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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 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've read all of Michael Fowler's books so when I saw this one I thought it would be up to his high standard but reading it I have to admit I struggled, I was hoping it would be fast paced and interesting like his previous books but I found it boring going over all the interviews and the general conversations between his co-workers. I was looking for an exciting read but for me it just didn't happen I don't believe in spoilers otherwise why buy the book. Hope the next one will be more gripping
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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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Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved this book! It was my first Michael Fowler book and I will be going out to read all his previous books too. Shadow of the Beast is the fifth outing of DS Hunter Kerr, but this can definitely be read as a stand alone or as your first taste of Michael Fowler's writing.

Shadow of the Beast is very well written and is fast paced and easy to read. There is enough police lingo to make it feel realistic and to submerse you in the story without losing a lay person with too much jargon. The police procedure side was also shown just enough to give an idea of what the police have to go through in an investigation without it slowing the pace of the book or lessening the excitement.

DS Hunter Kerr is an amazing lead man, he is hard when he needs to be but has a soft side which is shown in his relationships with his friends and family alike. It's nice to see another hardened police man with a happy marriage and children. I also think his relationship with his partner Beth is brilliant, there is no sexual tension, they are just two really good friends with a healthy dose of competition between them to be the best.

The main story follows a discovery of bones beneath a demolished church and moves quickly from there when other remains are found and then all seem to be linked to the "Beast Of Barnwell". It was interesting to see the investigation go from having no leads, to it picking up pace the further into it they got, it felt like a really natural progression. You're kept guessing at what's been going on and who it could be and I was actually surprised at the end.

Overall between the excellent story-line and the extremely likeable characters I really enjoyed this book and I flew through it. I will be (and have been) recommending this book to people!
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Shadow of the Beast is the 5th Hunter Kerr novel which means I join a series without knowing the backstory. This did not have the slightest impact upon my enjoyment of the story but there were references to events gone by – always a reward for a returning reader! Michael Fowler has done a great job of ensuring new readers have enough information to keep up with new developments, important info is conveyed with a simple, quick efficiency and the story keeps a good pace.

In Shadow of the Beast we have a bit of a gruesome opening – construction workers have uncovered a skull during the excavation of an old abandoned building. The police are called and further (more careful) digging uncovers the rest of a skeleton. It is clothed in garments from the 1980’s and alarmingly the police find that a cow’s head has been substituted for the original skull.

The narrative jumps to another part of the city where the reader gets to witness a hit and run accident take place. Only this is no accident, the driver reverses over the fallen body of the victim before speeding off into the night. The consequences of this deed will shake Kerr’s team to its foundations and stretch the department resources to their limits both physically and mentally.

A cold case from 30 years ago and an active investigation with no obvious motivation, the narrative is nicely split and I was totally hooked. Then came the best treat of all – the dawning realisation that Michael Fowler must have served as a police officer – as this was one of the finest police procedurals I have read for some time and had an authenticity in many scenes which not every crime novel can capture.
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