Written by Sarah Flint
He wasn’t always a killer. At first, he just wanted to talk.
D.C. Charlie Stafford has an odd case on her hands. And it may be her toughest one yet.
A burglar who isn’t interested in valuables, the subject of Operation Greystream is a strange but smooth operator. In the dead of the night, gloved and masked, he visits the elderly. He doesn’t hurt them and, if they beg, he won’t take anything of real value. All he wants is conversation… and they’re powerless to refuse him.
But then 87-year-old Florence Briarly is found by her friend, cold to the touch and neatly, too neatly, tucked into bed. And Charlie realises this case has taken a sinister, urgent turn.
Now this stealthy burglar has had a taste of murder, it’s only a matter of time until he craves it again…
DC Charlotte Stafford Series
Book 1 – Mummy’s Favourite
Book 2 – The Trophy Taker
Book 3 – Liar Liar
Book 4 – Broken dolls
Book 5 – Daddy’s Girls
Sarah Flint pens a really realistic crime thriller and I was gripped by her latest addition to this great series!
Charlie Stafford finds herself in the unenviable position of investigating a series of crimes where the perpetrator breaks into the home of elderly women and sits chatting to them about the past, before leaving with some of their treasured souvenirs. Suddenly it all ramps up a notch when the home invasion turns to murder and it becomes a case of finding out who he is before he gets the opportunity to strike again . . .
I have no experience of crime investigation apart from what I read or see on tv but I suspect that this series of books is more representative of what really goes on in the squad room. There are no magic moments, no flashing bulb suddenly shining – just lots of hard graft and sometimes a little bit of luck. Things don’t always go to plan but the team never give in. This is a really well-written novel, with interwoven events clouding the issue and giving the reader even more to ponder. I much prefer not knowing who the guilty party is; for me, it all adds to the atmosphere and the credibility. A very substantial thriller which reveals the doggedness of basic police work in an absolutely gripping way where the tension is palpable, and it is fully worthy of a full house of stars. I’m already looking forward to the next one!
My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley and particularly to Vicky Joss for my spot on this blog tour. All stated opinions are entirely honest and completely my own.
Tags: crime thriller, police procedural
- Format: ebook
- Size: 314 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 5 September 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.