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Flesh & Blood by Caroline Mitchell
Series: DI Amy Winter #4
Published by Thomas & Mercer on April 22, 2021
A wave of apparent suicides hits a string of seaside resorts, but when a police officer is named as the latest to die, DI Amy Winter suspects there may be more than mere coincidence to these tragic deaths. But what dark motive could cause someone to throw themselves into the cold depths of the North Sea?
Someone in the community knows more than they are letting on, but Amy’s questions are met with resistance. A group of mysterious teenagers might hold the key, but why are they so afraid to talk? Meanwhile, after the release from prison of her serial killer mother, Amy is fighting her own demons.
In her toughest investigation yet, Amy must confront her dark past if she is to put an end to the carnage. What secret is so terrible that it’s worth killing a police officer for? Amy needs to find the answer, before the sea washes up any more bodies.
I bought the first in the DI Amy Winter series, Truth and Lies, as an Audible Daily Deal. The second book, The Secret Child I was able to listen to on Kindle Unlimited. I got Left for Dead for review. The whole series is in KU, both ebook and audio are available.
I love police procedurals set in England so it was easy to start the series. There is always a case and since Amy is on a major investigations team, it is always serious, often dealing with a serial killer. I would read this series in order due to the progression in Amy’s personal life and the revelations about her family and even the changes in the team of co-workers.
I really liked the setup for this story with a police officer dying where Donovan used to work. There is the chance to get to learn about his old colleagues. There have been a string of suicides at seaside resorts and the team tries to find out if there are any connections. Donovan and Amy struggle a bit with their new found notoriety from solved cases and keeping their personal relationship private. There are layers to the case. It’s exciting and dangerous.
Amy has her ongoing issues with her biological mother, and new problems with her sister, Sally Ann. She is uncertain about what she wants in her relationship with Donovan. She is also trying to figure out the case and incorporate the new team members who have their own problems.
I found some of Donovan’s reactions a bit over the top, as he was too close to the case. Amy seemed to be quite steady. She also has a way of gathering the facts and deducing the truth, putting it together almost better than is possible. But the clues are available if you are observant, and sort them together in the right configuration. At least, Donovan recognizes her skill is extraordinary.
Both the police case and Amy’s personal life seem to have a huge impact. I am looking forward to more in this world. The investigations and the personal situations of the characters are both fascinating to learn.
Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Flesh and Blood by Caroline Mitchell
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Published by Brilliance Audio on April 22, 2021
Length: 9 hours, 11 minutes
I have listened to this narrator once before this series. I enjoy her performance , the voices are well handled and the pacing. I love these on audio because of the British setting. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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