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Death on Cromer Beach: Another crime series from bestseller Ross Greenwood for 2023 (The Norfolk Murders Book 1)

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It soon becomes clear that the murders were carefully planned and the finger of suspicion points to an organised crime gang, but as the evidence mounts, a far more sinister theory emerges. It’s also very well-paced and exciting, but you get chance to know the characters too, it isn’t just action by any means. There are lengthy conversations, as they explain to one one another what the have done/are about to do. Plot development is also key to a great thriller, particularly in a debut when casting the net to capture the reader’s attention is key. The two dead bodies are a couple of elderly hippy drifters – and those dragged into the case include a local homeless beach drifter, someone recently released from a secure mental institution, with the next dead body discovered (also drowned) a woman – all of whom seem to have been very disturbed and fearful recently.

Idid also listen to part of this book in audio format and, I have to say the narrator was a little chirpy in places for the gruesome story he was reading out! I have read several of this author's books and when I saw he had a new series I definitely needed to check it out.The small Norfolk community has no history of multiple killings, so the Major Investigation Team swoops in to find answers.

What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle with believable characters that’s spiced with a lot of humour.This is excellent food for thought and a challenge to the often black and white debate of good versus bad. I loved how the investigation developed, trying to pick up the clues and work out who the murderer is. While DS Knight is keen to have another set of hands to help, she is worried that sparks fly between them an she cannot stay focussed. It centres around a group of friends in their youth and a tragic event which follows them all and deeply effects their later lives to the point where it can no longer be contained, The cracks start to show as the original group all start being killed with the fear that nobody knows who the perpetrator is and where they will strike next.

The rest of the Ashley’s MIT team were introduced and I look forward to learning more about them in further books. As more bodies emerge on the beachfront, DS Knight and her team must locate a killer and stop the slayings. All in all, “ The Death on Cromer Beach” was a very enjoyable police procedural and I look forward to further books in this series with enthusiasm.

As ever with Ross’ books I love the deep and intricate characters who are carefully built up with many dimensions and fully rounded backstories and personalities. Yes, I love this are of England and was really looking forward to reading a murder tale based there. DCI Kettle will lhead the investigation, with DS Ashley Knight as deputy Senior investigation Officer, with newbie DC Hector Fade by her side . Also, the readers of Death On Cromer Beach will understand the importance of supporting mental health. The setting itself becomes a character, casting its eerie and mesmerizing shadow over the narrative, that’s again perfectly and expertly paced, before building to a satisfyingly realistic ending.

We get to know the main members of the police team throughout the book, building up a picture of their professional lives and glimpses into their private lives. When the pair delve into the case, they struggle to understand who would inflict such suffering on their victims and hope the crime is a one off from a deranged and dangerous individual. The author got permission to use actual place names and business from Cromer and thus the book that you can easily relate to if you have ever visited the town.A rich cast of characters and an explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.

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