The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?
Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and help appears to offer itself from a very unlikely source – a famous fictional detective. A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search, but will Scotland Yard lose patience with the team before they can crack the case?
Praised by fellow authors and readers alike, this is a truly original crime story, speaking to a contemporary audience yet harking back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Intelligent, quirky and mannered, it has been described as ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. Above it all hovers Hampstead, a magical village evoking the elegance of an earlier time, and the spirit of mystery-solving detectives.
Guy Fraser-Sampson is an established writer best known for his series of ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels which have been featured on BBC Radio 4 and optioned by BBC television. This is his debut work of detective fiction, and the first title in the Hampstead Murders series.
I absolutely love the cover for this book. I think the image of splattered blood over the image is brilliant and gives it a dark and eerie feel.
As for the story itself, I have to say it wasn’t what I was expecting at all.
If you are looking for a stereo typical crime thriller which is dark and gritty and an even more stereo typical leading detective character, then this isn’t the book for you.
Death in Profile is actually a breath of fresh air as it is very different to a lot of detective books out there. The characters in general all seem ‘normal’. They don’t seem to have any demons and they all seem to treat each other with the up most respect.
The story mainly focuses on the investigation itself and there seems to be lots of talks in the investigation rooms. It is definitely more of a thinkers crime novel as there is very little action in the story.
I don’t think this will be everyone’s cup of tea but for any readers wanting a more lighter crime novel where the story mainly focuses on gut instincts and the use of brains to solve the case then this is the ideal read.
Many thanks to the author and Urbane Publications for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Death In Profile is due to be published for kindle on the 1st of March and in paperback on the 28th of March. You can pre order a copy now on Amazon.