Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
In an overcrowded, sometimes over clichéd genre, the Morton series stands out. Authors Sean and Dan Campbell have carved a fresh niche with imaginative well paced story lines, original characters and authentic actions.
In this latest title, armchair detectives are in for a treat, as DCI Morton's third murder mystery unfolds in real time from the investigating officers' viewpoints. Once again, Morton and his team hunt through London, determined to catch the murder victim's killer.
Police procedure, legal and forensic details ring with authenticity. One chapter relates a meeting between Morton and prosecution lawyer, Kieran. Here (most) readers discover one of London's hidden gems, as Kieran leads the way through alleyways and courtyards to a secluded watering hole.
This strong sense of placement is woven throughout the plot so subtly, you forget you're reading a book. From tower blocks in run down estates, to mansions in leafy Richmond; the incredible diversity of London is deftly portrayed, without interrupting the story's flow.
However, the prequels and scenes are spot on; allowing readers to catch their breath before the next stunning revelation.
There's a big cast here: some new characters; some old friends, all were easy to picture and so remained memorable — even if you don't have an eidetic memory, like Morton. Previous readers will be familiar with Morton's gift of "total recall", a great aid to a dedicated detective. However, glimpses of Morton's home life reveal that he's also a dedicated husband, and away from work, just a normal bloke, blackmailed into attending family weddings when he'd rather stay home and watch football. He is human; frustrated by a team member's failings, yet willing to support and help that same team member improve their performance. There's a good gradual revelation of what makes Morton tick.
But above all, as with the authors' previous titles, Ten Guilty Men is a compulsive page turner, a book to devour, and certainly one to re-read, while impatiently waiting for the Campbell Brothers to release a new killer for Morton to catch.
Ten Guilty Men (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 3.)
An anonymous tip leads DCI Morton to a detached house in Richmond where he finds the body of Ellis DeLange, celebrity photographer and socialite extraordinaire.
Morton must investigate the details of Ellis' private life while keeping the baying mob of journalists out front away from the investigation, dealing with Ellis' highly secretive celebrity friends and trying to answer the one question that keeps on nagging at him: who called in the anonymous tip?
The investigation takes a bizarre turn when a key witness reveals she saw a man fleeing from the crime scene in the dead of night - without any clothes on.
Available to pre-order from Amazon now. Release date 31 August.
For more details, visit the authors' website at 90daysnovel.com
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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