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An exclusive FREE prequel Crime novella available free on the author's website. Set in 1995, it follows PC Ruth Hunter, a young female officer in South London, who has ambitions to become a detective. When she is assigned to a brutal, local murder, can Ruth solve the crime and finally get her promotion to CID? An exclusive FREE prequel Crime novella available free on the author's website. Set in 1995, it follows PC Ruth Hunter, a young female officer in South London, who has ambitions to become a detective. When she is assigned to a brutal, local murder, can Ruth solve the crime and finally get her promotion to CID?


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An exclusive FREE prequel Crime novella available free on the author's website. Set in 1995, it follows PC Ruth Hunter, a young female officer in South London, who has ambitions to become a detective. When she is assigned to a brutal, local murder, can Ruth solve the crime and finally get her promotion to CID? An exclusive FREE prequel Crime novella available free on the author's website. Set in 1995, it follows PC Ruth Hunter, a young female officer in South London, who has ambitions to become a detective. When she is assigned to a brutal, local murder, can Ruth solve the crime and finally get her promotion to CID?

30 review for The Theatre Street Killing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    This prequel is a great introduction to the DI Ruth Hunter series. Set in 1995, when she was a PC, dreaming of joining CID. It highlights her intelligence and determination, plus the challenges she faced as a young woman in a very male-dominated profession. This was an enjoyable taster of a great new British crime series. It is available free of charge to subscribers of the author’s newsletter.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    I really enjoyed this prequel to the Ruth Hunter series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Theatre Street Killing is a prequel in the DI Ruth Hunter series by British author, Simon McCleave. It is available free of charge to subscribers of the author’s newsletter. Constable Ruth Hunter, in her mid-twenties and two years into her career with the London Met, is desperate to work in CID. Her dinosaur of a boss, however, has a low opinion of female police officers. But a call out to an apparent break-in and assault becomes a murder case and presents Ruth with an opportunity to impress The Theatre Street Killing is a prequel in the DI Ruth Hunter series by British author, Simon McCleave. It is available free of charge to subscribers of the author’s newsletter. Constable Ruth Hunter, in her mid-twenties and two years into her career with the London Met, is desperate to work in CID. Her dinosaur of a boss, however, has a low opinion of female police officers. But a call out to an apparent break-in and assault becomes a murder case and presents Ruth with an opportunity to impress. Ruth notices a few inconsistencies with the story the victim’s son relates, and takes the chance to share her observations with the SIO for the case, gaining her a much-wanted secondment to CID. But not everyone is impressed with her efforts… This prequel is an excellent introduction to the main protagonist in this series, both in her professional and personal life. It illustrates her intelligence and determination, and the challenges she faces as a young woman in a male-dominated profession. An enjoyable little taste of a promising new British crime series. This unbiased review is from an e-book copy provided by the author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    4.5 Stars. The Theatre Street Killing is a novella featuring Ruth Hunter, a female police officer working in South London during 1995. This is the prequel to Simon McCleave's debut novel The Snowdonia Killings. This was a great introduction to the series and I will be reading the next book soon. Thanks to the author for my digital copy of this book. 4.5 Stars. The Theatre Street Killing is a novella featuring Ruth Hunter, a female police officer working in South London during 1995. This is the prequel to Simon McCleave's debut novel The Snowdonia Killings. This was a great introduction to the series and I will be reading the next book soon. Thanks to the author for my digital copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    A quick read to let us know how it all started for Ruth Hunter. Enjoyable with the usual descriptions of the surroundings, central London spectacular in it's own right but polar opposite to Snowdonia! A quick read to let us know how it all started for Ruth Hunter. Enjoyable with the usual descriptions of the surroundings, central London spectacular in it's own right but polar opposite to Snowdonia!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane Warburton

