I am very pleased to be bringing you my #review of Evil Crimes as part of the #blogtour
“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
This is the first book I have read by Michael and it is part of a series. It does work very well as stand-alone and his website has a very informative section on the characters which enabled me to learn about them before reading the book.
The story begins with a suicide pact, or is it? From there the intrigue begins and continues all the way through the book to a jaw dropping finale. There are twists and turns with plenty of false leads that all work together very well to create a story that has the reader continuing to turn the pages.
In the background there are issues that are examined and discussed that bring a very interesting human aspect to the characters and the story.
eThe book is very well written and an excellent read. I will certainly be reading the back list to this series and look forward to the next book.
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.