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Time of Death - Review.

Time of Death (Tom Thorne) - Mark Billingham

Publication Date: 23rd April 2015 (UK from Little Brown) 2nd June 2015 (U.S. from Grove Atlantic)

 

Source: Netgalley via Grove.

 

Tom Thorne is on holiday with his girlfriend DS Helen Weeks, when two girls are abducted in Helen’s home town. When a body is discovered and a man is arrested, Helen recognizes the suspect’s wife as an old school-friend and returns home for the first time in twenty-five years to lend her support.

 

Oh what sheer joy it is to pick up another Thorne novel from Mark Billingham – you just KNOW you will not be disappointed, this really is a most marvellous series.

 

In the last novel Thorne and cohorts had a horrible time – here we find him away with Helen for a holiday. When two girls go missing in Helen’s home town and the suspect is her friend’s husband she insists on going to support the family – Thorne of course cannot resist getting involved in the investigation despite being very unwelcome.

 

Always heart stoppingly addictive, I read this fast – when it comes to Crime Fiction Mr Billingham really is at the top of his game, each novel bringing something a little different and for such a long running series it maintains a fresh new feel each time. Not that easy to pull off but seemingly effortless in this case.

 

This was definitely one of my favourites so far (mind you I’m sure I said that last time which just goes to show) – exploring some dark themes, flowing along at a heck of a pace, twisting and turning to another trademark thrilling conclusion.

 

As ever a pleasure to spend time in Thorne’s company – the whole series definitely comes highly recommended from me.

 

Happy Reading Folks!