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Recommended new read for May

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Each month in the Crime Scene Newsletter I preview a new release for the coming month. In May’s newsletter, I looked at Small Mercies by Alex Walters, published by Canelo on 11th May.

This is the first book in Alex Walters’ new Detective Annie Delamere Series.

Book info

A killer is sending a message – but for who?

DI Annie Delamere and her colleague DS Zoe Everett are off duty and enjoying a walk on the Peak District’s vast moorlands when they stumble across a mutilated corpse. The victim is unclothed and his tattoos indicate an affinity with the occult.

While Annie is put in charge of the case her long-term partner, MP Sheena Pearson, is confronted by a group of far right extremists. Rather than back down Sheena chooses to stand her ground – and almost pays for it with her life.

As more bodies are found, Annie is under pressure to prove her worth. But with one eye on her personal affairs can she catch a murderer and still keep her loved ones safe? And are the killings the work of a deranged mind – or a cover for something even more chilling?

A gripping and addictive crime thriller that will have you hooked.

My review

We all love a new crime fiction series, don’t we? This is the first book in what looks to be a very promising one. We’re taken on a fast-paced investigation into a gruesome set of murders. The plot is complicated by the lead detective’s personal connection to a targeted campaign against her partner, who’s an MP. Adding intrigue throughout the book, we see a would-be writer / journalist get himself entangled in a strange and menacing group.

The storyline weaves all the seemingly unrelated threads together into a nail biting finale. I held my breath more than once, and couldn’t put the book down in case something terrible happened!

I enjoyed the intriguing themes in this book, and I liked the fast pace with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. I would like to have seen some more emotional depth with the characters, and do think this will grow as the series develops. There is a solid cast of characters, and the combination of police and political interests makes for plenty of scope for further great reads. I’m looking forward to re-joining Annie Delamere and the others in book 2!

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