Monday, 26 March 2012

Books Read: James Craig - Never Apologise, Never Explain

Source - Received from publisher to review

How much blood will have to be spilt before the past can be put to rest?

When Agatha Mills is killed in her home in the shadow of the British Museum, there is only one suspect - her husband Henry.  For John Carlyle, it looks like a welcome chance for a quick conviction.  But, much to the inspector's annoyance, Henry refuses to confess. Worse, he comes up with an alternative version of events that is almost impossible to investigate.

Distracted by other cases, Carlyle just wants the Mills murder closed.  But when a second body is discovered, doubts begin to surface.  Slowly, Carlyle has to face up to the fact that Henry may just have been telling the truth...

This book is the second Inspector Carlyle novel by James Craig but the good news is that you don't need to read the first one, London Calling, beforehand as it's a completely separate storyline.  I'm glad that this was the case as although I'd bought London Calling I never got around to reading it so it's still in my ever increasing tbr pile.

What at first looks like a open and shut murder case soon turns out to be anything but much to the irritation of John Carlyle.  He'd expected Henry Mills to admit to the killing of his wife Agatha and certainly didn't expect to hear about possible political connections with Chile.   Henry is insistent that her murder has something to do with her campaign to find out what happened to her brother in Chile in the 1970s.

When another apparently unrelated incident crops up, investigations soon lead Inspector Carlyle to believe that there might just be something in the Chile theory but it comes too late for Henry.

On top of this murder investigation John has also been approached by a local reporter concerned about a stalker and a local prostitute who's worried that her young son may be abducted by his father.  He agrees to look into both cases unofficially but struggles to find the time to look into to either of these requests which leads to devastating consequences.

This is an extremely fast-paced novel and at first, I wasn't sure about it jumping from one plot to another but about half-way through I was gripped and wanting to know it all turned out for everyone in the end.  I'll definitely be reading London Calling at some stage and will keep an eye out for future releases from this author. 

I'd like to thank Sam at Constable Robinson for sending me a copy of this book to review as it's likely to have been one I'd have missed otherwise as was not an author on my radar.

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