Title: Evil Crimes by Michael Hambling.
Publisher: Joffe Books
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Full of twists and turns, this crime thriller will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion.
A young man’s body is spotted in the stormy sea off Dancing Ledge in Dorset.
Did he lose his footing in the gale force winds and fall in? Or is there a more sinister cause of death?
Detective Sophie Allen’s team discover some curious links to a suicide that happened six months earlier. A strikingly attractive female student connects the cases. Alarming facts slowly come to light as the team probes more deeply.
Is the young woman as evil as she seems or is someone else manipulating her?
DCI Sophie Allen races against time to uncover the tragic secrets behind the crimes and stop any more deaths.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
EVIL CRIMES is book six of a new series of crime thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.
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.
Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
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
The book opens with two apparent suicides Edwina Davis, prominent midwife and Mark Paterson, researcher at Bournemouth university. They both linked to a mysterious H. Who is this person and did they kill them or blackmail them into committing suicide?
Now this is the sixth book in the series and the first I’ve read by this author. I do feel like I missed something not reading the first books but that was just at the beginning, as the story progressed I got to know the main characters a little more and forgot about my initial concerns.
This is another solid police procedural from Joffe books which honestly I thought was going in one direction and suddenly there was a twist and I thought to myself I have to read this until the end, even though my eyes were sore and tired.
I found the characters of Sophie Allen and Barry Marsh interesting but the one I liked the most was transgender DC Rae Gregson. As I haven’t come across any transgender police officers in fiction before it was definitely something that I enjoyed and I feel more authors should include transgender officers/characters in their stories.
Then there’s the character of H. You find out very early on who this is which I would have liked a little more mystery about it but I did enjoy getting a glimpse inside their mind. They are a very damaged individual who I didn’t quite know whether to hate or feel sorry for.
My only complaint was the fact I don’t know the Dorset/Exeter area very well, so I kind of found it confusing at times with the setting but that is my own ignorance of geography rather than the authors fault.
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.