It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now if you have just cosied down with a cuppa and a packet of digestives to read this book go put the bikkies away, really you won’t want them. This is a highly descriptive master piece that leaves nothing to the imagination and even turns the stomachs of the most hardened detectives in the story. Yep this is a belter! I was nearly drooling.
Set in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, in high season you would think a spate of savage murders would keep the locals and holiday makers alike off the streets but it didn’t because they had nothing to fear. The killer didn’t target random people only the special ones. Now these special ones came from all walks of life, some that even used their careers to achieve the goal to satisfy their needs. Well justice was being served with savage vengeance. Yes I know torture and mutilation is against the law and murder of course but sometimes …….
I really took to DCI Will Scott who leads the team of detectives on the tail of this killer and particularly liked DI Daisy Wright. Together they make a pretty formidable duo. There was a good balance of police work and home life for Will, which did show that he was never off duty but that he was just an ordinary family man too. This is a tight team of detectives that I hope to get to know each one better as the series continues.
Although this is a really gruesome book, with every sense I have been triggered, including the sense of smell. It isn’t a book I felt fearful reading. It was like I knew I would be safe so it was more fascinating than scary for me.
I wasn’t one of the people that worked out who the killer was but there is always the next book. This is the first book in The Grooming Parlour Trilogy and to be honest I don’t know how Paul Harrison is going to top this one. Brilliant!
I wish to thank Mike Williams, of Williams & Whiting, for a review copy of this book which I have chosen to review.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Harrison is a retired police officer, with a successful career that spanned three decades. During that time, he worked on some memorable high profile investigations, and interviewed countless criminals who operated within the darker side of humanity. Paul began writing and had his first book published during his time in the police. Since then, he has gone on to write 34 books, mainly in the field of true crime. Now he has turned all that experience into writing crime fiction.
On retiring from the police, he spent time working with the English Judiciary, at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. During which time, he gained what he describes as ‘an eye opening insight’ into what really happens behind the scenes of a criminal trial or civil hearing.
The vast majority of Paul’s professional career has been within the criminal justice system. He’s worked in many varied and interesting roles throughout his life, and he cites as his greatest achievement to date, unanimously winning, The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Outstanding Individual of the Year Award 2009, by a panel of assessors that included the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. This, primarily, was for his voluntary work in the field of child and male abuse.
He’s passionate about writing, and his first crime fiction novel trilogy is based on genuine experience. It is the first in a series of books that will feature lead detective, DCI Will Scott, and his trusted sidekick, DI Daisy Wright. This crime fighting duo will, throughout the series, find themselves not only investigating mysterious murders, but embroiled in the world of police, legal and establishment corruption also.
Currently based in the North, and describing himself as a true northern lad, Paul is regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject of serial killers. He has interviewed many such offenders, which has provided a unique insight into their psychology, and all importantly, how and why they select their victims. Detail that will be used within future crime fiction novels.
Paul has made guest appearances in several true crime documentaries on both television and radio. He is a popular and entertaining public speaker, and has talked at many high profile crime writing festivals and conferences, both at home, and on an international stage.