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The naked, maimed body found floating off the coast of Cornwall's English Channel presents a vexing puzzle for Detective Inspector Morgan Davies and her Scene of Crimes Manager, Calum West. Post-mortem confirms the dead man's wounds are evidence of torture, but without a name, a crime scene, or a motive, the detectives are stymied. Two days later, a woman reports her part The naked, maimed body found floating off the coast of Cornwall's English Channel presents a vexing puzzle for Detective Inspector Morgan Davies and her Scene of Crimes Manager, Calum West. Post-mortem confirms the dead man's wounds are evidence of torture, but without a name, a crime scene, or a motive, the detectives are stymied. Two days later, a woman reports her partner, Archie Hansen, missing. A farmer and Druid, Archie had made a dangerous discovery he dared not share with anyone. Is he the anonymous floater? Unraveling this mystery of betrayal, greed, and revenge will test the investigative skills and intuition of Davies and West as never before. With so little evidence, can they outsmart a wickedly clever killer?


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The naked, maimed body found floating off the coast of Cornwall's English Channel presents a vexing puzzle for Detective Inspector Morgan Davies and her Scene of Crimes Manager, Calum West. Post-mortem confirms the dead man's wounds are evidence of torture, but without a name, a crime scene, or a motive, the detectives are stymied. Two days later, a woman reports her part The naked, maimed body found floating off the coast of Cornwall's English Channel presents a vexing puzzle for Detective Inspector Morgan Davies and her Scene of Crimes Manager, Calum West. Post-mortem confirms the dead man's wounds are evidence of torture, but without a name, a crime scene, or a motive, the detectives are stymied. Two days later, a woman reports her partner, Archie Hansen, missing. A farmer and Druid, Archie had made a dangerous discovery he dared not share with anyone. Is he the anonymous floater? Unraveling this mystery of betrayal, greed, and revenge will test the investigative skills and intuition of Davies and West as never before. With so little evidence, can they outsmart a wickedly clever killer?

30 review for Too Clever By Half

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Hamilton

    This is the first book I’ve read by author Will North, and though I jumped ahead to book number two the series, I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything. The author did a very good job making references to events in the previous book whenever necessary, so the story flowed well for me. And though the book skipped forward and back in places, it was done with such skill that it managed to peel back layers of intrigue at just the right moments, which created real depth to the story and also This is the first book I’ve read by author Will North, and though I jumped ahead to book number two the series, I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything. The author did a very good job making references to events in the previous book whenever necessary, so the story flowed well for me. And though the book skipped forward and back in places, it was done with such skill that it managed to peel back layers of intrigue at just the right moments, which created real depth to the story and also packed a lot of suspenseful passages without losing me. I enjoyed the large cast of characters, the good guys to the bad guys, and all the moving parts. I will definitely be reading more by this talented writer.

