Die With Me Hardcover – 5 Jul 2007
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'A page-turning and assured debut in the vein of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James' Irish Independent. (Irish Independent)
'Fast-moving ... original and compelling' Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)
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For fifteen year old Gemma it is already too late.
Her body is found in the nave of a church in Ealing, west London. At first
all the signs were that it was a suicide. But then the autopsy suggests it
is not and Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and the Barnes murder squad
are called in.
For Tartaglia and his team it is just a matter of time before the tragedy
Writing in the tradition of Ruth Rendell, P D James and Val McDermid, Elena
Forbes has created a team of police detectives who are as intriguing as
they are successful. And the world of west London is wonderfully realised -
from edgy, urban Hammersmith to middle class Ealing and over the Thames to
sleepy Barnes, a surprising location for the two London murder squads based
Elena Forbes is the most exciting new British female crime writer to come
along in years.
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Top Customer Reviews
The blurb on the front of the book says if you like Ruth Rendell you will love this. Well for my sins I have never read any Ruth Rendell books so I could not compare it in that way. All I can say is that I thought the storyline and the writing were first-class. The reader, or certainly this reader, instantly takes to the lead character Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia, whose personality one instantly seems to take a liking to. The book is a first class thriller and if you did not know that it is the author's first book, one would think she had been writing for years.
I'm always on the look out for a new detective series. A lot of the books I've read recently have been debut novels. I would love to discover an already written series to get my teeth into and thought, at first, this might be it. There was the DCI with the anguished love life; the useless high-up police boss demoting the protagonist and bringing in an annoying superior; the sergeant, secretly in love with her boss and a good storyline - an older man befriending suicidal young girls online and 'helping' them to commit suicide.
But it just didn't move along fast enough for me. I couldn't connect with the characters and it was all a bit forgettable. This was the first in the series. I may read a later on at some point as this did have potential.
But it just didn't move quickly
And the characters are so dull, so stupid that you wouldn't want them doing anything more complicated than giving out speeding tickets.
The writer may be capable of writing a decent police novel, but this one is very disappointing.
With Tartaglia’s DCI in hospital following an accident, he and DS Sam Donovan are under pressure to produce results, but Tartaglia is infuriated when DCI Carolyn Steele is brought in to head the case. And even more annoyed when she brings in psychologist, Dr Patrick Kennedy as the profiler. Kennedy and Tartaglia have an adverse history on a previous case; Steele is also not as impartial about Kennedy’s role as would be wise. As more deaths occur, Tartaglia is also distracted from his work by his previous affair with pathologist, Dr Fiona Blake.
This is an excellent murder mystery that captures the feel of the west London suburbs and introduces a team of realistically flawed members of the Metropolitan Police force. While the astute reader may be able to determine the perpetrator and the source of various red herrings, this is, nonetheless, a page turner that will keep the reader enthralled to its gripping climax. Forbes leaves plenty of scope for further books in the series, and readers who enjoy this one will be pleased to know there are a further three (so far) to be savoured. An excellent debut.
This book held my interest from the start. As police procedurals go, I thought that is was better than most. It reminded me a bit of the 'Tom Thorne' series of novels. I cottoned on as to who the killer was with around a third of the book still to go, but still found the ending full of suspense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. Gripping from start and unputdownable. Great twist at end as you don't expect it to be the person it is. One too watch out for.Published 2 months ago by Margaret Dudgeon
A great thriller and the first of four novels that are well worth reading.A good and satisfying read.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Carolyn Arno
As always an exciting, if gruesome, book by Elena Forbes. I couldn't put down my Kindle once I started reading it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Heather Isdale
Great story couldn't put it down bring on the next one by Elena. Looks like I'm hooked I'm hooked on DI tartagliaPublished 15 months ago by Jjp Quinn
I order this book as I had bought the next one in the series not realising it was a series. The description said used but in good condition which is exactly what it was. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Smila