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When Professor Alan Tunbridge is discovered in his office with his throat slashed, the suspects start queuing up. The brilliant but unpleasant microbiologist had a genius for making enemies.

For Warren Jones, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector to the Middlesbury force, a high-profile murder is the ideal opportunity. He’s determined to run a thorough and professional investigation but political pressure to resolve the case quickly and tensions in the office and at home make life anything but easy.

Everything seems to point to one vengeful man but the financial potential of the professor’s pioneering research takes the inquiry in an intriguing and, for Jones and his team, dangerous direction.

©2014 Paul Gitsham (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good first in series

I enjoyed this introduction to DCI Warren. I like books where I cannot figure out the ending before the end of the book. if you are looking for a new series I would recommend this one

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A Good First in s Series

Initially the book started slow for me — lots of talk about scientific issues around studying bacteria. I got a little bored and almost returned the book but eventually decided to stick it out. I read s lot of British police procedurals and this one has the marks of sameness that I see in others without any strikingly original plot twists. However, I did enjoy the book and will read the next in the series in the hope that the author deepens character development.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 09-18-18

Good start to a new series

What begins as a fairly standard story, new DCI, stroppy DI, and a murder, turns into a well developed and thoroughly convoluted mystery, I was totally enthralled with the characters, their development, and the development of the overall storyline, I was certainly kept guessing the whole way through.
Malk Williams does an great job with the narration too.
A most entertaining 13 hours and I'm now two hours into book 2 which is shaping up to be just as good.

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  • san2har
  • 09-14-18

Nevertheless.......

Good new police series. Complicated investigation with some twists as well as human errors but clearly explained. Some humour too with interesting and likeable characters making up the detective team, as well as peripheral characters, in the fictional town of Middlebury. The author overused the word ‘nevertheless’ and I found myself counting them. More editing required perhaps. ‘Nevertheless’ the story held my interest throughout and the narration was excellent.

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  • 11-09-18

Good story clouded by unnecessary padding

This is a well designed who, and indeed why done it. But my goodness tedious explanations of pasta and sauce and junior officers car only elongated not enhanced the tale or added atmosphere.
From my understanding a good editor would have helped .

Interesting insights, different background means personally will try another book which hopefully will be succinct without loosing nub of the story

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  • Mrs CJ
  • 10-21-18

Easy listen

I quite enjoyed this, although I worked out whodunnit about halfway through which was a bit disappointing. The police characters were very well drawn. I will certainly give the second in the series a listen and see how I get on.