I much enjoyed reading, Robert Crouch's debut novel “No Accident,” so I suspected and rightly so I would also enjoy his second book, “No Bodies.”
Crime Thrillers are not what I normally read, but this is not a normal crime thriller and the hero, Kent Fisher, if you can call him that is an environmental officer, not a policeman.
Even so he manages to solve the disappearance and murder of several local women, on his own by the power of deduction and without the huge resources that would be available to a police detective.
That he can do this while at the same time fending off attacks directed against him and his animal sanctuary is particularly impressive. I could not work out who the murderer was, but I can't go into details or I will ruin the storyline for any potential reader.
There is what I would call a lingering love interest in the background and if these books develop into a series I hope Kent Fisher's love life will get back on track.
Needless to say I enjoyed this book and would encourage those who enjoy mystery to purchase this latest offering from Robert Crouch. I'm certain you will enjoy it as much as I did.
This is the second book of Robert Crouch’s Kent Fisher Mysteries and as it continues on from the last book with so many massive life changing events that have taken place do read them in order. Everything will make more sense and it will enrich this story so much more. Kent Fisher has gained a new respect within the community where he lives from his success in solving a murder that could have easily have been over looked. Although he is still very much in the role of Environmental Officer it isn’t long before his itchy feet are pulling at him to dabble a little on another weird case. This time the disappearance of a local lady that simply vanished a year ago. Everyone but her husband, has lost interest with the police believing that she has run off with another man. This is a case where the more you find out the further away the solution gets as the list of missing women increases along with the suspects. It seemed that everyone involved was in a profession that could be handy to get rid of an unwanted body or two. I mean there were some really dodgy burger vans , to butchers that look like hairy bikers and an ex army Colonel, they all gave me the shudders. Kent has his own personal problems that puts everything that means something to him at jeopardy. This is a heart breaking piece of the story, very touching and one that I felt brought the best out in him. Now I loved the first book which introduced me to the main characters and this book enriched them and gave them more depth. There was one character, Gemma’s bloke who I desperately wanted to hate but I just couldn’t because he is so lovely. It didn’t stop me wanting to shake Kent violently at times though because boy if he put half the effort into his own life that he does sorting out other people’s problems he would be a happy bloke! What I like about these stories is it gets across not to jump to conclusions about someone because of the way they live. We all deal with tragedies in our own way. Kent continued to make me laugh as he turns to humour when he is nervous or threatened, which happens a heck of a lot in this story. I really do like Kent bless him, he just needs a lovely lady in his life. This is quite a mystery to solve just watch out for the clues. Ready and waiting for number three!
I always worry when I love a book, that the next one in the series will be a disappointment! I loved the first book in the Kent Fisher series and No Bodies was just as good. In fact it’s better.
Kent Fisher is a wonderful creation and unique in crime literature, not your atypical grumpy policeman, but a environmental health officer. The best bit about this book, is Kent himself, smart, with a conscience, but at the same time he has the right amount of skepticism to give him an edge. Frankly I love him and would happily read about his crime fighting adventures for years to come. You get to also meet the supporting cast of characters as Robert Crouch fleshes them out, makes them integral to the story. We get to meet Gemma’s fiancé and can’t help but wonder if the feelings she and Kent each other are really buried far in the past.
The story builds up an incredible head to steam to a thrilling ending. It’s a real page turner and a fabulous read. It does feel like a story many members of the family could enjoy, just as Robert Crouch intended.
I would love to see Kent with his own TV adaption. I even know who I want to play him!
Fun. Enjoyable. Entertaining and begging to be adapted for TV!
Kent Fisher is not your usual crime busting sleuth. He’s not a policeman, nor a private investigator but an environmental health officer for a local Council. Yes. You did read that correctly! I believe that No Bodies follows on from the first book in the series, No Accident. I haven’t read this first book so had no idea of what had gone before. Kent has apparently solved a murder disguised as an accident at work and is somewhat of a local hero. As well as his EHO work, he also runs an animal sanctuary from his home.
A local Councillor, Colonel Witherington asks Kent to look into the disappearance of his wife, Daphne. It is believed by some that she ran off with a local mobile caterer but the Colonel is not convinced. Although initially reluctant to get involved, Kent follows up some leads; his investigations not only bring him into contact with some very unsavoury people but he also discovers that Daphne is not the only woman to have suddenly gone missing from the area.
Solving crime is not part of his normal employment duties but public health is and Kent is kept busy with a case of E Coli, which puts a young child in hospital. When it is suspected that the outbreak could have come from his animal sanctuary he ends up battling to save both his reputation and his animal sanctuary.
