Review: The Box Hill Killer (Detective Rob Miller #4) by Biba Pearce - .Red Wine & Books

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Review: The Box Hill Killer (Detective Rob Miller #4) by Biba Pearce

       

Print Length: 330 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (July 21, 2021)

From Goodreads.com:  Twelve years ago, Noah Palmer went for a bike ride and never came home. His body was found in the Box Hill woods, a five-pointed star carved in his chest. He is the fourth victim of a serial killer who has never been caught.

Now, a young woman is involved in a shooting outside Harrods in central London. Her DNA shows a familial match to the Box Hill cold case.

Detective Rob Miller leads the investigation. But there’s not much to go on. Just when he thinks he’s got a lead, the case is turned on its head.

In order to solve this mystery, Rob’s going to have to go off-book, potentially putting his career — and already complicated love life — on the line.

Can he stop the Box Hill killer?

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was one of those authors where I read book one in the series and decided to give them a second chance should I find something that sparked my interest. This book was it. 

Sadly, I still feel like their work is still middle of the road. While it definitely has its moments when it draws the reader in, I never felt so invested in it that I HAD to keep reading. In fact, I am sad to say that I found this one easy to set aside in favor of doing other things (including dishes). And I get that police work is likely more like this than it is how we think it is (a lot of politics and foot-work and hitting brick walls). 

However, part  of the problem is that certain aspects felt predictable. Of course, the one person who they NEED to talk to is the one person they can't. Of course, just when it looks like a solution has come up something else is revealed that should have been shocking, but wasn't. I will say there were a couple of interesting twists woven in, but I don't feel like they were enough to really save it. 

Of course, it's possible that my enjoyment of this was hindered considering I have seemed to have missed a lot between the first book and this one, and I will also say that I enjoyed this one enough that I am going to go back and read the other two to see if my opinion of this author/this series changes.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. 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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                                                    The Box Hill Killer is available from Amazon.com
                     (for free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited)

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