JOFFE BOOKS – 1st in series Blog Event #9 #TEAMJOFFEBOOKS #BOOKREVIEW #LangthornePolice #PoliceProcedural #bookstagram @JOFFEBOOKS @gloriouscharlie

Today my 1st in series is Bodily Harm which is Book 1 in the Langthorne Police series by the awesome Charlie Gallagher. This is a gripping series that keeps the pages turning and George Elms is a character you have to love. There are 4 books in the series and 2 stand-alone books so plenty to keep you reading way into the night (another book will be along soon.

BODILY HARM a gripping crime thriller full of twists by [GALLAGHER, CHARLIE]BODILY HARM (Langthorne #1)

Available from Amazon


One of the grittiest, most authentic police thrillers you will read this year.

An edge-of-your-seat crime thriller starts with a vicious stabbing of a pretty teenage girl and her boyfriend on a local bus. She happens to be the mayor’s niece. It’s the final straw for the community. The police are desperate to get results and decide on a risky course of action involving undercover infiltration of the notorious Effingell Estate.

Detective George Elms knows this hellish place extremely well, and his sharp investigative mind is put to work to solve the crime. The police are under immense media pressure and conveniently a local lowlife confesses to the attack. But George is not convinced. There are many layers of criminal and police motivation, and few people are what they seem.

Authentic, fast-paced, and with a touch of black humour, you won’t want to put down BODILY HARM till the nail-biting conclusion.

Who can you trust? And when his family is put at risk will DS George Elms go beyond the law?


Langthorne, typical of many smaller seaside towns dotted around the UK’s coastline. Once a thriving tourist destination, where the affluent built grand seafront houses, it has suffered a hard fall from grace. Unemployment has blighted the area and so has crime.


George Elms joined the police pretty much straight out of school and now in his mid-thirties, he’s been getting in the faces of criminals for over fifteen years. Well known and respected on both sides of the line he is now responsible for running a team who work the crimes that come out of one of the county’s most notorious housing estates. He is married to Sarah and they have a little girl.


Book 4: END GAME

What the readers are saying

I absolutely loved George. Strong, dependable, compassionate, everything you want in a man never mind in a detective. I really enjoyed getting to know his wife and daughter and how he juggles personal issues with his work. For me it humanises his character more and I found I could really empathise with him.  Sarah’s Reviews

This book is fast paced, well written with a few curve balls, and I found this novel hard to put down.  Louise Wilson’s Reviews

It’s a gritty crime thriller pitting good against evil …. and not everyone is who they seem to be. Lies, secrets, ….. who will Detective Elms trust? And how many will die before he gets through all the layers to find the truth?  Linda Strong Book Reviews

​I think in this book you can certainly tell it’s written by someone who has been a serving officer. An interesting read full of suspense. Twists and turns but I found the ending a little strange, and had one or two questions that hadn’t been answered.   Vicki – I Love Reading’s Reviews

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