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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2014
I'm glad I continued to follow Minter. Definitely an improvement on the first book. I genuinely think Peterson will earn himself a place amongst the great crime writers. The writing is still a little on the raw side and the backstories need refinement but it is definitely got a lot of potential.

This book has good twists and draws you in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2013
A cracking second novel in the series. Breathless and intelligent, "A Place of Blood and Bone" kept me up all night. With the clock ticking, detective sergeant Minter is charged with identifying a serial killer on the loose in Brighton. Peterson introduces us to a Jekyll and Hyde plot and also takes Minter's back-story forward, revealing why he grew up in care. There's a great sub-plot in the portrayal of Abi Martin, who seems to be just light relief as we squirm with embarrassment at her antics as a breakfast show host, but this quickly turns to solidarity as her boss plots her sacking because she is "past her prime" and then sympathy and intrigue. How do the two stories combine? Looking forward to number three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2014
Great book which captures your interest straight away. I couldn't put it down once I'd started reading. It helps a little if you have read the first one, just to get the background story on the main character, but can also be read on it's own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers
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on 4 July 2015
I only read the first three chapters and gave up.

It may have got better, but I actually didn't care enough to read further.
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on 5 December 2014
A very good book, hope he writes more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
A gripping, chilling and disturbing crime novel which explores not only the underbelly of Brighton, as the local police try to get to grips with a series of horrific murders, but also the unsettling complexities of the human brain and how it is capable of dictating the movements of the body. The crimes in this book are horrific, the motivations of the people behind them equally so. Peterson portrays both the police officers who have to deal with the worst aspects of human nature and the mental health issues they encounter whilst doing so with insight and understanding which adds new depth to the contemporary crime novel.
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Good quick delivery
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on 22 October 2014
gr8 book
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