Investigating a severed hand found on the 3rd green of a Cumbrian golf course was not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke had planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secretive unit from London swoop in quoting national security, he’s secretly pleased.
But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he’s just been barred from.
In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of new age travellers,corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he’s alienated his entire team, made a pact with the devil and been arrested under the terrorism act.
But Fluke is only getting started. A voice has called out to him from beyond the grave and he has no intention of ignoring it.
Body Breaker is the second novel in the DI Avison Fluke series. The author gives you enough background in this book so that it isn’t essential to have read Born In A Burial Gown which is the first before reading this. As it’s a cracker of a novel though, I suggest you read both.
It was great to catch up with Fluke again as well as Towler who I have to admit is becoming a personal favourite of mine. Fluke still hasn’t been driven out of his fabulous log cabin which will have most readers envious of this home in a wonderful setting. He is having to try and juggle his work with his personal life. He is very set in his ways and is finding it a big adjustment sharing his home with someone.
Towler, what can I say, he is just brilliant. He never fails to put a grin on my face. As usual Fluke as to keep an extra eye on him to make sure he doesn’t step out of line and don’t think anyone else would be able to handle him the way Fluke does.
The story gets off to a great start with a body part being found. From that point on I was well and truly hooked. The author weaves the story in such a way that has the reader frantically turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.
Body Breakers is a great follow on in what is already an intelligent and gripping crime series. With an ending that will have readers begging for more, this really is a must read for crime fans.
My thanks to the author and Noelle Holten for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Body Breakers is available to purchase from Amazon.
Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army as soon as he was sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years (that’s an army gunsmith to you and I), he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army, and after a brief flirtation with close protection and bodyguarding, decided on a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing full-time, and now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.
Mike’s first DI Avison Fluke novel, Born in a Burial Gown, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and was published on 11th June 2015 by Caffeine Nights. Also available is his award winning collection of short stories featuring Fluke and his colleagues from the Cumbrian Force Major Incident Team, Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything. Body Breaker, the hotly anticipated follow up to Born in a Burial Gown, is out on May 25th.
In March 2017, Mike signed a two book contract with the Little, Brown imprint, Constable, for his new series starring the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe, an expert in serial killers and seemingly motiveless crimes. The first Poe book – as yet untitled – will be published in hardback in spring 2018.
Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, get married, and buy a springer spaniel named Bracken. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, where he tries to leave the house as little as possible. Mike is also one third of Crime Ink-Corporated, a trio of northern writers who take writing out for the community and host events such as England’s first Noir at the Bar.
Mike’s first DI Avison Fluke novel, Born in a Burial Gown, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. He is a member of both the Crime Writers’ Association and the International Thriller Writers’ Association.
Author Profile on Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/mike-craven