- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HQ; First edition edition (8 Mar. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008214611
- ISBN-13: 978-0008214616
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Devil’s Dice: The most gripping crime thriller of 2018 – with an absolutely breath-taking twist (A DI Meg Dalton thriller, Book 1) Hardcover – 8 Mar 2018
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'The Devil’s Dice is a terrific debut by Roz Watkins; it teems with shivery atmosphere and introduces a cop quietly different from most of the women detectives in British crime fiction today.' The Times Crime Book of the Month.
‘An impressive debut… A touch of Agatha Christie, a dash of Ann Cleeves’s Vera and a suitably moody setting in the Peaks…bring a formidable newcomer to British crime writing.’ Daily Mail
'A fascinating debut… Watkins brilliantly balances superstition and scepticism in this clever first novel.' Sunday Times
‘The setting is dramatic, the characters are convincing and the motive for murder, when eventually uncovered, is interesting… A smart enjoyable debut.’ The Literary Review
‘Gripping… This week’s hot read’ Woman Magazine
‘Clever and compelling…fans of Broadchurch and Happy Valley will enjoy this gripping thriller’ Candis Magazine
‘A fabulous book. I can’t wait to meet DI Meg Dalton again’ B A Paris
‘An outstanding debut. The Devil’s Dice had me gripped from the start’ Stephen Booth
‘Twisty, creepy, funny, and you may shed a tear too. More DI Meg Dalton please!’ Caz Frear
‘A fascinating debut with a deliciously old school mystery at its heart. I can’t wait to see what Watkins does next!’ Angela Clarke
‘A pacy, twisty read that had me on the edge of my seat…what a brilliant debut!’ KL Slater
‘Exceptional debut. Beautifully written and observed crime novel, with such well rounded maturity it was a pleasure to read from start to finish. Glad it is a series so that we all have a lot more to look forward to.’ Amanda Robson
‘Brilliant. I love Meg!’ Lisa Hall
‘A humdinger of a debut – whip-smart and with a protagonist you’re guaranteed to want to get behind’ Mel McGrath
‘A smart, intelligent police procedural and a well-crafted mystery set against a beautiful backdrop. Compelling reading.’ Jane Isaac
‘The plot instantly seizes the reader… A great start to a new series.’ Vaseem Khan
About the Author
Roz Watkins is the author of the DI Meg Dalton crime series, which is set in the Peak District where Roz lives with her partner and a menagerie of demanding animals.
Her first book, The Devil’s Dice, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and has been optioned for TV.
Roz studied engineering at Cambridge University before training in patent law. She was a partner in a firm of patent attorneys in Derby, but this has absolutely nothing to do with there being a dead one in her first novel.
In her spare time, Roz likes to walk in the Peak District, scouting out murder locations.
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Roz Watkins opens her novel with the discovery of the body of a lawyer in a cave in the Peak District. When Detective Inspector Meg Dalton arrives at the scene, strange markings are found on the stone wall and an eerie tale concerning the caves emerges. As the investigation progresses, unsettling details surface about a curse which has plagued the family. But what makes the case all the more perplexing is when another body is found. Could such a curse really exist?
I really enjoyed getting to know Meg as a character in this novel. She faces many obstacles in her path as she tries to bring the killer to justice but she is absolutely determined to do so, whatever the cost to herself and her career. She isn’t a character without her own problems and Roz explores some interesting themes in her backstory, I won’t go into too much detail here, but these themes I’m sure will prompt plenty of discussion in book groups. Ethical and moral issues do play a huge role in this book.
I also really liked her relationship with her side-kick, Jai. There were times when I did think that perhaps their working relationship wouldn’t work but as the novel progressed I did think that Meg would be lost without him, not as a colleague in particular, but as a friend.
The pace of the novel is excellent and exciting. As I finished each chapter I really wanted to find out what was going to happen next and Roz managed to expertly conceal the final truths in this book. She is an exciting new writer who I can’t wait to read more from. I’m sure her first novel in this series will win her lots of loyal, new fans. She is a talent to watch out for. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book to read.
And so the tale begins. And what a tale it is. With the first attending officer on the scene letting slip to Meg about the urban legend surrounding the cave, that of a supposed witch and the many suicides which have taken place in the tunnels leading from the cave over the years, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was purely a spook tale, one of the supernatural. And while there are recurring themes of witchcraft, tales of ‘the devil’s work’ and family curses throughout, it is also a very accomplished police procedural with a mixture of larger than life characters, both good and bad, many harbouring secrets which could have very large repercussions for all.
The officer at the centre of the whole investigation is DI Meg Dalton. Relatively new to the Derbyshire force, she has many secrets of her own, some of them far better known than she may realise. She is a truly interesting character, damaged both emotionally and physically, and the very nature of the case brings her own demons to the fore. She is feisty, determined, not easily swayed but very easily spooked – and I really liked her. her relationship with her family is complex, alarmingly so as becomes clear as the story progresses, but she is utterly dedicated to them, and to finding out the truth of what happened to the victim.
Alongside her there is the usual team and it was great getting to know them all, especially DS Jai Sanghera. I wasn’t sure of him to begin with, his character seeming to be a little aloof and perhaps even oblivious at the start but as things moved it was clear how sharp his mind really was and how committed he was to Meg and helping her. They were not without their conflicts but of all the members of her team, he is the one she could rely upon most. DS Craig Cooper seemed to be a bit of a bigoted pillock but even he showed a small essence of redeeming qualities in the end, if only very briefly. DC Fiona Redfern was another great character, very keen, and very loyal she was easy to like.
As far as suspects or villains go we were provided with a wide array. From arrogant solicitors to do-gooding religious types, there are many people who fall under suspicion at some stage, keeping to the reader guessing as to who, if anyone, was responsible for the death of Peter Hamilton. with much talk of a family curse and the things which befall them, it would be easy to believe that fate has a heavy hand in what happens and Roz Watkins has done a brilliant job in creating this sense of tension and suspense around that which we cannot see but merely feel. Speaking of that which can be felt, she really puts poor Meg through the ringer too. If I’d been bashed and beaten as often as she is in this book, I’d be left thinking someone was trying to tell me something.
As to whether the culprit inhabits and earthly or astral plane, you will need to read to find out. There are some very emotive themes touched upon in this book, ones which will divide opinions of readers if discussed openly. I’ll not say much about them here as you need to read for yourself to understand but, much like in the book, it is easy to understand both points of view and the dividing line between right and wrong is not so easily drawn. A great look at a very sensitive subject.
Told from Meg’s point of view, the pacing and tension in this were just right and her character engaging enough to hold my attention from start to finish. A very competent and entertaining debut and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Meg and co in the future.
All in all an excellent first novelin this series from this author.
Looking forward to many more in the series
It is an impressive first novel. I honestly couldn’t put it down. And I can’t wait for the next one!
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