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

Available to buy at Amazon