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Crime Scene Manager Cass Hunt is called out at night to examine an RTA is which a young woman has lost her life. She soon spots that there is more to the "accident" and is teamed up with DCI Alex McKay to investigate the crime, now elevated to a murder enquiry. Then, another body is discovered, is this new crime connected or just coincidence?
I enjoyed the way the story was delivered. It is one of those where the reader knows more than the police and I do like that concept used in a crime book when executed correctly. In this book it was, although I did have an inkling as to the identity of the bad guy earlier than perhaps I would have liked, I wasn't completely sure until much later on.
Characterisation was good. I really do love my characters and they can make or break a book for me. In this book. Ms Richardson has it pretty much spot on. Characters are well described, fleshed out and developed nicely as the book progressed and we got to know them better. One thing I have to mention is that I felt that some of the "romantic" elements weren't entirely necessary for me but, I hasten to add that this is my personal opinion based only on what I want/need from a book of this genre and as such is not meant to reflect on the author.
Plot was good and tight, pacing was on the whole good too and I also found the forensic elements very interesting to read about. The politics around budget cuts and staffing levels/ redundancies notsomuch and, at times, I found them a bit distracting and their prominence a bit unnecessary with respect to the overall story. That again is a "me thing" because I do like a book to get on with it and anyway, there may be a bigger picture that I either missed or that will be revealed later.
Based on the fact that the author has taken so much time and trouble to set scenes and introduce/develop characters, I am going to assume that this is the start of a series. If I'm wrong, it'll be a shame because I feel that there is much more to be had from these characters. Hopefully I am right and, if so, I'll definitely be reading book two.
I received a free copy of this book from The Book Club on Facebook (TBConFB) in exchange for my honest review.
This is the first installment of the North East Police series, and I believe, the author’s debut novel. This currently 4-book series has some seriously high star ratings. Therefore, my expectations were high. It fell short for me.
There are definitely things to like about the book. What I liked most were the main characters and their chemistry. The protagonist is Crime Scene Manager Cass Hunt. She has a great dog name Ollie and her love interest is the engaging DCI Alex McKay. McKay seems to be a regular guy with only a modicum of baggage. Cass has major baggage, and I would have liked to know more detail about her background. After I finished the book I found that there a short story called Escape that sheds more light on her past. The plot was good, though a little predictable, and the story flowed well. I liked the short subchapters with the site and time of the action noted. There is a nice run of suspense during the finale, and the ending is good, though I would have liked more show and less tell. Finally I liked getting into the bad guy’s mind.
Overall though, the book isn’t terribly suspenseful. I wasn’t too surprised by the identity of the bad guy as the candidates were whittled down pretty well. There are also a couple of animal abuse scenes that I had to skip over. Most crime fiction readers are women, I suspect, and most women love animals and hate anything related to animal abuse. It baffles me why crime authors feel the need to include these scenes in their books. Some readers will “dnf” a book right on the spot when an animal abuse scene appears. I also thought the dialogue was at times rather stilted.
Because this is the author’s debut, I suspect her writing will grow. As noted above, the star ratings are high for the series. For these reasons, and since I connected with the characters and was basically entertained, I will give book #2 a shot. I do see potential here.
With Deadly Intent is most definitely a Police Procedural, but one with a difference. The main character, Cass Hunt, is not a grizzly detective with a broken marriage and a drink problem. She is a CSM - Crime Scene Manager - the person responsible, literally, for managing the crime scene. More of a CSI than a detective. There is much in the book involving the modern processes of what happens when a crime is committed. One of the real strengths of the book is how the author brings the reader into a modern police station, and allows them to see the stresses and the tensions the modern police force is having to work under. There is even a subplot within which the government cuts fall heavy on Cass Hunt's own team.
With Deadly Intent is a very modern Police Procedural. And that makes a very welcome change.
The book itself is incredibly readable, and the plot trips along at a good pace. So readable is the book, I finished it in just over a couple of days. Though very readable, I could never be complacent. This book is no Sunday evening telly experience. You see, even though there is a very strong love interest storyline that runs throughout the book, it is juxtaposed with some horrific murders. It would have been so easy for the author to have written a 'cosy' story here. But she doesn't. She does not shirk one inch from showing the sort of things the modern police force has to endure. The murder scenes are written as seen - in all their horror and madness. And I love this adherence to what is.
As the plot reaches it's inevitable climax, the two contrasting elements of the book - the light and the dark - collide, neither one giving an inch.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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