Firstly I wish to thank Caroline Vincent of Bits About Books Blog Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for TROPHIES by David Evans. I have previously reviewed this book.
From the CWA Debut Dagger Shortlisted Novelist comes an extraordinary crime novel that everyone is raving about.
When DI Colin Strong interviews a suspect on suspicion of handling stolen goods he’s convinced he’s heard their voice before. Nearly 25 years ago the tape of Wearside Jack taunted West Yorkshire Police and his suspect fits the profile.
Then the body of a known burglar shows up and a mysterious metal case is discovered at the scene.
Strong turns to his close friend, journalist Bob Souter, and embarks on an awkward alliance to probe areas he is unable to explore.
As the murder suspects start to disappear Strong must discover just who the shadowy figure inciting fear and panic amongst those he encounters is.
Strong wants to bring a murderer to justice and Souter is hungry for a story.
Who will get to the truth first and can their friendship remain intact?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the first book in a new series. As I lived in the Wakefield area at the time this novel was set I felt quite drawn to it. I wasn’t disappointed as David Evans descriptions were both accurate and nostalgic of the time. I even lived off Balne Lane, a place mentioned in the book.
The story itself had a feel of authenticity as it was woven cleverly into real life events that the whole country had been engrossed in. That of Wearside Jack from 25 years earlier and his haunting voice on tape that he had sent to the police. The story follows the unlikely alliance made between D.I. Colin Strong and Journalist Bob Souter as they delve into a spate of burglaries and a murder that could lead to solving the cold case of who ‘jack’ really was.
This is an extremely well written novel that keeps you on your toes from the beginning to end with plenty of leads to create frustration and tension. There is a fine balance as to how much Strong and Souter share with each other. What is the most important, the glory, the scoop, or the result?
Looking forward to the second novel, already purchased.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.
The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.
Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.
Now, whilst awaiting the fourth book in the Wakefield Series (coming early 2019), the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers.
Author Website: http://www.davidevanswriter.co.uk/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Evans/e/B008Y0LHGO/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/davidevanswriter/
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