Author : Graham Smith
Title : Lines of Enquiry
Series : The Major Crimes Team
Pages : 104
Publisher : Caffeine Nights Publishing
Publication date : March 5, 2015
The Cumbria Major Crimes team is under immense pressure to get results. DCI Harry Evans and his subordinates, DS Neil Chisholm, DC Lauren Phillips and DC Amir Bhaki must juggle cases while tragedy stalks them. Up in Glasgow, DI John Campbell is
preparing to replace Evans, whose renegade ways have brought enforced retirement.
Together they must investigate a man killed in his own home, a vigilante group chasing a suspected paedophile, a river dammed for no obvious reason and a woman whose cries of ‘wolf’ turn to ‘rape’. Meanwhile DC Phillips goes undercover off the books.
I don’t normally read novellas because I always feel that just when I’m about to really sink my teeth into the story, it’s over. However, considering this is Graham Smith and how hard I raved about “Watching The Bodies” (which you’ve all read by now, right?!), I decided to make an exception and I’m glad I did.
This isn’t quite like any other novella I’ve ever read, which is a good thing. There may be few pages but they are jam-packed and there’s a lot going on. Not only are we introduced to some of the members of the Major Crimes Unit and offered the chance to get to know them, there are numerous cases being investigated as I assume it would be in “real life”.
This collections of short stories and investigations is a brilliant way of getting the reader acquainted with a number of characters and their backstories so that when you read the first book in the series “Snatched From Home”, you’re already familiar with them.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting DI Harry Evans and his team and I very much look forward to getting stuck into this series.
Lines of Enquiry was published in 2015.