On a bleak winter day, the body of a child is found near the Old River Lea. As DCI David Morton struggles to identify the dead child, he finds himself torn between doing what’s right and what’s legal.
Cleaver Square by Daniel Campbell and Sean Campbell is the second book in the DCI Morton series, and it continues the great storytelling that was the hallmark of the first book. Intense drama and thought-provoking situations will keep you reading, and will make you think.
I give it four stars.
When an anonymous call leads police to a house where they find the body of famous photographer and notorious socialite, Ellis DeLange, DCI David Morton is assigned to investigate the case. With his serious crime unit, he begins to delve into the woman’s background, and the more he digs, the murkier it gets. The case includes just about everything but the kitchen sink; several people with opportunity, but no motive; people with motive, but no opportunity that he can see, a pretend lord, and a strange man seen leaving the premises in the middle of the night, completely nude.
Morton has to deal with all this, and the attendant publicity that such a high-profile case attracts, along with problems within his team, including one detective who, because of a stroke, has communication problems. Clues pile up, problems pile up, but bit by bit, Morton and his team whittle the list of suspects down to two, both with motive and opportunity, but which one did the crime—or, were they working together.
You will enjoy Ten Guilty Men by Daniel Campbell and Sean Campbell. It has suspense, it has humor, and it has a modicum of excitement—well, it is British mystery, and unlike their American counterparts, car chases and shootouts aren’t a staple of good mysteries. If you like well-rounded, but ultimately flawed, characters, tight plots, and good pacing, you’ll like the DCI Morton series.
I give this one four stars.
Edwin Murphy, editor of The Impartial, is a driven man who devotes more time to his career than his family. When his wife files for divorce and threatens to take their daughter to New York, and his American editor fires him because of declining ad revenue, Edwin decides it’s time to rid himself of at least one of his problems. He concocts a convoluted plan involving the dark web to have his wife killed. That murder, however, leads to the necessity of others in order to effectively cover his tracks, so he orchestrates a series of killings that have Inspector David Morton, head of London’s Murder Investigation Unit puzzled. Everyone who has a motive for any of the killings has an iron-clad alibi, and none of the victims are related.
Dead on Demand, by Sean Campbell and Daniel Campbell is book one in the DCI Morton series, with a most convoluted plot as Edwin matches with David, London’s top cop when it comes to solving crimes. As the bodies pile up, though, and David faces the reality that his age is beginning to pose a handicap to his desire to avoid desk duty, the stakes get higher.
The authors, even though, the brains behind the killings is known from the beginning, do a good job of keeping the reader in suspense. The ending, I promise you, will come as a complete surprise.
I give the authors four stars for this one.