I had the great good fortune of reading this recently as an ARC. This is the first book in David Evan’s Wakefield Trinity (A trilogy of books not the rugby league team), and it sets up a really likeable duo in DI Colin Strong and Journalist Bob Souter. The characters are well developed and I liked the story element, which although fictional, bought in real life elements with DI Strong investigating someone who he think may be Wearside Jack, the man who misled the police hunt for the Yorkshire ripper (trophies https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trophies-David-Evans/dp/1530818206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465417710&sr=8-1&keywords=trophies+david+evans)
I loved the location of the novel, I felt the author bought Wakefield and Leeds to life well, and there was even a mention of the good old Yorkshire post clock (one of the few remaining old leeds landmarks, see below). The pace of the novel felt just right, and I liked the unusual teamwork between policeman and Journalist to unravel the crime. This allows the author to play a little bit outside the rule of a standard police procedural as the press officer doesn’t have to play by the police rules.
This is a great start to a series and the author recently signed a book deal with Bloodhound books, one of my new favourite crime publishers, so the second book Torment will be released on the 7th July (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Torment-original-detective-thriller-Wakefield-ebook/dp/B01GEYK26M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465418258&sr=8-1&keywords=torment+david+evans), I liked it enough to definitely be buying the rest of the series and I feel invested enough in the characters to want to find out what their next adventures will be. This was a definite 5* read for me.