From the author of the International Best Selling Wakefield Series comes DISPOSAL, the first of a completely new crime series.
August 1976 and it seems as though the long hot summer will never end. Early morning at Clacton on the north Essex coast, a light aircraft takes off from the airstrip but struggles for height and crashes into the sea. First on the scene, Sgt Cyril Claydon pulls the pilot’s body from the wreckage. But something else catches his eye. A bulky package wrapped in black plastic is on the passenger seat. Returning to investigate, he makes a grim discovery – another body. And so begins a series of events that puts him and others in danger as he is drawn into the investigation, having to work alongside DI ‘Dick’ Barton, a man with totally alien attitudes.
Can they work together?
I am a big fan of the authors Wakefield series so was very much looking forward to reading the first in a brand new series.
I was born in the 1970’s so don’t actually remember much about that era as was too young to be interested in the cars and adult television shows that were around at that time. I think anyone that is a little bit older will certainly enjoy some blasts from the pasts though.
The author really gets the whole era of that time spot on. The names of the characters are ones you wouldn’t really come across now a days apart from more in the older generation. There is a part where the main character goes caravanning which was especially big in those days. I think it will certainly have some readers reminiscing about the ‘good old days’
Cyril himself is close to retirement, he has lost his wife and is struggling with some demons. Your heart does kind of go out to him as he comes across as quite lonely, and like his neighbour, I just wanted to mother him. I enjoyed the relationship between Cyril and Barton also. There is an age gap and both have different attitudes to how they do their job. It certainly made for some interesting reading.
Disposal is a solid start for a new series. It gives us the background we need to get to know our main protagonist as well as an interesting case to get behind. Whilst it felt a bit more of a slower pace than how I usually like my crime reads, there is enough there to keep the reader intrigued and I think this is a series that without a doubt will grow in strength.
My thanks to Caroline at Bits About Books and the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, set primarily in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.
The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK. But now, whilst the Wakefield Series awaits the next instalment, David Evans has written Disposal, the first in the Tendring Series, a completely new detective series set in north Essex in the 1970s.
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