Today I’m shining a spotlight on the detective Kate Hamblin series by former police officer David Hodges published by Joffe Books:
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BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE LEVELS
Detective Kate Hamblin is doing surveillance on the Somerset Levels, trying to catch a crazed arsonist. She leaves the van for a moment. Then it goes up in flames, killing her two colleagues.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS FIRETRAP
Kate is accused of abandoning them and is excluded from the murder hunt and effectively suspended from duty.
She is desperate to nail the killer herself and clear her name. She risks all by entering into an unholy alliance with the murder team’s chief suspect.
Kate finds herself not only targeted in a personal vendetta by her own DCI, but stalked by the very killer she is pursuing .
A VICIOUS CRIMINAL NAMED TWISTER WITH AN AGENDA OF SLAUGHTER
Can Kate catch the killer before he takes out the only witness? And will her career go up in flames before it’s even really started?
BOOK 2: REVENGE ON THE LEVELS
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS REQUIEM
TWISTER IS BACK AND HE WANTS REVENGE.
Two years ago psychotic undertaker Larry “Twister” Wadman disappeared after blasting two police detectives to death with an incendiary device and embarking on a murderous rampage across the Somerset Levels.
For most, memories have dulled, but the sole survivor of the carnage, Detective Kate Hamblin, cannot forget.
Then a prostitute’s body is found dumped in a coffin in Twister’s now derelict funeral parlor, dressed in a police uniform.
Kate realizes that her old enemy is back, and out to get her.
A massive murder hunt is launched and it becomes evident that the deranged killer is in no hurry to make his move. He wants to have some fun first — and Twister’s idea of fun is the last thing Kate or any sane person would wish for.
A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A PSYCHOTIC KILLER WITH A VENDETTA AGAINST HER.
BOOK 3: FEAR ON THE LEVELS
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS STRAWFOOT
Kate returns from a disastrous honeymoon, only to be plunged into a macabre murder investigation.
A teenage girl last seen leaving a party at the height of a local scarecrow festival is found strangled and partially stripped in her own barn.
The gruesome crime is an exact copy of the 150-year old murder of peasant girl, Martha Tinney,alleged by superstitious locals to have been committed by a spectral scarecrow, nicknamed Strawfoot.
Kate and her colleagues desperately try to track down the copycat killer, it becomes apparent that he has no intention of stopping at just one murder, and now, he’s developed an unhealthy interest in Kate herself…
A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP AN EVIL MURDERER WITH ECHOES OF THE PAST
BOOK 4: KILLER ON THE LEVELS
After the worst floods on the Somerset Levels in recent memory, the drowning of a journalist, Ellie Landy, is seen as an accident. Kate disobeys orders from the top and probes the death. She is unexpectedly plunged into a nightmare of murder, treachery and perversion.
Kate is a feisty, young police detective, with a dynamic approach to her job. She is plucky and tenacious, but prone to being impetuous and headstrong, which often lands her in tight spots and does not exactly endear her to her crusty boss, DI Ted Roscoe.
In stark contrast to Kate, her detective partner, Hayden, is an overweight, untidy ex-public schoolboy, with a pompous, laid-back attitude, which drives her to distraction. But he is also highly intelligent, with a keen, analytical mind and a practical, reasoned approach to everything, which, with a prevailing wind, can sometimes act as a brake on his partner’s more impulsive actions.
A patchwork of fields, peat moor and marshland, dotted with picturesque villages and criss-crossed by man-made irrigation ditches or rhynes, the Somerset Levels covers an area of about 160,000 acres between the Mendips and Quantock Hills, in the County of Somerset. Sparsely populated outside the local towns of Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Street and prone to flooding, it is a haven for wild life, a wild, secret place with an atmospheric brooding stillness, which creeps into the very soul; a place where the booming call of a bittern or the beating of an owl’s wings in the mist is bound to fire the imagination of any self-respecting crime novelist, whose thoughts will invariably turn to… murder.
About The Author:
A former police superintendent, with thirty years’ service. Since ‘turning to crime’, he has received critical media acclaim, including a welcome accolade from Inspector Morse’s creator, the late great, Colin Dexter, and he is now a prolific novelist with eleven published crime novels and an autobiography on his police career to his credit. His previous police experience has enabled him to provide a gritty realism to his thrillers and his Somerset Murder Series, featuring feisty female detective, Kate, and her partner, Hayden, has gone from strength to strength, attracting interest in the United States as well as in the UK.
DETECTIVE KATE HAMBLIN MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: MURDER ON THE LEVELS
Book 2: REVENGE ON THE LEVELS
Book 3: FEAR ON THE LEVELS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE LEVELS