- Author: Gillian Hamer
- Published: November 2015 by GE Hamer
- Category: Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review, Books, Reading
“No one deserves to die like this. No one.”
An elderly woman is burnt to death in the remote hamlet of Silver Bay. A young woman dies of an overdose on a notorious Holyhead estate. A drugs war is about to explode. Somebody knows but no one is talking.
The second book in the Gold Detectives series finds DI Amanda Gold and her team; DS Dara Brennan, DS Kelly Morgan and DS Gethin Jones, dealing with a ruthless killer whose weapon of choice is fire.
Bridie Byrne, a novelist living on the southern tip of Holyhead Island, is researching the local tales of smugglers for her latest book. When a flash of light catches her eye one evening as she’s working at her computer, and thinking perhaps it’s poachers, she goes out to investigate. Regretting that decision fairly quickly, she’s on her way back home when she stumbles. Unfortunately for Bridie the person she trusts to help her has other ideas.
While Amanda and Dara investigate the devastating results of a fire in Silver Bay, Kelly is making enquiries, without much success, into the shooting of a teenager at the drug infested Maes Gwyn council estate. She finds more than she bargained for.
Kelly shook her head as the baby’s cries started up again, weaker now. “Bloke upstairs reckons the baby has been crying for hours.” Kelly dropped to her knees, wedged her fingers into the heavy letterbox and forced the flap upwards. The hall beyond was gloomy, clearly used for storage, jam-packed with a pushchair, a high-chair and an old-fashioned wooden clothes-horse covered with baby clothes. But it was the smell – dirty nappies, bleach, and another pungent unidentifiable odour which set Kelly’s pulse racing.
After a chilling opening chapter, the pace and suspense never slacken. Although Amanda is juggling her job and single motherhood, struggling with the ethics of her love interest, especially in the light of Dara and Kelly’s aborted relationship, is taking it’s toll, she doesn’t let her personal problems interfere with the job. Characters are well defined and developed, with their personal issues giving them authenticity. I like that a different character is having their turn at the forefront of the story.
Set on the beautiful island of Anglesey with vivid descriptions and the underlying sense of history, the gritty and well devised storyline has plenty twists that kept this reader guessing – all the way to the totally unexpected and excellent ending.
Crime and thriller writer, founder member of author’s collective Triskele Books, and regular contributor to Words with Jam Magazine. You can find out more about Gillian and her books via her Website, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.