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A Place of Blood and Bone.
on 29 April 2013
A Place of Blood and Bone is the second book by Mark Peterson featuring Brighton police officer DS Minter.
I did enjoy this book--it is fast-paced with an interesting if farfetched at times plot. The characterisation was strong, particularly with Minter, who has an intriguing backstory, much of which is dealt with in the first book in the series `Flesh and Blood. We find out more about Minters childhood in this novel and I'd say he is certainly different to the run-of-the-mill police officer you read about in a lot of crime fiction. Brighton is vividly brought to life also which helped to give the novel a good sense of place.
Whereas in `Flesh and Blood I found the plot to be quite unpredictable, I can't quite say the same for this latest offering. It's a fairly standard serial killer story--though credit to the author for coming up with quite an original concept for the sections set in Oxford in the early 1990s which gave some understanding of why the later killings were taking place. The descriptions of the murders in the book are quite graphic--if you've read Peterson's first book this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.
As previously stated, the plot was enjoyable--though by no means perfect. I found that certain aspects of it weren't adequately explained; particularly regarding some of the breakthroughs the police made towards the end which helped them solve the crime.
I give the book 3 stars as despite my criticism above, the book kept me entertained and Peterson has created a sympathetic protagonist in DS Minter. There are some threads regarding Minter's past which I presume will be picked up in later publications and I am definitely interested enough to keep reading.
P.s: Paul Thorneley is a terrific audio book narrator for this type of thriller and delivers another excellent performance with this book.