Author - Nigel McCrery
Format - ebook
Source - Review copy via Netgalley
From the creator of Silent Witness comes the next instalment in the critically acclaimed DCI Mark Lapslie series.
Stretching along the shelf, standing upright, were twelve wooden coffins. Nine were closed, and three open . . . with little dolls standing inside them . . .
It was supposed to be the most special day of her life - until the unthinkable happened. Leslie Petersen is shot dead on her wedding day. With the bride's killer vanished without a trace, the investigation into the murder grinds to a halt before it's even begun. But then, the decomposing body of an unidentified homeless man is found in an old Cold War bunker, and DCI Mark Lapslie makes a bizarre discovery. Hidden near the body is a shrine full of miniature wooden coffins. Each coffin contains a little doll, all dressed differently. One of the dolls is dressed as a bride - could this be a link to Leslie's murder? And if so, who do the other dolls represent? Can Lapslie and his team stop the countdown of the 'dying dolls' before it's too late?
Feet up and I started reading, carried my kindle to the kitchen when my cup needed a refill, ignored the phone when it rang, because I got stuck into this and didn't want to stop reading.
What a brilliant book. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book, an interesting start and an ending to end all endings.
DCI Mark Lapslie, quite an interesting character to say the least. He thinks he's on weekend leave, having a break, having a rest... Not a chance. a body has been found, what appears to be a homeless man in a bunker, all seems straight forward, that is until the discovery of 12 small coffins which each seem to have a small doll inside. If that isn't bizarre enough each doll is dressed, but no two dolls are the same. One is dressed in a wedding dress, which soon turns out to be linked to a recent shooting of a bride on her wedding day. Leslie Petersen was shot dead just after her wedding happened. And it seemed like things had hit a brick wall with the investigation. That is until this homeless man was found in the bunker with all these miniature coffins. The problem now is what is the connection, is there a link. and if so why are there 12 dolls.
This story races along, we follow Lapslie and his team as they try to uncover what is happening. As they try to piece together any clues they have. trying to put it all together and make any form of sense is not an easy task.
And will test this team of officers to the limit.
I enjoyed every bit of this book, and have tried not to go too far away from the book blurb with my review, as I fear I would be giving to much away if I said all I wanted to say about the book.
It seems ages since i got so involved with a book, (it's probably not) but I wanted to read this as quick as I could, and luckily I was off work for a few days so i read it at every opportunity. I was actually gutted when I finished it. Because after reading such a good book, it becomes difficult to decide what to read next, but then that's what got me reading this book, so hopefully i find another little gem on my kindle.
i'm grateful i was approved for this book and glad I got the chance to read it.