- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1274 KB
- Print Length: 534 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1909163953
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fantastic Books Publishing (22 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G1WD6MO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 4 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,310,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tiger Blood (DS Webber Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Hell hath no fury like a woman who finds her Det Superintendent husband has not only been playing away but has been manipulated into fathering a child for a lesbian couple. And they are all in the job. To get back at him Melinda Webber, currently on maternity leave after the birth of their own child, starts to take a perverse interest in a cold case her errant husband has been handed – a woman’s suicide after the death of her husband mauled by tigers in a botched Animal Rights stunt. Under duress, he obliges. What harm can passing a bit of information do, especially when it helps keep the peace at home?
What it does is opens a can of worms than spreads to include a group of school-friend high-fliers now in their middle-age, CCTV and traffic-light manipulation, organised crime in Scandinavia, and a growing number of bodies which start to emerge when a car used in a Post Office robbery thirty years ago is hauled out of a water-filled gravel pit.
As with the author’s previous PI Raymond books, and now this DS Webber series, the lead characters are at the nub of a well-researched and authentic world of tight budgets, fierce hierarchy, and trying to keep the lid on multiple cases, peopled by characters balancing the demands of long hours in the job with the needs of family. Good to see put-upon DC Ayaan Ahmed making another appearance. I can see him eventually having a spin-off series of his own. The ending is a cracker.
This novel is a must-read for those who enjoy complex plotting which mirrors real-life police work.
Regular readers of my reviews know I don’t do synopses. Those are easily found in the blurb on the various websites and the backs of books. It seems pointless to simply echo them. My focus is on the quality of the writing, the story and the characters.
Here, Penny Grubb delivers a cast of characters who people her book with reality. There is a gritty actuality to the people we meet here: the reader feels these are folk involved in real life. The central protagonist is a flawed working police detective. Webber has issues, but he’s a dedicated seeker of truth unwilling and unable to allow expedience, difficulty or complexity to defeat his purpose in catching the guilty party in the crime he’s investigating. The people surrounding him, whether professional, personal or criminally suspect, are all very real too. The mix of characters makes it easy for the reader to empathise on many levels.
As for the story; with typical Grubb deviousness, it takes the reader on a journey both complex and dangerous. There are red herrings caught up in the net of intrigue. Suspects increase along with the body count. And danger is never far from those Webber most wants to protect.
The denouement starts relatively early and slowly builds at first, until the tension becomes palpable and the reader is urged deeper into the world of the police detective and the victims of crime.
The settings are often real places, but Penny Grubb imbues them with atmosphere so that the reader can envisage the places and visit them mentally as the story unfolds. There is a darkness to the crime scenes that is counterbalanced by the everyday glimpses of cafes, streets and homes.
This is a great story with brilliantly drawn characters. Pace varies with the action, taking the reader on a memorable ride through emotional and mental twists and turns until the eventual and inevitable conclusion brings the story to a satisfying close. A thoroughly absorbing read that leaves the reader looking forward to the next book from this talented storyteller.