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  • gripping police procedural

    Another Detective Inspector Tom Ridpath police procedural, this one the sixth in the series. Having no previous experience with this crime investigation team, I find this is more like a stand-alone crime mystery appraisal. A lockdown-affair couple out walking their dogs discover a child’s naked body and the lack of leads makes for a most difficult case. DI Ridpath returns to work with PTSD issues and follows his instincts despite the antagonism of the officer in charge. Unravelling the whodunnit with Covid protocols is hard enough, let alone the misinformation at the centre of the investigation. A gripping police procedural with great characters and stubbornly lacking progress, yet a worthy four-star rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.

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  • Brilliant Read

    Fabulous read I loved it he never disappoints the story was very gripping and hard to put down consequently a lot of sleepless nights I love D.I. Ridpath what a great detective especially on how difficult this case was to solve and having to re-live the past which was very harrowing for him the ending was brilliant I definitely 100% recommend this brilliant book thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read it.

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  • The pace is fast, the writing perfect

    When the body of a missing seven-year-old child is discovered in woodland, Major Investigation Team (MIT) are hot on the case. The lead detective is known to be a bit of a hothead and when the team is no close to solving the case his boss asks DI Thomas Ridpath, who has just returned to duty working for the Coroner’s Office after six months off, to go over the case and make sure everything has been done thoroughly and to see if there has been anything missed, without the lead detective knowing. Choosing two officers to help him, DI Ridpath sets out to meet with the child’s family, the person who discovered the body, and to follow up on similar investigations in the region. He is just putting his ideas together when MIT arrest and question a suspect that Ridpath knows is innocent. He now has just a matter of hours to find the real murderer or an innocent person could be put away for a crime he didn’t commit and a murderer left on the loose to kidnap and kill again. When the Evil Waits is the sixth book in the DI Thomas Ridpath series by author M J Lee. The book begins six-months after the explosive end to ‘When the Past Kills‘. The plot is quite a tough one as this time Ridpath is investigating the kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of a young boy, found naked in woodland. He has been placed there after death and cleaned so that no DNA evidence has been left. As is the norm for Ridpath he is meticulous in his investigation and comes up with ideas that MIT hasn’t thought of, but even he is starting to feel like they will never find the culprit until they get a sudden break. The book is set in Covid-19 times and there are plenty of mentions of the virus, social distancing, masks, etc, keeping the book bang-on-trend and up-to-date. The pace is fast and the writing perfect, especially as I never once suspected who the culprit turned out to be. I raced through it and read it in just two sittings. The investigation felt spot-on and you can tell that it has been written by someone who has done their research into criminal proceedings and police work. If you love thrillers/police procedural novels then this is the series to read. All the books have been amazing, enjoyable, gripping, and have become my must-read series. They leave me wanting to hear and see more from Ridpath and I can’t wait for his next investigation.

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  • When the evil waits

    I loved it. It was just so good. Have read all of the book’s and cannot wait for the next.

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  • A well done police procedural

    3.5 stars rounded up. This is another entry in the DI Ridpath series. I’ve read a few of these and enjoyed them so was pleased to get the ARC for this one. Ridpath. Is back at work after a 6 month hiatus following the death of his wife, Polly. He reports back for duty at the Coroner’s office where he is still seconded. But Detective Chief Superintendent Claire Trent has other plans for him. Seven year old David Carsley has just been found murdered in a park by a couple of dog walkers. DCI Paul Turnbull, Ridpath’s nemesis, is in charge of the case but after two weeks of no results DCS Trent wants Ridpath to go over all the evidence and make sure nothing has been missed. He is to be assisted by DS Emily Parkinson and the police research officer, Chrissy. They double check everything and find that Turnbull’s investigation, although uninspiring, was thorough and by the book. By this time Turnbull is convinced the boy’s father is guilty but Emily spent almost two weeks in the house as Family Liaison Officer (FLO) and she doesn’t agree that Michael Carsley could have killed his son. Meanwhile we are privy to the thoughts of the killer and we know that he is on the hunt for another victim. The timeline of the period during which young David goes missing bothers Ridpath and his small team must undertake painstaking work to pin everything down. It doesn’t help that some of their witnesses are being evasive or downright lying. Soon enough another 7 year old boy is abducted and the police go into overdrive to try and find him before he, too, is killed. This was a well written police procedural. I didn’t think it was as exciting as it could have been but nevertheless it kept my interest and I finished it pretty quickly. Ridpath is having a tough time coming to terms with the loss of his wife and this dealt with sensitively in the book. Emily and Chrissy are fabulous characters, staunchly loyal and very relentless in their pursuit of the kidnapper. I enjoyed this book and will be keen to see what is next for Ridpath. I imagine at some time there will have to be showdown with Turnbull and that will be very interesting! DCS Trent was a well written and fair boss. Thanks to Netgalley, Canelo, and M J Lee for providing a copy for review. My opinions are my own.

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