Death Message: A Collins and Griffiths Detective Novel (Collins & Griffiths) Paperback – 7 Sep 2017
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Sensational... A brilliant, high-octane crime novel, ringing with the hard-earned wisdom of a former cop. -- Tony Parsons A terrific thriller, it pulls off that near-impossible trick of being not just psychologically acute and beautifully written but rivetingly plotted too. Packed with convincing detail and a full cast of excellent characters it is edge of the seat stuff: Prime Suspect rebooted. -- Christobel Kent An absorbing debut... The author vividly re-creates the everyday experience of uniformed police... The result is a complex novel that offers rare insights into how the police operate. * Sunday Times on Post Mortem * Intelligent, atmospheric, captivating - this book draws you in and doesn't let you go. A must read. * Rosamund Lupton on Post Mortem * Knowledgeable, thoughtful, sensitive and well written. * Literary Review on Post Mortem * A complex, intelligent, thrilling crime novel by a debut author, from a real serving detective in the Metropolitan Police's murder squad. * Weekend Sport on Post Mortem *
An intricate, gritty and believable crime novel about a mother and daughter in peril - and two police officers who set out to save them.See all Product description
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I can see people easily placing this in the police procedural genre, which it is but what will, really hit you as the reader is how often the events played out in the plot happen every day around us. To friends, family or people in our communities.
The novel centres on two Met police officers, of different rank and different roles. DS Sarah Collins is tasked with Operation Egremont, which is to solve the disappearance of Tania Mills from the cold case in 1987. PC Lizzie Griffiths is returning to work, at her new posting with the domestic violence unit, known within the Met as the ‘murder prevention squad’.
DS Collins has a complex cold case to solve that has many dead ends. But she pursues on in search of justice for Tania and her family. The original investigation was ran by (now) DI Peter Stokes. A career detective for whom the case has always stuck with him! Feeling the pressure from not only inside the Met but the pressure DS Collins places on herself she digs through the old case files. Tania was known at the time as a local ‘good girl’. But good girls often go off the rails, or are approached by predators. Did Tania run away? Did she have an accident? Or is it something more sinister?
PC Griffiths on her first day walks straight into a scene of chaos and violence with a domestic assault. With a young mother and her daughter in dire need of help, but refusing all attempts. When problems from Lizzie’s past spill over into the charging structure of the justice system, the abuser is released. How far will Lizzie go to protect the victims? What is the abuser truly capable of?
The novel throws up some interesting and conversation building points. Such as the difference in policing in an era with no social media, texts and CCTV. Attitudes towards domestic violence and sexual assaults. The way the justice system operates and how much the media get involved in cases of abuses against women. Given that both crimes are at an all-time high in 2017, I think this would be perfect for book groups to debate/discuss.
I absolutely loved this novel. It is tough, gritty and edgy! The characters have depth and their personal history is detailed, at times this makes for heart-breaking reading. The relevance of the personal history’s is to ascertain what creates monsters in disguise? What paves the way for murder? The author of the novel is an ex-Met detective and it shows in the writing; the questioning mind and need to understand why people commit crimes and what made the victims vulnerable to their abusers.
A highly recommended crime fiction read, one that will stay in my mind for some time! 5*
*I received an arc copy.
I absolutely loved this book, London is an incredible author, infusing realism with high intensity drama that makes for intoxicating, stimulating reading. This is the second in a series, I have to admit, I somehow missed the first one, 'Post Mortem' but I am definitely going back to read it! Back to this book and as a reader you really do not need to have read the first book, as London tells the backstory of Collins and Griffiths magnificently and I felt like I had known them all along.
'Death Message' is so slick with a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat. I loved that London had two cases running simultaneously, it gives the reader a real sense of urgency as well as the realistic idea of the police being run off their feet. This plot is full of excitement and tension and London writes about some very hard hitting subjects. This is by no means a light, entertaining crime read, rather a gritty one that yes will have some uncomfortable scenes in but they are so important to the plot.
Collins and Griffiths are my new favourite duo. I adored their extremely complicated relationship and I thought London sent out a great message that you do not have to like someone to have respect for them and appreciate they have done a good job. London has the perfect balance between portraying their personal lives and following them professionally and I cannot wait to read more about them.
This book has now become one of my favourite crime reads and I cannot wait to see what happens to them in the future. If you are after a hard-hitting, adrenaline fuelled read then look no further!
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