Good morning! I am thrilled to be sharing my review of BURNT OUT SECRETS as part of the Book Tour. This is book 3 in the brilliant Detective Rutherford Barnes series and is a gripping read that is perfect for anyone who loves Crime Fiction.
BURNT OUT SECRETS
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 4th May
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Adam Lyndon
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MEET DETECTIVE RUTHERFORD BARNES IN THIS BRILLIANT CRIME SERIES FROM A SERVING POLICE OFFICER.
An absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist.
For five long years, Detective Barnes has been hunting the killer of the person he loved the most. Now, the one man who could have revealed the truth is dead. His charred and blackened body is all that remains in his burnt-out flat.
A week later, a desperate, emaciated young woman hammers on the door of a late-night convenience store. She’s clearly terrified — and running for her life.
Barnes is convinced the two events are connected. He must team up with his new boss, Superintendent Samson Kane, to uncover the truth.
But their investigations stir up deadly undercurrents within Eastbourne’s criminal community.
And the two police detectives are vulnerable. Both Barnes and Kane have secrets in their pasts. Secrets they’ll go to any lengths to keep buried . . .
Perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, Helen H. Durrant, Peter James, Angela Marsons and Rachel McLean.
READERS LOVE BURNT OUT SECRETS:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Excellent . . . Unexpected twists throughout.’ Martha B.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Twisty and turny . . . A seriously good read.’ Aileen G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A real page-turner which keeps you hooked.’ Karen B.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Excellent . . . A dark, detailed mystery with a layered plot, many twists and a surprise ending.’ Kathleen H.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A really good plot line and so many different story threads that grabbed and held my attention throughout.’ Anne M.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Once I started reading this I couldn’t put it down.’ Graeme R.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book had suspense, intrigue, murder, mystery and a few crazy twists and turns . . . Kept me glued to my Kindle!’ Debbie B.
DI Rutherford Barnes was an ambitious, idealistic young police constable when he first joined the force. His eleven years with the police have left him disillusioned, world-weary and a touch cynical. He’s a dedicated police officer, although in the course of his career, he’s made mistakes and ruffled too many feathers — and is no longer on the fast track to promotion.
Superintendent Samson Kane, with his piercing, almost silver eyes, spiky punk hairdo and swathe of tattoos, isn’t a natural fit in the modern police service. After a colourful career in business, he’s been parachuted into the senior ranks through a new lateral-entry scheme. But although he lacks experience, his unconventional thinking means he’s given to flashes of insight that elude other cops. People talk to Samson — he has an ability to connect with the public — and an instinct for tapping into the streets and getting them to play his tune.
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
Book 3: BURNT OUT SECRETS
This is book 3 in the Detective Rutherford Barnes series but the books work perfectly as stand alone.
BURNT OUT SECRETS sees the introduction of a new main character: Superintendent Samson Kane. He is a strange character but he grew on me over the course of the book and he does fit in really well. Also we revisit the circumstances that caused the death of Rutherford’s wife which added to the suspense and intrigue and also fleshed out Barnes’ character.
The story is full of intrigue and suspense with many relationships intertangled and many of the characters have secrets they want to keep hidden. People trafficking, bent coppers, drugs, murder, torture lies and revenge. This book has it all. I found the descriptive text detracted from the story quite a bit but not enough to put me off.
The book is in 3 parts and part 3 is where it all begins to come together and I was flabbergasted when the truth was revealed and before I had collected my thoughts we were approaching the absolutely mind blowing ending.
A very good read. I was disappointed that I still had unanswered questions at the end but hopefully book 4 will be along soon with the answers.
Many thanks to Joffe Books and Netgalley for the advance digital copy in return for 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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