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Death on the Coast (The West County Crime Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 595 KB
- Publication Date : July 5, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 274 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (July 5, 2018)
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1912604493
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B08B7RYVDX
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,766 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book can easily be read as a stand-a-lone but be warned you might be temped to go buy the first two books to get to know more about the characters.
These books keep you engaged till the end. A lot of twist and turns. You think you have it all figured out only to find out that you got it wrong. I highly recommend this book
DCI Dan Hellier responds to a call about a body in a fire. The burned person turns out to be a homeless man who bashed and then thrown into a fire on Exmouth Beach. The investigation is set in motion. Dan has a large team and he sets them about doing various tasks. They get some good leads from the autopsy that eventually lead them to an identification of the burned man.
From the beginning of the story, the reader knows who the perpetrators are. They are posting still pictures and videos on Instagram. The police are frantically trying to get the site shut down.
Meanwhile, the group of people who are committed the burning is falling apart at the seams. One denies all knowledge of the act, while another is trying to run from the group, horrified by their actions.
Then it happens again; another man is burned. Following clues, they bring in three suspects to interview. Interestingly enough, all three confess.
At the same time the gang is planning their third murder. The group is showing severe signs of wear.
A connection to The Troubles in Belfast becomes clear as the story goes on. The team gets a more clear idea of who they are after. The more or less isolate the site of the third murder and are pretty sure they know the name of the victim. A plan comes together to capture the remaining members of the cult. It only partially goes wrong.
Dan Hellier is much more confident in his decision making and clearer about his goals in this book than in the last one. I was so pleased to see the growth he presented. His team has gelled and they work well together with only a few minor issues. This book was fairly well written and there were a couple of police procedural issues that I had with the book. I enjoy reading Bernie Steadman’s novels and look forward to the next in this series.
I want to thank NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for forwarding to me a copy of this good book to read, enjoy and review.
DCI Dan Hellier and his team are back in this, the third in the West Country Crime Mystery series. His team, and it’s a good one, are driven to the brink with this case, as it’s soon evident that forces greater than the local constabulary are involved. When the truth is revealed, it will come as a shocker to everyone involved, including readers. Hellier will comment later: “Vengeance is right at the black heart of this.”
Hellier’s sister is in this book, too, and his struggles with that scenario are brought home in a few vivid scenes. Luckily, his lady, Claire, is by his side – good characterization all around.
Pretty soon, it’s over. Not with a bang, but a whimper. And life goes on in Exeter. Well, for most.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy of this book, in exchange for this review.
I am really enjoying the characters in this series and Hellier is great as the lead. I loved the writing style, it flows very well and you are carried off right from the first page to the last - it really had me gripped and I loved how the story unravelled as I got towards the end. I really enjoyed it!
Five stars from me for this one, it is a really enjoyable story and a great addition to a fantastic series!!
The plot is solid and fast pace, the cast of characters interesting, and it's a lot of fun to read.
A very good book that keep the high standards set by the previous ones in this series.
Many thanks to Bloodhound Books and Netgalley for this ARC
Top reviews from other countries
The premise behind this book is the darkest of all but it is not what it seems to be at the beginning. The twist which comes towards the end is shocking but not entirely surprising. The last one is both. Without being preachy or labouring the point, this story explores the depravity and treachery of which the human heart is capable. I found myself sharing the emotions of both Lizzie and Sally as the truth of the situation was revealed - and I know that it is only a story!
I have enjoyed the characters and their growth as a team. Even the inept or just socially awkward members have grown in some ways, although for some perhaps not enough to make the grade. Somehow the writer manages to make the reader feel part of that team and therefore very involved in the narrative. I do hope that there may be further books to come in this series as I feel that there is much more scope for this team and to be honest - I feel that I will miss them.
The characters are developing very nicely although I think you could read it as a stand alone.
Not wanting to spoil the storyline, suffice it to say that there are some interesting twists and topics that are not regularly high-lighted. A great read.