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    Edge of your seat suspence!

    The second novel in the Intriguing DI Tom Ridpath series. Full of suspence! "He chewed the rope once more despite the pain, twisting his mouth so his canine teeth came in contact with it. He would escape, he wasn’t going to be trapped here for the rest of his life. Soon, the family would realise he was missing. His father would come looking for him, wouldn’t he? His mouth was dry, all spit absorbed by the rope. He stared at his wrists. A few fibres were sticking out from the rope but otherwise it looked untouched. Why was he so thirsty? He stared at the slime-covered wall in the light from above the door. Could he lick it again? Anything for a few drops of water to moisten his dry mouth. He was about to lean forward when the green slime darkened, vanishing from view. What? What was happening? Were they going to let him go? A shadow covered the door. The handle was turning, the click of a key in the lock. The smell of cigarette smoke filling the room. A man framed in the door, silhouetted by the neon light. ‘It’s time we had some fun.’" ******** Where the Dead Fall by M.J. Lee is the second novel in the addictive DI Tom Ridpath series and it was as thrilling as the first one! This is my second book by M.J. Lee and I'm very glad to have been introduced to him! DI Ridpath is an engaging, big as life character who I grew fond of in book one and I couldn't wait to see what he was up against next. He's a dedicated man who refuses to give up until he gets to the truth even putting himself in harms way, not once, but multiple times! The storyline in this book continues from the first book, Where the Truth Lies, so to get the most of this book I recommend reading this series in order. Both books were highly enjoyable and I hope there will be a third in this series as I'd love to see what Ridpath gets up to in the future! With Thanks to NetGalley, Canelo publishing, and M.J. Lee for giving me this advanced digital copy to read and review.
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    well written, lovely characters, good story.

    Oh goody, another instalment of DI Redpath and his troubled life of secondment to the Coroner's Office. He witnesses a death on the M60 around Manchester where the victim was running from an armed gunman. Trying to convince the police of this fact proves more problematic especially as there is an upsurge in drug-related gang warfare on the streets of Manchester. Red herrings, two feisty senior ladies, some worn-down policemen and Ridpath's own personal health and family problems all add to the fast moving story. Compelling reading and you don't need to have read "Where the truth lies" to follow this one. Hope that there will be a third. Thanks to NetGalley and Canelo for sending me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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    Pure entertainment

    Detective Inspector Thomas Ridpath is back in the second exciting installment in the DI Ridpath Series. The first book ‘Where the Truth Lies‘ introduced us to DI Ridpath as he hunted ‘The Beast of Manchester’ and started his job working at The Coroners Office after he returned from sick leave from fighting cancer. This time DI Ridpath is trying to solve the case of crime gang bosses children being murdered and bring the murderer or murderers to justice before there is another gang warfare happening on the streets of Manchester and turning the place back to Gunchester. I’m old enough to remember the years of Gunchester. In fact, the school I went to was on the edge of one of the worst areas involved and had numerous pupils that were part of different gangs, so Where the Dead Fall resonated with me and I was just hoping that DI Ridpath could stop a turf war happening on the streets. The book opens with DI Ridpath driving back from a meeting and witnessing a man run across the motorway in front of his car. Luckily Ridpath manages to brake in time. The man looks panicky and before Ridpath can help him he carries on running straight into the oncoming path of a lorry, instantly being killed. Ridpath is sure he saw a gunman on the hard shoulder but with no witnesses seeing the gunman, nor any cameras picking him up, Ridpath is made to feel like a laughing stock. From this opening scene, the tension and excitement build, leaving you wanting more as you piece together the jigsaw as further bodies, both older and newer turn up. All have something in common, they are the sons of crime bosses. Whilst the rest of MIT (Major Incident Team) believing that this is the start of a turf war in the city, a tit-for-tat, Ridpath isn’t convinced but he can’t seem to get anyone on his side. It’s up to him with some help from the new pathologist Dr. Schofield to discover the truth. The book was pure entertainment from the first page to the last. I love that the series is written in my home town as I can visualise the areas perfectly. There are plenty of twists and turns to throw you off course more than once. The characters are all intriguing and a real mixed bag, the only person I’ve never been able to warm to throughout the series is Ridpath’s wife Polly. Her attitude to his career just grates on me. If you are looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, well this is the one. Once I started reading I did not want to put it down. Whilst I would say this could be read as a standalone it would be better to read book one ‘Where the Truth Lies’ first as you will get to understand Ridpath and the way he works better.

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