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  • Lots of twists and turns

    I am enjoying this series but this one was one of the better ones as it is a very unique plot/story line with lots of red herrings. Not so much a thriller as a great mystery. Lately I feel like I am reading the same book and story over and over again but this was a very in inventive plot.

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  • The bodies at Westgrave hall

    Excellent read, plot and good characters. It was so well written with everything plotted out there was no way of guessing who the real villain was

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  • A very clever mystery

    Oh that was very clever! A sort of locked room mystery with lots of misdirection and red herrings. The story was more mystery than thriller, but an engaging mystery indeed. Westgrave Hall is an enormous Palladian country manor owned by a very wealthy, (very, very wealthy) Russian oligarch. He throws a massive party to celebrate the placement of the biggest fossil plesiosaur ever found (in Kazakhstan) into a purpose built (massive) library on the estate. There are around 1,000 guests and Beyoncé herself is performing. During the fireworks that round out the evening shots are heard, and some of the massive library windows are seen shattering. The oligarch, Alexander (Sasha) Volkov is in the library with his ex-wife, Yelena Yalinsky, and Max Talin - an industrialist who is a former rival of Volkov’s but they are about to enter a new business deal. Yelena is now engaged to Talin. It’s a bit murky. Volkov’s bodyguard races to the library to aide his boss. When a young PC, present on another matter, gets into the library the three men are found dead. Yelena, it is later found, got trapped in the panic room after the shooting started. DCI Craig Gillard and his team are called in. It’s a mystery - if the men are all dead and Yelena was trapped in the panic room - where is the shooter, and where is the gun? CCTV is pored over, the estate has excellent coverage. Yet no one was, unaccounted for, was seen entering or leaving the library. The police have a gargantuan job on their hands with so many guests and a mansion with over 60 rooms to search. Nothing of interest is found. ThIs seemingly intractable problem is the guts of the book. It’s fascinating how they go about things. There are suspects galore and Special Branch even gets involved in case it’s a Kremlin hit. The author cleverly integrates the Skripal poisoning and other known Russian hits. Then there is a car bomb just near Buckingham Palace and some of Gillard’s theories go up in smoke along with at least one of their suspects. The lives of the very wealthy are made to seem almost difficult - how to spend all that money. They don’t seem happy. When money is involved it colours the relationships. I wasn’t able to guess how it went down in this story so my interest never waned as the author drew things together into a somewhat unexpected ending. As I said, very clever. My thanks to Netgalley, Canelo and Nick Louth for providing a copy for me to review. My opinions are my own.

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  • Twisty

    law-enforcement, procedural, thriller, international-crime-and-mystery***** This is one very busy story! I haven't read any others in this series, but I never got lost in that particular rabbit warren. The assortment of foreign nationals and the massive renovation of a historic mansion to accommodate a ginormous fossil was a different problem entirely. The characters were very well defined, the action and investigations which were complicated enough before the meddling from MI5, and the interdepartmental issues really added to this variant of the classic Locked Room Mystery. Kept me up too late reading it! I requested and received a free temporary ebook from Canelo via NetGalley. Thank you

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  • Twists and Turns

    Another awesome suspense/mystery from Nick Louth. In the Village of Steeple Risby, an extremely wealthy Russian has purchased Westgrave Hall. The town is no longer allowed access to its chapel and grounds, and many are upset. But within the walls of Westgate now lies an amazing fossil discovery, displayed proudly for the select few invited to see it. As the wealthy Russian is giving a huge party, disturbing the peace well after hours with a concert and fireworks display, the unimaginable happens. Three people are murdered in a locked library, with no one seen going in or out. When Detective Gillard and his crew are called in to investigate, what they discover are a whole lot of motives, but absolutely no evidence of any other person being in the room, except the victims. The plot takes a lot of twists and turns, and like all of Nick Louth books, takes the reader on a suspenseful journey right up until the last chapter. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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