  2. 5 out of 5

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Higgs

    This was a new series for me. (Apparently, this was the second, which had a lot of references to the first.) It was OK. The chapters were written in a rather confusing way, with some jumping back and forth in time, and some explaining how the crime was committed. I found the end a little unsatisfying, with several loose ends left dangling. I may read others in this series, but it wasn't the best series I've experienced (based only on one book, admittedly).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 3.5 star read. This was the Google Play Books version.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Will North has again managed to capture Cornish culture in a thrilling continuation of the Davies and West mystery series set in Cornwall, England. As the first book, Harm None, took readers inside the ancient world of witchcraft, wise women, and magic in the culture of the Cornish people, Too Clever by Half explores the acceptance and practice of Druidism in an area that is religiously non-conformist. Cornwall is such a rich source for ancient history and beliefs, and North continues to include Will North has again managed to capture Cornish culture in a thrilling continuation of the Davies and West mystery series set in Cornwall, England. As the first book, Harm None, took readers inside the ancient world of witchcraft, wise women, and magic in the culture of the Cornish people, Too Clever by Half explores the acceptance and practice of Druidism in an area that is religiously non-conformist. Cornwall is such a rich source for ancient history and beliefs, and North continues to include the archaeological aspects of the history, as the major impetus for murder and mayhem. In Too Clever by Half, the discovery of an Iron Age underground cave full of ancient treasures, treasures that by English Treasure Act of 1996 must be reported to the local coroner's office to be determined if further government involvement was warranted. Archie Hansen, the farmer who makes the discovery of the artifacts on his farmland is more interested in a quick sale of the valuable items than a lengthy process in which he'd still get money, and even more money. Archie has plans, big plans, but they don't include the government. The Lizard Peninsula is the part of Cornwall in which Too Clever by Half is set, although the story begins at sea, where a man's naked body is found floating face down. The Major Crimes Investigation Unit from Bodin is called in, so Detective Inspector Morgan Davies gets the nod to investigate. The Scene of Crimes Manager, Calum West, is on the case, too, in spite of the lack of said scene. The victim turns out to be the very farmer who discovered the ancient artifacts on his land, but that part of the story isn't known to the investigators until later. The first line of investigation is into Archie Hansen's role as head of the local Druid community, an interest that Archie shared with his companion, Charlotte Johns, who reported him missing, which led to identification of the floater. The Walter Scott quote aptly describes the story that unfolds from the discovery by Hansen to the discovery of the murderer, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." Lies, adultery, and secrets create an atmosphere ripe for revenge for several different suspects, but who wants to settle the score the most? Who decides that murder is justified? Our dear Archie seems to have offended and mistreated many. It is indeed an untangling of motive and opportunity that Davies and West must accomplish if they are to clear the innocent and convict the guilty. Throughout this novel and its predecessor, one of the aspects I enjoy most about North's writing is the witty repartee between his main characters and with those whom they converse. The conversations between Davies and West are, of course, the ones in which I take special pleasure. Their evolving relationship, both professional and personal, is revealed largely by these conversations, where West may be the one person to never become flummoxed by Davies, and, indeed, he possesses an understanding of where her sharp words come from and is more often than not able to reach underneath her hard exterior. Having now read this second and most recent book in the Davies and West series, I am confidant that the series will continue to be a favorite. Will North takes full advantage of the amazing Cornwall as a setting, with stories and characters that well match the special place. The precise descriptions of the differing topography that is Cornwall makes North's stories ones in which a reader feels fully engaged. I'm looking forward to the new year and another Davies and West mystery in my reading queue.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    When a naked body of man, seemingly tortured is discovered floating off the Cornish coast, the case is given to D.I. Morgan Davies and her team. But it is two days before the man is reported missing. The story goes back and forward is time in telling the crime story, which is fine. But I did find Morgan Davies to be too obnoxious to make it a totally enjoyable read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Will North has again managed to capture Cornish culture in a thrilling continuation of the Davies and West mystery series set in Cornwall, England. As the first book, Harm None, took readers inside the ancient world of witchcraft, wise women, and magic in the culture of the Cornish people, Too Clever by Half explores the acceptance and practice of Druidism in an area that is religiously non-conformist. Cornwall is such a rich source for ancient history and beliefs, and North continues to include Will North has again managed to capture Cornish culture in a thrilling continuation of the Davies and West mystery series set in Cornwall, England. As the first book, Harm None, took readers inside the ancient world of witchcraft, wise women, and magic in the culture of the Cornish people, Too Clever by Half explores the acceptance and practice of Druidism in an area that is religiously