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Steps to Heaven (Sgt Major Crane Crime Thrillers Book 1) by [Cartmell, Wendy]
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Steps to Heaven (Sgt Major Crane Crime Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in A Sgt Major Crane Novel (8 Book Series)
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About the Author

Wendy Cartmell has a BA (Hons) degree in English and Education. She is a former teacher, PR manager and editor of a large corporate newspaper, who has always written, either for her work, or stories for her children. Her new crime series features Sgt Major Crane of the Special Investigations Branch, drawing on her husband's 22 years service in the British Army.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1824 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Costa Press; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U9T20A
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is the first in the new Sgt Major Crane series, introducing the reader to the British Army Special Investigation Branch detective based at Aldershot Garrison. Crane is investigating a particularly horrific murder/suicide and discovers the dead soldier has links to an evangelical church. He is convinced there is more to the story than a soldier who returned from Afghanistan tormented by what he saw there. He is forced to drop the case until another one rears it's head with uncanny similarities. Meanwhile at home his relationship with his wife is suffering as he struggles with whether he wants to bring a child into a world like his.

I really liked the slightly different setting for this crime thriller and I find the topic of cults and less than mainstream religions quite intriguing. This set it up to be a book I could really enjoy. The story moved at a reasonable lick and some of the descriptions of the crime scenes were a bit gory if matter of fact, which is no bad thing in my opinion. I think there was room for a little more on the subject of how the dead soldiers became involved with the preacher who becomes of particular interest to Crane but otherwise the balance of providing information and progressing the plot was pretty good.

For about three quarters of the book I was really enjoying the read, and didn't want to put it down but Crane isn't always likeable and one particular revelation towards the end really affected the empathy I had with the character. It seemed either at odds with what had happened earlier or suggested he was a much darker character than I had thought. Whichever it was I felt it tainted the ending and I put the book down and started the review with a much lower rating in mind than I had expected from the bulk of the book.
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I loved this book. This is up there with any of the best known mystery and crime novels I have read. I love the characters and it was easy to get to know them. I found myself wanting to get back to my kindle to read it again as soon as I could to find out what happened next - I wish I had time to read it in full. I will definitely be reading more from the author and if anyone is reading this review I have to say you would be mad to miss out on this book.
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Sgt Major Crane is the new boy on the block. I love a good detective series and Crane fits the bill perfectly but with a twist. Set in the Army this makes for an unusual and interesting story and although I don't know anything about army life it comes across as realistic and relevant to a lay person like me.With the added connection to the local Police force and the minefield of working together with civilian Police as well as the relationship with his boss, staff and wife Crane is an appealing, human sort of guy and I think there are many more tales that can be told about him.

The story line was good and the story telling great . I'm looking forward to read the next one in the series which is already waitig for me on my kindle!
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Sergeant Major Crane is a Special Investigations Branch Investigator in the Armed Forces, based at Aldershot Garrison. The military detail in this book is superb, even down to the smallest of details.

I liked Crane instantly, his no-nonsense approach is just fantastic - bordering on comical at times. I liked the way that I also got an insight into his personal life as well, it really helped to build him as a character.

His team - Billy and Kim seem to have differences between them but both strive to do a good job for Crane - doing whatever it takes!

The incident that they are called out to is so horrific that Crane just can't let it go, it is deemed as case closed and he is sent to investigate another incident. Only to find himself called back to that first case after another incident occurs miles away.

He enlists the help of Padre Symonds and 'civvy' police Detective Anderson determined to get to the bottom of these incidents. I liked both of these characters and loved the way that the Padre was loving playing `detective'!! Anderson on the other hand had his hands full - trying to stop Crane who sometimes was a little harsh with people!

The story was great, as I started piecing bits together something else would appear or not quite add up - to be honest at one point I thought that we were never going to catch up with `Zachariah'. It was a bit slow starting but once I got into the storyline I was hooked.

I think the final showdown scene was fantastic and was so happy with the ending! It'll be nice to `catch up' with Crane in the next instalment of the series
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Good, fast read and by setting it in army barracks, the author gives her novel an original twist on the detective novel. Crane makes an interesting central character and I recommend checking this out for detective novel fans on the hunt for something fresh and different. As a debut novel this is impressive.
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This military mystery is written in a very interesting style. Most authors write in the the past tense, but Wendy manages to conjure up her story line in the present tense! I am not an English scholar, but this makes the story difficult to read in some ways although after a while it just seems perfectly normal!!
As a first novel it is really great and I have just downloaded 40 days and 40 nights, Wendy's second story. Crane is a genuinely believable hero, and the story background is very true to life.
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