#BookReview – THE CASE OF THE MISSING FACES by Michael Leese #Hooley&Roper #crimefiction @joffebooks @booksnall2020

The Case of the Missing Faces (Detective Roper and Hooley Mysteries #2)The Case of the Missing Faces by Michael Leese

Format – Kindle
Publisher Joffe Books
Publication Date – 19th January 2021
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Michael Leese

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MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE DETECTIVE ODD COUPLE: DCI BRIAN HOOLEY AND CONSULTING INVESTIGATOR JONATHAN ROPER.

Please note this is a new and revised version of the book previously published as I Can See You.

A man’s body is discovered in a disused warehouse in Kent. Knitting needles are stuck deep into his brain. His face has been completely removed.

And this isn’t the first. Another body, its face also filleted, was found in an abandoned farmhouse outside Leeds four weeks ago. Both victims worked for companies that supply military equipment to the government.

Now Roper and Hooley have a serial killer on their hands.
Stealing people’s identities.
And threatening national security.

Roper and Hooley must unmask this murderer before another victim pays the ultimate price.

But how do you catch a killer who wears so many different faces?

A FAST-PACED, TWISTING DETECTIVE MYSTERY THAT WILL HAVE YOU HOOKED.

If you like SherlockElementaryMonk or The Bridge, you will love Michael Leese’s unique new detective odd couple. And if you enjoy David Baldacci, Ian Rankin, Angela Marsons, J.D. Kirk, Steve Parker and Alex Shaw, then this series is definitely for you.


My Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 2 in the Hooley and Roper series by Michael Leese but they do work well as stand alone.

The story begins with this pair of unlikely friends and colleagues working in different areas. Hooley is still DCI working for the Special Investigations Unit in London while consultant analyst Jonathan Roper has been transferred to GCHQ in Gloucestershire. Then Hooley receives a message that there is a car outside and he is quickly whisked off before he even has time to tell his boss. He soon realises that he will be reunited with Roper sooner than he thought.

It appears that Roper cannot function properly without his friend and Hooley has been whisked to join him in the hope of making sense of the jumble in Roper’s head. Roper had a reputation for solving puzzles that had never been seen before but recently he had lost his way and GCHQ were hoping by bringing Hooley to work with him it would all start to make sense.

Meanwhile back in London Mayweather has to allocate Hooley’s case to Cleverly.

Confused? So was I but it does all start to make sense very quickly.

As with the previous book I found this pair amusing to read about I love the way they interact with each other and other people and also the way each looks out for the other. But is that going to be enough when there is obviously a psychopath at work. One who has hacked in to high security systems and is on a mission to discredit Roper along with other very dangerous plans.

This is an absolutely riveting book. The suspense ramps up all the way through to the stunning ending. Will this be the case that finishes Roper?

Fantastic read and I cant wait to read book 3.

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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CASE OF THE MISSING FACES:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A totally enjoyable police procedural . . . this is a great mystery, I love all the characters and became entrenched in a suspenseful plot. Encourage all crime story readers to take a look at this wonderful series!!” Kathi

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Phenomenal. I loved this book as I have two nephews with autism and they’re both super-intelligent little boys but are so different as people. The characters are well written and believable and I’ll definitely buy the rest of this series.” Tommy

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It is hard to put these books down, even for emergency purposes. I have not enjoyed such a good read for years.” R.J.M.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It is one of the best detective thriller series I have read . . . Once again the duo of Hooley and Roper work so well together.” LooseBoots

MEET THE DETECTIVES:
CONSULTING INVESTIGATOR JONATHAN ROPER
Ask Jonathan Roper how he is and he will either ignore you because he’s busy working or respond with a comprehensive list of aches and pains. He plays an integral part in the Special Investigations Unit and can consume vast quantities of data and see patterns where no one else can. Roper’s formidable intelligence and ability to concentrate can sometimes see him disappear down rabbit holes in pursuit of the truth. But Hooley is always there to pull him back out.

DCI BRIAN HOOLEY
You would be forgiven for thinking that this grumpy, middle-aged, pint-loving copper has seen it all and thinks he has nothing left to learn. But in fact, Brian Hooley always has time for his team, and his sense of duty is just as strong today as when he first started out. Working with Roper means he has to withstand a barrage of bracingly direct personal comments. Despite this, the DCI knows Roper is the man to turn to when everyone else has given up.

THE SETTING
From Sloane Square to the west, Streatham to the south, the Post Office Tower to the north and Canary Wharf to the east, Roper and Hooley pound pavements across every inch of London in search of wrongdoing.

DETECTIVES ROPER AND HOOLEY MYSTERIES
Book 1: THE CASE OF THE HEADLESS BILLIONAIRE
Book 2: THE CASE OF THE MISSING FACES
Book 3: THE CASE OF THE DIRTY BOMB
Book 4: THE CASE OF THE EXPLODING SHOP
Book 5: THE CASE OF THE KILLER GAMESHOW

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