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Published by Constable, 13
June 2019. ISBN 978-1-47212-798-3 (PB)
DI Charlie George looks up at the
victim and wonders how he got there – the crucifixion of a priest (well, he is
wearing a dog-collar) in a derelict chapel is an unusual and sadistic murder
and Charlie and his colleagues react in different ways, but with an underlying
current of black humour.As their
investigation gets going, news comes of a missing priest, who is quickly
identified as the victim.As Charlie and
his colleagues investigate this crime, a police officer goes missing.Hopes of finding him alive are disappointed
when his body is found – another macabre death with religious overtones. There are few leads and, in the face of
increasing media pressure, the DCI is pushing for a result.Ultimately, the newest member of the team, DC
Lesley Lovejoy, comes up with an idea that leads to a desperate confrontation
with the murderer.
is the first book to feature DI Charlie George, his name a reference to the
1980s Arsenal footballer and, aptly, he is based in Islington.He has his own issues:a difficult relationship, family issues
including his mother who has dementia and is in nursing home.His down-to-earth attitude and his interest
in charity shop clothing provide a balance to his problems.
a police procedural, the useful glossary at the beginning of the book helps
with the alphabet of initials. The plot
moves at a good pace, with some scenes providing a slightly gothic feel to the
north London atmosphere.This is a
promising start to a new series and it will be interesting to see how Charlie’s
life and career move forward.
by this author:as well as other series
and stand-alone books, the second in the Charlie George series:Innocence Dies
crime fiction and historical fiction. He has written twenty-six novels which
have been translated into 23 languages. In between leaving school and securing
his latest publishing deal, he found time to chase black witches across Mexico,
travel the silk road, and occasionally play the guitar in pubs. His only claim
to fame from those days is completing all the verses of ‘All You Need is Love’
during a bar fight in the Stella Maris Sailors Club. After a short stint in
advertising he became a freelance journalist. He also worked in radio and
television before writing novels.
worked 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.