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Monday, April 10, 2023

Matt receives a Death Warning (review)

 Death Warning

(The seventh book in the CSI Eddie Collins  series)

Andrew Barrett (@AndrewBarrettUK)

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

"Sheila stared at the wall, a spot - possibly a dead fly, just beneath the clock. Her eyes did not blink, they did not stray, and apart from a gasp, Sheila did not breathe. 'Just answer me one thing,' Christine said. 'Have the police been in touch?'

The fly was the centre of her universe. The world slammed on the brakes. This was the last thing she expected to hear today. This was the last thing she expected to hear today..."

Just when you thought it was safe to go to Leeds… Here’s a nicely grim detective-em-up that sees the ‘hero’ CSI Eddie Collins back and up to his neck in death, family drama, and worse of all, being filmed by a TV crew making a show about his department.

This was my first experience of the fiction criminal world of author Andrew Barrett and it’s a lot of fun (if your definition of ‘fun’ is people getting brutally stabbed to death and dumped, suicides that might be linked and a possible demented killer on the prowl…)

Also - side questions - is there ever a time when it’s OK for the authorities to break the rules? What about to let a mother hold her daughter one last time? CSI Eddie Collins and his small team, are going to have their work cut out to show that there is a killer and that the killer could strike anywhere (well, in the Greater Leeds Area at least).

Death Warning is your invitation to join Eddie as he dives headfirst into this dark and thrilling crime investigation, where he faces tragedy and horror, and where he risks everything to find the truth before the killer finds him. One thing I will say is that if anyone from Leeds Council reads this they may well put out a fatwa on Barrett for scaring off potential visitors.

Anyway, the plot sees the film crew shadowing him driving Eddie round the bend, his colleague Benson definitely having a midlife crisis and his father Charles is going off into his own world, in a nutshell, there is lots here beyond the killer plot to keep you engaged.

What does all this add up to? Well in the capable hands of Barrett - a really excellent police procedural thriller that builds to a nail-biting climax. The good news for me is that there are 6 previous adventures in this series which I’ll be reading soon!? Get your copy here

Who is Andrew Barrett then?

Amazon says he is a renowned crime-thriller author and CSI from Yorkshire. He has been writing gripping tales of crime scene investigation since 1996, featuring compelling protagonists such as SOCO Roger Conniston and CSI Eddie Collins. His novels offer a riveting and realistic portrayal of the intricate world of forensic examination, and offer an immersive experience to readers.

Andrew's novels draw readers into a criminal universe, offering a realistic and harrowing account of the battle between criminals and the police, flavoured with humour and sarcasm. His stories are brimming with suspense, taking readers on a journey filled with unexpected twists and turns.

If you're looking for a thrilling story, check out Andrew's impressive contributions to the crime fiction genre. You can find out more about Andrew at www.andrewbarrett.co.uk where readers can also sign up for his newsletter and claim a free starter library. Discover the captivating world of crime-solving with Andrew Barrett - only for the brave-hearted.

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