DCI Jack Lambert is no stranger to inner demons, having struggled with his own since the admission about his sexuality.
When two bodies are discovered in an open grave, Lambert must put his personal worries aside and work the case. But when the body of a local thug shows up on the banks of the River Tyne, the DCI’s criminal past comes back to haunt him.
Meanwhile, a local celebrity singer claims that she is being stalked. Could there be a link to the killings?
As the bodies start to pile up, Lambert realises the motive lies in the past and that the killer is taunting them.
The clock is ticking. Can he catch the murderer, or will one of their own end up in an open grave?
I thought this was a really impressive debut. The author writes with such skill and authority that I would never have known it was his debut if I hadn’t read it in their bio information.
DCI Jack Lambert is a great protagonist. I like how the author has made his main character gay, of which you don’t come across often in a detective series. What I loved more however is that the story isn’t weighted down by the characters sexuality. We know sadly that even though we are in a modern society, people can still be very backwards when it comes to their views, of which I did worry that the actual crime element of the story would be drowned out. I didn’t need to worry though as though the author makes us aware, and will probably go further into peoples prejudices further down the line, the case that the team are working on is very much at the forefront of the story.
It is very much a race against time setting the tension and pace nicely for this novel. I like how we start off with not one but two bodies. I mean come on which crime fan doesn’t like a high body count? I know I certainly do.
Open Grave is a commendable start to a very promising new crime series. It has left me very eager to see where the author will go from here and what he has in store for us readers in the next book in the series. An enthralling read that will have you hooked from start to end.
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A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.
Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.
A.M. Peacock is passionate about crime fiction and his debut novel, Open Grave, is the first in what he hopes will become a series of DCI Jack Lambert books.
Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.
Twitter – @ampeacockwriter