When CSI Eddie Collins finds a dead woman in his house, he thinks life can’t get any worse, until a violent gang ties his hands together and puts a gun to his head. And this time there’s no way out.
Operation Domino is the investigation into gang boss, Slade Crosby, and his connection to an undercover officer’s death. But tampered evidence kills the investigation’s progress, and with Eddie gone, Slade is in the clear.
There’s only one way to get Slade in cuffs, but it won’t be easy…
No Time To Die is the second book in the Eddie Collins series. I would probably suggest reading the books in order, although it did read easily enough as a stand alone. I think readers will benefit though from getting to know Eddie better by reading The Third Rule prior to this one.
The story gets off to a good start with a murder happening within the first pages. The death toll doesn’t stop there, which, as a crime lover, is always good news when it comes to fiction. I have to admit I struggled slightly at the start as we are introduced to quite a few characters, quite quickly and the story bounces back and forth amongst them. It settles down though of which by then I was fully invested in the story.
It’s hard to say too much about this story as there is a certain surprise for Eddie as well as the reader and it plays quite a big part in this story line, making it difficult to say anything without spoiling it for others.
The story deals with various topics, one being domestic abuse, of which does make for uncomfortable reading. The author handles it well though and it certainly had me going through an array of emotions.
Living in Leeds where the books in the series are set, was very much a bonus for me. I could easily visualise all the areas the author describes and it brought the story to life in my head.
No Time To Die is a dark and tense read of which starts off at a steady pace and increases towards the end. If you are looking for something a bit different to the many detective crime novels out there, then the CSI Eddie Collins series will certainly come as a refreshing change.
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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Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.