Today I am doing something slightly different with a quick catch up on two short stories I read recently – Death’s Door and Death House by Paul Finch. Two different stories featuring his two lead protagonists Heck and Lucy Clayburn. I love both series so having a quick shot catch up with the two Detectives is a big plus for me. Here’s what they’re both about:
About Death’s Door
Obsession makes the heart grow fonder . . .Available from: Amazon
When a stalking case lands on DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg’s desk it seems pretty straightforward.
But when Heck discovers that the victim lives in the same house that a young woman was brutally murdered in six years earlier, instinct tells him that it’s not so simple after all.
Before long Heck is entangled in something far more dangerous than he had expected. In a race against the clock, can Heck and Gemma stop history from repeating itself – or will they end up getting caught in the crossfire?
The Sunday Times bestseller returns with a heart pounding short story that fans of M.J. Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won’t be able to put down.
Maybe it’s just me, but when you see that DS Mark Heckenburg is interested in a case, you know instinctively that something big is about to happen. Drawn to a case of a potential peeping tom, Heck finds himself caught up in a cold murder case and the feeling that history may be about to repeat itself.
Full of tension and shocks from the off, even the very nature of the opening scenes will bring a smile to yourself. Something along the lines of art imitating life imitating art. It’s a doozy of an opener and it certainly makes you sit forward in your seat and pay attention. Full of the usual Heck humour and unconventional approach to his job, the story is fast paced, intriguing and everything you would expect from a Heck story. It’s set a little earlier in Heck’s career, when Gemma is still very much in the early stages of her own career, torn between trusting Heck or sticking by the rules. The tension rises with each page turn, and the surprises keep coming. A great little story that fans of the series will eat up.
About Death House
A new short story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Strangers, with an exclusive first look at the next book in the series, Stolen!
Scraps, fragments. Sad reminders of a life now ended … and maybe other lives too.
DC Lucy Clayburn is asked to attend a rundown council house in Manchester, where a uniformed officer has been dealing with a sudden death. There are no suspicious circumstances, and the deceased OAP has now been removed.
However, the uniform has discovered something that he finds alarming. And when Lucy looks at it, she finds it alarming too.
It’s an old scrapbook … filled with atrocious material.
Something terrible once happened in this neighbourhood, and maybe in this ordinary-looking house. The question is, could it still be ongoing?
The Sunday Times bestseller returns with a nerve-shredding short story that fans of Peter James and Rachel Abbott will find enthralling.
Okay. So I picked this up as a free short from Amazon a while back. If you can track down a copy and you are a fan of the Lucy Clayburn series, then go for it. A great short in which Lucy finds herself called to the scene of a sudden death. Everything about the house is creepy and the author has done a brilliant job of setting the scene – the chills keep on coming. The more Lucy investigates, the darker it gets, and the more engrossed I became. I was a little sad it was only a short story really, although the overall subject matter may have been a bit dark for a full length novel. Dark, full of suspense and tension, I was hooked. And don’t think this book will be without it’s shocks or showdowns. Far from it. A top short read.
About the Author
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children’s animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields.