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Twisted Crimes is everything a British police procedural should be



Joffe Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 14 Jan 2017


If you are looking for a fantastic British police procedural, Michael Hambling’s DCI Sophie Allen mysteries are amongst the very best. Each case is unusual and complex, but at the same time utterly believable. His characters are extremely well developed, particularly Sophie and her team. Twisted Crimes focuses on the puzzling murder of an elderly couple. Not long after a mistake leads them to attend the wrong funeral, the pair are found dead. Though it looks like suicide, the forensics clearly makes the case for murder. Is the murder the act of a family member, or is it somehow linked to the funeral of the head of Woodruff industries, a business that walks the edge of legality. A leak complicates matters. One thing that I like about Hambling’s novels is that he can give readers a look into the opposing side without giving everything away.

Twisted Crimes is easily as good as its predecessors and will please Hambling fans as well as newcomers to the series. The books do not have to be read in chronological order.


I received a copy of Twisted Crimes from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review



Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the exciting conclusion.

Sylvia and Ted Armitage, a retired couple, attend the wrong funeral service by mistake. A month later their daughter returns from holiday to find them missing. The police make little headway in tracing their whereabouts until their bodies are found in their car, abandoned in the middle of a copse in a tranquil nature reserve. They appear to have committed suicide, but some of the forensic evidence suggests otherwise. The police slowly make progress and find several links to a shady business organisation that owns a string of bars, clubs and cafes.

Why did this couple really die?

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

TWISTED CRIMES is the fifth in a series of best-selling detective thrillers featuring DCI Sopie Allen, head of the Violent Crime Unit in Dorset.

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