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Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Dark Murder by Helen H. Durrant


Print Length: 209 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (November 6, 2015)

From Goodreads.com:  A gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer 
A woman is found dead by a canal . . . why have her eyes have been viciously poked out? 
Detective Stephen Greco has just started a new job at Oldston CID and now he faces a series of murders with seemingly no connection but the brutal disfigurement of the victims. Greco’s team is falling apart under the pressure and he doesn't know who he can trust. Then they discover a link to a local drug dealer, but maybe it’s not all that it seems. 

Can Greco get control of his chaotic team and stop the murders? 

DARK MURDER is the first book in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.I. Greco. Stephen Greco has moved to Oldston after his wife divorced him. He doesn't like the place much but he wants to stay close to their daughter, Matilda. He is a meticulous policeman with a touch of O.C.D. Easy to admire, but sometimes difficult to like. 

The series is set in the fictional industrial northern English town of Oldston. 

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I was originally sold on the premise of this novel, especially the part where it was "a gripping new detective series from a best-selling crime writer". It didn't bother me that this character had first been seen in another of her books as this was the first in a new series predominately featuring Detective Stephen Greco. 

At the beginning of this story, I wasn't entirely sold on it. It was very slow going, and I didn't feel any sort of connection to any of the characters. It isn't that there was anything wrong with the author's writing style, there was a lot of attention paid to detail, it just wasn't "doing it" for me. 

And then the story started picking up. 

All of the sudden I was no longer reading something that I wasn't that into. All of the sudden, I was grabbed by the neck and thrust into a story that I couldn't put down. All of the sudden, I wasn't able to put this story down until I had finished it. Even when the murderer became clear, I had to keep going. I had to find out if the police would ever solve the case, and who else (if anyone) was going to lose their life before the culprit were found. And I was not disappointed. The ending perfectly tied everything together that left me not only satisfied, but eager to read more by this author. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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Dark Murder is available from Amazon.com

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