The #Bookvent Calendar – Day 23


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#Bookvent – Celebrating my favourite reads of 2016.

Now behind #bookvent door 23 is another CrimeFest panellist I heard speak back in May, only I didn’t realise that until well after reading the book. I knew it sounded familiar, that the author looked familiar, but it is only when looking through this particular author’s back catalogue and coming across possibly his best known character, Heck, that I started to put 2 and 2 together. Not that it would have made any difference to my feelings on this book. This was a new character and a new direction and, as my first dip of the toe into his sea of books, I loved it. Book 23 is:


by Paul Finch



This is the story of PC Lucy Clayburn, a determined and committed police officer who has earned her reputation as a great beat officer, but whose career in CID had been cut short by an almost grievous error on her part. Chasing down the perpetrators of some very vicious muyrders, Lucy gets drawn into an investigation which involves prostitution, gangland leaders and a startling admission about her past. The pace is fast, the action at times almost explosive and it had my nerves jangling. Lucy is a brilliant lead character; impetuous and likely to act on instinct rather than logic or proper procedure. The secondary characters are all well rounded too and really made this book pop for me. I know a lot of people want to see more of Heck, (I really have to check those books out for myself) but for me I really hope this isn’t the last we see of Lucy. She’s a keeper.

My full review can be found here. ‘Strangers‘ can be purchased at the following links:

Amazon UK


Happy reading all