“Boss, we’ve got a body”.
Hardly what Detective Inspector Jack Dylan needs to hear on his day off, especially as he’s in the middle of house-hunting with his wife Jen.
Detective Sergeant Vicky Hardacre greets him at the scene, but what awaits them behind the blood red door of Colonial House is undoubtedly a murder. The approach identifies several prime suspects. But who is telling the truth; and who is lying?
Before the killer can be caught, another body is discovered, this time in a putrefying mixture of mud and slime, lain among the remnants of decaying food within a waste-bin shelter. Now it’s the task of the man in charge to make the call.
Are the two murders connected?
There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by working long hours, within strict budgets, and the usual pressure from above to obtain quick results.
However, Dylan is distracted by personal matters, with Jen being keen to seal the deal on a renovation project. He suggests they delay finalising the purchase; until he discovers the significance of the house, and that it’s about to be demolished.
In his absence, Jen’s pleas for help from his estranged siblings are answered, resulting in hidden secrets coming to light, as Dylan continues, through a twisting and turning plot, to ensure justice is done in respect of the murder victims, whose bright hopes for the future were cruelly snatched away.
When A Killer Strikes is the 8th book in the DI Dylan series. I wouldn’t say it was essential to have read the others as it is essentially a stand alone story, but it’s a great series and think readers would benefit from getting to know Jack and Jen the main characters by reading some of the others first.
I’ve really grown attached to Jack and Jen over the series and it’s very much like catching up with old friends. I love how the authors always get the right balance of home and work life as believe me both get the readers attention and have them invested in the whole story line.
The thread to do with Jack and Jen moving house was really interesting as there is a lot of history about the house as well as Jack and his family that I really found fascinating. It was great to learn more about Jack and who doesn’t love an old house? Being a fan of programmes like Grand Designs, my mind was going into over drive with the things I would do. Not sure that Jack and Jen would agree of course.
The story itself starts off right into the thick of things with the discovery of a teenager’s body. I think with the murder victim being quite young and with what had happened to her, there is very much the air of urgency in getting the case solved. Unfortunately the police don’t seem to be getting anywhere quickly.
I think due to the author’s having first hand experience of working in the police force, they bring that bit more into this series than you would find in any other detective series’ out there. What they deliver, is an authentic look into the working and personal lives of a detective. For me that makes this story even more gripping as it’s a lot more true to life which can sadly be more scarier than fiction these days.
When A Killer Strikes is an engrossing and satisfying read. For readers who like a more realistic crime series, then this is one that should be at the top of your must read list. Highly recommended.
My thanks to the authors and Caffiene Nights for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
When A Killer Strikes is available to purchase from Amazon.
The D.I. Dylan series of books by RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock) comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police force.
As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone.
Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.
The books offer an insight into the real world of British policing mixed with cunning plots and human relationships. This adds a dimension to police procedural fiction which is truly genuine in voice and substance.
Caffeine Nights Publishing is proud to be associated with this series of books which grip and touch the human heart as well as engage the mind.
The couple are consultant storyline/police procedure for Sally Waintwright on 2014 police drama series for BBC 1 Happy Valley and are also consultant storyline advisors/police procedural to Red Productions Ltd for ITV 1 Scott & Bailey & general police advice.