It is difficult to categorise this book. It’s not wholly a traditional crime suspense thriller as it gives more than a passing nod to cosy crime. Kent is a very engaging character and easy to like, although I found him rather frustrating at times. I do like some humour in a crime story and No Bodies is sprinkled with humorous asides and clever observations.
Kent may be a likeable chap although I wasn’t so sure about some of his fellow characters. I couldn’t quite work out his relationship with Gemma, his work colleague. I understand that they have history but I was never quite sure what the current situation was between them and whether Gemma could be trusted when Kent was facing his bosses’ wrath (as he so often seemed to be!). His stepmother Niamh came across as a bit of a blabbermouth and an interfering busybody and although I should have been sympathetic as she had just lost her husband, as well as her home, I couldn’t take to her at all.
I did have a couple of very minor issues with No Bodies. There were some details that I felt were unnecessarily over described whilst a little bit more insight now and again into the backstory would have been appreciated. The background given is minimal and there were times when I was completely in the dark about characters and events – one of the downsides of not reading a series from the beginning I guess. However, No Bodies is extremely well written, the author’s experience in the field of environmental health clearly comes through and it’s a very intriguing and entertaining read. I enjoyed it and was as keen to know as Kent what had really happened to Daphne!
No Bodies by Robert Crouch, is a different read, I would recommend reading No Accident the first in the series beforehand due to a shortness of backstory in No Bodies, don’t get me wrong it could be read as a standalone but you would be missing out on the full effect of the character of Kent Fisher.
Kent Fisher an ordinary man, an environmental officer, (yip you read that right) not the usual Detective led book, ends up being entrusted by Colonel Witherington to find his missing wife Daphne, hopefully alive or to bring her murderer to justice. Upon searching Kent finds that Daphne isn’t the only woman to have gone missing, another two wives have vanished. Progressing through his investigation he discovers links to the women, can Kent bring justice to light for these women.
While Kent is an amateur investigator, a sleuth like Agatha Christie, his one true love is the animal sanctuary where he spends his time working. The sanctuary has problems there has been a case of E.coli, a young girl has contracted the infection and he could well be implicated in the investigation.
There are many hidden depths to No Bodies, the plot is intriguing in how Robert manages to run more than one plotline simultaneously, some parallel, some cross-over, each one bringing another spin to the plot, making No Bodies a book which will be hard for any reader to put down.
Thank you to Robert Crouch and Caroline for the advanced readers copy and the opportunity to be involved in the Blog Tour for No Bodies, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope many others do also.
I was sent an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.
Having recently solved a murder Kent Fisher has become something of a hero. So when Colonel Witherington seeks his help in finding his missing wife Kent isn’t too sure that he wants to get involved, especially as the police believe that she ran off with Colin Miller, a rather dubious caterer. Kent has also got problems of his own and it doesn’t look like things are about to get any easier for him.
When enquiries reveal that another woman has gone missing, Kent picks up a trail that went cold more than a year ago. However, he is struggling to find a connection between the two women and a third missing wife makes things even more confusing. Surely they can’t all of run away?
There could be a killer on the loose in Downland, but with no motive, connection or bodies, Kent may never uncover the truth.
I really enjoyed 'No Accident', so I couldn’t wait to read 'No Bodies'. I love Robert Crouch’s style of writing and the humour. I was so looking forward to catching up with Kent Fisher and his beloved dog, Columbo.
Following on from the first book in the series Kent’s career is in jeopardy and he is awaiting the outcome. As well as working as an environmental health officer he also runs an animal sanctuary. With no salary coming in he wouldn’t be able to keep it open. You wouldn’t think that things could possibly get any worse for Kent would you, but they do. When a young girl ends up in hospital with an E. coli infection, fingers point at Kent. He could lose just about everything.
Although Kent didn’t really want to get involved in the search for the Colonel’s missing wife, he soon became intrigued and started investigating with the help of his colleague, Gemma. A few leads led to a shocking discovery for Kent and one that was a little too close to home. I personally thought that this was quite a complicated case. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing as to who the murderer was.
I loved reading about Colonel Witherington’s house and I almost felt as if I was being given a guided tour. It sounded very nice, though the stuffed animals put me off a bit. I also liked the various references to freezers throughout the story.
'No Bodies' is an exciting and fast-paced read with a number of twists and turns. I really hope there are more books in this series to come. Robert Crouch is fast becoming a favourite author.