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  • good series starter

    This story takes place in the Peak District part of Derbyshire, the oldest of Britain’s national parks. It’s a particularly beautiful part of England that unfortunately, I haven’t visited myself. But don’t be mistaken by the name, this is not a mountain range, but a country of steep hills and high moors. (Please correct me if I’m wrong) On a free weekend, DI Annie Delamere and DS Zoe Everett take a hike in the Peak District and almost stumble over a murder victim: a naked white male ‘spreadeagled on a prehistoric stone cairn’ with his throat cut from ear to ear and ritual incisions on his torso. It looks almost as if it’s some sort of ritual sacrifice. Not much later a second victim is found on an ever remoter area of the moors. Annie’s partner is a labour MP (the leftist party of Britain) and is shot at during a right-wing protest, and once again when she leaves the hospital. Take into account that this is England and that shooting incidents (even at politicians) are luckily still rare but not unknown. Obviously, Annie can’t be involved in this investigation and has to leave it to Andy Dwyer. Things even escalate to the extent that the women have to leave their home. Annie’s mother is an ex-police chief with right-wing sympathies who’s getting involved in the media. She wants to make a local politics show and make the pilot about a controversial extreme right figure ‘the bulldog’, whose supporters are the suspects for the shootings. Meanwhile, there’s also a storyline about wannabe journalist, Clive Bamford, who wants to write a book about the so-called ‘left-hand-path’ religions as Satanists and other occult groups. He makes contact with a self-appointed guru who appears helpful but only spouts a lot of words (‘grasping corporeality, dispelling illusion, and testing boundaries’) without any real substance. How this fits in with the rest of the narrative remains unclear for a long time. But it must have some relevance, of course. And there’s also the story of DS Zoe Everett, who’s acting unlike herself at the crime scenes. I had a good idea of what’s up with her but was proved wrong in the end. I was surprised to find out that this was only the first book in the series because right from the start of the book you feel that there are ease and familiarity between the main protagonists that can only stem from a prior long term acquaintance (fictional characters or not). This doesn’t intervene with the narrative of the cases in this book but it made a realistic impression. The characters don’t just appear out of nothing but have a life prior to the events in the book. The story is well constructed and interesting, with likeable characters and logical progression of the investigations. It’s a good solid narrative. I can’t find anything wrong with it, but somehow it tastes a bit bland. (That might be just me having read too many of this kind of books, I admit). I thank Netgalley and Canelo for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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  • Boring

    Badly written too mu h emphasis lesbians no real plot lot of padding skip 20 pages and you have not missed much

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  • First in a Series!

    Small Mercies is the first in a new series by Alex Walters set in England’s Peak District featuring DI Annie Delamere. It is an excellent start, evocative, well plotted, with interesting characters and three concurrent mysteries. A definite 5 star read. While Annie and her fellow officer Gary take well needed time off to hike on the District moors, fellow hikers discover a body, The brutally mutilated, unidentified naked man looks to be the victim of a ritual murder. Soon after the investigation begins, another body, similarly treated, is found. At the same time, tabloid journalist Clive Bamford and his assistant Greg Warble start a new group, the ungainly named Conspiracy Theory Discussion Group. They plan to research various rejected ideas - JFK’s assasination, the moon landing, aliens, 9/11 - and Clive hopes to publish a book or earn speaking engagements as a result. Newcomers Charlie and Rowan propose the idea of studying the left hand path, a mysterious group that may be mysticists or satanists. At the same time, Annie’s partner Sheena Pearson, a Member of Parliament, is shot during a protest. She remains in danger. These three plots swirl around each other, intersect and dance away again until the very end of this thriller where everything moves quickly to a totally unanticipated, breath-taking conclusion. I’m looking forward to the next in the series! Thanks to NetGalley, Canelo and Alex Walters for this ARC.

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  • Brill great read

    Not read any of the authors books before very good l must say rather like the Vera series

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  • Great read

    I enjoyed the twists and different plot and character development, had to keep reading to see what happens

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