Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies is the gripping fourth novel in the critically acclaimed Maggie Neville series, following Gone Astray, Wrong Place and False Witness. Gripping crime fiction written from the perspective of a female FLO.
Has the killer in DC Maggie Neville’s cold case returned after a decade of silence?
Katy Pope was seventeen when she was brutally murdered on a family holiday in Majorca. Despite her mother’s high rank in the Met and the joint major investigation between the British and Spanish police, Katy’s killer was never caught.
Ten years later, Katy’s family return to the Spanish island to launch a fresh appeal for information, taking with them the now skeletal team of investigating Met detectives, and newly seconded Maggie as the family liaison officer.
But Maggie’s first international investigation quickly goes from being more than just a press conference when another British girl there on holiday goes missing, and Katy’s killer announces that it’s time for an encore . . .
This is #4 in the Maggie Neville series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone, although you do miss out on some of the background, but at no detriment to this tale.
Maggie is now with the Met and she finds it difficult to adjust to this new regime….the lack of trust and respect. So when the opportunity arises to be a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) she jumps at it.
Dealing with the family, she starts to get emotionally involved, but the. Another woman goes missing and Maggie is now working to try and prevent another murder.
This is an impressive police procedural and I love the character of Maggie, she is committed and dogged in her determination to find the truth. A dark tale full of a creeping, underlying menace and the chapters from the unknown killers perspective are so creepy it will give you chills…utterly compelling.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle spent the formative years as a reporter on a local newspaper in Buckinghamshire and interviewed many relatives of serious victims during that time.
Later, as a freelance journalist for women’s magazines, she secured an interview with Kerry Needham, whose son Ben Needham went missing in Kos in 1991 when he was a toddler. It was hearing her talk about it that gave Michelle the idea for making her central police character a FLO.
Praise for the DC Maggie Neville series so far:
“A full-bodied police procedural thriller from start to finish – with a whirlwind plot and sensational sub stories, it’s a real binge-read kind of book” –
Stylist, Book Wars
“[A] stunningly accomplished debut . . . deserves to shoot to the top of the best-seller lists. I read it in a single sitting” – Daily Mail
‘Cleverly plotted’ Daily Express
“Right on the money when it comes to creepy, twisted plots” – Fabulous Magazine
“I read it in one sitting” – Erin Kelly