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The Fire Killer Ross Greenwood 5* #Review #DIBarton @greenwoodross @BoldwoodBooks #CrimeFiction #PsychologicalThriller #detective #suspense #boldwoodbloggers @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #TheFireKiller

When DI Barton is asked to investigate a seemingly innocuous fire that kills, he believes it’s either children fooling around or a worrying racially motivated crime.

As he delves deeper into the case, he soon realises that there is a history of similar blazes spread out over many years, all within a close area. And after an idea is suggested by pathologist Mortis, Barton suspects he has the arsonist’s motives wrong. 

When a night worker comes forward with a tip, Barton narrows down the suspects. Yet all of them act suspiciously and he knows for sure that one or more of them are lying.

And when a huge house blaze shocks everyone, Barton fears the killer has lost all control.

Who is The Fire Killer? What will be next to burn?

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

My Thoughts…

DI Barton is a likeable detective with a good balance of personal life and professional commitment. His family are excellent support characters who ground him and give him respite from his work life’s criminal and desperate situations. Called to a fire in a skip, which turns out to contain a body, the investigation that ensues encompasses a web of danger and deceit. Told from the investigation viewpoint with interspersed chapters from the Fire Killer, this is a mix of police procedural and psychological suspense.

The dynamic between the investigators is believable, and the plot has many suspects and twists that intensify as the story progresses. I like the plot’s complexity, the realistic investigation, and the suspense building to an impactful conclusion.

Ross Greenwood

Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of ten crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked every day with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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Read my reviews of the first four books in the series:

The Snow Killer, The Soul Killer, The Ice Killer The Cold Killer

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Domestic Suspense, New Books, Noir, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

The Secret Couple J.S. Lark 4* #Review @JaneLark @0neMoreChapter_ #psychologicalthriller #psychologicalsuspense #suspense #blogtour #bookreview #TheSecretCouple

Someone knows what they did…

A laugh.
A touch.
A lingering look.

A dead body.
An affair.
A crime years in the making.

Alison knows she’s in too deep. But behind closed doors, no one is who they seem…

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My Thoughts…

The beginning of this story is compelling and intriguing. Then the plot moves to Alice, a solicitor meeting an anonymous prospective client in Bath. The meeting is strange, and it establishes Alice as an unreliable protagonist. She has an abusive past and is an alcoholic, but she advocates for those who others would turn away. The atmosphere becomes increasingly claustrophobic as you wonder about her relationship with Luke and the secrets they hide. The suspense intensifies with each page turn, and the twists are impactful.

Whilst the characters have many unlikeable traits, they are relatable and believably flawed. I like the plot’s originality and the increasingly dark and menacing ethos it achieves.

J.S.Lark

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction. 

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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