Right at the back of this book is an insight into why this story, and the series, is so good.
A modest Eleven lines under the title About the Author.
In those lines it relates Noelle Holten’s qualifications and experience.
A Senior Probation Officer for 18 years covering Domestic Violence and Abuse cases.
3 BA (Hons) degrees, Philosophy, Sociology (Crime and Deviance) and Community Justice, and to top it of a Masters in Criminology.
So Noelle is one of those rare breeds, a person that has experience to back her qualifications, and that really stands out and puts her way ahead of many authors.
The story sees DC Maggie Jamieson and the Staffordshire Police Major Organised Crime welcoming back Dr Kate Maloney to the team, and her Psychologist insights are going to be priceless.
When Maggie is called to the first murder scene she finds the victim has been bound, assaulted, and set alight.
Why would anybody do that to a person, is the fire part of the killers method of killing or is it an attempt to destroy evidence.
When a second body turns up under similar circumstances the phrase serial killer gets banded about but Maggie is quick to point out that you need three deaths before you can use that category. She spoke too soon.
As the body count mounts the team work their way through the investigation, building working hypothesis as they go. As in a real investigation suspects come to the fore, and hypothesis are built around the reasons for the killing; and as in a real investigation it takes time to get it right.
Although the reader gains an insight into the killers motives, through the occasional chapter written from their point of view, the Police are frustratingly chipping away at the edges without quite nailing it, until they inevitably put the pieces together, but how many people are going to die first.
They say never judge a book by its cover, and I would usually agree, but this book has a stunning cover and the story is every bit as good.
I mentioned Noelle’s qualifications and experience. She’s walked the walk, she has all of the t-shirts, and now she’s writing books about the things she knows.
If you want your crime fiction realistic, if you want the crimes, criminals, victims, and Police Officers to be truly reflective of the real thing, this book, and this series are what you are looking for.
Pages: 400. Publisher: One More Chapter, Harper Collins