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    Sharp, engrossing, and perfectly plotted!

    In this fourth novel in the DC Maggie Neville series, Dead Guilty, Davies has written a fast-paced, police procedural that has DC Maggie Neville struggling to adapt to her new role within the Met, whisking off to Majorca to act as the Family Liaison Officer for the Pope family as they struggle to cope with their emotional fragility, endless grief, and irrepressible desire for justice for the 10-year-old unsolved murder of their daughter, and on the hunt for a sadistic serial killer who may have just found a new victim to terrorize. The writing is crisp and bold. The characters are tenacious, flawed, and astute. And the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat with its short, intense chapters that submerge you into an ominous tale full of twists, turns, red herrings, secrets, obsession, mayhem, deduction, attraction, violence, and murder. Overall, Dead Guilty has an incredibly pacey storyline and exceptional character development. It’s dark, crafty, and riveting and is a clear indicator that Davies has hit her stride. If you love well-written police procedurals with intriguing characters then this is definitely one book/series you don’t want to miss.
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    An Excellent Instalment

    Although I have yet to read any of the other three books in this series by Michelle Davies, I was happy to dive into this fourth book, Dead Guilty and I think it worked well as an individual thriller as the story was reasonably self-contained. This was a mightily impressive, cleverly plotted, utterly engrossing read that threw out twists leaving me fizzing with tension throughout! Ten years ago, Katy Pope, then 17, was brutally murdered on a family holiday in Majorca. Despite her mother’s high rank in the Met and the joint major investigation between the British and Spanish police, Katy’s killer was never caught. Ten years later, Katy’s family are returning to the Spanish island to launch a fresh appeal for information. Meanwhile, DC Maggie Neville, having recently transferred from Nottinghamshire Police to the Met, is feeling put out because her boss doesn't think that she is cutting the mustard in her new role. She is thrilled therefore, to have been seconded as the family liaison officer to the Pope family and heads off to Spain with the rest of the team of investigating Met detectives. But Maggie’s first international investigation rapidly goes awry when another British girl there goes missing... Dead Guilty is told through the eyes of a variety of people, and I appreciated the way the author structured the novel, switching the point of view from Maggie to one of the victims, then their family, and even the killer. This approach gave the reader a comprehensive overview of the story, but never divulging too much that it may have spoilt the story before the truth was intended to be revealed. Michelle Davies possesses some admirable character development skills - I enjoyed the parts including Maggie, who I found to be intuitive, determined, and realistic. She wasn't always the main event of the story, but helped things nicely along nudging the reader towards the satisfying conclusion. The international setting was fun and I'm looking forward to the next instalment, as well as catching up with Maggie in the first three books. Ingeniously plotted and perfectly executed, Dead Guilty is an absolute treat. Very highly recommended, I am certain that psychological thriller aficionados will love it! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Pan Macmillan via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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