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Ice Cold Malice: A Black Beacons Murder Mystery (DCI Evan Warlow Crime Thriller Book 3) Kindle Edition
Revenge is a dish best served… ice cold.
While beach combing on MOD property, two young boys stumble across a reeking mound of tangled kelp. But it isn’t the seaweed that stinks. It’s the decomposing corpse beneath it.
Called in to investigate, DCI Evan Warlow’s team are faced with finding out how and why the body of a struck-off doctor ended up on a lonely beach within sight of Laugharne’s famous Boathouse.
But this is no innocent victim. This is a man with more enemies than friends. A fact that muddies the waters no end as Warlow unearths more and more of the dead man’s sordid history. Not to mention a long line of suspects.
With a killer in their midst hell bent on achieving a deadly goal and determined to let nothing and no one stand in their way, the team need to be on their guard.
Unless they want to end up as victims, too.
Ice Cold Malice is the third book in the DCI Evan Warlow series of Black Beacons thrillers by Rhys Dylan. Set in the heart of wild Wales, this dark murder mystery tinged with wry humour and populated by true to life characters, will keep you guessing. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, JD Kirk. JM Dalgliesh, TG Reid and Simon McCleave. Celtic noir with a spattering of dark humour.
What people are saying about Rhys Dylan:
“⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Loved the characters, the setting and the story.” Amazon Review, THE ENGINE HOUSE
“⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A very tightly written story, by someone who knows how to write a chilling tale.” Amazon Review, THE ENGINE HOUSE
"⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great procedural, biting humour, odd characters. Dylan puts a lot of “best-selling” authors to shame.” BBub review, THE ENGINE HOUSE
- ASIN : B09SZ9GR28
- Publisher : Wyrmwood Books (16 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 2459 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,494 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters are well drawn and I have an image in my mind of all of them. The camaraderie and banter within the team is a reflection of how well they gel and work as a team. This does not stop them from being professional and serious when the need arises. Who would not love the quietly intelligent Rhys and the biscuit-dunking Gil? Rhys has the unfortunate habit of getting injured on duty (especially when working with DCI Warlow), and he sports a black eye throughout this book which he managed to get in a Rugby match.
The victim is a doctor who has been struck off and whose body is found washed up on the beach by 2 young boys. As the investigation proceeds it transpires there is a long queue of suspects all with more than sufficient reasons to hit him over the head and leave him to drown. The investigation procedure is excellent and none of the officers take anything at face value.
The underlying mystery about Evan Warow's health issues is revealed in this book, which explains a lot.
Why just 3 stars? There are a number of reasons.
Roughly half way through the book, 2 of the characters meet and are talking about having done something that they had no choice but to do. This appears as though they are responsible for the murder. It transpires that this wasn't the case, but this is a red herring which was never explained.
Partway through the book one of the characters, Fiona Needham, becomes Fiona Beecham all of a sudden. She then reverts to Needham. Later, a male hotel receptionist called Jakov becomes Jacov and reverts to Jakov on the same page! This is very distracting. I note that the 3 books in this series were published within a short space of time. This is bound to result in poor proof reading and editing. I would sooner wait longer for the next book.
Finally, the dialogue has become stilted. For example 'I did not.' 'He has not.' And so on. I didn't notice this in the first 2 books, again poor editing.
Apart from that it was a good read.
The body of an ex-surgeon is discovered by 2 young boys and their seems to be no shortage of people who would want him dead. It seems Mr Bascombe was determined to let no stone unturned in his quest to get back into the medical field abroad.
I love all the characters in the team here, from the comical Rhys to the tea and biscuit loving Gil. This time we see a bit more of Molly and hear about her relationship with her estranged father.
This is a riveting read with several red herrings and some danger close to home. I managed to read it in a day. Roll on the next book.
Plus set in my favourite country, Wales! What's not to like? Can thoroughly recommend - try one - you won't be disappointed...xx