A Matter of Time (DI Birch #4) by Claire Askew #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #TuesdayBookBlog

51COcZPRwvL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Claire Askew

Published: March 2022 by Hodder & Stoughton

Category: Police Procedural, Crime, Thriller

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At 8am the first shots are fired.

At 1pm, the police establish the gunman has a hostage.

By 5pm, a siege is underway.

At 9pm, DI Helen Birch walks, alone and unarmed, into an abandoned Borders farmhouse to negotiate with the killer.

One day. One woman. One chance to get everyone out alive.

An intriguing prologue precedes a tense story that spans twenty four hours, told in hourly chapters. DI Helen Birch begins the day on a positive note. She had the morning off, it was a warm sunny day and she planned to visit her brother who was serving time in HMP Low Moss. To add to that she had a date with her lawyer partner, Anjan Chaudry that evening.

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