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The Body In The Mist by Nick Louth
About The Book
A brutal murder hints at a terrifying mystery, and this time it’s personal.
A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and – after being dragged along the road – no recognisable face.
Meanwhile, fresh from his last case, DCI Craig Gillard is unexpectedly called away to Devon on family business.
Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined.
The past has never been deadlier.
This had been a really interesting book; full of twists and surprises that will leave any reader astonished!
This is the first book I’ve read of this series and in the beginning I was a little bit lost, but I catch quickly the characters and the plot. The story is twisted and original per se, can you imagine that you are a detective and you’ve discovered that your aunt’s car has been used in a hit and run? That’s the situation DCI Craig Gillard will have to deal. There will be a lot of dark family secrets to discover which will make you want to hide under your duvet!
The characters on this book are twisted and with a lot of dark humour; I don’t want to make any spoilers, but this book has made me think that I have a really sweet family compared to this case! Really be prepared!
I really liked how the case was completely solved, leaving all the questions answered and without any doubt of the killer motive. But not only the case but how the jury decides the outcome of the case! I would like to see this in more books, because even if they catch the killer you never know if they go to prison or not!
This will be a great read for any mystery lover; full of twists and family problems that will make you keep reading till the last page!
The Body in the Mist is a big departure from the previous two books in the DCI Gillard series. Gillard is normally based in Surrey, which has its own areas of interest including a great deal of wealth and some beautiful but not wild countryside. For this book I wanted to take him out of his comfort zone, both geographically and emotionally. Crime thrillers are often most powerful when the detective is bound into the plot in a visceral way, beyond the merely professional. Tension is generated by emotion, and by the types of conflict that really mean something. And of course there is no more powerful level of emotion than is found within families.
This thriller has a multi-layered approach. First off almost all of the action takes place on the rugged wild coast of North Devon, an area I know quite well. A hit-and-run is being investigated by the local police. This conventional aspect of the story is seen through the eyes of Detective Inspector Jan Talantire, and trying to find an identity of the body turns out to be an even more difficult task than finding out who might have been driving the vehicle. However Gillard is drawn in when it turns out that the vehicle belongs to his Aunt Barbara, an eccentric and rather forbidding woman who has run a sheep farm single-handedly for decades. The gradual uncovering of his troubled relationship with this aunt and her sister Trisha who lives in the Devon town of Barnstaple is the heart of the book. I do hope that readers will recognise within these two powerful if batty female characters, some traits which we all find within our extended families. In order to generate the best insights into these strange relationships, I put a significant amount of the narrative from the perspective of Gillard’s wife Sam
who accompanies him down to North Devon when his aunt is arrested. She sees clearly that her husband is torn between his professional responsibilities and some old and buried family secrets. The gradual uncovering of these run side-by-side with the solving of the hit-and-run. I deliberately set the story during some wild and windy weather and including some rather Wuthering Heights type scenes on the cliff tops,
Although Gillard is shut out of the hit-and-run investigation because of his family connections, he uses some accumulated leave to look into a rather strange confession by his uncle Philip. Though now afflicted by Alzheimer’s, the Rev Philip Antrobus was at one time a quite well known broadcaster, but he has seemingly done something rather terrible in the past, perhaps as much as half a century ago.
His gathering dementia means that he is no longer able to keep quiet about it. Then we arrive at s the most unusual point in the book: we have a confession and a culprit. But no victim and no crime scene.
It is a cold case like no other.
About The Author
Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.
The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017.
Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.