Into Deadly Storms by Judi Daykin #BookReview #DetectiveSaraHirst2 #JoffeBooks #5*


Detective Sara Hirst has moved from London to Norfolk Police’s Serious Crimes Unit.

Under the brooding skies of North Norfolk, Sara faces her toughest case yet and finds that great beauty sometimes conceals great violence.

Too many secrets.

Too much pain.

Too many leads.

Dawn breaks as a dog-walker finds a dead body, half-naked and wrapped tightly in an old groundsheet.

Sara is first on the scene.

Who is the victim? And who will be next?

Sara must take on some of Britain’s most wanted criminals if she’s to find out the truth.

This crackling, twisty thriller set within the mysterious beauty of the east coast will have you flying through the pages right till the gripping end.

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In her mid-thirties, DS Sara Hirst has left a successful career in London’s Metropolitan Police Force and taken a new post in Norfolk Police’s Serious Crimes Unit. Unfortunately, her welcome on the team is far from warm, and Sara will have to work hard to prove herself when the discovery of a body on her first morning leads to all kinds of difficulties.


A patchwork of tiny rural villages, with quaint coastal seaside resorts and peppered by farms, on a bewildering network of small back lanes. There are no motorways here, and sometimes it feels like your nearest neighbour lives in Holland.

Bounded on one side by the Norfolk Broads and the Wash on the other, its greatest feature is the boundless skies. The weather changes before your eyes. To many, it seems like a fairytale, a cherished memory of childhood holidays. In reality, these are small hard-working communities, where people tend to mind their own business, and it’s easy to keep a dark secret.



  1. Under Violent Skies
  2. Into Deadly Storms

Absolutely Cracking!

What an absolutely cracking novel!

DS Sara Hirst, newly relocated to Norfolk, has a tough case on her hands when she is called to the discovery of a body, half-naked and wrapped in an old groundsheet. Who is he, how did he get there and why are the questions – but how hard will it be to find the answers?

Late to the party (as usual), this is my first novel by this author but I’m delighted that there is no harking back to the first so I have added it to my tbr. Judi Daykin is an author who really knows to create an enigmatic read and it’s a pleasure to see how this one twists and turns before finally getting to a very satisfying conclusion. There are lots of characters and they all have their place in this story. I intended to read for ten minutes when I went to bed; three hours later I had to admit defeat and, with my eyes struggling to stay open, reluctantly laid it aside to continue the next morning. This is a cracking read, lively all the way through and utterly rewarding when it’s all done and dusted. Creatively planned and well-written, I’m very happy to recommend this to all lovers of an exciting thriller and give it all five glowing stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime thriller

Author Details

Yorkshire born, Judi has lived, worked and made theatre in Norfolk for the last forty years. Her debut novel was shortlisted for the Little, Brown UEA writer’s prize in 2019.

Judi is also a working actor and runs her own theatre company, Broad Horizons, specialising in commissioning new plays retelling women’s stories.

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