Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?
When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will leads back to the Irish Troubles.
Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.
Death On The Coast is the third book in the West Country Crime Mystery series. It actually reads well as a stand alone as we get to see a mix of Hellier’s private life as well as working one.
The case that Hellier and his team find themselves working on is certainly a unique and gruesome one. It certainly has the reader intrigued as to why anyone would want to kill, let alone burn, someone that’s homeless. Either way it ensured that the reader keeps turning those pages to find out all the answers.
As well as the horrific case, Hellier has a few issues of his own in the form of his sister. The story line surrounding her and his family makes for some really interesting reading. It does make you question how many times you would give loved ones a chance. Definite food for thought.
Death On The Coast, though a gruesome subject matter, was an easy read that I flew through in no time at all. Hellier is a likeable character and will win readers over with his personality alone. He’s one of those really likeable characters like Jack Frost or John Barnaby from Midsomer Murders. If you love seeing how the police close in on their suspects whilst getting taken on a thrilling journey, you are going to love this series.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time. She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.
Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.
When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.