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When The Killing Starts: The Gripping DI Dylan Book Which Has Fans Asking for More (D.I. Dylan 7) by [Bridgestock, RC]
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When The Killing Starts: The Gripping DI Dylan Book Which Has Fans Asking for More (D.I. Dylan 7) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 7 of 7 in D.I. Dylan (7 Book Series)
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"A cracking story." Natasha Harding, "Sun""

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Carol and Bob Bridgestock were both born and lived in West Yorkshire until they relocated to the Isle of Wight in 2003. Between them they have 47 years employment with the police. Carol being a member of the Civilian support staff and Bob retiring as a Detective Superintendent of West Yorkshire Police. As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases Bob took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults.The D.I. Dylan novels are authentic police procedurals and extremely popular among a growing list of devoted readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (30 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FXUIRHY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2017
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When the killing starts is the 7th novel in the DI Jack Dylan and, while I probably say it about every novel in the series, it is the best so far.

The novel opens with the team investigating the murder of a local lowlife Freddie Knapton who has been stabbed and thrown off a car park roof. While he is there Dylan gets a call to go to another murder scene where a couple, the Isaacs, have been killed and their house burned down. The novel follows Dylan as he investigates the two "stranger" murders and juggles some difficult times at home.

What a read. I am full of admiration for the Bridgestocks as they have produced a novel full of tension, sadness and complexity within the framework of procedure and legality. There are no lone wolf antics, just a rigorous investigation by professionals. You get a real sense of how the police narrow in on suspects using the slimmest of clues. It is fascinating and absorbing and it held my attention throughout. The authors take a different approach to the 2 murders. In the Knapton case the reader has no further information than the police so we are left to follow the same set of clues. In the Isaacs case the reader is told how it unfolds so we know that Declan and Damian Devlin are responsible and we watch the investigation unfold with additional knowledge. It is a long time since I have read, if ever, a novel with this dual approach and I loved it. It adds a frisson to the read and comparing the two investigations is really interesting.

I found the scenes from Dylan's home life extremely moving and very realistic. Some of them brought tears to my eyes (not an easy feat) and the whole incident is handled with extreme sensitivity. It is a masterclass in understanding.

I like the characterisation in the novel.
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This book is number seven in the crime and police procedural D.I.Jack Dylan series. In my opinion they are best read in order to get the true feel for the characters and a background to their personal as well as working lives. The book is set in a fictitious West Yorkshire town which has it's fair share of crime but still the team are shocked to the core by the particularly gruesome murders of a local art dealer and his heavily pregnant wife. They also have another investigation on their hands when a local low life trouble maker and his dog also turn up murdered. I love these books which are obviously well researched by the authors. A well deserved 5*
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If you like a novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat with your heart in your mouth, the DI Dylan series is definitely for you. Explosive violence and terrifying sexual scenes are all part of the job for DI Dylan. If you are like me, you shout: “Hurrah” out loud, when the evil criminals come to a suitably gruesome end. The trick of the writing is not just in the fast and furious pace but in the absolutely authentic attention to detail. What makes DI Dylan human and what keeps the poor man sane is his wonderfully supportive wife who, while undergoing her own all too human traumas, manages to fully support her husband, and keep their daughter safe. DI Dylan is no James Bond performing unbelievable feats of strength and sexual prowess, but a very human hard working copper. In his relations with his colleagues he shows at sense of humour; in his pursuit of criminals he shows no mercy. This is excellent writing that makes for a great read.
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If you enjoy a police procedure story, that's as dark and gritty as it gets then look no further. When The Killing Starts is the 7th in the DI Jack Dylan series, I have managed to read the first two in the series which I really enjoyed, but unfortunately I haven't had the time to read the other books due to the amount of TBR books on my ever growing pile, I was able to read this book as a standalone, but I'm sure I have missed the evolution of character through the previous books, which was a shame. When The Killing Starts is a gripping and a very disturbing read, the murders are graphic to say the least and made for a very uncomfortable read, and it's definitely not one for the faint hearted. I think the authors experience and involvement in high profile cases has provided the fuel that brings their writing to life, as they certainly don't "sugar coat" the hideous crimes the killers commit.

The Killing starts features heavily on the police procedure side of things and it so well described that as the reader I felt very much part of the investigation, the tension and feelings of urgency to solve the case added to the suspense. It was also interesting to see the effects such investigations have on the very people involved in the case. The protagonist DI Jack Dylan struggles to balance his personal life along side the demands of a very challenging job. Di Jack Dylan is a very likeable character he is tenacious, intelligent and relentless in his pursuit to catch the killers, so much so at times his job seems to come before his family and his health, as I'm sure this is the case for many DI's up and down the country.
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