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Where the Truth Lies by M J Lee

Book Blurb

The case was closed. Until people started dying…

DI Thomas Ridpath was on the up in the Manchester CID: a promising detective who captured a notorious serial killer. But ten years later he’s recovering from a serious illness and on the brink of being forced out of the police. Then the murders began, in an uncanny echo of his first case.

As the death count grows, old records, and bodies, go missing. Caught in a turf war between the police and the coroner’s office, Ridpath is in a race against time. A race to save his career, his marriage, and innocent lives.

When a detective disappears everything is on the line. Can Ridpath save his colleague?

A nail-biting crime thriller, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and D. S. Butler.


Best Book Editors Review

The author’s storytelling shines through this book, it’s engaging and interesting. The attention to detail and development of characters made the narrative a pleasure to read, pulling me into the world of DI Ridpath.


One of the standout aspects of  Where the Truth Lies is Lee’s knack for creating a believable story. The descriptions of settings, and the characters’ emotions, health and human frailty, painted a strong picture. The balance between plot progression and character growth was well written as the revelations about the characters’ pasts intertwined with the unfolding mystery. This author knows his stuff and has researched police procedurals well.

The culmination of the plot was good. A book for anyone who enjoys a compelling narrative filled with rich characters, and atmospheric storytelling.

About M J Lee

Martin is a writer of contemporary crime, historical and genealogical mystery novels.

When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

He can be contacted at, on Facebook at writermjlee, on twitter, you guessed it, @writermjlee. He’s nothing if not original with his internet domains.

Bob Hurley

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2023


Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 April 2023


Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 September 2022

I downloaded this book as it was based around Manchester, it had really good reviews and I totally agree with them.
This is a real page Turner that I just couldn’t put down, so much so it only took me a few hours to read.
Great storyline, very easy to follow and keeps you guessing to the end.
Some parts of the book are gruesome, but it had me gripped all the way through.
I have now downloaded the second book in the series, can’t wait to read that one



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