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Time of Death (Tom Thorne Novels)

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The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Always heart stoppingly addictive, I read this fast - when it comes to Crime Fiction Mr Billingham really is at the top of his game, each novel bringing something a little different and for such a long running series it maintains a fresh new feel each time.

An interesting aspect of the book was having Helen play a larger role and getting to understand her background to see what makes her tick. The story follows Thorne, and his girlfriend Helen (also a police officer) after they get involved - at her bidding - in a missing persons case up in Warwickshire where Helen grew up. However, you pick up a Billingham and you forget all about the actual mechanics of writing and enjoy a brilliantly plotted story written with flow, compassion and mucho black humour.Not for long though because when the news comes through of a crime is committed in Helen’s home town, Polesford, her ears prick up. Ever the policeman, Thorne feels something's amiss and makes a nuisance of himself with the investigation team. This entry was posted in Crime, Review and tagged Crime on October 14, 2015 by Kate (For Winter Nights).

She's either withdrawn or spoiling for a fight, leaving Tom baffled as to the cause of her behaviour. The book starts off fast and strong with a story of two missing girls and continues to gather pace throughout.Helen and Tom are on a much-needed vacation when Helen recognizes an old school chum on TV - the wife of a man just taken into custody for the kidnapping of 2 young girls. Past cases are referred to but not in a way that affects the understanding of the plot of this book. This series is going from strength to strength and already I am looking forward to the next instalment. I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Crime Novel Of The Year Award as well as the Sherlock Award for Best British Detective and been nominated for seven CWA Daggers. It's interesting to see the story from the perspective of the family of the accused, although they're all so unlikeable I couldn't develop much sympathy for them.

I read a couple of his early books a good while ago – ‘Sleepyhead’ and one other – but something about ‘Good as Dead’ put me off. I would like to thank Net Galley for giving supplying me with an advanced copy of the latest Mark Billingham novel in exchange for a honest review. This leaves Tom at a loose end and he just can’t resist carrying out his own investigation – a true busman’s holiday.Thorne is on unknown turf, he’s not even suppose to be involved in the case, and it’s Helen who initially seems to play a more prominent role as she comforts her old friend and tries to help the two troubled children. When it’s splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates’ wife – an old school friend of Helen’s – who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband’s innocence. In Time of Death Mark Billingham has provided the reader with another well written, complex narrative that speaks to issues that we can all empathise with. This is the 13th book in Mark Billingham's series featuring his tough as old boots detective, Tom Thorne - I've not read the entire series but after really enjoying the previous book in the series, The Bones Beneath (review HERE) I felt the immediate need for more Thorne and so I started on Time of Death.

Detectives Tom Thorne and Helen Weekes (his girlfriend) are holidaying in the Cotswolds when news comes through that the husband of an old friend of hers, Linda Bates, has been arrested on suspicion of the kidnap and murder of two young girls in the fictional towns of Dorbrook and Polesford in Warwickshire.There are detailed forensics which also adds to my enjoyment as I love the finer points that lead to the police getting their man! In fact, early on in the book Billingham has a sly dig at the cliché of the angst-ridden drunken maverick of current crime fiction. This series is now well established with some strong characters that regular readers will already be familiar with. As suggested above there are secrets to be revealed and a relationship tested to the extreme in a great example of modern British crime fiction. This is DI Tom Thorne’s thirteenth outing and although I haven’t read the entire series I’ve dipped in and out over the years.

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