Devil’s Chimney by Adam Lyndon #BookReview #JoffeBooks #DetectiveRutherfordBarnes1 #Books’n’AllPromotions #5*

MEET DETECTIVE RUTHERFORD BARNES IN THIS BRILLIANT NEW CRIME SERIES FROM A SERVING POLICE OFFICER

Discover an absolutely gripping crime thriller with a massive twist.

On a wild and stormy night on England’s south coast, ambitious young police constables Rutherford Barnes and Harriet Holden are doing the rounds when they see a burglar fleeing the scene of the crime.

And it’s Harriet’s house. The ground floor is ransacked. Scrawled in red across one wall are the words: DEAD COPS SLEEP LONG.

Then a few days later, Harriet’s battered body is discovered in a shabby seafront hotel.

Newly promoted to Detective, Barnes vows to discover who killed his partner, and why.


Harriet had a dark secret. As Barnes uncovers a layer of corruption which threatens to expose people at the highest levels of the force, he has a terrible choice to make: justice for Harriet — or his career.

A Stunning Start to a Series!

Rutherford Barnes, I hope you’re around for a long time to come!

With a spate of burglaries in the area, young police constables Rutherford Barnes and Harriet Holden are keen not to miss anything on their rounds, despite the wild weather. When Barnes spots a burglar fleeing the scene, he is horrified at the level of destruction inside – and even more shocked when he finds out it’s Harriet’s home which has been violated. A few days later, her dead body is found badly beaten in a tacky hotel and Barnes finds himself promoted to detective – where he always wanted to be. Harriet had a secret and Barnes vows to find out exactly what’s going on – no matter how many cages he has to rattle.

From the very beginning of this novel, I took to Barnes and that feeling only increased as the story developed. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next, or who to trust for that matter, and this is an exciting unpredictable read which kept me on my toes throughout. My nerves were shredded by the time I reached the final pages, but I can’t wait to read more! A stunning start to a series from an author new to me but one I intend to follow. Definitely recommended and one I’m happy to give all five sparkling stars!

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

Tags: crime mystery

Author Details

Adam was born and raised in Sussex. He has been a police officer for twenty years both in the UK and in New Zealand, working across a range of disciplines including uniformed ops, firearms command and as a detective in CID and specialist investigations.

He went around the world a couple of times, living in New Zealand for a year before realising home was where all the stories were. Adam writes gritty, Eastbourne-based police-procedurals with hard-edged authenticity, forming a daisy chain along the south coast alongside the likes of Graham Hurley and Peter James. He has been married for twenty years and has four children. His ambition, as his children keep reminding him, is to own a dog.

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