non-conformist. Cornwall is such a rich source for ancient history and beliefs, and North continues to include the archaeological aspects of the history, as the major impetus for murder and mayhem. In Too Clever by Half, the discovery of an Iron Age underground cave full of ancient treasures, treasures that by English Treasure Act of 1996 must be reported to the local coroner's office to be determined if further government involvement was warranted. Archie Hansen, the farmer who makes the discovery of the artifacts on his farmland is more interested in a quick sale of the valuable items than a lengthy process in which he'd still get money, and even more money. Archie has plans, big plans, but they don't include the government. The Lizard Peninsula is the part of Cornwall in which Too Clever by Half is set, although the story begins at sea, where a man's naked body is found floating face down. The Major Crimes Investigation Unit from Bodin is called in, so Detective Inspector Morgan Davies gets the nod to investigate. The Scene of Crimes Manager, Calum West, is on the case, too, in spite of the lack of said scene. The victim turns out to be the very farmer who discovered the ancient artifacts on his land, but that part of the story isn't known to the investigators until later. The first line of investigation is into Archie Hansen's role as head of the local Druid community, an interest that Archie shared with his companion, Charlotte Johns, who reported him missing, which led to identification of the floater. The Walter Scott quote aptly describes the story that unfolds from the discovery by Hansen to the discovery of the murderer, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." Lies, adultery, and secrets create an atmosphere ripe for revenge for several different suspects, but who wants to settle the score the most? Who decides that murder is justified? Our dear Archie seems to have offended and mistreated many. It is indeed an untangling of motive and opportunity that Davies and West must accomplish if they are to clear the innocent and convict the guilty. Throughout this novel and its predecessor, one of the aspects I enjoy most about North's writing is the witty repartee between his main characters and with those whom they converse. The conversations between Davies and West are, of course, the ones in which I take special pleasure. Their evolving relationship, both professional and personal, is revealed largely by these conversations, where West may be the one person to never become flummoxed by Davies, and, indeed, he possesses an understanding of where her sharp words come from and is more often than not able to reach underneath her hard exterior. Having now read this second and most recent book in the Davies and West series, I am confidant that the series will continue to be a favorite. Will North takes full advantage of the amazing Cornwall as a setting, with stories and characters that well match the special place. The precise descriptions of the differing topography that is Cornwall makes North's stories ones in which a reader feels fully engaged. I'm looking forward to the new year and another Davies and West mystery in my reading queue.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Murder, ancient treasure, Druidism, love, and betrayal are key components in this beautifully written police procedural set in Cornwall, England. Law enforcement’s methodical footwork combined with technology and attention to details to chase down leads is realistically portrayed. The protagonists Morgan Davies and Calum West are nicely drawn as both deal with their pasts and inner demons while trying to do their jobs. Victims and suspects are also well drawn. The geographical descriptions provid Murder, ancient treasure, Druidism, love, and betrayal are key components in this beautifully written police procedural set in Cornwall, England. Law enforcement’s methodical footwork combined with technology and attention to details to chase down leads is realistically portrayed. The protagonists Morgan Davies and Calum West are nicely drawn as both deal with their pasts and inner demons while trying to do their jobs. Victims and suspects are also well drawn. The geographical descriptions provided fascinating images that made me want to visit the area. The history, ancient artifacts, and presence of pagan religions that have been worshiping for centuries are intriguing. Admirers of Druidism might not appreciate how it’s depicted in this story, although it is made clear that the leader had a personal agenda which has nothing to do with true Druid values. The writing style is terrific and author Will North certainly knows how to tell a great story. I’d never heard of him before, and although Too Clever by Half is the second book in the series, enough info was given that I didn’t feel lost about events in the debut novel. Simply put, I loved the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    This second in the series was an interesting mystery, not least because North formatted it backwards and forwards. The present day dealt with the solving of a murder off the coast of Cornwall by Inspectors Davies and West. The backstory of the murder was revealed in alternating chapters that told of the victim's personality, his discovery of a priceless treasure and the resulting mayhem that resulted from his lies and cover-ups. The characters are interesting, although at times a bit too predicta This second in the series was an interesting mystery, not least because North formatted it backwards and forwards. The present day dealt with the solving of a murder off the coast of Cornwall by Inspectors Davies and West. The backstory of the murder was revealed in alternating chapters that told of the victim's personality, his discovery of a priceless treasure and the resulting mayhem that resulted from his lies and cover-ups. The characters are interesting, although at times a bit too predictable. What I love most are the descriptions of Cornwall itself with its rugged beauty and quirky character.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mrs J M Ancsell

