Today I am opening the Blog Tour for BEACHY HEAD by Adam Lyndon. This is book 2 in the Detective Rutherford Barnes Mysteries series and is a gripping read from start to finish.
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 22nd September 2022
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Adam Lyndon
MEET DETECTIVE RUTHERFORD BARNES IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES FROM A SERVING POLICE OFFICER.
Discover an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist.
Just before midnight, Mandy is woken by a frantic knocking at the door. It’s her ex-husband. Drunk. Again. At that moment her new partner James gets home from work. Mandy hears raised voices. Then a dull, smacking sound. Followed by a sickening crunch . . .
DC Barnes is back on the job after an eighteen-month suspension. He’s offered this case no one else wants — and he’s in no position to refuse. A one-punch homicide.
The accused is Mandy’s partner James. An honest, upright citizen and a firefighter. The victim is Mandy’s ex, an aggressive alcoholic.
James’s acquittal is a sure thing. No jury will convict this good man defending his girlfriend.
So why does James suddenly disappear just before the jury reach their verdict?
The following day a body is found at the foot of Beachy Head. The injuries sustained reveal this wasn’t a suicide.
Barnes’s case has now become something deeper and darker than anyone could have imagined.
Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Helen H. Durrant, Bill Kitson, Michael Hambling, Peter James, Angela Marsons, Rachel McLean, J.D. Kirk, Rachel Abbott, Elly Griffiths, J.M. Dalgliesh or Patricia Gibney.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BEACHY HEAD:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This conclusion is a wonderful masterpiece — it is genius! I love the way the story grabs you and pulls you along!” Jen
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Mayhem, manhunts and mysteries with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages.” Linda
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is a well-plotted police procedural. The characterization is excellent, some likeable, especially Barnes!” Martha
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Lyndon’s dark, well-plotted police procedurals are engaging and atmospheric.” Kathleen
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A very good read.” Aileen
⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book gripped me right from the start and was twisty and unpredictable.” Aria
⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The setting in and around Eastbourne is excellent.” Ceecee
DC Rutherford Barnes is young, goodlooking and ambitious — perhaps too ambitious for his own good. His all-consuming desire for promotion makes him vulnerable to temptation. His happy marriage to nursery school teacher Eve is marred only by the couple’s inability to conceive, leading Barnes to throw himself headlong into his work.
Set against the picturesque landscape of the South Downs, the Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne is packed with tourists during the summer — but it can seem pretty dismal during the winter months. Only fifty-odd miles from London, the town is not immune to the violence which occasionally spills over from the city. Pockets of deprivation and criminality exist alongside reminders of Eastbourne’s more genteel past in the grand Victorian hotels that line the seafront, the pier and the bandstand. The town also boasts one of Britain’s best-known — and most infamous — beauty spots, Beachy Head.
Adam Lyndon has been a serving UK police officer for more than twenty years, working across a range of disciplines including uniformed ops, firearms command and as a detective in CID and specialist investigations.
ALSO BY ADAM LYNDON
DETECTIVE RUTHERFORD BARNES MYSTERIES
Book 1: DEVIL’S CHIMNEY
Book 2: BEACHY HEAD
Detective Rutherford Barnes is back in this gripping addition to the series. Barnes has just returned to work and is on a rocky path with his superiors. However, it seems his job is safe for now as he is given temporary promotion and handed the case that nobody wants. Seems he is caught between a rock and a hard place failure will mean the end of his career.
This is a very intriguing and complex story that I found difficult to follow in places. So much going on corrupt police officers, cover ups, drugs and gangs are just part of it. Barnes has to work through the spaghetti of lies and secrets to try to work out who is who which is far from easy. A young police officer gets caught up in the middle along with others. Officers who appear to be clean and dedicated turn out to be anything but and when the bodies start stacking up it becomes clear someone is covering up but who is it and what are they trying to hide?
Absolutely gripping with more twists and turns than a roller coaster the book kept me guessing all the way to the total shocker of an ending.
A great read. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy, this is my unbiased review.
Adam was born and raised in Sussex. He has been a police officer for twenty years both in the UK and in New Zealand, working across a range of disciplines including uniformed ops, firearms command and as a detective in CID and specialist investigations.
He went around the world a couple of times, living in New Zealand for a year before realising home was where all the stories were. Adam writes gritty, Eastbourne-based police-procedurals with hard-edged authenticity, forming a daisy chain along the south coast alongside the likes of Graham Hurley and Peter James. He has been married for twenty years and has four children. His ambition, as his children keep reminding him, is to own a dog.
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