Dubious Justice by M A Comley

With thanks to THE Book Club for this advance review copy .

DS Lorne Warner and DI Katy Foster are called to the scene of an electrician’s suspected suicide but quickly discover that they’re dealing with a murder case instead. Katy’s family emergency forces her back home to be by her parent’s side in Manchester, leaving Lorne as detective inspector, working alongside a new, and frustrating, partner. When two more murders of tradesmen occur, the investigation throws suspicion on a couple who have recently renovated their home. However, the forensic team uncovers a lot more than anyone bargained for.

Right from the tense prologue I was caught up in this story of what seemed initially like a case of serial murder but is revealed to be much more than that. I really liked the character of acting DI Lorne Walker and thought the balance between her work and home life was well depicted. The author has made all her police officers very normal. By this I mean they aren’t like the damaged, maverick characters you find in a lot of crime fiction. I felt that these were real people and the kind of dedicated police that you hope are looking out for us all! The emotions of the characters were communicated really well: the horror felt by the police when they discovered what was really going on; the sadness and guilt within one of the other characters as he comes to terms with what he has been keeping buried inside himself for many years; the love and warmth felt within Lorne Warner’s family.

I haven’t read any of the Justice series before but there were only a few references to previous storylines so it was easy to read as a stand alone novel. I enjoyed reading about Lorne Warner and the police team and am pleased that there are many more books in this series for me to read!

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