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The circus comes to town and children start to disappear. Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colorful career.

When the children who vanished are found murdered in various parts of the city, all clues lead to the circus grounds, but Smith and his team are met with a sinister silence everywhere they turn. Smith digs deeper and discovers the cause of this silence; the chain of events that led up to the vile murders that have shattered the hearts of the people of York.

©2017 Stewart Giles (P)2017 Stewart Giles

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  • 10-02-18

Best one yet

This is the fifth book in the series so you do ideally have needed to read at least a couple of previous books just so you get an idea of the chemistry between the team and also to see what DS Smith has had to go through in his short career as this book starts shortly after Book 4, where his house was burnt down and he is recovering from that.

This time Smith is close to retiring when some children are kidnapped and found murdered so he and the team have to investigate.

There is a new member of the team, DI Brownhill who replaces DI Chalmers with his promotion.  I really wasn't sure how to take DI Brownhill as she comes across as a mean old woman, but throughout the story her character develops nicely and the way she is written makes a brilliant counterpart to Smith.  

This book is a lot more intense than the previous ones as it involves the kidnapping and murder of children, and also what appears to be unrelated murders to start with, until Smith has investigated and finally found the link.

I am really enjoying this series and this book is definitely the best to date, the story line and characters all make it an engaging book.

I can't believe the stuff that Stewart puts Smith through in this series and this book is the same, with Smith getting involved in drugs and also almost being killed at least once during the book.