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Shadow of the Beast: DS Hunter Kerr is back in this gripping best selling series by [Fowler, Michael]
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About the Author

Michael Fowler was born and brought up in the Dearne Valley area of Yorkshire where he still lives with his wife and two sons. At the age of 16 he left school with the ambition of going to art college, but his parents' financial circumstances meant he had to find work and so he joined the police. He has never regretted that decision, serving as a police officer for thirty-two years, both in uniform and in plain clothes, working in CID, and undercover in Vice Squad and Drug Squad, retiring as an Inspector in charge of a busy CID Department in 2006.Since leaving the police he has written and painted professionally. As an artist he has numerous artistic accolades to his name, and currently, his work can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts at Lincoln and Stamford. As a writer he is the author of the DS Hunter Kerr series and the DS Scarlett Macey series. He has also written two stand alone crime novels. He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1174 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LYIGKMX
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First class, keeps you on your toes all the way through with a great twist at the end
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Shadow of the Beast is part of the DS Hunter Kerr series, but having not read any of this authors books before, it also reads well as a stand alone.

When human remains are found it seems to open a whole can of worms for the police. Trying to put a name to someone who has been dead for a lot of years is not easy work for the team, they have to rely on local knowledge as well as the wonderful technology that we luckily have in todays world to solve the mystery. Then comes the hard work, who has killed her?

Shadow of the Beast is very much a police procedural. When the team are on the scene I felt as if I was there along with them discovering the evidence for myself. The author is very descriptive of what work is entailed when discovering a skeleton. I really enjoyed getting to see more of this part of the job as many crime novels tend to skim over it and of course it plays a very big part in identifying a victim as well as catching the criminal.

The whole story is very much centred on the big case, you don’t get to see a great deal of the characters personal lives apart from Dawn’s. Due to her partner being knocked down in a hit and run, even though she is involved on the case, her mind is understandably elsewhere.

You really get a sense of camaraderie within this team. What affects one, affects the others. It is a realistic look into how a crime team works together. With plenty that will chill the reader, this is one crime novel that as it picks up speed, gets even more gripping. Definitely one that crime fans don’t want to miss!

My thanks to the author and Caffeine Nights Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I like to go out of my comfort zone sometimes when I’m choosing books to read. ‘Shadow of the Beast’ is most definitely a book that is completely different to the types of books that I usually read. I like to try different genres and different authors to test my mind and keep me on my toes. So, when I was approached to be a part of this tour, I put on my big girl panties and stopped being a wuss.
Well, I tried to stop being a wuss. The investigations that went on in the book were written with such realism, I had to keep double checking that I was in my house and not the one doing the investigating! Due to the fact that I am not so used to reading novels with copious amounts of goosebump moments, I did struggle to keep up with the investigating, enquiries and hidden agendas. That is nothing against the author or the book, but I’ll admit, it probably didn’t help that I spent most of the time reading, hidden behind my dressing gown. Like that was going to save me from the ‘Beast’!!
The way that Michael Fowler wrote the complex events unnerved me, especially as I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him. That man sure knows how to write and he really knows his stuff when it comes to crime, I’m really curious about the other books that he has written now. Even though I’m a huge wuss.
The complex storyline mixed in with such powerful description of events has definitely made me remember Michael’s work. Whilst it isn’t the sort of book I will pick up at night time, I am very glad that I went out of my comfort zone and read Michael’s book. It gave me the heeby jeebies something chronic, but his writing is brilliant, and that’s coming from a wuss!

Thank you Michael Fowler!
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Shadow of the Beast is book five in the DS Hunter Kerr series. I haven’t come across this series or author before, but I will definitely be keeping a lookout for Michael Fowler’s books in the future. (And hey, it wouldn’t be a damppebbles review if I wasn’t going into a series somewhere around book 5, would it?!)

Construction work digs up a human skull. DS Hunter Kerr is called to the scene to start a new murder investigation. Except it’s not a recent death. The body is that of a young woman who was murdered in the 1980s. But that’s only half of the problem. Placed upon her corpse is the skull of a cow, and it’s quite obvious that the skull had skin and flesh covering it when it was first interred with the victim. There starts a particularly difficult investigation for DS Kerr and his team, which goes to prove that time does not heal all wounds. Time just makes it harder to solve a murder investigation. The body count is rising as the investigators dig as far back as the 1970s. Can Kerr and his team discover who has been getting away with murder for all this time? And what of the savage hit and run accident that has put Crime Manager, Michael Robshaw into ICU? Is this current vicious attack related to past misdemeanours…?

There’s nothing like a good ol’ police procedural to lose yourself in and Shadow of the Beast did just that for me. This was my first introduction to Hunter Kerr and team and I will be making a point of reading the other books in the series as soon as the #terrifyingTBR starts to reduce a little. I was expecting a strong and rather strapping DS with a name like Hunter Kerr and thankfully Michael Fowler’s writing and my imagination didn’t let me down! I liked Hunter.
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