No Ordinary Killing by Jeff Dawson

A gripping historical crime thriller (Ingo Finch Mystery Book 1)



The Empire has a deadly secret…

1899, South Africa:  As the Boer War rages, Captain Ingo Finch of the Royal Army Medical Corps pieces together casualties at the front. Then, recovering in Cape Town, he is woken by local police. A British officer has been murdered, and an RAMC signature is required for the post-mortem.

Shocked by the identity of the victim, the bizarre nature of the crime and what appears a too-convenient resolution, Finch turns detective. He is soon thrust into a perilous maze of espionage and murder.

Along with an Australian nurse, Annie, and an escaped diamond miner, Mbutu, Finch finds he has stumbled on a terrifying secret, one that will shake the Empire to its core…

My thoughts

No Ordinary Killing is one of my 20 Books of Summer and I thought that this well written and highly descriptive story was a little slow to get to the murder mystery, thriller element but once it did I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jeff Dawson’s research and knowledge certainly ensure that you are right in the place – South Africa – and situation of the Boer War. Following Mbutu gives us a good insight into the native point of view which I found interesting, informative and really added to the atmosphere and story.

Once you get into the murder mystery this book really took off and gives a rollicking good read with pace, twists and turns to keep the reader hooked and the final reckoning makes this well worth the read.

I liked the characterisation – the characters are well drawn but, as this is the first of what seems to be a series, there is room to grow with the main characters and I can see them becoming quite a favourite with readers.

I would certainly recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical murder mystery, those who enjoy reading books set abroad and to those who enjoy a well written and plotted story.



I would like to thank the publisher Canelo for an eBook of No Ordinary Killing via NetGalley in return for an honest review. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.

Rating: 3.5*


Format: Kindle Edition

Publisher: Canelo (28 May 2018)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

ASIN: B07D4BRGJ3     ISBN: 9781788631907

Publisher: Independently published (14 Mar. 2017)

Language: English       Paperback: 399 pages

ISBN-10: 1520840780   ISBN-13: 978-1520840789

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3BF124BA-A706-431B-8284-3FBAAF96FAA2Jeff Dawson is a journalist and author. He has been a long-standing contributor to The Sunday Times Culture section, writing regular A-list interview-led arts features (interviewees including the likes of Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman, Hugh Grant, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Seinfeld and Nicole Kidman). He is also a former US Editor of Empire magazine.

Jeff is the author of three non-fiction books — Tarantino/Quentin Tarantino: The Cinema of Cool, Back Home: England And The 1970 World Cup, which The Times rated “truly outstanding”, and Dead Reckoning: The Dunedin Star Disaster, the latter nominated for the Mountbatten Maritime Prize.

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