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    A Brilliant Instalment

    Close to the Bone is the second book in the Detective Sergeant Megan Thomas series by British author, Susan Wilkins, set in the normally quiet, picturesque county of Devon. Megan has relocated there to be nearer to her sister in the seaside town of Berrycombe, having served several gruelling years working undercover for the Metropolitan Police. Her decision to move was for a better lifestyle and it has cost her dearly, including her marriage. When Megan's learns that her sister, Debbie Hayden, has found the dead body of local businessman Greg Porter, her life is thrown into disarray. Working for one of the Major Investigation Teams of Devon and Cornwall Police and assigned as liaison to the National Crime Authority on a case investigating people smuggling, Megan can only watch from the sidelines as Debbie becomes the main suspect in Porter's murder. Debbie found his body and worked for the victim but she strenuously denies killing him. Still wrestling with the PTSD caused by an past undercover operation that went awry, Megan is gradually learning to work as part of a team again and to trust others, as she had worked alone for years. This was a brilliant instalment in what is proving to be an excellent new police procedural series. With its well executed plot, the twists were plentiful with frequent meandering turns and a there was a great use of misdirection overall. I have certainly taken a liking to Megan; her vulnerable state and insecurity were touching and emotive though she was still able to deliver when the need arose. As with the first book, I was really impressed by the techniques Susan Wilkins used to keep my interest in the story; the clever plot without being overly complicated; the timely reveals that ramped up the tension; the unexpected developments. It will be a long wait for the next novel in this super, stylish series and I have no hesitation in recommending Close to the Bone. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Another dose of brilliant crime fiction.

    Close To The Bone is the second book in the Detective Megan Thomas series by British author, Susan Wilkins. Summer in Devon is a busy time for the Major Investigations Team. DS Megan Thomas is assigned as liaison to the National Crime Authority investigating people smuggling while her boss gives the murder of a property developer to the newest DI on the team, the recently-returned-to-duty Jim Collins. An old-school cop, Megan decides: racist, sexist and technology-averse. The NCA work is stimulating, and Daniel Ingram’s flirtation adds interest, but Megan is soon distracted by the interrogation of her younger sister, Debbie, as the prime murder suspect. Debbie found the body, worked for the victim, and her movements are in question, but she vehemently denies killing Greg Porter. Is she telling the truth? Also niggling at Megan’s thoughts is the recent release of a local criminal who has formed an association while in prison with the man who is responsible for her PTSD diagnosis. Could he know she is in Devon? Once again, Wilkins gives the reader a fast-paced, tightly-plotted tale filled with believable characters and natural dialogue, and augmented by some excellent twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing. As well as a novel method of human trafficking, the second instalment of Megan Thomas features domestic violence. Another dose of brilliant crime fiction. More please! This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Bookouture
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    Solid story

    Close to the Bone: Detective Megan Thomas by Susan Wilkins is an addictive book and had me reading well into the night. The main character, Megan, has her flaws and ghosts, but I liked her as a character due to her determination. I liked the setting, and the book had solid characters. A lot was going on in the book, and you had to pay attention to keep things straight, but the story had good twists and turns. A solid story I would recommend. #ClosetotheBone #NetGalley
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    A fantastic read

    Close to the Bone is the second instalment in the Detective Megan Thomas series and can be read as a standalone. I do recommend you reading the first, Buried Deep, not because you won’t be able to follow along, but because you will be missing out on another great read! For Detective Megan Thomas’ second outing, Susan Wilkins has made it personal when Megan’s sister Debbie, is questioned over the murder of her employer. But like all cases, nothing is as it seems and as the investigation deepens and a second body is found, a whole can of worms opens which brings with it police corruption, human trafficking and organised crime. The characters are first class and have been created so well. Megan as the main protagonist, really brings the series to life and I liked how we see more of a vulnerable side to her this time around and more of her relationship with Debbie. In saying that though, we still are shown her sassy side which I enjoy. The plot is strong and has been well researched and executed. There are no obvious plot holes and the two cases come together seamlessly leaving no loose threads. The story moves at a decent pace and with some red herrings, twists and turns and some surprises along the way, makes this such an enjoyable read. With only two books in, this is fast becoming one of my favourite series. Susan Wilkins really has created something great here and I hope there will be many books to come. It was my absolute pleasure to read and review Close to the Bone which I highly recommend. Thank you to Susan Wilkins, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Close to the Bone which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    I really enjoy Meagan. I read a lot of crime stuff mostly based in the UK because I find the police system interesting there. Meagan is a nicely balanced character. I like that she speaks her mind but is thoughtful before racing off to solve the crime herself and get in trouble unlike many characters I’ve seen in the past. Keep the books coming. Looking forward to reading the novella.
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