Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Bradley. Read February 2018.

A fast paced police procedural that will keep you guessing.

“24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered…For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer…But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.
Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?”

I’m a big crime fiction series fan, much preferring to follow a group of characters through many stories rather than investing in them only to say goodbye after one book. I remember when I read the first Hannah Robbins book, Shallow Waters, I hoped this would be a long running series character. I’m happy to say that with this third instalment the author has brilliantly developed not only the main character but the supporting cast too. It was good to meet some familiar members of the team again as well as a couple of new characters to spice up the mix.

As usual Rebecca Bradley’s insider knowledge of police procedures adds authenticity to the plot and descriptions. Instead of being distracted from the story by thoughts of “they wouldn’t do that!”, I knew I could pick up this book and enjoy a clever, detailed and realistic plot. Things got very twisty, which is just how I like my crime fiction. No details for fear of spoilers.

Highly recommended for fans of police procedurals but I urge you to read the earlier books in the series first.

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