Detective Sergeant Khenan Malice is a rubbish ex-husband, a crap father but a damned good detective. It’s a shame he spoils his only redeeming quality by being a bent copper.
Detective Kelly Pietersen joins the team to help find a missing woman. But she has a secret…
Damien Kaplan is a leading criminal barrister and a keen amateur potter. He also happens to be a serial killer with a chilling approach to creating his art. He’s married to Elsa, though she considers him more of a possession than a husband. She controls those around her using sex and procures men and women for her husband to play with but only after she’s finished with them first.
Killing Pretties is his passion, having sex with them is hers. It is difficult to say which one is worse.
The missing woman brings all four crashing together – an incendiary mix that doesn’t end well.
When a woman goes missing its up to the dodgy character of DS Malice to look into. A seemingly simple case yet from the get go he knows it could be more. Unfortunately he has an agenda all his own which he has to find time for alongside being a good detective. The fact he is a good detective means that his gut tells him something is up the first time he talks to the last people to see woman alive. The couple are on the outside charming, well respected members of society. On the inside and behind closed doors they are a deadly duo who exploit their needs to the detriment of their victims. They bring to my mind the poisoned apple Snow White ate, all pretty and shiny on the outside yet evil and deadly beneath.Can Malice solve this crime whilst keeping one step ahead in is own nefarious deals. A delicious book that delivers a wickedly delightful yet gory read. The author has once again gifted us with a great book, believable plot line as well as a set of characters we can both loath and cheer on. On a different note I was pleasantly surprised to find a reference in the book to the small town where I was born Mexbrough , couldn’t wait to share that nugget with my mum.
Thanks to Sarah Hardy and BOTBS publicity for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.
STAR RATING 4.5
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy was the result.
Rob published Those That Remain, In Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.
His latest work sees the introduction of a new set of characters – DS Khenan Malice and DC Kelly Pietersen. The first book in the series is titled Killing Pretties and the second is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lies. Both books will be published this year.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.