Author : Guy Fraser – Sampson
Pages : 271
Publisher : Urbane Publications
Publication date : March 17, 2016
The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?
Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and help appears to offer itself from a very unlikely source – a famous fictional detective. A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search, but will Scotland Yard lose patience with the team before they can crack the case?
A serial killer in London’s Hampstead has been evading police for more than a year. With no clues and no leads, investigators are becoming increasingly despondent. Will the latest victim and a new pair of eyes finally yield results?
Well, this was different and a lovely breath of fresh air. What we have here is modern crime fiction wrapped in an old school coat reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s work. As you know, I love my crime fiction with all its gore and gruesomeness. Death in Profile has none of that. Think more family friendly crime fiction. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it but I did!
It took me a while to get used to Guy Fraser-Sampson’s writing style but once I got the hang of it, I quickly found myself immersed in the investigation. The old school vibe is quite different and the pace is slower than what I’m used to from the books I normally tend to read, but I found myself liking that change of pace. Actual pounding the pavement investigating, following that all-important gut instinct or the “copper’s nose”, instead of relying on modern technology and doing multiple database searches and the like. Also, I may have had way too much fun imagining the posh voices in my head.
The only thing I wasn’t really sure about was the love triangle and the addition of Peter Wimsey . I found it quite distracting and didn’t really see its relevance. I assume it’s something that appeals to fans of Dorothy L. Sayers but as I’ve never read any of those books, it went completely over my head.
Regardless, this is an intelligently crafted start to a new series and I see myself picking up the next book in the future when I need something a little different.
Death In Profile was published in March 2016.