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Monday 16 October 2023

Out of Sight by Anna Legat

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Dear friends. Who doesn't love a good crime thriller? Particularly with a trucculent female DCI. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Out of Sight by Anna Legat.

Out of Sight Synopsis 

On the morning after his thirtieth wedding anniversary Stewart Harding is found dead. He was an arrogant and thoroughly unpleasant man and there is no shortage of suspects, but all of them have firm alibis. In any case, everything points towards it being an opportunistic killing linked to a robbery. 

Newly promoted DI Mark Webber is assigned as the SIO with Gillian Marsh overseeing the investigation. However, when her mother dies, she takes leave of absence and lets Webber continue on his own. 

Webber is making good progress until his colleague – and secret lover – DC Erin Macfadyen disappears without trace. Webber’s world falls apart. 

DCI Marsh cuts her bereavement leave short to take over the investigation into Stewart Harding’s death and to track down her missing officer. 

There is no doubt that she will find Harding’s killer, but will she find Erin and are the two cases connected? 

Is This Mutton puts crime thriller Out of Sight by Anna Legat under the books spotlight

My Thoughts

I loved this! Gillian is such a character. In the first chapter, she's huffing and puffing because she's been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector - and didn't want to be. And when her pathologist lover proposes, she's quick to change the subject.

If Gillian were a man, she might be referred to as "a curmudgeon. " She doesn't do funerals, not even her mother's, she tells us, because she doesn't do religion.  She is also not keen on anything touchy feely with her father and daughter.  

The rest of her team are are real-life people who happen to be working detectives. It's a long way from the somewhat glamorous world of the likes of TV's Line of Duty with their CIS's and cries of "Armed police, stand aside!"

There's a lot of humour, and I enjoyed the ending because it was so unlike every other crime thriller. The police team are in a hospital, yes, but tucking into the remnants of a barbecue. Pathologist Michael Almond had even thoughtfully provided paper plates and plastic cutlery. 

If you love a police procedural with believable characters,  you'll relish this.

Meet the Author

Anna Legat, author of the well known DI Marsh series of crime thrilers

Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mysteries. Murder isn't the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humour, through magic realism to dystopia. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. 

She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

To find out more: https://annalegatblog.wordpress.com/ 
Follow Anna on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LegatWriter 
Join Anna on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AnnaLegatAuthor/ 
And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/legatauthor/ 

Thanks to Rachel Gilbey from Rachel's Random Resources and the author for including Is This Mutton on the blog tour. I received an advance epub in return for a review, 

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Thanks to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for the advance copy of Out of Sight in return for an honest review. 

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  1. Excellent review. That's a writer I've not heard of and the idea of a female curmudgeon really tickled me. I might have to go and buy the book now!
    Thanks for sharing!


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