This book. was very interesting. I thought I knew who the killer was but I was wrong. This author has a way of writing that gives you a mental image of places and action. Looking forward to reading more of her books.
It all begins with a mutilated corpse.. head and hands and other body parts are missing. And then a street woman is killed in a hit-and-run accident.
DI Jack Dawes is assigned the case, as are DS Malone and DC Pinkney, the newest member of the team. The area of these deaths is an affluent neighborhood, home of the rich, some famous, some are even politicians.
Dawes is being pressured from his boss and his boss's boss to find the killer/killers and to do it without bothering the privileged residents.
When the headless man is identified as one of those residents, all bets are off for Dawes. And then another man is found killed .... a local politican. There are no clues, no witnesses. And yet another man is shot and killed ... a Private Investigator who wasn't above a little blackmail here and there.
Tentative signs lead to a dance academy. What is the connection? Dawes is going to have to dig deep into people's lives to see what they all seem to be hiding.
This was not very suspenseful, but the characters are colorful. I love the relationship between Dawes and his wife, Cori, who owns and runs a catering service. She usually hears all about his cases before he even makes it home. Malone is an older man .. and takes Pinkney under his wings. Pinkney got in on a fast track and he's eager to prove that he has earned his position.
I wish to thank the author / Endeavour Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this novel. The opinion expressed here is unbiased and entirely my own.
This book has some interesting characters, not the least of whom is Corrie, DI Jack Dawes’ wife. Corrie is a little naïve and more than a little bit of a drama queen. There is also the hoity toity rich people who think themselves above the law and unable to cope with anything having to do with the reality of life. Oh, give me a break! Then there is the helpful housekeeper and her little brother, the disreputable PI. DC Pinkney is there to provide comic relief, although I don’t believe he would see it that way. DS Bugsy Malone is a stolid policeman, scruffy and slightly smelly he nonetheless is a heat seeking missile when it comes to getting to the bottom of a crime.
While DI Dawes has a suspect early on in the game, going about proving it is something else. Through much patience and arguing with his superior officers, Jack finally gets there. Corrie, of course, gets herself in trouble. The killer comes as no surprise, but one of their motives does.
Thanking Netgalley and Endeavour Press for allowing me to read this book.
This book stole about 10 hours of my life-- 9 hours and 57 minutes to be exact according to my Audible.com iphone app. This is the first book I have read by this author but I'm sure it is part of a series involving DI Jack Dawes and his wife, a caterer named Cora.
The author doesn't bother with characterization, it's mainly just tics and twitches instead. For instance Cora always finds out about her husband's cases almost before he does because she knows so many of the wives of important people in the community. She also always arrives at a wrong conclusion based on what she has heard. DI Jack Dawes has a DS who eats disgusting things all the time-- pulls a cold hamburger out of his pocket and chows down on it at one point. He states that this is to keep his blood sugar up. He's also a die hard sexist, continuing to review to one of the suspects as "jigglytits". But none of these things make the book any more interesting or entertaining.
There's also a trick that the author uses to supposedly create suspense that made me want to throw my iphone across the room. The DI and his wife are having supper in a place called The Hermaphrodite Club as part of his wife's independent investigation-- when he points out a character from earlier in the book. His wife then says something that he doesn't hear-- and the author's voice tells us that if he had heart those "two words" he would have known who the murderer was.
That's not the only instance of this particularly tiresome trick being used.
Anyway, the story is about the body of well known barrister found in the river with the head and hands hacked off. A bag lady (Smelly Nelly) is hit by a car. There's also two others corpses which make an appearance. The ending has the author twisting the plot into pretzel shapes so it all fits together.
I'm not sure who this book would appeal to-- I just know that it doesn't appeal to me.