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    good read

    Eddie becomes more likeable in every book. Looking forward to read more crime stories involving him.
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    Shock!

    Eddie Collins waxes poetic and determines to get his leadership skills on. I like it! The last line in the book is some spooky channeling. No spoilers from me - go read it, from the beginning.
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    Third in the Eddie Collins series

    Third in the Eddie Collins series about a troubled but brilliant CSI from Leeds, this was originally released in 2015 as "The Sword of Damocles" then was republished under the new title The Hammer Falls, before returning to the original (and better) title. A quick look of Wikipedia educated me as to the significance of the title This book is set about a year after the events of Black By Rose, but there is enough backstory to read it as a standalone, although you would miss out on all the character dynamics. Eddie is struggling with his new role as a manager, having been bullied into accepting a promotion to take Jeffery's role. He is also chronically stressed, but in denial about the fact that living with Ros, his supposed happy ending, is what's causing it. The team investigate the death of a woman in a burned out car, which links to other recent crimes, and to an old murder, forcing Benson and Collins into an uneasy truce as they work together to make their boss Cooper see the connections. While I didn't like this quite as much as the first two books, this was still an excellent police procedural - the bar has now been set very high for Mr Barrett. I liked the way some interesting new characters have been introduced, like Sid the secretary, and poor scared Eddie's dad. We also get to see Eddie's dark side again, justified though it may be. The mystery was fine, although felt like it was revealed to us very early on - I was expecting more of a twist. I enjoyed the character progression, as Eddie is growing up and thinking about others, while still being the maverick who spots the crucial clues. The writing is gritty and atmospheric as ever, and all the forensic details are fascinating, and presumably accurate. I don't however believe that any GP would prescribe Rohypnol for insomnia. I got fed up with the constant references to coffee - it's like a joke that's been overdone. I also didn't like the coincidence revealed on the final page, this felt unnecessary. But these are very minor niggles, I highly recommend this series, and am glad to have the next one ready to read soon. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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