    A treasure of a story This second book really started to develop the characters so well. The relationships, the Cornish Lizard, the goodies, the baddies all beautifully described, coming to life with every turn of the page. Great story and the developing relationship between Morgan and Callum is wonderful to view. Can't wait to read the third instalment of what I believe is going to be a highly successful series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Having read and enjoyed ‘Harm None’ I was delighted to get this book from Netgallery. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed meeting Morgan Davies and Calum West again. I like the development of their relationship. In his previous book, witchcraft and magic was involved. This time a Druid Grove plays a part. Will North creates some wonderful characters. Although it is fairly obvious early on ‘who dunnit’ you still want to find out how they did it! I found this story flowed better than ‘Harm Non Having read and enjoyed ‘Harm None’ I was delighted to get this book from Netgallery. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed meeting Morgan Davies and Calum West again. I like the development of their relationship. In his previous book, witchcraft and magic was involved. This time a Druid Grove plays a part. Will North creates some wonderful characters. Although it is fairly obvious early on ‘who dunnit’ you still want to find out how they did it! I found this story flowed better than ‘Harm None’. It felt like the author is growing in confidence as this series progresses. I thought this was a five star read & I’ll be looking out for the next one

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tobia

    Not too interesting to be honest. Time shifts were indeed a bit hard to follow so I just ignored them. I was a bit annoyed by the unnecessary info in characters that gave nothing to the story (what school the went to, what car they drove, what way the walked). I guess it was meant to give them depths but it was just distracting. Same with the sexual implications - didn’t do much for the story and it felt like the author just wanted to write them. Will not read any more from him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Unable to finish Impossible to get into it. Too many pov shifts and the timeline is weird and it just doesn't seem worth effort to make sense of it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Hughes-Chen

    Sadly disappointing and difficult to read Well now I have not been so challenged by a book in a long time. The story has quite a few similar characters in it with fairly difficult names, we have a male with a mostly female name and vice versa, and the author flits between calling characters by their first and last names. Most confusing. I have finished the book and still am confused with Bates and Morgan and who did what. The book is written in a way that jumps from before the murder to after the Sadly disappointing and difficult to read Well now I have not been so challenged by a book in a long time. The story has quite a few similar characters in it with fairly difficult names, we have a male with a mostly female name and vice versa, and the author flits between calling characters by their first and last names. Most confusing. I have finished the book and still am confused with Bates and Morgan and who did what. The book is written in a way that jumps from before the murder to after the murder, but again this is not made clear; dates are written in to the prose but not made to stand out and consequently I did not pay attention to the fact we were jumping time for a fair chunk in the beginning. The characters are not given any real depth and I did not have the chance to feel anything for any of them, which meant I was unable to emote with the story. Grammatically this author has a real problem with closing his speech marks; once is a mistake but this happens at least three times. A couple of words missing from sentences here and there made it a slightly sloppy read. The ending was really rather poor. In fact, the story is completely missing a conclusion, which is unfulfilling for the reader. Additionally, there are elements written in to the story that are pointless: why was a witch mentioned? What was the relevance of Novak having two daughters? Why was Joellyn made to walk about topless? What was the point of the character Beatrice? Why were there Bates and Morgan - could these be merged in to one person? What was the point of Max? Finally, the title makes no sense; who was too clever by half? Dicky? No one got away with anything so I don't see how this applies to any character. A thoroughly disappointing, frustrating read. There were times I could have easily given up on this book. I really recommend people not to read this one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Bidstrup

    This British mystery involves a farmer named Archie Hansen, his paramour, druids, and ancient treasure. The novel takes place in Cornwall, the long, narrow peninsula on the southwest coast of England. Archie found pre-Roman coins and other articles on his farm and tries to sell them, but discovers that all ancient buried money, gold and other ornaments belong to the crown. After the crown has evaluated it, which can take up to two years, the discoverer will be paid its full value. But Archie wan This British mystery involves a farmer named Archie Hansen, his paramour, druids, and ancient treasure. The novel takes place in Cornwall, the long, narrow peninsula on the southwest coast of England. Archie found pre-Roman coins and other articles on his farm and tries to sell them, but discovers that all ancient buried money, gold and other ornaments belong to the crown. After the crown has evaluated it, which can take up to two years, the discoverer will be paid its full value. But Archie wants money now and finds a dealer who is willing to find "private" buyers for the articles, but tells Archie he won't get full value. In the prologue Archie's body is found floating in the English channel by a fishing boat. His body is covered with shallow cuts and it turns out he was smothered, not drown. Archie was leader of the local group of druids, and there is speculation that his murder might have something to do with that group, but doesn't. Morgan and Terry are the two detectives trying to solve his murder. This is a fun read, but watch the dates in each chapter as it does skip around.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carlin

