Written by Heleyne Hammersley


Looking for a best-selling detective series with a feisty female DI? Then you’ll love the gripping new DI Kate Fletcher series.


Two murders. One missing girl.

DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock.  With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life.

In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father.  She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims?

As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier.

Then the main suspect vanishes….

Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?





Fabulous Writing and a Captivating Plot!  5 stars


My first experience of Heleyne Hemmersley’s work, but it won’t be my last – I’ve already downloaded the first in series as the second is so very good.

DI Kate Fletcher finds herself with an unexpected death on her hands when a body is found floating in the canal. With no identification, she has enough on her plate but then has to deal with a confession to assisted suicide. As that seems quite straightforward, Kate doesn’t predict it taking up much time for her team and concentrates instead on trying to work out the identity of the deceased. However, it appears all is not as simple as first thought  and – as strange as it sounds – Kate begins to wonder if there is a connection between both cases.

This is a fantastic crime thriller, an excellent police procedural and one where the investigation details are incredibly authentic and really work the reader’s brain cells. It’s a book which I have been completely invested in, and I loved everything about it. The characters are true-to-life; the investigation team are all individuals with differing personalities which is touched upon but not allowed to dominate the story. The writing flows beautifully, the plot is captivating and I really appreciate that, although this is the second in series, there is no constant harking back to the first one. This truly is a stand-alone read and, for me, it is worth nothing less than a full five stars! If you are a reader who enjoys a really great British police procedural, then this is one I strongly recommend.

My thanks to publishers Bloodhound Books for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller, police procedural, UK



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2910 KB
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 1 June 2018
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Meet the Author


71hGlqTwy1L._SY200_Heleyne Hammersley is a British writer based in Cumbria. She writes psychological suspense thrillers and crime novels.

Heleyne has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called ‘Give Them the Works’ when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool.

When she’s not writing, Heleyne can often be found wandering on the fells or in the local park with her dog.

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