Book reviews, Crime thriller, Police procedural

Play by C.S. Barnes – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

How do you solve a case when there isn’t a crime scene?

When DI Melanie Watton and her team are called in to investigate a video recording that surfaces in a local school, they realise that they have a complex case on their hands.

When the recording is studied by the Medical Examiner, it becomes apparent the team are now faced with a gruesome recording of a murder. Over the course of several minutes, the killer administers drugs before suffocating a man on camera.  With no known crime scene, the team have nothing more than the video evidence in front of them and face a challenge to identify both the victim and the killer.

But when a suspect is discovered Melanie and her team are up against a killer who is more evil than anyone could have imagined…

Play can be read as the sequel to C.S. Barnes’ mystery thriller, Copycat or as an unmissable stand-alone. If you are a fan of detective stories by authors such as Helen H. Durrant and Angela Marsons, then you’ll love this unmissable police series.

C.S. Barnes is also the author of the critically-acclaimed psychological thriller, Intention.
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MY REVIEW

This is the second book to feature DI Melanie Watton, but can also easily be read as a stand-alone.

Play starts with a video being passed around pupils in a school, but when a teacher sees it he realises this may show a murder and so calls the police.

DI Melanie Watton and her team begin the investigation by trying to identify the man in the video, but things get dark when this is identified as real, a snuff movie. This takes them to the dark web and worry that this may not be an isolated murder.

Wow….this is a police procedural with a really dark edge, it has up to date tech, great likeable characters and a twisted, complex plot to keep you gripped from start to finish. Dark, disturbing and utterly engrossing and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Thank you to C.S Barnes for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.