Title: Innocent Lies by Chris Collett
Publisher: Joffe Books.
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Two teenagers go missing on the same day. Just a coincidence?
The two young people are from very different backgrounds: Yasmin is the talented, grammar-school-educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky disappears after storming out of his council house after an argument with his mum’s latest boyfriend.
DI Mariner knows Ricky’s mother from his days in uniform. He is furious when his superiors take him off Ricky’s case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation. The press — and his bosses — are convinced that Yasmin’s disappearance is a racially motivated abduction. The Akrams have been the target of a far right group.
But Mariner soon discovers that Yasmin is far from the innocent victim her parents think she is. Can he get to the bottom of a perplexing case where no one is what they seem?
Find out the answers in this crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.
Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the second book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry
But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.
Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.
THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “BLOOD OF THE INNOCENTS.”
DI MARINER SERIES
Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
More coming soon!
I firstly want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for organising and inviting me on this blog tour.
So according to the author’s note, the story is set in the early noughties, when mobile phones and the internet weren’t as common place as they are now. DI Mariner is asked by Colleen, a worried mother and someone he has known for years, to look into the disappearance of her son Ricky. But Mariner is pulled off the case to investigate the disappearance of young girl called Yasmin Akram who went missing around the same time.
This is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone. I want to commend the author on the fact that I didn’t feel I’d missed anything or spoilt anything from the previous book.
It felt a little weird reading a story set during a heatwave, especially as right now it’s bloody freezing! But this is a good solid police procedural. It’s not exactly edge of your seat suspense and frankly the first half of the book was a little bit slow, but the mystery kept me hooked throughout.
I felt desperately sorry for Ricky. He is a bright kid who had a bad start in life, from his poor background, to the fact his dad used to beat up his mum. Then poor Mariner, the guilt he felt not being able to look for him, instead it was palmed off on a detective with too big a workload and not enough time, it broke my heart.
I did feel that I should have felt more sorry for Yasmin but even though she had quite a Muslim strict upbringing, she came across a bit more of a spoilt little girl, who wanted to get her own way.
I don’t want to say much more as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of this fantastic book!
Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.
Find out more at www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk
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