Death on Cromer Beach by Ross Greenwood

5 Stars from me

As a die-hard Barton fan, I was intrigued to read the first in a new series by Ross Greenwood.

Death on Cromer Beach starts with a doozy of a murder and you know from then on that it’s going to be a cracking crime thriller!

DS Ashley Knight is an interesting lead character and I look forward to seeing how she and the team develop in future books.

Greenwood’s writing is masterful, weaving together multiple perspectives and timelines to create a multi layered narrative. The characters are complex and believable, each with their own secrets and motivations from the past that keep the reader guessing until the very end. I liked the setting too and it is obvious from portrayal of the town of Cromer itself, which is vividly brought to life through Greenwood’s evocative descriptions, that he knows the town well.

The story is not just about solving a crime, but about the ways in which we navigate relationships, tragedy and loss.

Don’t tell Barton, but I loved meeting Ashley and look forward to the rest of this series! Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and the author for letting me be a part of this blog tour.

Blurb: A brutal double murder on a Norfolk beach horrifies the town of Cromer. The way the victims died is chilling and so Norfolk’s Major Investigation Team task DS Ashley Knight to manage the case.

It soon becomes clear that the murders were carefully planned and the finger of suspicion points to an organised crime gang, but as the evidence mounts, a far more sinister theory emerges.

Ashley has been allocated a young but opinionated partner in Hector Fade, and sparks soon fly.  Annoyingly for Ashley, Hector is no pushover and looks destined for great things.  When the pair delve into the case, they struggle to understand who would inflict such suffering on their victims and hope the crime is a one off from a deranged and dangerous individual. But then another body is found.

There’s a killer on the loose who wants them to believe that the beach has a memory. They must be caught, or others will meet their end by the sea.

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