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it is the first I've read, it is #2 in the series, but I had no trouble catching on to the characters and their places in the police force. It is set in Cornwall in southwest England, a small town on the coast of the English Channel. While I was reading it I was visiting Newcastle and Durham for a week in the far northeast of the country and London for a week so especially enjoyed the connection. Cornwall is a beautiful place historically a haven for pira I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it is the first I've read, it is #2 in the series, but I had no trouble catching on to the characters and their places in the police force. It is set in Cornwall in southwest England, a small town on the coast of the English Channel. While I was reading it I was visiting Newcastle and Durham for a week in the far northeast of the country and London for a week so especially enjoyed the connection. Cornwall is a beautiful place historically a haven for pirates and more recently of fishermen and farmers. There have been archeological finds from pre-Roman times, and such a find sets off the mystery in this book. I appreciated the research on this subject by the author. The characters are intriguing and made me want to read more about them, including the relationship between Davies and West.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sukanya Viswanathan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was an ok read. I found the descriptions of Cornwall landscapes interesting. The book initially showed a lot of promise - buried treasure, murder, a police procedural, weird druidry rituals, a timeline alternating between before and after the murder. Yet somehow the actual story telling failed to sustain my interest. It didn't help that we already get to know who does it, long before the ending. The end was not fully satisfactory either, leaves you wondering what happened to the partner in cr It was an ok read. I found the descriptions of Cornwall landscapes interesting. The book initially showed a lot of promise - buried treasure, murder, a police procedural, weird druidry rituals, a timeline alternating between before and after the murder. Yet somehow the actual story telling failed to sustain my interest. It didn't help that we already get to know who does it, long before the ending. The end was not fully satisfactory either, leaves you wondering what happened to the partner in crime, for example. Was he ever identified? How does Tragareth's life change after knowing the benefactor of the will? Was the wife's murder ever resolved? Very few of the main characters were likeable, they are all selfish and have their own agendas. So there was almost no emotional investment in the book. Would seriously hesitate to pick another book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hw Huyler

    Great story, mystery after mystery and an added Great Prequel for oncoming story, England and its English language add interest Morgan Davies and Terry Bates team up to uncover mystery after mystery and with the help of Malcom West attempt to solve two murders and determine if a treasure was found. Treasures seem to abound in England buried from centuries before the Iron Age. PREQUEL. Trevega House A Davies & West Mystery An excerpt from Book 3 in the Davies & West Mystery Series Great Prequel for Great story, mystery after mystery and an added Great Prequel for oncoming story, England and its English language add interest Morgan Davies and Terry Bates team up to uncover mystery after mystery and with the help of Malcom West attempt to solve two murders and determine if a treasure was found. Treasures seem to abound in England buried from centuries before the Iron Age. PREQUEL. Trevega House A Davies & West Mystery An excerpt from Book 3 in the Davies & West Mystery Series Great Prequel for oncoming story, England and its English language add interest. Precocious Lee taken in by Nicola and Andrew after her parents accidental death makes for an interesting story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A good murder mystery set in Cornwall. I enjoyed the setting and descriptions of the locality, and also the weaving in of Druidry and Archaeology. There was a lot of time hopping to events leading up to the murder and what happened afterwards with the investigation, but these were dated so it was easy enough to follow. What I did struggle with personally, was that the author regularly switched between calling characters by their first name, and then by their surname. I found that confusing becau A good murder mystery set in Cornwall. I enjoyed the setting and descriptions of the locality, and also the weaving in of Druidry and Archaeology. There was a lot of time hopping to events leading up to the murder and what happened afterwards with the investigation, but these were dated so it was easy enough to follow. What I did struggle with personally, was that the author regularly switched between calling characters by their first name, and then by their surname. I found that confusing because I kept thinking they were different people. This is the 2nd in the series and I liked it enough that I will now go and read the 1st part.

  20. 5 out of 5

    S

    Three Star Rut 3 stars for me means that I enjoyed some of the book but that I was also disappointed by it. This is not a whodunit that keeps you in suspense until the final reveal. It's one of those that leads the reader to the culprit early on so that we can 'watch' the police reach the same conclusion. I prefer the former but I do enjoy the latter if the focus is more on the characters doing the investigation. For a Davis & West mystery there wasn't nearly enough Davis or West. Sadly, they wer Three Star Rut 3 stars for me means that I enjoyed some of the book but that I was also disappointed by it. This is not a whodunit that keeps you in suspense until the final reveal. It's one of those that leads the reader to the culprit early on so that we can 'watch' the police reach the same conclusion. I prefer the former but I do enjoy the latter if the focus is more on the characters doing the investigation. For a Davis & West mystery there wasn't nearly enough Davis or West. Sadly, they were also the most well rounded characters. This would be rated 15 but I wanted an 18.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Cornwall and Mystery Will North is a great author. He is so skilled at drawing a picture in words of the people and places in his novels. I didn't give this read 5 stars only because I felt some of the history and backstory of Cornwall became a bit too much. It was interesting, but dragged the pacing of the read down. However, not everyone will see it this way. I encourage every mystery lover to read this one and be richly entertained. Davies and West have become two of my favorite fictional inve Cornwall and Mystery Will North is a great author. He is so skilled at drawing a picture in words of the people and places in his novels. I didn't give this read 5 stars only because I felt some of the history and backstory of Cornwall became a bit too much. It was interesting, but dragged the pacing of the read down. However, not everyone will see it this way. I encourage every mystery lover to read this one and be richly entertained. Davies and West have become two of my favorite fictional investigators.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I am really enjoying this series: great setting (Cornwall), engaging characters, and fantastic plotting. This book was written so that the narrative follows two alternating but parallel paths, one of the commission of the crime and the other the investigation. I didn't have any trouble following the story, but other readers might wish for a little different formatting to indicate changes in the time frame. Was happy to see cameo appearances by two major characters from the first book ... hope to I am really enjoying this series: great setting (Cornwall), engaging characters, and fantastic plotting. This book was written so that the narrative follows two alternating but parallel paths, one of the commission of the crime and the other the investigation. I didn't have any trouble following the story, but other readers might wish for a little different formatting to indicate changes in the time frame. Was happy to see cameo appearances by two major characters from the first book ... hope to see more of them as the series progresses.

