Today I am sharing a guest review by Lena of DARKEST LIES by Chris Collett. This is book 8 in the brilliant Detective Mariner series and is a stunning read.
DARKEST LIES (Detective Mariner #8)
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 20th September 2021
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Chris Collett
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.” Yorkshire Post
Originally published as A Good Death.
One missing bridegroom. Two burned bodies.
A twisted motive that will shock you to the core.
When a frail old man dies in a house fire, Detective Tom Mariner races to the scene. The victim, Soltan Ahmed, was Mariner’s neighbour.
Who set the fire that took his life?
The race is on to uncover the truth, and that’s not Mariner’s only headache right now. He must also search for a bridegroom who vanished just weeks before his wedding.
A case of cold feet? Or something more sinister?
Then comes a find that changes everything.
The charred body of a Jane Doe.
Hidden in a back room of the house where Ahmed lived.
Who was she and how did she get there?
A totally gripping crime thriller perfect for fans of Peter James, Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, Caro Ramsay, Helen H. Durrant, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.
WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT DARKEST LIES:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It would be impossible not to like Mariner!” Margaret, NetGalley
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Fully fledged female characters distinguish Collett’s eighth police procedural.” Publishers Weekly
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Well written, thoughtful, and entertaining.” Booklist
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I didn’t want to put it down!” Anne
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I do like a good police procedural and this definitely fits the bill.” Elaine
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry
But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.
Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.
DI MARINER SERIES
Book 1: DEADLY LIES
Book 2: INNOCENT LIES
Book 3: KILLER LIES
Book 4: BABY LIES
Book 5: MARRIED LIES
Book 6: BURIED LIES
Book 7: MISSING LIES
Book 8: DARKEST LIES
Review by Lena
DARKEST LIES kicks off with a horrific tragedy in the night. The scene is too dangerous to explore. A man with a tenuous personal connection mysteriously goes missing. A gruesome discovery complicates the investigation into the overnight catastrophe raising suspicion. A riveting rollercoaster of baffling mysteries. The twists and turns will keep you guessing as the pages fly by leading to a dynamite conclusion you won’t see coming.
Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). After leaving school she trained, in Liverpool, as a teacher for children with learning disabilities, including autism. Now a recently retired university lecturer, Chris is married with two grown up children and lives in Birmingham, UK on DI Tom Mariner’s ‘patch’. She has published short stories, teaches creative and crime writing and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.
BOOKS BY CHRIS COLLETT
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