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Guest Reviewer Netta's review of Dying Wish by James Raven

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Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 677 KB

Print Length: 224 pages

Publisher: Robert Hale (30 Jun. 2015)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Synopsis: Murder, kidnap, torture - these are not words usually associated with Britain's beautiful New Forest National Park. But when local author Grant Mason has a heart attack, he makes a bizarre dying wish: he wants his loyal assistant to burn his house down. The request sets off a chain of events that leads to a huge police hunt for a missing couple and a deranged killer. DCI Jeff Temple and his Major Investigations Team take on their toughest case yet, and in the process they uncover vicious depravity and horror that was meant to lie buried forever.

Netta's Rating: 5/5

Netta's Review: This is the fourth book in the DCI Jeff Temple Series but the first one that I have read. I was hooked from the start. A man suffering from a heart attack fears he is going to die and has a dying wish – burn down his house and everything in it. He says “trust me that it has to be done”.

I was immediately intrigued. What could Grant Mason be hiding? What secret could he have that would lead him to ask that his house be burned down?  DCI Jeff Temple is asked to investigate and soon finds out what the dying man has been hiding. Grant Mason has been keeping a secret that is so unexpected and so disturbing yet I couldn’t help but read on.

When introduced to the main character, DCI Temple, he is investigating the disappearance of a young couple. They left their child with his grandmother so they could meet friends for a weekend get-away but they never arrived. What happened to them? Did they do a runner or has something more sinister taken place?

As DCI Temple investigates the couples’ disappearance the story becomes intertwined with the story of Grant Mason and the secret life he has been leading.

The pace of the story was quick and kept my interest throughout. I was anxious to see how all the pieces and players fit together. The criminal investigation was conducted in a methodical way as each part of the story unfolded. I did not find the story to be predictable and I was kept guessing until the end.

I thought Jeff Temple was a likeable and believable character. While the focus of the book is solving the crime, there is a side story dealing with his personal life which, in my view, made his character all the more compelling. There appeared to be references to past events which I can only assume took place in the prior three DCI Jeff Temple books. The fact that I have not read those books did not detract from this story but I was left with the impression that some of the characters had developed over time.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and would recommend it to anyone interested in a fast paced story of the police investigation required to solve a mystery.

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