***** 5 STARS
In 1919, the horrors of the Great War are over.
Kirsty Campbell, former suffragette and a policewoman in Britain’s newly formed women’s police service, returns to her home town of Dundee to become the city’s first policewoman. But what horrors will Kirsty, a young policewoman with her own demons to fight, have to face in Dundee? And how will she cope when the sins of the past come back to haunt her? A deadly game of sacrifik.”Ice and death.
Chris Longmuir has taken a break from her Dundee Crime Series Novels and has produced a cracker of a new novel entitled The Death Game featuring Kirsty Campbell that draws us into the world of mystery and intrigue, set in Dundee during the year 1919. The novel centres around the end of the Great War and the sweeping changes that are taking place in British society,none more so than the police force, where native Dundonian, Kirsty Campbell who fled to London following a traumatic experience within her family is now ten years later a member of London’s women’s police force who becomes seconded to Dundee police, as their first female police woman. In her previous novels the author Chris Longmuir has brought an ability to give us the readers, characters and storylines that are well loved and keep you on the edge of your seat, and she does not disappoint in her new novel the Death Game. This is because not only does the author paint us a picture of Dundee in 1919, she also manages to keep the main storyline flowing as well, which sees the main character Kirsty Campbel being in the forefront of the investigation into the murder of one girl and into the disappearance of other children. The novel also incorporates as a major theme the unresolved issues that Kirsty Campbell has with her own family and what were her reasons for leaving ten years ago and the seemingly impossible task of getting herself accepted as a legitimate, useful member of the Dundee police force, who are resistant to the new-fangled notion of female officers. We are also introduced to her new boss Inspector Brewster, and throughout the book we watch as their working relationship grows, we are also allowed a small glance into Inspector Brewster difficult domestic life outside his job.
The Death Game is definitely a real page turner, that will have you engrossed until the final pages and will also keep you guessing until the end, it is a brilliant start to what I am sure will be another great series of novels from Chris Longmuir. And I for one can’t wait to see what other great adventure and mysterious that are in store for Kirsty Campbell and Inspector Brewster in the future. To sum up the review of The Death Game, I would say a great tale from a great writer, who is definitely a one to watch in Scottish Crime Writing, Do buy yourself a copy you won’t be sorry.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1492 KB
Print Length: 275 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Barker & Jansen; 1 edition (26 Feb 2014)
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