“Life is good for DI Dan Hellier. He has made several successful drugs’ busts and even the Assistant Chief Constable is smiling. But the discovery of two headless, handless corpses buried in the bog on Dartmoor will test his team to their limits. How are they expected to identify the bodies when nobody has reported them missing? The pressure mounts when the death of a teenager from an overdose of Mephedrone plunges Dan into the murky world of the Garrett family. Could the peaceful, family-run Animal Rescue Centre really be a cover for murder and drug-dealing? Just how far will people go to get what they want? And what links death to the good son? This investigation will challenge Dan’s decisions and beliefs as he races to catch a criminal before another child dies.”
This book is the second in the DI Dan Hellier series, I’ve not actually read the first one, but this book worked perfectly well as a standalone novel. Set in Devon and Cornwall, the story follows Hellier and his team as they investigate the case of two bodies that have been found in a bog. The bodies seem to have been there some time, so the help of archaeologist Pargeter is enlisted. Elsewhere, a bad batch of the party drug “M-Kat” is doing the rounds, five teenagers have fallen ill after taking it, and when one of the youngsters die, the trail leads Hellier to a very nasty family indeed….
Within pages of starting this book it had me gripped with its mean claws and wouldn’t let me go! This is one of those books that once you start you can’t put down, as I stayed up till all hours to get it finished. It was like “Breaking Bad” only with poor quality merchandise making the consumers very ill indeed. The characters are well-developed, I found myself wanting to know more about Dan Hellier. He runs a tight ship and his team work well together, the dynamics giving life to the characters on page. I was frustrated with myself that I hadn’t gone in and read the first in the series before I started this as I would have liked more detail on the back story, but that’s just me personally.
There are some shocking twists in the story that keep you guessing along the way, as not everything is as it first seems. This is a fast paced novel with short chapters to keep excitement and suspense cranked up to the maximum. There is plenty of misdirection sending the reader in the wrong direction (which I love) making this an intriguing and eventful read.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes crime or mystery, as there is a bit of both genre thrown in there. Overall rating four fabulous stars. I need to go and read Death and Deception now! Thanks to BA Steadman and the lovely team over at Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and the chance to take part in the Blog Tour.