Kate Hamblin Series: Book 1 – Murder on the Levels #Bookreview #crimefiction #detective #detectiveseries @joffebooks

Over the next 6 days I will be sharing my reviews of the Kate Hamblin series by David Hodges. This is a detective series that Joffe Books are republishing. It is set on the Somerset Levels and the author has made excellent use of the area for this series. I will feature each book in sequence. Today it is book 1: Murder on the Levels.

Murder on the Levels (Kate Hamblin #1)

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Detective Kate Hamblin is doing surveillance on the Somerset Levels, trying to catch a crazed arsonist. She leaves the van for a moment. Then it goes up in flames, killing her two colleagues.

Kate is accused of abandoning them and is excluded from the murder hunt and effectively suspended from duty.

She is desperate to nail the killer herself and clear her name. She risks all by entering into an unholy alliance with the murder team’s chief suspect.

Kate finds herself not only targeted in a personal vendetta by her own DCI, but stalked by the very killer she is pursuing .


Can Kate catch the killer before he takes out the only witness? And will her career go up in flames before it’s even really started?


My Review

David Hodges is a new author to me but I was intrigued to read this series set on the Somerset Levels.
The story kicks off with a bang and the suspense builds from page 1 all the way to the very end.  There are many twists and turns along the way and a massive helping of intrigue.  Never in a million years would I have worked out who was behind all the action.
Kate Hamblin: a detective who got on the wrong side of her DCI: Roz Callow.  Then she escapes with her life while 2 colleagues didn’t and although she had to run for her life she still ended up being held accountable and more or less suspended.
Kate is a feisty young woman who won’t lie down and die for anyone.  Finding out that her superiors suspect Duval and wont be persuaded to consider other options Kate decides she needs to uncover the truth and thereby her innocence herself.
This is a fast paced, adrenaline pumping read with well defined characters.  The author brings his knowledge of the Police Force and the Somerset Levels area into the book with skill and expertise to enable the reader to envisage the scenes and area without being subjected to big chunks of descriptive text.
There are several aspects of the story that are totally unique and the twists and turns added to the intrigue kept the pages turning… And turning all the way to the jaw dropping ending.
A brilliant read I am already downloading book 2.

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