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  • A Marvellous Instalment

    😊 Although I have yet to read any of the other books in this series by Alex Gray, I was happy to dive into this 17th book, When Shadows Fall and I think it worked well as an individual crime/ thriller. In this Glasgow based series, DSI William Lorimer comes across as an interesting character and a sharp-witted investigator. In this well plotted instalment, it all kicks off when Joseph Alexander Flynn, a landscape gardener and a friend of Superintendent Lorimer working in an affluent client's garden, digs up the remains of a skull, part of a long-dead corpse shot in the head. A quick phone call to his pal brings Lorimer to the scene and the cold case team painstakingly begin trying to figure out the victim's identity and what took place all those years ago. Then two further deaths are reported- the first is Lorimer's well respected and admired boss, George Phillips, now retired. This is followed by retiree DI Stephen McAlpine, gunned down in another area of Scotland. Without any leads or evidence, the police are struggling, and fear has started to spread amongst the police force when a current DC - Sharon Carson - a member of Lorimer's MIT team, is murdered on her own doorstep. All of the characterisation by Alex Gray is exemplary, and each was adeptly constructed and believable in their role, whether intended to be good or bad. The clarity of Alex Gray's writing made it an easy story-line to follow, and the intricate and twisty plot went down a treat as it zigzagged along. With many misdirections and the unexpected events that added enrichment to the story, I continued to be surprised until the laudable finale. This atmospheric and exhilarating read has inspired me to seek out copies of the other instalments in this highly acclaimed series. Very highly recommended, I am certain that crime fiction and thriller aficionados will love When Shadows Fall. My thanks must go to Alex Gray for writing such an awesome book! 😊 I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Little, Brown Book Group UK / Sphere via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Read it because I bought it.

    Unlikely to search for any other of the author's books. Would not purchase another one or pick it out of a library.

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