A brutal murder in the Lake District.
A double assassination in a secret lab in London’s west end.
Seemingly unconnected, unexpected links between the gruesome crimes emerge and it’s up to DI Kelly Porter to follow the trail – all the way to the capital.
Back amongst old colleagues and forced to work alongside her calculating ex, DCI Matt Carter, Kelly must untangle a web of deceit that stretches into the highest echelons of power. A place where secrets and lies are currency and no obstacle is insurmountable.
Once again Rachel Lynch has produced a terrific book from the world of DI Kelly Porter. Here we have a murder in the Lake District which leads Kelly back to her old stomping ground in London, not only that but working directly with DCI Matt Carter – her ex!
Her relationship with Johnny is moving along and this adds to the complexity, on the personal side, of having to work with Matt. We know from the previous books something happened to send Kelly back to her roots in Cumbria are we, at last, going to find out what?
Still there’s a murder for Kelly to solve and it has links to two deaths in London. It’s quickly established that the three dead knew each other. They worked together and so did a fourth person who’s gone missing. Is he another victim? Or is he the perpetrator?
In this fifth book Kelly shows how good her instincts are as well as how good a detective she is. We get more insight into her past, her current thoughts and a fascinating, curious plot. This is a well written and really enjoyable read which I would highly recommend.
I’ve read all of the previous books (Deep Fear, Dark Game, Dead End, Bitter Edge) and even though I’ve received them from the publisher via NetGalley I have also bought each of them because this is a series I would have continued to buy and read regardless of being asked to take part in the Spotlights, although I’m delighted to have done so, or not.
I love the setting in the Lake District, mind you this book spends some time in London too. The characters – Kelly, her team who we are also getting to know, Johnny and the rest including the peripheral characters necessary to the storyline are not all lovable but they are believable, well drawn and add layers to the books. Rachel Lynch allows you to discover more of Kelly without distracting or loosing any of the plot. The plots are always excellent and Rachel Lynch never shies away from difficult situations or subjects even though they can be a bit dark but then that’s the nature of crime and she is never unnecessarily graphic. Her writing is tight and gripping. This really is a series that’s well worth reading.
Published: (27th May 2019)
Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, but writing was always the overwhelming force driving the future. The human capacity for compassion as well as its descent into the brutal and murky world of crime are fundamental to her work.
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