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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.
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!
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. I expect there’s a lot to his back story that I’m not aware of but he did feel different to my normal lead investigators.
Even though the majority of the investigation is written around a cold case it was still exciting to read with twists and turns. One of the characters oozed evil for me, a real nasty piece of work.
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would, what’s not to love?! It fits the bill perfectly for those autumnal evenings where all you want to do is snuggle on the sofa with a glass of wine and a good book. Lovely!
Four out of five stars.
Thanks to Noelle Holten, Caffeine Nights Publishing and Michael Fowler for providing me with a copy of Shadow of the Beast in exchange for an honest review.
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