- Paperback: 305 pages
- Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (11 Jun. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910720003
- ISBN-13: 978-1910720004
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Born in a Burial Gown (D. I. Avison Fluke) Paperback – 11 Jun 2015
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"everything you want in a British procdedural: a dark world, a tangled case, a clear and logical solution, and a deeply flawed hero who's still well worth rooting for." --Kirkus Review (online: 10/19/2015, in print: 11/1/2015)
"Fluke and his team stand out for their compassion, depsite a job that so often confronts the worst in human nature."--Publishers Weekly, starred review, 11/16/2015
Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction - Caro Ramsay, author of the Anderson and Costello crime novels
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Detective Inspector Avison Fluke is a man on the edge. He has committed a crime to get back to work, concealed a debilitating illness and is about to be made homeless. Just as he thinks things can't get any worse, the body of a young woman is found buried on a wet, Cumbrian building site. Shot once in the back of the head, execution style, it is a cold, calculated murder. When the post-mortem reveals she has gone to significant expense in disguising her appearance, and the only clue to her identity is a strange series of numbers, Fluke knows this is no ordinary murder. With the help of a psychotic ex-Para, a gangland leader and a woman more interested in maggots than people, Fluke must find out who she was and why she was murdered before he can even think about finding her killer. As the body count rises and his investigation takes him from poverty stricken estates to picture perfect Lake District villages, he realises his troubles are only just beginning. Because someone, somewhere has a plan and if Fluke can't figure out what's happening, he may just be next.See all Product description
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Born In A Burial Gown is a brilliant police procedural novel. Most crime books I tend to read tend to be more the action side or a mixture of reading between the criminal and the detective so reading this authors novels was a very pleasant surprise as I didn't think one concentrating mainly on the procedural side could ever be so riveting.
Through Fluke and Lucy I learned so much about how they work out how long a body has been dead for which for some might be a bit morbid, personally I found it fascinating.
The author spends quite a bit of time letting the readers get to know Fluke so that we pretty much know all that there is to know, which to a certain extent builds up a respect between the reader and the character.
Towler, Fluke's sidekick is a character that I absolutely loved. He reminded me slightly of being a Rottweiler on a lead that Fluke at times has to rein in as he can get a bit carried away. Rottweiler lovers don't fret as I know they can be very loving animals also which is a side that you do get to see of Towler briefly throughout the novel also. He brings a bit of light hearted relief in areas as he is a stereo typical bloke who speaks before he thinks and jokes about inappropriate things but I don't think Fluke or the readers would have him any other way.
The death that Fluke and his team are investigating turns out not to be as straight forward as they first thought and how they work out who the murderer is was just brilliant. It was almost like a jigsaw that all the little snippets of findings and information all of a sudden reveals the bigger picture and it just left me craving for more.
Born In A Burial Gown really is a gripping novel. It is very much the thinking 'mans' crime book as it concentrates mainly on the procedural side yet manages to still feel as fast paced at times as an action one. With a great line up of characters, this is one crime series that has left me desperate for more as well as being excited about what else is to come.
The main characters are fully drawn with 'proper' human defects. The relationship between Detective Inspector Fluke and Detective Sergeant Towler is gripping. Fluke is an ex marine and Towler an ex paratrooper- a great idea for a police pairing. The peripheral characters add to this outstanding book.
The storyline has been outlined already so I'll not rehash. My advice is Read This. It's a solid, realistic plot which doesn't tip over into the unbelievable. I downloaded the second book in the series, before finishing this and that 'speaks volumes' in respect of enjoyable reading.
Set in Cumbria, the main characters are a group of rather different CID officers with interesting back stories, but who work well as a team. Their dedication leads them to put in the hours, sometimes cutting corners to get the results. I understand that this is the first of a potential series. I just hope that the next book, which I’m eagerly awaiting, maintains this high standard. Today I ordered a previously published book of short stories, although I never read these, because it is here that the assorted band of police officers are introduced. Fingers crossed for more brilliant writing. Mike Craven deserves to be more widely known.
The plot opens with the discovery of a female body on a building site which is only discovered because a witness leaves a note saying where the body is otherwise it would have been buried under the tons of concrete due to be laid that day. The hunt is then on, not only to find the witness but the identity of the body, which is easier said than done. Nothing is as it seems and I found it compulsive reading with each piece of information uncovered leading to more questions and answers. It is cleverly done and kept me turning the pages to see what was coming next. Even the bits Avison couldn't uncover slotted into place logically and realistically and didn't leave any disappointing loose ends - that's a bit woolly but I don't want to issue any spoilers and you'll see what I mean when you read it.
I'm not sure what to think about Avison Fluke. He's a great protagonist as he has all the perquisites of a good fictional detective, dedicated, tenacious, intuitive, smart, a bolshy b*****d, has the loyalty of his team and you can't help rooting for him but I'm not sure I'd want to go for a drink with him and yet it might be a good laugh, depending on his mood. The rest of the team are a bit cliched but rounded enough that there is plenty of scope for them to develop in future novels.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and heartily recommend it as a good read.
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