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Book Review – The Truth About The Murder by Chris Collett @crime_crow @Books_n_all #BookReview #BlogTour #suspense

Many thanks to Jill and Books ‘n’ All Promotions for my spot on this Blog Tour.

This was one wicked book most unexpected I must say. The subplot was so evil in its conception that I was quite awed by it.

Stefan was mugged and beaten badly while investigating Rita’s claims of increased neonatal mortality at the hospital. Fraser was the young cop who was to investigate the mugging. Links were found between few other mugging and his partner’s death. Then Rita died. And the duo continue to solve both the crimes in different manner until they discovered the sane truth.

My first book by author Chris Collette, the human psyche and greed were well explored. I loved how the author linked the crimes in a decidedly twisted manner. I liked main characters Fraser and Stefan. They were steadfast and constant in their determination to get to the truth. Both investigated different crimes yet there was a meeting point.

The style of writing was slightly different. It took me quite a while to get into the plot of the book. Different POV with no clear heading confused me. I had to read and reread certain sections to get a clear concept. But once I got the initial thread, I could unknot the yarns of subplots pretty well.

Quite a twisted tale where I gasped and shook my head at the human psyche. The author used pure strategy to hide the clues in the shadow of goodness. Wicked purely wicked…

I received a free ARC from Jill and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.



Twitter: @crime_crow


Stefan Greaves emerges from a coma. He was brutally mugged while investigating a whistleblower complaint at a local hospital. She had feared mortality rates of children on her ward born with terminal illnesses and disabilities were on the rise. Now the whistleblower has disappeared.

PC Mick Fraser is sent in to interview Greaves. His partner, PC Denny Sutton, has just been murdered.

Then the whistleblower is discovered murdered and Fraser learns that Sutton had been stealing evidence to cover up crimes against those considered to be a drain on society: homeless and disadvantaged people and the mentally ill.


A fiendishly complex puzzle emerges. Can these two detectives learn to trust each other enough to put the pieces together?

Publication Date: December 2019

16 thoughts on “Book Review – The Truth About The Murder by Chris Collett @crime_crow @Books_n_all #BookReview #BlogTour #suspense Leave a comment

  1. This sounded perfect for you – too bad about the confusing POV switches. I love a dual POV, but it does get frustrating when they switch abruptly or without delineation.

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  2. This sounds intriguing. I like books that are written in a unique perspective – and you’ve written a great review about it. I’ve been reading a series of fiction books written by a woman with a Phd in psychopathy. It’s brilliant and so informative.

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  3. It sounds like you really enjoyed this one, once you got into the story and got comfortable with the style. This sounds like a twisty thriller with a difficult crime, death of infants. Great review Shalini.

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