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Published by Severn
House Publishers Ltd, 1 December 2017. ISBN: 978-072788739-9 (PB)
Dr. Kate Hanson is a forensic psychologist who lectures at a
Birmingham university and also collaborates with the city’s police service as a
member of their Unsolved Crime Unit (UCU).Hanson shares her home with Charlie, her de facto, if not
biological, father, and her talented, but typically tormented, teenage daughter
Maisie.Hanson’s responsibilities, as
she juggles these demanding roles, create interest and tension within the
When a community police
officer witnesses two burglars running away from St. Bartholomew’s Church, he
retraces their steps and discovers that they have broken into its dank, dreary
crypt, which comes complete with tomb and mutilated body.UTU officers, Lieutenant Joseph Corrigan and
his partner Detective Sergeant Bernard Watts, attend the scene, where they find
police pathologist, Dr
Connie Chong, is already examining the
corpse.The well-preserved cadaver, it
transpires, is likely to be that of Matthew Flynn, a young man who disappeared
just over a year before.Having
established that this is indeed a cold case, Professor Hanson is called in to
assist with the investigation as the team begin to focus on why he was murdered
and who killed him.
Father Delaney the
priest in charge at St. Bartholomew’s, Flynn’s dysfunctional family, and
Matthew's former roommates, are all possible suspects, but the investigators
struggle to discover a motive that will provide a plausible link between any of
them and the grisly murder.The need to
find out why Matthew died, becomes more urgent when a suspicious suicide and
another murder transform past evil into a very present threat.Whilst the detectives pursue their enquiries,
Hanson’s professional observations and instincts steer her perilously close to
the killer.The narrative accelerates as
the accuracy of her findings puts her life in danger.
Something Evil Comes is infused with the professional expertise which A.J. Cross,
herself a forensic psychologist, brings to the tale.The author uses her knowledge and combines it
with impeccable storytelling, to weave a plot that teases, excites and
thrills.The book is entertaining and
compelling, it keeps the reader guessing from beginning to unexpected end.
This is the fourth novel
in the Kate Hanson series, it can be read as the latest in the series, or on
Reviewer: Dot Marshall-Gent
A J Cross is a Forensic Psychologist and frequent
court-appointed expert witness. She obtained her Masters Degree and PhD at the University of Birmingham, the latter relating to
children as witnesses within the criminal court system. Anne's
professional experience has included consultancy work for the Probation Service
in her home city. Anne currently lives in Birmingham
with her jazz-musician husband.
Dot Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.