Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen


Book Description:

Some accidents are no accident.

Someone is murdering Greg Unsworth’s neighbours and staging the deaths to look like accidents.

Greg knows the truth, but when he’s grappling with OCD and simply closing his front door and crossing the road are a battle, how is he supposed to catch a serial killer?

From the internationally bestselling author of Where the Dead Walk, Vessel and Cold Sweats & Vignettes comes a cosy murder mystery with a difference…

Meet Greg Unsworth, afflicted with OCD, who begins to realize that a series of fatal accidents on his street are in fact a series of murders. After encountering Beth Grue at the scene of one such crime, the two bond over their shared fears and suspicions, and struggles: Beth has cerebral palsy. When the police repeatedly dismiss their concerns, they take matters into their own hands and attempt to discover the killer’s identity and expose him…


My Thoughts:

Greg is very much the unlikely hero in this story. When people on his street start to die in what looks like tragic accidents, Greg starts to fear that something untowards is going on. He strikes up a friendship with want to be writer Beth, and they both start to take matters into their own hands.

This is a story where the characters are very unexpected. Greg has OCD which to a certain extent rules his life. Everything has to be in a certain place and at a certain angle. Even just going to the local shop sees him have to do everything in a certain way. He is quite odd yet readers are going to love him. He reminded me very much of Edward who is the main character in Craig Lancaster’s novels. If you loved Edward and love mystery and suspense then you will love this book as it is the perfect mixture.

Beth is yet another unlikely heroine. To be honest her and Greg actually compliment each other really well. They are both likeable characters that readers will love to get behind. As the police are certainly not taking the pair seriously, the amateur sleuths work well together in trying to piece all the evidence together and getting closer to who is behind it all.

This is one of those books where the story and characters are perfect for a television series. I think it would do so well.

Death Stalks Kettle Street is a unique and enjoyable read. With great characters, this is a book I would love to be turned into a series as I want to read more of Beth and Greg. Full of mystery and suspense, it is a story that will keep you guessing until the end.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Death Stalks Kettle Street is out on the 9th of December and available to pre order from Amazon.

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