Lines of Enquiry - The Major Crimes Team - Vol 1: Gripping crime stories featuring Cumbria's Major Crimes Team Kindle Edition
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This isn’t quite like any other novella I’ve ever read, which is a good thing. There may be few pages but they are jam-packed and there’s a lot going on. Not only are we introduced to some of the members of the Major Crimes Unit and offered the chance to get to know them, there are numerous cases being investigated as I assume it would be in “real life”.
This collections of short stories and investigations is a brilliant way of getting the reader acquainted with a number of characters and their backstories so that when you read the first book in the series “Snatched From Home”, you’re already familiar with them.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting DI Harry Evans and his team and I very much look forward to getting stuck into this series.
The imagery is excellent; I could picture an angry community wanting a convicted paedophile out of their midst and in some communities, the mob vigilante culture does exist. And using Facebook to rally the mob, it's the way to organise a mass gathering in the social media age!
I really liked Lauren's story, going in, doing her own investigation when her official request was turned down. She's a woman who gets what she wants and uses her physical assets to get what she wants/needs. Women do it throughout the working world and if it gets criminals to talk, why not!
Since I’ve know her, Noelle has shouted (a lot) about Graham Smith's writing and having met him at the #TBConFB Northern Meet Up back in February, I decided I'd give Harry Evans and the team a go. Noelle promised me if I didn’t enjoy The Major Crimes Team she would refund my money. I can’t lie; I did really enjoy meeting Harry and the team so I definitely won’t be claiming a refund.
The Major Crimes Team is an excellent introduction to the set up in Cumbria. Who knew that life was so exciting in Carlisle?! Can’t wait to read the follow up, Snatched From Home! It's going to be interesting seeing how Harry Evans reacts to John Campbell's arrival.
I can't say that any of the stories were my favourite or stood out from the others, as in my opinion they were all very well written and well put together. I find sometimes with short stories, that Just as they get going, they end. But I didn't feel that at all with these stories. They were very well written and very well put together.
I recently read Snatched from home, and although it's really not necessary I think I would have liked to have read this one first. And got more of an early feel for the officers. But there is nothing stopping me going back and reading it again.
I'm really looking forward to more Harry Evans, He's a very different and individual character and I for one can't wait for more books by Graham Smith.
I look forward to reading more.
The twists through out this book were true "OMG" moments and there were many! I am fast becoming a huge admirer of Cumbria's police force (MCT) and loving the "Gene Hunt" feel of DI Evans --a definite Ashes to Ashes vibe going on...old school police mentality mixed with the modern...LOVE IT!
The characters in this book definitely get under your skin--both the good and the bad qualities give you insight into where the character development is heading...yet you feel like Graham Smith (the author) still has more up his sleeve.
I am extremely excited to read the next DI Harry Evans book: Snatched From Home and highly recommend this book as a taster. Graham Smith you have truly WOW'd me!
Each story puts the spotlight on a different character and crime, building up our knowledge of the team. Home Wreckers deals with murder, Manhunters with mob justice, Dealing with Drugs as per its title, Washed Up with targeted destruction, and Final Days with rape.
In every story, information is held back from the reader (although they are still provided with the pertinent facts, if you're the guessing type) and the 'grand revelation' style works within the context of these short stories. The characters are well drawn and, sure, a little too rogue to be particularly realistic, but as far as escapist crime is concerned, these stories certainly deliver.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.