EXCERPT: Fenchurch thought it through, trying to piece it together.
Half past eight down in deepest, darkest Wapping. Take about half an hour to walk over to the Minories.
Next sighted at eleven.
Plenty of time for Steve to kill Gayle.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A sadistic killer. An infamous victim. A crime that gets darker and darker…
The body of a young woman is found in a London hotel room, the victim of a suspected poisoning. Called in to investigate, DI Simon Fenchurch soon discovers the case is far more sinister than he could have imagined.
He should have recognised the woman at once—a teacher at a local school, her scandalous affair with a pupil has been splashed across the tabloids. As Fenchurch interrogates those closest to her, a web of suspicious connections begins to emerge.
Meanwhile Fenchurch’s own life is still in turmoil: his family fragmented, his baby son in intensive care, and his mentor replaced by an unsympathetic new boss. The streets of London are in chaos too, with a spate of acid attacks on seemingly random victims.
Struggling to hold on to hope on both fronts, Fenchurch faces the toughest few days of his career. Can he keep his family safe and catch whoever is behind the murder before more lives are lost?
MY THOUGHTS: I have read and enjoyed the previous books in this series, but Kill With Kindness just didn’t hook me and reel me in as the others did. A few times, I thought I was there, but ultimately I just didn’t really become immersed in this story line.
Perhaps there was just too much going on – the murder, the drugs, the family – all vying for the spotlight, and that’s without all the peripheral sub-plots and characters. It all just got a bit too complicated in places.
But I like Fenchurch. He’s a grumpy bugger, but loyal once you’ve won his respect, not quick to forgive if you haven’t. He’s still finding his way with his family, adapting to the changes, and it’s not over yet. Plus there are changes in his workplace, upsetting the balance. He’s a man who calls it like he sees it, and I like that. He is often stubborn, and tends to hold on to grudges long after he should have let them go. He speaks his mind, often to his own detriment. But I like him.
So, will I be reading the next in this series? Definitely. 😊😊😊.5
I wouldn’t recommend reading Kill With Kindness as a stand-alone, there is simply too much back story referred to in parts for it to make complete sense. But I do recommend this series.
THE AUTHOR: Ed James writes crime fiction novels, predominantly the SCOTT CULLEN series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians – the first four are available now, starting with GHOST IN THE MACHINE which has been downloaded over 280,000 times and is currently free. BOTTLENECK (Cullen 5) is out on 17-Mar-14. He is currently developing two new series – DI SIMON FENCHURCH and DS VICKY DODDS, set in London and Dundee respectively. He also writes the SUPERNATURE series, featuring vampires and other folkloric creatures, of which the first book SHOT THROUGH THE HEART is out now and free.
Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, with his girlfriend, six rescue moggies, two retired greyhounds, a flock of ex-battery chickens and rescue ducks across two breeds and two genders (though the boys don’t lay eggs). While working in IT for a living, Ed wrote mainly on public transport but now writes full time.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas and Mercer via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Kill With Kindness by Ed James for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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