Death on the Coast

Written by Bernie Steadman


Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will lead back to the Irish Troubles.

Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.




Very Decent Police Procedural!    4 stars


I do love a good police procedural, and this one fits the bill perfectly!

DCI Dan Hellier is obviously quite recently promoted and has more on his plate than he’s used to. When his team is alerted to a body on the beach, dead from unnatural causes, they are horrified at the manner of death. With little trace evidence due to the incoming tide, they all realise is this is not going to be an easy case to deal with and when a similar crime occurs soon after, they wonder if they have a potential serial killer on their patch.

This is a good crime read; enough clues to make you wonder but not overly so – plenty of room for doubt and speculation. The investigating squad are a good mix of characters, well explained and drawn from across the spectrum. Dan Hellier comes across as an ordinary guy, full of doubts and dealing with stuff outside his job as well as keeping an eye on all those under his command. It’s a series I would like to read more of and was dismayed at the mention of this being the final novel. With several clear mentions of what had taken place in the preceding novels I felt it spoiled for the possibility of catching up with the earlier two. I don’t tend to recap on the blurb before beginning to read books in my tbr and in this case I was glad; reading it for this post, I think it reveals too much and would have over-influenced my expectations – but that’s just my opinion. However, as a stand-alone read this is a very enjoyable read.

My thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bookouture for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller, police procedural


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1696 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 5 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


IMG_1131Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time.  She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.

Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.

When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.




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