Genre: Police Procedural/Thriller
“Three bodies, one suspect. That suspect is you…
When the unidentified corpse of an apparent suicide victim is found hanging above a complex pattern of forty photographs of children, Detective Inspector Jonah Pennance of the Met’s specialist Sapphire Unit is brought in to investigate.
A post-mortem reveals the suicide was murder, and Pennance realises he knows the man. But as the body count rises, all the signs point to a care home in Kent – a place that Pennance is all too familiar with.
The problem is the only person connecting the victims is Pennance – and he has a solid motive for wanting them dead… Can Pennance prove his innocence?”
“Keith Nixon is the best-selling author of sixteen novels and one million words in print, including the Margate based Solomon Gray series of over 250,000 copies in circulation and reached no.1 on Amazon in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
Keith lived near the gritty seaside town of Margate, where many of his novels are based, for 17 years before relocating to the edge of the Peak District with his family where he lives today. Keith works in a senior sales role within a high-tech industry and has regularly travelled all over the globe.”
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Reading the first book of a new series is always going to be different from reading the subsequent books in the series. In the first book you’re getting to know the main characters, in this case Detective Inspector Jonah Penance, the protagonist, and a few of his cohorts that will presumably appear in subsequent installments. As you continue the series that sense of discovery will lessen, but instead you’ll be getting the latest from an “old friend,” which still appeals, but in a different way.
This story is unique because the evidence points towards Penance as the obvious suspect. We know (okay, we’re pretty sure) that he didn’t commit the crimes. If he did then he doesn’t remember it and we’ve got much bigger issues and little chance of subsequent cases, so we can probably rule that out. However, in investigating the case we find out much more about Penance and his personal history than is typical for a fictional police detective. With things hitting so close to home it makes for a much more intense case than the typical detective story for both the fictional detective and the reader. As with all good mysteries, it kept me guessing the whole way.
This is the first book in a new series.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 85-90,000 words