Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

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Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

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With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk ­ and a merciless killer.

There's nothing terribly original in the storyline, and it's pretty slow in places with a good deal of repetition. And as with all good mysteries, as the story progresses, we follow blind alleys, eventually figure out who did what, and learn more about the detectives' own lives -- including Helen's past in this town. Like The Bones Beneath, which was something of a departure from the standard London setting of the novels, Time of Death also uproots Thorne to a different location and presents him in a somewhat unfamiliar situation.Detectives Tom Thorne and Helen Weekes (his girlfriend) are holidaying in the Cotswolds when news comes through that the husband of an old friend of hers, Linda Bates, has been arrested on suspicion of the kidnap and murder of two young girls in the fictional towns of Dorbrook and Polesford in Warwickshire. Helen and her partner DI Tom Thorne are on holiday when the news reports that a man has been arrested for the crimes, although no bodies have been found.

While the story and denouement were worth the read, it was this ensemble of characters that kept me reading.There is also suspense because the reader knows the second girl is still alive - will Thorne get to get before she too is finished off? It's at this point that you can stand back and see where the author led you on a merry dance - and in this book, Mr Billingham dances so well. If you enjoy police procedural novels with great characterisation then this series is the one for you.

Based on Time of Death, I would certainly read the first book in Billingham's series and consider whether to keep going with the series.And it was not a “cosy mystery” – which I rarely like – and there was not much graphic violence – which I also don’t like. Tom tags along and unofficially begins to investigate to the distinct displeasure of the man in charge of the case. Thank you to NetGalley, publishers Grove Atlantic and author Mark Billingham for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.



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