- File Size: 917 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gillian E Hamer; 1 edition (May 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KGKEPCS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Crimson Shore: The Gold Detectives I Kindle Edition
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Crimson Shore is the first in The Gold Detectives series. Detective Inspector Amanda Gold being the eponymous Gold in the series’ title. She is pushed by her unpleasant superior, DCI Idris Parry, into allowing Detective Sergeant Dara Brennan to take over a murder investigation, with her providing back up.
We know from the outset that the killer is linked to a children’s home which closed under mysterious circumstances many years earlier. What we don’t know is who the killer might be, or why the murders are taking place now.
Dara is not emotionally equipped to deal with his new-found responsibility. His marriage is on the rocks, he’s drinking to excess and he is powerfully attracted to a colleague, all of which impact on his judgement. However, for all that, he is a very likeable character. My reasons for wanting to slap him were kindly ones. I wanted him to succeed and stop sabotaging his own efforts.
The story is set on the island of Anglesey and so well-crafted are the descriptions, it was easy to picture the scene. At times I could almost feel the wind coming off the sea.
Ms Hamer clearly knows her way around the forensic department, as she allows her characters to reveal key clues through dialogue over the dead bodies. As both bodies and clues mount, and Dara goes into meltdown, the story races to its fabulous conclusion. This is another winner from the pen of Gillian Hamer.
When the body of a woman is found in the drainage ditch of a farmer’s field, Detective Sergeant Dara Brennan and DS Gethin Evans are called to the scene. Little do they know this is the beginning of an unexplained torturing and killing spree. A voice message left on Dara’s phone alerts him to the fact that Dr Watson, the pathologist, has some information on the dead woman. But the doctor doesn’t return Dara’s calls, he cannot be contacted or traced and is listed as a missing person.
Head of Bangor CID, DI Amanda Gold, is uncertain of her future due to her rather disagreeable DCI and office politics. She and her team, consisting of Dara, Gethin, Kelly Morgan and Duncan Fletcher, have established a good working relationship and she would be devastated if DCI Parry has her transferred to another division.
As the body count rises, and with nothing substantial to work with the team face an increasingly difficult task. The murderer leaves no DNA traces or evidence of any kind and the murders seem random. To muddy the waters even more Dara is put in charge of the investigation and while he is very capable, his personal life is getting ever more complicated and messy.
I enjoyed the writing style, the cast of characters, their quirks and the interaction between them. The forensic aspect was well researched and handled well, as was the insight into the minds of the victims. The location is beautiful and familiar to me, which is always a bonus.
Gillian Hamer is a new to me author but I’ll definitely be reading more of her work. I had no idea where the story was going and, even though a link between the murder victims becomes apparent, the horror of the motive is gradually revealed and the perpetrator was a complete surprise. The letters from a young and unhappy Andy to his mother spread throughout the narrative add drama and poignancy.
As in her previous novels, the Welsh setting of Crimson Shore is almost a character in itself, once again making me keen to visit the island of Anglesey. However, this peaceful corner of North Wales proves to be anything but peaceful, when a violent killer leaves a trail of unexplained murders. We quickly learn that the killer is linked to a suspiciously closed-down children’s home, but the author skilfully keeps the reader guessing all the way through. Not until the dramatic ending do we learn the killer’s identity, or the reason for these horrific crimes.
Gripped by this story, I read Crimson Shore in a day. The author quickly hooked me into a world of pure evil, and, with her skills in creating suspense and action, kept me there right to the thrilling conclusion. I would highly recommend Crimson Shore to lovers of fast-paced and well-written crime thrillers.
I absolutely relished this novel. Can't help but compare to top screen crime series such as The Killing, or at its darkest, Saw. This is superlative psychological crime, with plausible characterisation and layers of smart research woven into a tense and tightening plot.
Even scenes less intrinsic to plot are fully realised - after meeting an individual for only two or three pages, you don't want them to go. No cheap or cheesy gimmicks, no unmerited violence, this is a masterclass in truly dramatic storytelling.
Crime writing at its heart-stopping best.