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Cleaver Square (A DCI Morton Crime Novel)

Cleaver Square (A DCI Morton Crime Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Sean Campbell , Daniel Campbell
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The bleakest winter on record and a gruesome discovery bring DCI David Morton to the Hackney Marshes in search of a clue, any clue, as to the identity of a dead child found near the Old River Lea.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Morton's long suffering wife Sarah comes to the conclusion that her man has been doing more than work during his late nights at the office. As he closes in on the mystery of the boy's identity his life begins to crumble and a terrible wrong is done to someone he loves.

With all of London watching, Morton's impeccable ethics will be tested to their limit as he is forced to choose between doing what is right and what is legal.

Cleaver Square is a stand-alone Police Procedural featuring DCI David Morton.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent novel 16 May 2014
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I found this a bit slow to begin with and struggled to get in to it but then it took off.
Turned out to be a really good book with several overlapping story lines which dovetail together very nicely and interesting characters who would seem to have ability to progress in further books.
Would definitely recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Detective Story with great Details 23 Jan 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Normally in this genre I tend to go for US settings. It was a change for me to read something that was set here in the UK. I must say I enjoyed it immensely. The main character was great - flawed just like the rest of us. The attention to detail in this book was fab and one of the things that I loved about it. There were some sad parts (I won't spoil it for any of you) and funny and it was just a good read. Look forward to more from these two authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars English murder mystery 10 Jan 2014
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This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the authors. Cleaver Square is a murder mystery / thriller set in and around London. It opens with a murder scene in Hackney Marshes on a cold January morning. A body is found by Robert Lyons, a member of the North London Metal Detectors. A post mortem reveals the body is of a young teenage boy, who has been in the ground for some weeks. A key item of evidence is a valuable watch found with the victim by the metal detector.

Whilst the murder investigation gets underway led by Detective Chief Inspector David Morton, the readers are introduced to Charlie Matthews a young lad who is being taken to a new foster home by his social worker. Charlie's history is tragic, both parents died in a car crash, then a set of foster parents died in a house fire, he is being moved once again through the overloaded social care system.

With a murder case going no where and Morton working long unsocial hours his home life is shattered when he and his wife are the victims of fraud and all their bank accounts and savings are emptied and their credit cards compromised.

DNA testing of evidence lead the team to ask "Who is Charlie Matthews?" But they are no closer to answering the question when Detective Tina Vaughn goes missing whilst following her own line of enquires.

Finally a new detective finds a new angle and a window of opportunity for the murder crime is revealed. The Police can close in on the suspects, but which Police department will get there first?

This was a cleverly written book, which kept me interested the whole way through, I wanted to solve the crimes too. The book tackles some serious real life issues which are sad possibilities in todays world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down. 25 Dec 2013
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Well I downloaded this to read over Christmas and I have to say, it didn't last very long because I couldn't put the Kindle down! I love a good crime novel and this delivers in spades. I really appreciated the clever plotting in the Campbell brother's previous novel 'Dead on Demand' and this is a sequel/spin-off that doesn't disappoint.

We meet Detective Chief Inspector David Morton again and this time, he has to find the killer of a boy that has been found on Hackney Marshes whilst also being the victim of identity fraud and and annoyed wife in the process.

This is a tightly written and clever plot and is a real page turner. There is a lot of interesting detail as well and we see the criminal justice process in action; it is clear that a lot of research has been done to ensure an authentic feel to the story. However, the pace was also good and the action was at just the right level to keep me hooked. I hope we see more of DCI Morton as he is a great detective and I'd love to see this as a TV programme as I think it would work really well. More please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 22 July 2014
By Cathy
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A suspicious death investigation soon turns into something very much more complex as DCI David Morton struggles to unravel the increasing threads of a case which becomes ever more daunting.

He and his team have to find the truth behind the discovery of a child’s body buried in Hackney Marshes. There are no apparent clues, apart from a very expensive watch found with the body, or evidence as to how the child died. The deeper the police team dig the more confusing the case seems as they chase each lead and reach seemingly dead ends.

While the investigation is ongoing DCI Morton is also dealing with intense personal problems which turn his life upside down, resulting in an interesting sub plot depicting the frustrations of dealing with unaccommodating banks and legal systems.

The forensic, legal details and police procedures are very well researched and the plot is tight and realistic with unexpected twists and a shock departure. It’s gritty and the main characters are well executed and believable. All the strands of the story are woven together well making this an enjoyable read.

Could do with a little more precise editing, there are a few grammatical and punctuation errors.
I think this works as a stand alone but if, like me, you haven’t read the first book, Dead on Demand, it’s available for a free download in the Amazon UK and US Kindle shops at the moment. Not sure for how long though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DCI Morton on a new level 8 Jun 2014
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This book made me cry in public while on a London tube train. This book humiliated me.
The fact that there is currently no available sequel ready for me to buy frustrates me.
I read this book in three days and lost sleep over it.

Superb story, International Gangstas with fingers in many pies, Identity Fraud, Marital Stresses, How many different ongoing cases can all be linked to one Primary school boy who isnt the child he is supposed to be? The boy who is actually Charlie has been dead for weeks. Who would want to pretend to be a kid in foster care?

Beautiful plot, knitted together with such precision and sentiment that you cannot fail to become sucked in.
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Personal life of police detective adds spice to a very good crime novel with some unusual twists and turns before the end
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first book I have read by the Campbell's enjoyed it very much interesting plot and believable. characters will look out for more
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