DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen are introduced to us in Malcolm's series, Only the Dead, is the first of the three books I shall be reviewing in the next few weeks.
Cryil and Owen are found to be running two different threads of crimes, there are links between France and Harrogate. DS Liz Grayson is soon brought in to help take over the thread of one of the cases.
One of the strengths of this book is although we are introduced to a new team and are aware that they have other officers helping, we aren't given too many names, back ground information. This leaves the reader able to concentrate on the fantastic plot lines without distraction.
The crime themes themselves were not only diverse, but extremely well written without being steeped in too much factual information. The information on the Mustard Gas, and how it worked was especially interesting, and wow...what a way to commit crimes, that you felt the person doing may have had a moral reason to and finding yourself possibly agreeing with them, well to a degree.
This left the writing style to feel crisp, fresh and an extremely enjoyable and polished read, as well as helping the story and plotlines flow with ease.
The characters, especially Cyril does have an older world feel, which is mentioned as to why in the book, but looking forward to reading more about his background, in the series.
I found the whole book kept me captivated and the ending was cleverly done with a slight opening...
I am looking forward to seeing what Malcolm has in store for Cyril and Owen next.
The book was not overly gory with it's details, in the crimes, and it wasn't a cozy crime book, but definitely one I will recommend to friends who have a gentler palate, as well as those that like a bit of grit and great plots to follow.
4.5 star rating review from Bookstormer