  23. 5 out of 5

    R.L.

    I really love Will North's books set in Cornwall. I may be prejudiced because I chose the same location for my own novels because I love the lay of the land and sea there. Anyway, this novel was really great because the set-up is so complicated. It makes sense, though. Everything unfolds in such a way as to keep the story moving forward. We find out the killer before the detective's do, but that makes sense, too, because then it becomes "who will outsmart who"? Really liked this and look forward I really love Will North's books set in Cornwall. I may be prejudiced because I chose the same location for my own novels because I love the lay of the land and sea there. Anyway, this novel was really great because the set-up is so complicated. It makes sense, though. Everything unfolds in such a way as to keep the story moving forward. We find out the killer before the detective's do, but that makes sense, too, because then it becomes "who will outsmart who"? Really liked this and look forward to the next one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed this second installment in the Davies and West series. It was a good police procedural, with an unusual structure -- the book alternates back and forth between the police team working on the crime and the events that led up to the crime. So finally the two stories converge and we see how the crime happened, and how the police solve it. (The solution surprised me somewhat, too.) I was left with a good feeling about the ongoing characters in this series and I look forward to getting to k I enjoyed this second installment in the Davies and West series. It was a good police procedural, with an unusual structure -- the book alternates back and forth between the police team working on the crime and the events that led up to the crime. So finally the two stories converge and we see how the crime happened, and how the police solve it. (The solution surprised me somewhat, too.) I was left with a good feeling about the ongoing characters in this series and I look forward to getting to know them better in future installments.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    Intriguing to say the least Even though it was sometimes difficult to figure out who was who, I could not put this book down. Maybe it was the story, maybe it was the characters, maybe it was the mysticism of the settings...I found this book beyond interesting. I actually read the teaser of the first chapter of the next book, which is something I rarely do. Will North I found this book captivating.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Boots S

    This was a mystery that kept me turning page after to page to keep up with the detectives. A nude body is found floating in the river just a short time after death. No clues at first until a person is reported missing. A buried treasure from the iron ages leads to more clues . The one feature I felt daunting was the jump from present to past too many times with just a certain date noted. The ending did have an unexpected twist

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anita Hargreaves

    Long This is an established author yet found the plot uninteresting. He had to pad it out a lot and it felt like he was waffling. The body is found in the first chapter and then back and forth, hidden treasure etc but at times the Druid fantasy made me laugh. If you enjoy inoffensive thrillers than worth a read. Then she knelt before him and opened their cloaks. “Give me your May-rod, my lord, that I may be your queen always.”

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pen

    Quit 1/4 way through after numerous typos and calling characters by the wrong names. Mistaking the character for the police officer, who might not know local history, for the correct character, local museum staff, who would definitely know the local history made that part of the story ridiculous. It was then that I gave up. An author who can't be bothered to spell check or correctly identify their characters is an author who doesn't care about their reader. Life's too short for bad books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    It takes a little concentration at the start to become accustomed to the disjointed times of the story. A naked body is found at sea, identified and the investigation begins...Then the backstory to the murder starts (two weeks earlier). The book flips between the investigation and the backstory. The backstory unravels at a different speed to the investigation but the stories develop well. Don't just ignore the dates (I usually don't notice them.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    A good read Lovely characters, with character, who interact in a believable way. Some books are full of people I really wouldn’t want to know, but this crew are endearing. It is well plotted and I became completely wrapped up in the story. The Cornish setting makes an interesting backdrop to the drama. I will definitely read more by this author.

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