A DS Hunter Kerr Novel
‘A new terror is sweeping Barnwell and Hunter faces a killer whose evil surpasses all others.’
The discovery of a skeleton buried beneath the altar of an old chapel should not have raised an eyebrow, but this one was different. This one had been savagely murdered, and all the evidence points to the blood-thirsty killer the press have dubbed ‘The Beast of Barnwell’; a killer who has already served time for the brutal murder of a young girl and is now free.
Is this his handiwork?
In the midst of the enquiry, a 22 year old woman is abducted on her way home from work. Is there a link?
To add to Hunter’s workload his former boss, Michael Robshaw, is deliberately mown down and left for dead.
In his search for the truth Hunter returns to his undercover roots – with deadly consequences.
Shadow of the Beast is part of the DS Hunter Kerr series, but having not read any of this authors books before, it also reads well as a stand alone.
When human remains are found it seems to open a whole can of worms for the police. Trying to put a name to someone who has been dead for a lot of years is not easy work for the team, they have to rely on local knowledge as well as the wonderful technology that we luckily have in todays world to solve the mystery. Then comes the hard work, who has killed her?
Shadow of the Beast is very much a police procedural. When the team are on the scene I felt as if I was there along with them discovering the evidence for myself. The author is very descriptive of what work is entailed when discovering a skeleton. I really enjoyed getting to see more of this part of the job as many crime novels tend to skim over it and of course it plays a very big part in identifying a victim as well as catching the criminal.
The whole story is very much centred on the big case, you don’t get to see a great deal of the characters personal lives apart from Dawn’s. Due to her partner being knocked down in a hit and run, even though she is involved on the case, her mind is understandably elsewhere.
You really get a sense of camaraderie within this team. What affects one, affects the others. It is a realistic look into how a crime team works together. With plenty that will chill the reader, this is one crime novel that as it picks up speed, gets even more gripping. Definitely one that crime fans don’t want to miss!
My thanks to the author and Caffeine Nights Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Shadow of the Beast is out on the 6th of October and is available to pre order from Amazon.
Michael Fowler was born and brought up in the Dearne Valley area of Yorkshire where he still lives with his wife.
At the age of 16 he left school with the ambition of going to art college but his parents’ financial circumstances meant he had to find work and so he joined the police.
He has never regretted that decision, serving as a police officer for thirty-two years, both in uniform and in plain clothes, working in CID, and undercover in Vice Squad and Drug Squad, retiring as an Inspector in charge of a busy CID in 2006.
Since leaving Michael has embarked on two careers: he is an established author with two crime series to his name: DS Hunter Kerr and DS Scarlett Macey, and he has also co-written a true crime story.
He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.
Michael has also found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently his work can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts at Lincoln and Stamford.
Find out more at www.mjfowler.co.uk
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