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Published by Matador, 28
April 2020. ISBN: 978-1-83859297-4 (PB)
This is the third in the series
featuring DI Charlie Moon, of the West Midlands Police, and his journalist
side-kick Jo Lyon, set in my beloved Birmingham.
The action takes
place in 2001, when the police were still dealing with the repercussions of the
malpractice of the infamous Serious Crimes Squad, which was given to summary
justice and much internal corruption – some of which still lingered at the
start of this century.
Moon is tipped off by
an inmate of what was then called Winson Green Prison that a miscarriage of
justice resulted in the imprisonment of an obviously innocent man, held in much
affection by his fellow cons, who are incensed when he commits suicide.
Although Moon is under warning for flouting police rules, he can’t resist
investigating, using Jo Lyon’s newspaper contacts to help him fly under the
radar. Even when he discovers his office has been bugged and efforts are being
made to break up his loyal team he persists, uncovering heinous crimes and vile
Despite its cracking
plot, I would have welcomed some of the issues raised dealt with in greater detail.
Also, Birmingham could have been more than just the background. Similarly, the
relationship between Moon and Lyons and the Moon family dynamic could have been
questioned, and better still explored.
is the pen name of Patricia Scudamore and Hilton Catt who write both business
and careers books, as well as crime thrillers. You can find out more by visiting:
Judith Cutlerwas born in the Black Country,
just outside Birmingham, later moving to the Birmingham suburb of Harborne.
Judith started writing while she was at the then Oldbury Grammar School,
winning the Critical Quarterly Short Story prize with the second story she
wrote. She subsequently read English at university. It was an attack of
chickenpox caught from her son that kick-started her writing career. One way of
dealing with the itch was to hold a pencil in one hand, a block of paper in the
other - and so she wrote her first novel. This eventually appeared in a much-revised
version as Coming Alive, published by Severn House. Judith has seven
series. The first two featured amateur sleuth Sophie Rivers (10 books) and
Detective Sergeant Kate Power (6 Books). Then came Josie Wells, a middle-aged
woman with a quick tongue, and a love of good food, there are two books, The Food Detective and The Chinese Takeout. The Lina Townsend
books are set in the world of antiques and there are seven books in this series.
There are three books featuring Tobias Campion set in the Regency period, and
her series featuring Chief Superintendent Fran Harman (6 books), and Jodie
Welsh, Rector’s wife and amateur sleuth. Her most recent series features a head
teacher (3 books). Judith has also written three standalone’s Scar
Tissue, Death In ElysiumandThe
Wages of Sin.