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Saturday 4 May 2024

Death in Bacton Wood by Ross Greenwood

Cover of crime thriller Death in Bacton Wood by Ross Greenwood, reviewed by Is This Mutton

Dear friends. A few months ago I raved about the first Ross Greenwood I'd read. Now I'm on the blog tour for his latest thriller, Death in Bacton Wood. If you like a police procedural with a gripping plot and lots of twists, you've come to the right place.

Publisher's Description 

When a mud-splattered man staggers from Bacton Wood with a terrifying tale about being buried alive, DS Ashley Knight and her team are called in to investigate. Soon, another victim is found, and more men are missing – all with connections to the well-known Vialli family.

The Major Investigation Team find themselves attempting to untangle a case that stretches from Eastern Europe through to North Norfolk. Along with rookie detective, the whip-smart Hector Fade, Ashley is in a race against time trying to help a family who seem determined to take matters into their own hands. And when Ashley suspects there is a department rat, the stakes get even higher.

As the evidence continues to point in different directions, and as new victims are uncovered thick and fast, Ashley and Hector begin to fear they have finally met their match in a killer too ruthless and clever to be caught.

Bestselling Ross Greenwood is back with a breath-taking page-turning thriller, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Ian Rankin and Peter James.

My Thoughts

A taut and gripping thriller about revenge the old fashioned way.  A family is brutally punished for its hidden criminal activities. Getting them to divulge anything is like pulling teeth to start with. The Viallis expect to solve their problems themselves,  without involving the police. 

I liked the relationships and character development of the police team - very natural and realistic, with occasional flashes of humour. It's how you would imagine a police team to operate. Hector is a bit posh, and being fast tracked, but he's managed to prove himself. 

The deaths are a bit gruesome but had historic relevance. 

What's next for the newly promoted Ashley Knight?

About the Author 

Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until he was 20, attending The King's School in the city. He then began a nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world. 

Greenwood returned to Peterborough many times over the years. He worked mostly in sales management followed by four years as a prison officer. 

He met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. It was a four a.m. feed that gave Ross the opportunity to finish his Fifty Years of Fear book. Unable to get back to sleep, he completed it in the early morning hours.

Ross says he finds it a surprise to realise he's now written ten books. There are two strands, one where the books concern lives affected by prison, and then the detective series's starring DI John Barton and DS Ashley Knight.

The first Barton book, The Snow Killer hit the coveted number one spot on KOBO, with the second and third in the series not far behind. Death in Bacton Wood is the 3rd in the Norfolk Murder Mysteries. 

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