#BookReview – Fear on the Levels by David Hodges #crimefiction #katehamblin #KindleUnlimited #Detective

Fear on the Levels (Detective Kate Hamblin Mystery, #3)Fear on the Levels by David Hodges

MEET DETECTIVE KATE HAMBLIN IN THIS PAGE-TURNING NEW SERIES FROM A FORMER POLICE OFFICER.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS STRAWFOOT

Kate returns from a disastrous honeymoon, only to be plunged into a macabre murder investigation.

A teenage girl last seen leaving a party at the height of a local scarecrow festival is found strangled and partially stripped in her own barn.

The gruesome crime is an exact copy of the 150-year old murder of peasant girl, Martha Tinney, alleged by superstitious locals to have been committed by a spectral scarecrow, nicknamed Strawfoot.

Kate and her colleagues desperately try to track down the copycat killer, it becomes apparent that he has no intention of stopping at just one murder, and now, he’s developed an unhealthy interest in Kate herself…

A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP AN EVIL MURDERER WITH ECHOES OF THE PAST

DISCOVER A BREATH-TAKING NEW SERIES OF MYSTERIES THAT YOU WON’T WANT TO PUT DOWN

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVES
Kate is a feisty, young police detective, with a dynamic approach to her job. She is plucky and tenacious, but prone to being impetuous and headstrong, which often lands her in tight spots and does not exactly endear her to her crusty boss, DI Ted Roscoe.

In stark contrast to Kate, her detective partner, Hayden, is an overweight, untidy ex-public schoolboy, with a pompous, laid-back attitude, which drives her to distraction. But he is also highly intelligent, with a keen, analytical mind and a practical, reasoned approach to everything, which, with a prevailing wind, can sometimes act as a brake on his partner’s more impulsive actions.

THE SETTING
A patchwork of fields, peat moor and marshland, dotted with picturesque villages and criss-crossed by man-made irrigation ditches or rhynes, the Somerset Levels covers an area of about 160,000 acres between the Mendips and Quantock Hills, in the County of Somerset. Sparsely populated outside the local towns of Bridgwater, Glastonbury and Street and prone to flooding, it is a haven for wild life, a wild, secret place with an atmospheric brooding stillness, which creeps into the very soul; a place where the booming call of a bittern or the beating of an owl’s wings in the mist is bound to fire the imagination of any self-respecting crime novelist, whose thoughts will invariably turn to… murder.


My Review

I do like a thriller that takes advantage of the mysteries and superstitions of the area in which it is set and the author has done that excellently with this book.

Kate is still recovering from her experiences at the hands of Twister. Her new husband is in hospital following an accident while they were on honeymoon. She is still a little fragile when a young woman is found strangled in a barn.

Further investigations reveal that the murder is a replica of one 150 years ago. How can that be? As Kate delves into the history of the area more murders are committed with the same MO.

With no clues and Detective Ansell back waiting for her to fail Kate is really up against it. When Roscoe becomes focussed on ‘the one that got away’ several years ago and no leads will the team manage to solve this one or will it remain another unsolved murder along with the 150 year old one.

This is a very intriguing read with a lot of unlikely suspects and no motives or link between the victims. The suspense builds throughout the book all the way to the end. A very gripping read.

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