Following a fire in a terraced house, the body of a prominent lawyer, Charles Chamberlain, is found naked and shackled to a bed frame.
Six weeks earlier, DI Colin Strong is investigating the sudden death of a transsexual, left undiscovered in the bath for over a year. Initially, it appears to be a tragic death but one mysterious item, a card for the Talisman Club, is found in the bedroom.
Meanwhile, Bob Souter, journalist and close friend of DI Strong, is probing connections between a developer and the council leader in respect of a controversial project when massive European funding is announced. Souter smells a rat and delves further into the scheme.
Is there a link between the bodies and the business deal?
Will Souter or DI Strong crack the case first?
And what exactly is the Talisman Club?
In the third instalment of the Wakefield series, the two men must work together to bring the guilty to justice before time runs out.
Even though this is the third book in The Wakefield series, I actually think it works quite well as a stand alone, though I would certainly recommend reading the others as they are great books.
Over the series I have actually grown quite fond of the two main characters, especially Bob. The friendship between both men seemed so much stronger in Talisman and I actually felt quite sad when I got to the end as it was like saying goodbye to very dear friends.
With the books being set in Leeds and Wakefield which are areas I am very familiar with, yet again I was transported in my head to all the places that were mentioned as I could easily visualise them in my head.
There seems to be quite a few threads to this storyline that all seem to weave together. One thread in particular I thought I knew exactly where the author was going with it. I won’t mention which particular one, though I think it is quite easy to work out but I couldn’t have been more wrong at the end. This particular part of the story line literally had my heart in my mouth and I didn’t really want to carry on as what I thought was going to happen, I really didn’t want to. It ended up making for some really emotionally reading and it felt like the tension that you get when your about to go on quite a scary ride and the pure relief you get when you get off it in one piece.
I have no idea whether this is going to be a trilogy or the author is going to carry on, but I am really hoping he will carry on. I have become very attached to Bob and Colin and I think theres so much more potential for this crime solving duo.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Talisman is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.