Title: Burned and Broken
Author: Mark Hardie
Release Date: Available now for Kindle!
Peter James meets James Oswald in this gripping, gritty British crime debut
The charred body of an enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found in the burnt-out shell of his car on the Southend sea front.
Meanwhile, a vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery of their colleague's death, dark, dangerous secrets begin to surface. Can they solve both cases, before it's too late?
Mark Hardie's stylish and gripping debut introduces a brilliant new detective duo to the world of crime fiction, weaving together two suspenseful stories that end in a breath-taking finale.
I do like a good crime novel, you know the kind, one you can lose yourself in for hours whilst the story weaves in and out, keeping you guessing and when I was offered the chance to read Burned and Broken I jumped at it as it features a few things that I love in a gritty crime novel.
Those things are......the British setting, I love reading books set in an area I can relate to and the long British arm of the law, our boys (and girls) in blue always seem to be rougher round the edges than their North American counterparts! The other thing?, well of course it is full of secrets and lies, the ingredients of all good crime novels.
Set in the south of England in Essex, the story is told from various POV's including the two main police officers Pearson and Russell who have a murder on their hands, and a young woman, Donna who has been in the care system who is trying to get to the bottom of her friend, Alicia's death.
Full of twists and turns this is an engaging read but the one thing I really enjoyed about it was the sheer level of detail that this book has, I can imagine that this would be brilliant as an audio book as is so well described.
An enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to Mark Hardie's next release.
Thank you to Little Brown for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mark Hardie was born in 1960 in Bow, East London. He began writing full time after completely losing his eyesight in 2002. He has completed a creative writing course and an advanced creative writing course at the Open University, both with distinction.
Mark lives with his wife Debbie in Southend-on-Sea.
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