Today is my turn on the Book Tour for a stunning new addition to the brilliant Detective Kate Hamblin series by David Hodges. STORM ON THE LEVELS is an adrenaline pumping book that keeps the reader gripped all the way through.
STORM ON THE LEVELS (Detective Kate Hamblin #12) by David Hodges
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date – 17th October 2023
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – David Hodges
MEET DETECTIVE KATE HAMBLIN IN THIS BESTSELLING SERIES SET IN THE STUNNING SOMERSET COUNTRYSIDE.
A long weekend in a country house hotel. Six old friends. One ruthless killer.
Detective Kate and her husband Hayden are on their way home from a romantic mini-break when a ferocious storm blows in and their car breaks down. Stranded on a remote lane in the blizzard, they seek shelter in a nearby hotel, Warneford Hall.
They aren’t the only guests. Six old university friends have met there for a reunion weekend.
Each one of them is hiding a terrible secret.
As they go down for breakfast in the grand dining room, they discover one of them is missing. A body is discovered in the hotel lake.
When another guest is found drowned in their bathtub, it’s clear these are no accidents. But the killer hasn’t reckoned on Somerset’s top detective staying at the hotel.
Two drownings in two days is no coincidence.
Snowed in, with no signal and the phone lines down, Detective Kate must unmask the killer before anyone else dies.
Perfect for fans of J.D. Kirk, Joy Ellis, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons and Helen H. Durrant.
READERS LOVE STORM ON THE LEVELS:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Outstanding! This book has it all: a great storyline that had me glued to it, a serial killer on the loose, full of twists and turns . . . Absolutely fantastic.’ Suman L.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Very Agatha Christie . . . really enjoyed it!’ Aileen G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Unputdownable.’ Jan T.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Quite possibly the best in the series to date . . . a perfect read for a snowed-in winter’s evening.’ Ruth G.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A great whodunit . . . and some crazy twists and turns! Kept me glued to my Kindle.’ Debbie B.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Compulsive reading.’ Paul B.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Creepy and full of suspense.’ Amanda P.
Detective Sergeant Kate Lewis is a feisty detective with a dynamic approach to her job. She is tenacious, but also prone to being headstrong. This often lands her in tight spots, earning her the nicknames ‘Maverick’ or ‘Go-It-Alone’ Kate, and it puts her on a collision course with the more bureaucratic hierarchy of the force.
In contrast to Kate, her detective constable husband and partner, Hayden, is an overweight, untidy, ex-public schoolboy with a pompous, laidback attitude and an old-fashioned view of life, which drives Kate to distraction. But he is also highly intelligent with a reasoned approach to everything, which, can sometimes act as a brake on his partner’s impulsive behaviour.
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. Sparsely populated and prone to flooding with a brooding stillness, which creeps into the very soul; a secret place bound to fire the imagination of any self-respecting crime novelist, whose thoughts will invariably turn to . . . murder.
I was so thrilled to find out that David Hodges had released another book in this absolutely brilliant series and I wasn’t disappointed.
Kate and Hayden are on a mini break when the weather takes a turn for the worst. They set off back early but the car breaks down. They are stranded in the middle of nowhere the only place to shelter is a Hotel that doesn’t look very inviting but any port in a storm so off they head. The welcome isn’t what they expected but they are given a room and informed the phone line is down so nobody knows where they are as there is no mobile signal..
They are sharing the hotel with a group of ex-students having a reunion. Not ideal but ….
Next morning a body is found, then everyone’s mobile phone disappears and that is only the start of the problems.
An absolutely gripping story that grabs the reader from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end.
An interesting mix of characters with their own personalities. A plot that keeps on giving …
I absolutely loved this, definitely 5 stars from me.
David Hodges served in the Thames Valley Police, from the rank of Constable to Superintendent, retiring after thirty years with the force. During that time, he gained wide experience in numerous operational and management roles, including both urban and rural policing, membership of the tactical Support Group, an authorised firearms and public order unit, and departmental and operational command. Prior to his retirement, he was appointed the force Press, Public Relations Officer and completed his career as the head of Corporate Communication.
A prolific writer, with fifteen crime novels published so far, including ten in his Somerset Murder Series, David is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers and Crime Readers Associations and International Thriller Writers.
An active supporter of public libraries, and keenly interested in wildlife and the countryside, he is married, with two daughters and four grandchildren, and now lives in beautiful Pembrokeshire, where he can fully indulge his passion for writing.
BOOKS BY DAVID HODGES
DETECTIVE KATE HAMBLIN MYSTERY SERIES:
MURDER ON THE LEVELS
REVENGE ON THE LEVELS
FEAR ON THE LEVELS
KILLER ON THE LEVELS
SECRETS ON THE LEVELS
DEATH ON THE LEVELS
POISON ON THE LEVELS
WITCH FIRE ON THE LEVELS
STALKER ON THE LEVELS
VENOM ON THE LEVELS
STORM ON THE LEVELS
THE COMPLETE DETECTIVE KATE HAMBLIN MYSTERY SERIES
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