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- File Size : 891 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 436 pages
- Publication Date : February 26, 2019
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books (February 26, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08B7WC7LT
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1912986159
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #628,024 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well, this time we are in the Fens district in East Anglia, England. Set in the period immediately following the end of the Second World War when food and fuel are still restricted by rationing. Enter DI Ivan Winterman straight from the Met who finds himself back in his hometown and in the small local police station manned by his colleagues DC Hoxton, DC Marsh, PC Brain and the indomitable Mrs Sherringham and her part-time assistant Mary.
Almost immediately the body of a young girl is found and very soon two others are discovered and then two murders are committed. What’s happening in this quiet little backwater?
It’s in the middle of the coldest winter on record and the deep snow hampers the team’s efforts as they try to unravel/discover the motives for all these deaths.
There are twists and turns aplenty in this book. The blurb attracted me immediately, and I felt compelled to keep reading once started.
The characters are well drawn and believable The author’s writing skills are descriptive and moody and I felt drawn back to post war Britain where I grew up amid the chaos and the questions as to how we got there – didn’t we win the war?
The ending was totally unexpected and disturbing. I recommend this book to all lovers of thrillers. I give it five stars and thank Bloodhound Books for the chance to read the advance copy and to review this book.
DI Ivan Winterman returns home to his recently deceased mother's house in East Anglia. It is fortutious that he has been transferred here – to the back of beyond as it were. He is alone in the world for his wife was badly injured and his son killed during the Blitz. He meets his office manager Mrs. Sheringham and his two young DC's Hoxton and Marsh. Hoxton is open, friendly and talkative while Marsh is more quiet and has a tendency to be a deep thinker.
A report of a child's body comes in. The three respond, driving in a blinding snowstorm. Dr. Pyke also responds. The child is perhaps nine or ten and the little girl has been dead for some years. There was an earlier report of another little girl's body found not far away.
Another body is found. This time it is the body of a man named Fisher. He is a “retired” reverened who had seriously taken to drink. He was the one who found the first body in a cabin on his way home from the pub one night.Then another body of a child. It has obviously been moved from wherever it was originally left as were the other children.
Before long, bodies are dropping all over the place, both old and new. Winterman tries to get help from headquarters, but the story is an old one, “We'll see what we can do,” which is no help at all. Eventurally, Winterman and his team get some help from headquarters. Things begin to happen very fast.
The disappearance of a constable, more murders and attempted murders, an exciting car chase and a flood later, the story comes to its conclusion.
This is an extremely well written and plotted novel. The story follows the painstaking police investigation during the blizzard of 1947 which was the coldest in Britain in recorded history. The reader learns a great deal about DI Ivan Winterman (but not smuch that it detracted frim the story), and the privations the English had to suffer in the post-war years. There was a shortage of coal, so not everyone had sufficient heat, food was still being rationed so getting adequate nutrition was difficult, people were still on the move, houses were abandoned and so on. I liked Winterman and the other main characters in the book. Ivan is an interesting man and I am anxious to find out more about what makes him tick. I want to know more about PC Bryan Brain and Winterman and Mary's relationship. Oh, I do so hope there is a sequel.
I want to thank NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for forwarding to me a copy of this remarkable book for me to read, enjoy and review.
The characters were introduced thoroughly, each with his own past and problems, making it easy to instantly relate to them as real people of flesh and blood. The plot was well constructed, but maybe too much so. I guess that's my only main objection with the book: I felt my mind wandering off a couple of times when the story slowed down too much, though I never had the feeling I missed anything afterwards. The ending seemed delayed, as I already knew what was coming, but had to plow through some more IMHO unnecessary events to get there, and the maybe intended surprise rather felt like an already awaited but late finish line.
Overall, I very much enjoyed reading this original story and getting to know the introduced characters. The book works very well as an advertising pilot for a new series, with still room for more.
(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)
Top reviews from other countries
Walters portrays his characters beautifully – with believable language and behaviour for 1947 – while the shadow of the war, and operational difficulties it continues to cause, looms credibly in the near past. One detail I noticed, and very much appreciated, is Winterman's forward-thinking attitude to women, which – despite the historical setting – is convincingly written.
I like all Alex Walter's novels, and this is no exception. I'm looking forward to what's in store for Winterman next – and hoping it involves Mary.
Bodies start to appear and they are of small children a long time dead. Who is leaving these bodies for him to find and why? Fresh bodies begin to appear revealing that something not quite right has been going on. Some very wealthy and influential men had taken advantage of the war whereby children where moved around and left with people.
This gook is really engaging, well written and atmospheric. I really enjoyed the setting and hope there is going to be a second book in this charming series!
If you enjoy great suspense with twists and turns author Alex Walters is your man. A great read I am hoping there will be many more Kenny Murrain and Winterman books to come in the future.