Born in a Burial Gown: The Debut Dagger shortlisted crime book of the year! A Must Read (D.I. Avison Fluke 1) Kindle Edition
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Born In A Burial Gown was extraordinary! The storyline itself was cleverly written and slowly revealed. The subtle build up of suspense left me holding my breath as each chapter ended with a little more of the story revealed. The story hooks you from the start. You immediately start wondering what the crime is about as it is not delivered to you on a plate. I personally love the challenge of trying to figure out the case/mystery as I go along and I already had my “crime-solving” head on within the first few pages of this book.
We are once again introduced to Cumbria’s FMIT (Force Major Investigation Team) with DI Avison Fluke as the lead. At times, Fluke reminds me a bit of Rebus — he does not tolerate fools and expects 100% from those he works with. You get a much deeper insight into Fluke and his team in this story and I really enjoyed that. I began to visualise what each character looked liked and the quirks that make them who they are.
The descriptions of places, people and the crime(s) were well written. I particularly loved the description of Fluke’s home in this book…so much so that I want to live there myself!! I also enjoyed learning the meaning of the title when it was revealed in the book. I had heard it before but the significance it has for the story works perfectly and is revealed at just the right time in the story.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing right until the very end well this is the book for you! I highly recommend this book and think it will be one that stays with me for some time. Well done Mr Craven on such a mind-blowing read!
Born In A Burial Gown is a brilliant police procedural novel. Most crime books I tend to read tend to be more the action side or a mixture of reading between the criminal and the detective so reading this authors novels was a very pleasant surprise as I didn't think one concentrating mainly on the procedural side could ever be so riveting.
Through Fluke and Lucy I learned so much about how they work out how long a body has been dead for which for some might be a bit morbid, personally I found it fascinating.
The author spends quite a bit of time letting the readers get to know Fluke so that we pretty much know all that there is to know, which to a certain extent builds up a respect between the reader and the character.
Towler, Fluke's sidekick is a character that I absolutely loved. He reminded me slightly of being a Rottweiler on a lead that Fluke at times has to rein in as he can get a bit carried away. Rottweiler lovers don't fret as I know they can be very loving animals also which is a side that you do get to see of Towler briefly throughout the novel also. He brings a bit of light hearted relief in areas as he is a stereo typical bloke who speaks before he thinks and jokes about inappropriate things but I don't think Fluke or the readers would have him any other way.
The death that Fluke and his team are investigating turns out not to be as straight forward as they first thought and how they work out who the murderer is was just brilliant. It was almost like a jigsaw that all the little snippets of findings and information all of a sudden reveals the bigger picture and it just left me craving for more.
Born In A Burial Gown really is a gripping novel. It is very much the thinking 'mans' crime book as it concentrates mainly on the procedural side yet manages to still feel as fast paced at times as an action one. With a great line up of characters, this is one crime series that has left me desperate for more as well as being excited about what else is to come.