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DCI Warren Jones has a bad feeling when the body of a young woman turns up in Beaconsfield Woods. She’s been raped and strangled but the murderer has been careful to leave no DNA evidence.

There are, of course, suspects - boyfriend, father - to check out but, worryingly, it looks more and more like a stranger murder.

Warren’s worst fears are confirmed when another young woman is killed in the same way.

The MO fits that of Richard Cameron who served 12 years for rape. But Cameron never killed his victims and he has a cast-iron alibi.

Then personal tragedy intervenes and Warren is off the case. But the pressure is mounting and another woman goes missing. Warren is back but will the break he desperately needs come before there’s another victim?

The DCI Warren Jones series:

Book One - The Last Straw

Book Two - No Smoke Without Fire

©2018 Paul Gitsham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Well written second book, great cast of characters

In addition to good writing, Paul Gitsham has created a series with a cast of characters you want to know more about. Currently, Louise Penny is often mentioned as, If you like Louise Penny etc. I believe the reason we like her books is we like the town and people, etc. DCI Warren Jones is that kind of book. Not like the Canadians, but with people and stories that entertain along with a jolly good mystery.

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Enjoyable, but one caveat

I like this series. I am really enjoying the characters, and appreciated the plot of the first book. Unfortunately in this second installment, by maybe a third of the way in, I knew who the culprit was. That was disappointing. I still listened all the way through, to learn the details and all of the connections, and for the characters. Hoping the next installment won’t be quite as transparent.

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Gave it 4 for one reason only

I love Gitsham's books. His writing style and I enjoy his characters so much that I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. Only disappointed that it was so incredibly predictable... and fairly early in the story

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I’ll read the next in the series

This isn’t a rave review, but overall, this is a serviceable procedural. I like the main characters, and the protagonist is a good guy, which in itself is a pleasant departure from edgy detectives.

Like many procedurals, some obvious leads are neglected. There are dead women, but the descriptions are not overly graphic. All said, I still recommend this to lovers of low key procedurals and of spending time with some likable characters. I appreciate the way the protagonist is shown to mature with experience.

The plot is a little less satisfying than the first; however, I’ll read the next book in the series.

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Great Police Procedural

Loved this installment. I got to know the main characters more and the story was great. i had an inkling of who the killer was but had more twists and turns at the end

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Nevertheless ...

... really is one of the authors favorite words. Almost to the point of sheer irritation.
However ... there is the word however, that he uses almost as often, giving some deflection.
Nevertheless ... a good story.

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relatively interesting plot line but far, far too much tiresome proselytizing

Lots of irrelevant discussion of religious observance and overt and repetitive evangelizing AND worse yet, far too much misogyny. Descriptions of women often unnecessarily negative (one random unnamed woman at a work party is described as a “monster” just based on her size !) - and there’s a hefty whiff of patriarchy.

I’ve never written a negative review before, but I found all the above jarring in a simple police procedural.

Also, not sure if due to mistakes in the text or by the narrator (who is otherwise perfectly competent) but there are some subject name mistakes.

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A couple of misread words but a good story

Enjoyable read. The narrator got a few words wrong which made me glad I had the book. The characters, childless DCI and his school teacher wife, are very similar to another series so I feel attached to them even though it's only the second book. Can't wait for the rest of the series.

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Fantastic Detective Novel!!

Love the characters, the story and the narration!! I have enjoyed books one and two very much. Unfortunately, can't get the 3rd Audible in the U.S.so onto number 4!!

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A reasonable, if somewhat predictable, Police

A reasonable, if somewhat predictable, Police procedural by Paul Gitsham with Malk Williams also doing a reasonable job of narration. Good light entertainment around the top of the second tier in my library.

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  • 01-20-19

Décent story and likeable DCI

I really like this series. Chilling storylines which are to be expected, but I really like the fact that DCI Warren Jones is a decent man with no major hang ups....he loves his long suffering wife, and I hope they will stick together- there are too many series where the DCI goes home to only a ready meal & his particular music obsession. I have just downloaded book 3, so hoping for more of the same

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 09-20-18

Even better than book 1

I really enjoyed this one, good narration and the storyline is even better than The Last Straw. I was left confused about the culprit most of the way through, I think Paul did a good job with this one.

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  • Jebus
  • 02-15-20

poor quality

these books are underwhelming in the extreme, the style of narration id wuth an up turn at the end of every narrative sentence which doesn;t help. the characters are forgettable an the stories rely on a new witness or new revalation to get a to the turgid end

ki have had a poor run withte trying new authors recently and woould return them if the mechanism allowed me to

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  • 11-12-18

Writer has grown from first one keeping the good bits

This was much easier going bit less detail in the right places glad I suck with series

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  • san2har
  • 09-16-18

Sloppy writing

I quite enjoyed the first book in this series despite the overuse of ‘nevertheless’. In this book ‘regardless’ joins it in irritating frequency. The tension between the new DCI and the DI was interesting in the first book but they are all pals now and it takes them forever to catch the killer. It goes on and on and I think the author is just churning them out. Narrator is good and almost makes them worth listening to

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