When journalist Harry Lawson is pulled from a private swimming pool, his drowning looks like a tragic accident, but for one small detail – he knew someone was going to kill him.
The three text messages he fired off to an old flame the night before confirm he’s a troubled man. But former friend and sleuth, Kent Fisher, believes the messages hint at something deeper and more sinister – an investigation that cost Harry his life.
When a second reporter dies, it’s clear there’s a killer with unfinished business. As Kent inches towards a breakthrough he clashes with close friend Detective Inspector Ashley Goodman. She instructs him to stop investigating, knowing full well he won’t.
For Kent there’s no going back. He has to finish what he started, even though he risks losing a friend, and maybe his own life.
In the seventh murder mystery of the series, Kent Fisher digs deep to complete an investigation that’s far removed from the one he started.
With huge thanks to Robert Crouch for inviting me to review another Kent Fisher mystery, what a fantastic opportunity to delve into Kent’s world of investigation, banter and mystery! I have adored each one I have reviewed and this one has certainly not let me down!
Once again the investigation has its own twists, turns and clues that give Kent the determination, to step on toes to get what he needs to get answers.
He gets a warning from a close friend DI Ashley Goodman to keep away from investigating further, this shows to be the deepest and most dangerous investigation Kent has ever done, I do wonder as the death of a close friend in the last book, whether these stories will become darker?
With the murder of his old journalist friend Harry Lawson, he feels once again that this could become more personal and does what he always does by delving into the lives of others, sometimes at the risk of his own. As you read on you start to question what you know about the characters you have met before in the previous books, can they be trusted?
There are also a few links to his previous book, with answers to questions that were left to investigate another time, which I quite liked.
Even with these links to previous characters and answers to questions being finalised, I do believe any one of these books in the Kent Mysteries, can be read as a standalone.
With all of this happening keeping you engrossed and guessing clues, you also get to visit Kent’s love life with is on/off relationship with Gemma, Kent’s love life has its own intriguing elements, as he is definitely a ladies man, but doesn’t quite get it right.
As always I love reading about his Westie Columbo, I have adored having him as an integral character in these stories at every stage. He’s a true to life character!
Once again I would absolutely recommend reading this book, with various parts to this story coming together at the end, keeping you guessing at every stage, the creation of this whodunit mystery is another marvel!
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About the Author
Robert looked for inspiration in the Agatha Christie classics he loved and enjoyed. Why not create a modern day sleuth to solve the most baffling and complex murder mysteries in the time honoured tradition of the classic whodunit?
Maybe readers would enjoy someone they could relate to, someone a little different from the usual world weary police detectives with more traumas than a casualty unit.
Using his lifelong love of murder mysteries and his experience as an environmental health officer, the author created an amateur sleuth with more baggage than an airport carousel. Contemporary themes and a cast of engaging characters, seasoned with a little romance and irreverent humour, offer readers an entertaining alternative to dark, gritty and often violent crime fiction.
Robert writes full time from his home on the South Coast, where he lives with his wife and their Westie, Harvey.