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Shadow Crimes (DCI Sophie Allen #7)

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DETECTIVE SOPHIE ALLEN IS BACK TO SOLVE HER TOUGHEST CASE

An undercover detective disappears.

A retired prison officer is murdered.

Drugs and contraband phones are out of control in the local prisons. How are they getting in?

Can Detective Sophie Allen discover the links between these crimes?

AND WILL SHE FIND THE MISSING DETECTIVE BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT? 

A shadowy group with more influence than anyone suspected will stop at nothing to protect themselves.

Discover the truth in this enthralling crime mystery.

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.

SHADOW CRIMES is book seven of a new series of crime thrillers featuring Sophie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.

THE DETECTIVES
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.

THE SETTING
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 read more here
Book 7: SHADOW CRIMES

Books 1-3 are also available as a box set from Amazon UK   US  CA   AU


My thoughts

This is book 7 but the books work perfectly as stand alone.

Sophie Allen has been promoted to Detective Superintendent and is still getting used to her new powers when a new case lands on her desk that sees her working once again with Lydia a colleague from her past.

This is a complicated case with prison smuggling becoming entangled with racial hatred and murder that strikes very close to home for the teams when one of their own goes missing.

It is a fast-paced story with many twists and turns as the 2 teams and 2 cases struggle to find a way forward.  If you like the detective investigative side of crime fiction you will love this book as we follow the teams as they pick their way through the few clues they have to find a way forward.  It isn’t until the end that the clues become leads and all the strands start to knit together.

The characters are complex and realistic I particularly like the part played by Danny and his family and overall the compassionate way the scenes were set.

A gripping read that keeps the readers’ interest all the way through.


What the Bloggers thought:

 Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is an action-packed page-turner that will keep the reader engaged and enthralled. Never a dull moment when Sophie is on the job. She’s a cracker-jack copper with a brilliant mind and what she wants more than anything is justice for the victims.  Read more here

Black Books Blog 

This is a really good book, which kept me hooked as there are so many little twists and turns throughout the book, with more intriguing things happening all the time.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 

I absolutely loved, loved, loved reading ‘Shadow Crimes’. I wholeheartedly recommend this author and his books to other readers.  Read more here

Nicki’s Book Blog 

Characters you take to and a nice easy read with nothing too much to give you nightmares or to put you off your dinner. Teamwork and in this case two wonderful female leads. A good solid plot line and some humour make this a very enjoyable read.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The story is riveting and the writing style is such that the reader cannot put the book down. I was enthralled from the first page and would recommend to all lovers of police procedural books.  Read more here

Turn The Page

A shadowy group with more influence than anyone suspected will stop at nothing to protect themselves.  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week 

Loved everything about the book and found the writing to very entertaining. It’s easy to lost in the story! I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series.  Read more here


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