#Book Review #Flesh and Blood (DI Amy Winter 4) by Caroline Mitchell #Thriller #PoliceProcedural @Thomas & Mercer

A string of suicides. A community in terror. And a chilling conspiracy only DI Amy Winter can crack.

A wave of apparent suicides hits a string of seaside resorts, but when a police officer is named as the latest to die, DI Amy Winter suspects there may be more than mere coincidence to these tragic deaths. But what dark motive could cause someone to throw themselves into the cold depths of the North Sea?

Someone in the community knows more than they are letting on, but Amy’s questions are met with resistance. A group of mysterious teenagers might hold the key, but why are they so afraid to talk? Meanwhile, after the release from prison of her serial killer mother, Amy is fighting her own demons.

In her toughest investigation yet, Amy must confront her dark past if she is to put an end to the carnage. What secret is so terrible that it’s worth killing a police officer for? Amy needs to find the answer, before the sea washes up any more bodies.

(from the blurb)

#Book Review #Flesh and Blood (DI Amy Winter 4) by Caroline Mitchell #Thriller #PoliceProcedural @Thomas & Mercer

22/4/2021

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A string of suicides. A community in terror. And a chilling conspiracy only DI Amy Winter can crack.

A wave of apparent suicides hits a string of seaside resorts, but when a police officer is named as the latest to die, DI Amy Winter suspects there may be more than mere coincidence to these tragic deaths. But what dark motive could cause someone to throw themselves into the cold depths of the North Sea?

Someone in the community knows more than they are letting on, but Amy’s questions are met with resistance. A group of mysterious teenagers might hold the key, but why are they so afraid to talk? Meanwhile, after the release from prison of her serial killer mother, Amy is fighting her own demons.

In her toughest investigation yet, Amy must confront her dark past if she is to put an end to the carnage. What secret is so terrible that it’s worth killing a police officer for? Amy needs to find the answer, before the sea washes up any more bodies.

(from the blurb)

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My thoughts:

Flesh and Blood is the fourth instalment in Caroline Mitchell’s series of police  proceduralsfeaturing DI Amy Winter. If you have been following the series, you know quite a lot about Amy’s family of origin and why her background makes her an outstanding police officer. If you are planning to start the series from this book, it is possible to read and enjoy it as a standalone.

DI Amy Winter and her team are enjoying a brief respite after their last case, when Donovan gets bad news from the police station in Clacton where he used to work before coming to the Met. One of his colleagues committed suicide by jumping off the pier. The weird thing is that she had called Donovan just a few minutes before it and left a voice message asking for his advice on a case.If only he’d answered his phone… A closer look at what has been happening in the area reveals a strange spate of suicides with victims apparently having nothing in common. Amy’s super team decide to investigate what has really been going on in this seaside community and what mysterious case Carla had been looking into before her death.

One of the things I like so much about this series is the author’s personal experience of a police officer which shines through in the level of realistic detail. Caroline Mitchell knows how to engage her reader with an interesting case, as well as giving us  a glimpse into what it’s really like to do this job on a daily basis. The members of Amy’s team are all strong characters with their own unique voices. I was particularly happy to get to know Molly and discover her secret. While Amy’s horrific past is and always will be there in her life, she isn’t defined by it, and we see how she is finally allowing herself to believe in the possibility of her own personal happiness. This case has less focus on Amy, although it turns  out to be quite personal for Donovan.

Caroline Mitchell masterfuly weaves together several threads and throws in a few red herrings to keep the reader guessing until the end. The pace is really good – the story isn’t rushed at any point, but the chapters are quite snappy and leave you wanting to read more. The ending opens up new possibilities and new dilemmas Amy will have to face up in the next book.

A well-written, intriguing, and gripping read from page one to the last page, Flesh and Blood is a great addition to an excellent seriesand I can definitely recommend it to all the readers who enjoy the genre.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Have you read Flesh and Blood or is it on your tbr?
  • Have you read the previous three books in the series?
  • How important is it for you to have a backstory in Books 2, 3, 4 and so on?

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3 Comments

  1. I have had this series on my TBR but not read it yet. I just looked and they are available to read/listen to on KU, so I hope to start them. I agree with Yesha, when the author has background in the area they are writing about (lawyers, doctors, coroners, police etc.) it really shines through. Another great review Toni. I also like that I am a character in a book, but I wish I hadn’t died. 🙄

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