Review: The Soho Killer (Detective Rob Miller #6) by Biba Pearce


Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (November 17, 2022)

From A serial killer who dumps the victims’ bodies in Soho Square. A sleepless detective thwarted by his box-ticking boss.

Detective Rob Miller thinks he’s seen it all, but this murder scene takes his breath away.

The victim is bound and gagged, with whip marks on his back. The location is one of the busiest squares in London. The cause of death appears to be strangulation.

Murder or a game gone wrong?

The prime suspect is the victim’s partner. Under pressure from his superiors, Rob makes an arrest despite his doubts.

But another body is found: bound, gagged and dumped in the middle of central London. Again, there are no witnesses.

Now Rob’s on the hunt for a serial killer with a fetish — and a talent for staying invisible.

Then the killer makes it personal . . .


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

I enjoy these novels for a couple of different reasons. 

To start, I believe they are a fairly accurate representation of what I think police work is like. There is a lot of investigating, a lot of dead ends, false leads, and frustration. In fact, most of this novel is just that. I'll admit this can lead to some slow-going areas, but I feel like it was approached in a way that kept me reading because out of all the information thrown at them, would I find what was relevant before the characters did? 

I also enjoy these novels because the author treats Rob as a PERSON instead of just a character. Even whilst in the middle of a heavy investigation, the author still makes time to show him at home with his wife and child. I enjoyed these quiet moments because it brings a sense of realism to the story. Oftentimes we forget that members of the police force are also people with their own lives that they have to try and balance, and I think this author does a great job of showcasing that. 

As I stated above, there were some areas where this story bordered on the tedious, but again I feel like that is what investigating crimes is actually like. There were a couple of times when the author threw in some potential suspects, but it was obvious that they were distractions to what was really going on. I will say, though that the ending definitely left me surprised. I did not expect the story to take the turn that it did. 

Hopefully, this is not the last that we have seen of Rob, I enjoy this series and hope to read more in the future! 

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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