I am delighted to be the next stop on the Matching The Evidence blog tour today. For my stop I am happy to be able to share with you all my thoughts on this gripping novella.
Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically, DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.
Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.
Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.
Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.
Matching The Evidence is the second novella in The Major Crime Team series. Even though it is the second book in the series it is easily read as a stand alone but as the first book introduces you to each character, and of course it’s a great book, I recommend reading it also.
It was great to catch up with DI Harry Evans and the team again. The team is made up with some great characters who I was genuinely interested in. As the first book is made up of chapters introducing you to each character, it was great to see them properly in action and how they work together on cases. Each team member brings something different to the table which makes them all stand out in their own way.
Even though Matching The Evidence is a novella, it felt very much like a full length novel. It didn’t feel rushed and had everything that I would expect out of a book. I loved how the storyline doesn’t just focus on one crime, but two, which were both gripping crimes to read about.
Even though Evans is a borderline alcoholic, you can’t help but have a soft spot for him. He is good at his job and organising the team. It is understandable with what he has gone through in his past as to why he has turned to drink to try and blot it out. Through the authors descriptions, I could easily visualise Evans in my head. In fact I actually think this would make one killer of a crime series for the television.
Matching The Evidence is a highly enjoyable crime novella with a great cast of characters. The author is very realistic with the crimes and keeps the whole storyline feeling very real and not far fetched like some crime novels can be. A highly recommended read and can’t wait for more from The Major Crime Team.
Many thanks to the author and Caffeine Nights for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Matching The Evidence is out on the 8th of September and is available to pre order from Amazon.
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.
Matching the Evidence
Snatched from Home
Lines of Enquiry
I Know Your Secret – Out October 2016