I am very pleased to be kicking off the #blogtour with this latest release by Michael Hambling.
“An utterly compelling book from Michael Hambling.” Ron
“The characters were a diverse, mixed bag of well-developed, realistic personalities.” Nicki
“Surprise after surprise for the reader await.” Joyce
“The storyline was interesting, there was plenty of suspense and twists in the plot and I love it when I don’t guess who the bad guy is!” Dawn
EVIL CRIMES by Michael Hambling
Looking for a gripping mystery by a best-selling author?
Full of twists and turns, this crime thriller will keep you turning the pages until the stunning conclusion.
A young man’s body is spotted in the stormy sea off Dancing Ledge in Dorset.
Did he lose his footing in the gale force winds and fall in? Or is there a more sinister cause of death?
Detective Sophie Allen’s team discover some curious links to a suicide that happened six months earlier. A strikingly attractive female student connects the cases. Alarming facts slowly come to light as the team probes more deeply.
Is the young woman as evil as she seems or is someone else manipulating her?
DCI Sophie Allen races against time to uncover the tragic secrets behind the crimes and stop any more deaths.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
EVIL CRIMES is book six of a new series of crime thrillers featuring DCI Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.
DCI Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past.
DS Barry Marsh is based at Swanage police station. He’s quiet, methodical and dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie’s hidden fragility.
Dorset. A beautiful English county which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface.
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
THE DCI SOPHIE ALLEN BOOKS
Book 1: DARK CRIMES
Book 2: DEADLY CRIMES
Book 3: SECRET CRIMES
Book 4: BURIED CRIMES
Book 5: TWISTED CRIMES
Book 6: EVIL CRIMES
#GUEST POST: About the Characters
Detective Chief Inspector Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime, newly appointed to run the county’s Serious and Violent Crime Unit. She is 42 years old as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying at drama college in London. Sophie has a law degree and a masters in criminal psychology.
Detective Sergeant Barry Marsh is in his early thirties and in Dark Crimes, the first novel, is based at Swanage police station. He’s quiet yet dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie’s hidden fragility. Barry joins her team as a permanent member in the third novel, working title Secret Crimes.
Detective Constable Jimmy Melsom is also based in Swanage. He has only recently joined the CID, and is a little gung-ho in his attitude to crime investigation. On the closure of his local police station at Swanage, Sophie helps him to land a transfer to Bournemouth CID at the end of novel 3 and we rarely see him again.
Detective Constable Lydia Pillay is a talented young officer based with DCI Allen at Dorset County police HQ. We learn near the start of Secret Crimes that she has left the unit, unable to oversome her suspicion that Sophie was the perpetrator of a serious assault in the previous novel. Lydia does still appear occasionally in the later novels.
Detective Inspector Kevin McGreedie is attached to the Bournemouth and Poole division of Dorset police. His assistant is DS Bob Thomson. He is joined by Jimmy Melsom on transfer from Swanage at the end of the third novel.
Detective Superintendant Matt Silver is Sophie’s immediate boss. He helped to appoint her to lead the Violent Crime Unit but, to his regret, has a largely administrative role in the county police hierarchy. Matt gains promotion to DCS in novel 5.
Detective Chief Superintendant Neil Dunnett is the overall commander. He clashes with Sophie in the first novel Dark Crimes and does so again, with serious consequences, in the fourth novel (working title Buried Crimes). The source of the antagonism is not clear, but he lacks field experience as a violent crime investigator so his meddling rarely helps progress. Dunnett leaves during novel 4, to be replaced by a promoted Matt Silver (see above).
Dectective Constable Rae Gregson joins the unit in the third novel (Secret Crimes) to replace Lydia. Rae is very talented and extremely dedicated. Her transgender background is of little consequence in her first case but in Buried Crimes she is bullied by Neil Dunnett.
Sergeant Rose Simons is a uniformed officer based in the market town of Blandford Forum with her sidekick, the rookie Constable George Warrander. Rose has an offbeat sense of humour and shows a cynical attitude, but she is a first rate cop. She mothers George a little too much. These two characters appear for the first time in novel 5.
Susan Carswell is DCI Allen’s mother. She is the practice manager of a GP surgery in Bristol. She has an important minor role in Deadly Crimes, as Sophie discovers what really happened to her long lost father.
Sophie has two daughters. Jade is fifteen in the first novel, and appears in most of the subsequent stories. She has an interesting personality, as you will soon spot. Hannah, the elder daughter, is a drama student in London. She is quieter in her approach to life. She appears as a minor character in the first novel, but has a more important role in Buried Crimes.
Martin Allen is Sophie’s husband. He is Head of the Mathematics Department at a large secondary school in Dorchester. From the fourth novel onwards he also hold the role of Assistant Principal. Martin has a minor, but very supportive, role in the novels. He and Sophie met while at university.
Like many writers, I have been a keen reader all of my life. I remember one day as a nine year old in the summer holidays, when I visited the local library four times in one day because a child’s ticket only allowed one book out at a time! I can even remember the plot of one book, a story about a boy taking up fly-fishing, read while sitting outside in a sunny back garden in Bristol.
I still live in the west-country, and set the location of my novels in this area. The early novels in the series are based in the Isle of Purbeck, one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal regions. But the rest of the county of Dorset does get a look in, and there are scenes set in other locations in the central south of England.
I write because I constantly create scenes, people, imaginary conversations and unusual situations in my head. I have always done so, ever since I was a child. Using the richness of the English language to set down these creations in words is a great joy. Maybe by the time I’ve edited a passage for the umpteenth time it’s beginning to lose some of its sparkle for me, but I do believe in reshaping and polishing until it’s as good as I can make it. It then becomes something about which I can feel some justifiable pride.
Who are my own favourite writers? Hilary Mantel, of course. Not just the the recent Thomas Cromwell novels, but the brilliant and sly characterisation of Beyond Black.
Doris Lessing has written some startlingly original stories over many years. I’m also a great fan of David Mitchell. He shows great creativity in all of his novels.
Another author I’ve come to admire greatly is Charity Norman. She writes about families in crisis situations and how the problem is partly resolved. I came to her books with “The New Woman”, a novel that probes the problems created by gender variance. Her other novels are equally good. Her writing style is outstanding.
Philip Pullman has written many books of startling originality, full of imaginative ideas. Not just the Lara series, but the earlier Sally Lockhart novels. Wonderful stuff.
In crime fiction I love Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie novels and the books of Mo Hayder. I also enjoy Colin Dexter’s Morse and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.
I cannot compete with these greats, so I aim for something different. I hope that I have succeeded to some extent.
Please feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have questions about any of my novels. I have included a contact form on the Contact page.
You can read more about me on my Amazon Author Page.