Evil Crimes by Michael Hambling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After the body of a young man is spotted in the stormy sea of Dancing Ledge In Dorset,Detective Sophie Allen and her team finds themselves caught up in a complex case involving blackmail,secrets,lies,manipulation and murder.
They soon discover some curious links to a suicide that happened six months earlier.The connection between the two cases seems to be a strikingly attractive female student.As the team probes deeper into the deaths alarming facts slowly come to light.
Sophie and her team race against time to uncover the tragic secrets behind the crimes and stop any more deaths.
This is a fast paced,twist packed,well written,gripping thriller that is quite dark at times.The plot is Intreguing and keep me guessing and frantically turning the pages,totally engrossed in the story that was unfolding before my eyes.The characters where a diverse,mixed bag of well developed,realistic personalities.I liked Sophie and her team,they worked well together and it made a nice change that they socialized outside of work as well.My absolute favourite character was Sergeant Rose Simons,her witty and sarcastic comments where really funny,she wasn't in the book enough for my liking.
Although this is the sixth book in the series,it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone.I haven't read any of the previous titles but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of this riveting thriller.
EVIL CRIMES is book six of a new series of crime thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.
THE DETECTIVES DCI Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.
DS Barry Marsh is based at Swanage police station. He's quiet, methodical and dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie's hidden fragility. THE SETTING Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface.
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THE DCI SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS
Book 1: DARK CRIMES
Book 2: DEADLY CRIMES
Book 3: SECRET CRIMES
Book 4: BURIED CRIMES
Book 5: TWISTED CRIMES
Book 6: EVIL CRIMES
I like to think of myself as a writer of thoughtful, contemporary crime novels that are complex and involve situations that change lives. I live in the west-country counties of Wiltshire and Dorset, and set my novels in this area. The early novels in the Sophie Allen series are based on the Isle of Purbeck, that most beautiful of coastal areas. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in.
I'm a retired teacher who has tinkered with writing for much of my life. My previous efforts have usually been directed towards short stories but I have always felt that crime novels would be one of my final choices, particularly if a developing storyline allows me to introduce one or two social issues, albeit with a light touch.
I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy.
PUBLICATION DATE : 28 November 2017
PUBLISHER : Joffe Books
GENRE : Mystery,Crime Thriller