I love detective fiction and this did everything it said on the can. The writing was clean and easy to read, it licked along at a good pace. The first DI Sam Cobbs mystery.
We find out who the bad guy is, and we go after him to nail his backside to the post. Could have used a twist or two maybe, or something more to add a bit of excitement. But that aside, it was an enjoyable read.
Good, solid detective fiction with believable characters. They are a bit vanilla, but they build well and work together. It’s the first book in the series and they have yet to grow as characters, I’m sure they will.
I was so keen to read this book for three reasons. The first is that it’s set in the English Lake district where I live. The second it’s by a Lakeland author and I haven’t read any fiction by current authors in the lakes. And third because I wanted to support a fellow local author.
I look forward to the next one.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.