Death Do Us Part by Steven Dunne

About this book…

Even death cannot part these couples . . .

DI Damen Brook is on a rare period of leave and determined to make the most of it by re-connecting with his daughter Terri. But with her heavy drinking proving a challenge, Brook takes the opportunity to visit a local murder scene when his help is requested.

An elderly couple have each been executed with a single shot to the heart and the method echoes that of a middle-aged gay couple killed the previous month.

With the same killer suspected and the officer currently in charge nearing retirement, Brook knows that he has little choice but to cut short his leave when forced by his superiors to take the lead on the case.
Brook believes that he can catch this ruthless killer, but already distracted by Terri’s problems, is he about to make a fatal mistake and lead the killer right to his own door?

My review…

Well this book was LITERALLY too hot to handle for me! As I was sitting reading it in the garden, I got to 94% and my kindle switched itself off as it was overheating! Thankfully a nice cool down indoors did the trick and an hour later I was able to finish, what is in my opinion, the best in the DI Damon Brook series so far!

Well, as if Brook doesn’t have enough to worry about trying to establish a reconnection with his daughter Terri, he is called upon to solve the murder of an elderly couple in their own home. They have been shot, each with a single shot and they had been drinking champagne shortly before their deaths. Brook sees a possible connection with the murder of a gay couple recently and so sets about in his usual methodical way to investigate further. But is the truth a little closer to home than he is expecting?

I definitely think this is my favourite so far, I do love Brook! I think what makes me connect to him is that he just seems so…..normal!! I like his down to earth approach to his job and the way he admits that he can’t delegate, it just makes him seem more realistic. And I like the way the plot follows the conversations he has with his colleagues so you can actually see his thought process throughout the case. I like dialogue! As usual we get to follow Brooks personal life as well and I found the relationship he had with Terri to be rather touching, the text messages that he sends her are just so typical of a father trying to do his best with his adult daughter, a relationship that can be a difficult at times. There are a few other usual players here as well and it felt like I had never been away from Brook and his colleagues-it was like settling back in with friends that you hadn’t seen for a long time but as soon as you’re together again, it’s like nothing has changed!

The plot here is a cracker and I thought I had it all figured out but no. It’s a really twisty tale that makes you think “oh I get it” then realise that you actually don’t! Incredibly well thought out and brilliantly brought together. And that ending!!!!! I don’t think I dared breathe for that last 6%!! This is easily one of my favourite detective series so now I feel quite low that it’s all over for another book and I have to wait for the next. Patience really isn’t my strong point!

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Publication date 5th May 2016

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

10 thoughts on “Death Do Us Part by Steven Dunne”

  1. I really need to check this author out! I do like books where you think you’ve got it cracked and then… it shows the author has done some fab misdirection! My kindle has over-heated before now too – that caused a bit of panic until it began working again πŸ˜‰

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    1. Yes he writes a fab police procedural! I really panicked as I was so nearly finished when it happened! That will teach me to read in the garden when I should be doing housework lol 😊

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  2. Woo, I was not aware of that overheating issue! That’s when you see clearly the limits of the Kindle compared to an old physical copy.
    On a brighter note, every time I read a review of Death Do Us Part, it increases my urge to run and buy the entire series. I keep telling myself I must resist the hype and focus on what I need to read now but my willpower has its limits too! I would not be surprised if I bought it before the end of the week…
    I love surprising twists you don’t see coming!

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  3. Thankfully I’ve never had an overheating problem but use the kindle app on my iPad now vs. The kindle itself as it’s less to carry around. I like the sound of this and it makes a change for the detective not to be the alcoholic! I haven’t read the author but will keep my eye out.

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