nonsense best. There is a strong supporting cast from both sides of the law and some particularly good female characters. There's a great sense of reality with sharp, entertaining dialogue and an attention to detail that makes Everybody Lies a gripping page-turner and a thrilling whodunnit.

To quote from the book description for a taster of the book:

Three days before Christmas, hedonist MP Henry Drayton-Maye invites a handsome stranger home for dinner. However, his new acquaintance is an escaped convict with devious intentions. Alerted by an anonymous phone call, the police discover Henry shackled to his bed. The possessions reported stolen are soon recovered, and although the convict has fled the country, apart from Henry’s reputation, there appears to be no harm done.

Months later, the convict's ex-partner in crime, Rex Raven, is found dead inside his locked study. The verdict is suicide. But then Rex's teenage daughter disappears, along with a mysterious Scandinavian youth.

To find the missing teenagers, Detective Inspector Crombie must first untangle a web of intrigue woven around family secrets and is furious to discover that even his superiors have deceived him.
But as the big fellow already knows, everybody lies.

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes - Highly Recommended.

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Thanks for reading my blog today and best wishes for 2016. 

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