DI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn't have. She's been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since. Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scientific advisor to the National Crime Faculty. He is the best there is, but ever since his wife and daughter disappeared he's been hiding away in Scotland, working as a forensics lecturer.
In Manchester, drug addicts are turning up dead and Simms' superior is only too pleased to hand the problem to her. Then a celebrity dies and the media gets interested. Another overdose victim shows up, but this time the woman has been systematically beaten and all identifying features removed. The evidence doesn't add up; Simms' superiors seem to be obstructing her investigation; and the one person she can't afford to associate with is the one man who can help: Fennimore.
Everyone Lies is one of the books that I received for my crime fiction week last month but I wasn't quite able to fit in due to receiving more books than I could possibly read.
Kate Simms' career has been on the skids for a while but newly promoted, and with a move to a new force, she's determined to prove to her bosses that she has got what it takes to be a good detective.
When she's given a pretty open and shut task of looking into some drug-related deaths due to the recent death of a 'celebrity', Kate decides to dig a little deeper and contacts Nick Fennimore for help even though it was due to her acquaintance with him that has blighted her career these last few years. Together they establish that there's definitely something iffy with all of these overdoses but the more they look into the deaths the more it would appear that someone is out to tamper with their investigations as leads start to build up far too easily and take them down the wrong path...
A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym of writing duo Margaret Murphy, an award winning writer, and Professor Dave Barclay, a renowned forensics expert, and together they have written an exciting police procedural that had me gripped almost from the start. As the story progresses there were plenty of twists and turns to throw you off the scent and along the way Kate Simms has to work out just who she can trust, and who it is that doesn't want her to solve the case...
I sincerely hope that this book is the first in a new series as I'd love to read more from Kate Simms and Nick Fennimore in the future. They were a fantastic duo, despite their individual flaws, who together made a formidable team.
I'd like to thank Lucy at Constable and Robinson for sending me a copy of this book to review.
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