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  • Really Enjoyable

    This is surely the kind of book I love to read. Nikki is a sassy woman and very likeable, I like her wits too. The opening of this book left me curious although I struggled a bit as the book progressed (although tempted to put it away a couple of times, which I'm so glad I didn't). It was really an enjoyable read and I look forward to the next book in this series, this is also the first book I'm reading by Liz Mistry. Thank you Netgalley and HQ Digital for giving me this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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  • A great start to a new series

    Introducing D.I Nikita Parekh, as she fights crime in Bradford.Nikki doesn’t stand for any nonsense, she is a strong woman. At the beginning of the book we see her go charging in to a house that we don’t even know who it belongs to, but then she isn’t stopped either, so that she could give away a bit of a hint, as it’s her nephew she just starts having a go at, accusing him of doing/selling drugs, but she didn’t have all the facts in the first place. I think as this series progresses it will be interesting to get to know Nikki and her team better, getting to know all the little quirks and mannerisms each character displays. It’s always difficult when you are used to a writers other character’s as with Gus McGuire in Liz Mistry’s other books, starting a new series can always be a risk as people who like Gus may not like Nikki, but I think you have to give characters that time to develop and grow, before making a snap judgement. I think Nikki is going to be an interesting character as she appears to be quite complex. When a body is found in a derelict car park Nikki and Sajid are called out, but as it’s an old crime it’s initially handed over to the cold case team. But then forensic links are found between Nikki and the body. Despite the shock of finding out that the body is someone from her past, she still pushes on, determined to get to the bottom of the case. Nikki is a strong woman who loves her family, and her job. In between sorting out the family issues, which can be quite chaotic, and dysfunctional. We have an evil drug dealer, along with the usual villains, there is some violence, but then with the plot line that is to be expected, but add all this up and you have a great police procedural crime thriller. But just when you think you have guessed who is responsible for the murders, you find you have guessed wrong, didn’t see that one coming. It took me a while to get into the story initially, but once in, it started to flow nicely, this looks to be another promising new series from Liz Mistry and I look forward to seeing more of Nikki, Sajid, the rest of the team, and Nikki’s family because I think they add to Nikki’s character, and of course the story. A great flying start to a new series, which I think fans of Liz Mistry will enjoy, I look forward to the next book in the series. I give this book four stars out of five. I would like to thank #netgalley # HQ digital for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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  • This is going to be an amazing series.

    Author Liz Mistry might be an accomplished crime writer but this is the first book of hers I have read, I am now wondering why I haven’t picked up her work beforehand. Last Request is the first in a new series featuring DS Nikita Parekh (Nikki). She has a tough job as well as trying to raise two children alone and look after her extended family, especially her easily lead nephew, plus an increasing list of bills to pay and not enough money to go around. The book opens with the death of a woman from Aids in 1983 after she was infected by someone who has infected numerous other males and females and is currently in court. The woman’s child is there looking after her and before she takes her last breath the woman wants her child to remember to do something for her. The opening scene had me hooked and I couldn’t wait to jump straight into the story which had moved to the present day. Nikki has been called to a derelict car park that belonged to the local cinema in Bradford. Whilst building works were being carried out skeletal remains were found. The remains are over ten-years-old so the case is passed onto the cold case’ department, unfortunately, that isn’t the last Nikki will have to do with the remains as her past comes crashing into the present and secrets start unravelling. Nikki knows that she has a killer to find but can she before many more get killed? As I said the prologue had me hooked and I flew through the book eager to know more. I always love a crime thriller when we get to hear snippets from the killer, it helps to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together and work out the suspect before the book reveals the answer. 🙂 There are quite a lot of characters to get to know and remember and at times I did have to look back through the book to familiarise myself with some of them again. It is a great start to the series as we get to not only discover Nikki the detective but also the private Nikki too, a woman who has plenty of good points and plenty of flaws, so she was perfectly realistic. If this book is anything to go by this is going to be an amazing series and one to watch out for.

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  • Outstanding of its kind

    This is the first time I have posted a review for years,as I was so impressed,the writing stands out from the many ‘ me too’ detective/police novels I love reading,is good paced and free from padding, and very believable.

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  • Unpredictable Ending

    This story was a slow start for me. There is a large number of characters and took me a bit to keep it all organized. Once I got about half way through I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. Nikki is a very intense character, not your typical working, single mom. A corpse is found, and turns out Nikki knew the victim. Things get a bit heated for Nikki as her relationship with the deceased comes to light. There is also a lot of family angst going on, and all the backstory helps to develop Nikki's character. Great ending that I did not predict! I was glad I did not stop reading. Thanks NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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