    A great little book. I enjoyed the story line which was quite pacey. Ruth is a likeable character, young gutsy with a very independent mind. It will be interesting to see how her character will develop in future books. Only a couple of niggles, the mention of a green pound note. It is 1995 and pound notes went out of circulation in the 80's. It could also do with cleaning up all the typos. Many thanks to the author for the free read. It definitely held my interest and I am looking forward to rea A great little book. I enjoyed the story line which was quite pacey. Ruth is a likeable character, young gutsy with a very independent mind. It will be interesting to see how her character will develop in future books. Only a couple of niggles, the mention of a green pound note. It is 1995 and pound notes went out of circulation in the 80's. It could also do with cleaning up all the typos. Many thanks to the author for the free read. It definitely held my interest and I am looking forward to reading more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    11/1995, N. London, England. Cross Nightclub (Goods Yard Kings Cross station), PC Ruth Hunter (Lavender Hill PD), Dan Streatham (Ruth’s husband), & her 2 BFF’s Andrea, & Jane were enjoying dancing with the other clubbers. Danny Rampling (DJ) was blaring out the tunes. After closing time, Dan & Simon (mate) would probably do a line & head over to a party in Battersea Bridge. DS Tony Ackroyd & PC Hunter were headed to a flat on #17 Theatre St. Mary Houlihan (63, mother) had been murdered. Malcolm Ho 11/1995, N. London, England. Cross Nightclub (Goods Yard Kings Cross station), PC Ruth Hunter (Lavender Hill PD), Dan Streatham (Ruth’s husband), & her 2 BFF’s Andrea, & Jane were enjoying dancing with the other clubbers. Danny Rampling (DJ) was blaring out the tunes. After closing time, Dan & Simon (mate) would probably do a line & head over to a party in Battersea Bridge. DS Tony Ackroyd & PC Hunter were headed to a flat on #17 Theatre St. Mary Houlihan (63, mother) had been murdered. Malcolm Houlihan (32, son, unemployed, heroin addict) had been slashed with a knife but was alive. Would the murder mystery be solved & someone brought to justice? Peckham Police Station. Ruth was going to have her interview for CID Warning: This book contains adult content, violence, or expletive language which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime thriller (short story) book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author (s); Stamford Publishing; BookFunnel; Author; PDF; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Ernest

    The Theater Street Killing by Simon McCleave Constable Ruth Hunter works hard and plays hard. She worked hard to become a Constable but the men at the station are mostly misogynists, dinosaurs from an earlier age who do not take kindly to her intrusion into their boys club. But she wants to go further – she wants to be part of the Criminal Investigation Dept., not filing paperwork or drying lost children's tears. Her 'guv'nor' Inspector Brian Houseman, when he finds out she has applied to CID, sa The Theater Street Killing by Simon McCleave Constable Ruth Hunter works hard and plays hard. She worked hard to become a Constable but the men at the station are mostly misogynists, dinosaurs from an earlier age who do not take kindly to her intrusion into their boys club. But she wants to go further – she wants to be part of the Criminal Investigation Dept., not filing paperwork or drying lost children's tears. Her 'guv'nor' Inspector Brian Houseman, when he finds out she has applied to CID, says she's dreaming and it'll never happen. But then Sergeant Ackroyd takes her with him to a burglary that turns into a murder investigation. Ruth observes some thing that don't make sense with what the victim's son has told them happened. After mulling it over she decides to take these discrepancies with the Senior Investigating Officer for the case. She almost leaves after the other Investigators laugh at her reason for being there, but she refuses to let them get to her. She meets DI Ruben Jenkins who, being impressed with what she noticed, invites her to tail him through the investigation. What happens once Ruth is given a chance to show what she can do is brilliant. I was smiling the whole time I read this. This is a grand tale of how a woman uses her brain to get ahead in both her job and her personal life and refuses to let anyone, professional or personal, walk all over her. You owe it to yourself to read this book, even if you are not a woman. I got this book free in a promotion but the review is all my own and I can't wait to see what happens to Ruth Hunter next! Enjoy!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Messenger

    I received this book from the author for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. PC Ruth Hunter is a young, married woman climbing the ladder to DI within the police force in London. Fresh off a night of partying with her husband and friends, she is called in on a case of murder and suspected burglary. She has an uncanny ability to see what others discount and this will either make or break her work. As others overlook evidence, possibly plant their own, she brings the case to a strong c I received this book from the author for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. PC Ruth Hunter is a young, married woman climbing the ladder to DI within the police force in London. Fresh off a night of partying with her husband and friends, she is called in on a case of murder and suspected burglary. She has an uncanny ability to see what others discount and this will either make or break her work. As others overlook evidence, possibly plant their own, she brings the case to a strong conclusion in this fine example of British procedural. Triggers: drug use, marital discord, violent crime scene, some intimate scenes. I like British mysteries and thrillers for the very reason that they use spare language to make a strong point. Description of setting and place, character driven plots and a solid evidentiary basis for conclusion meets a high standard. This is a fine example of plot and character development for the DI Ruth Hunter series. Now on to the next one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Callon

    I enjoyed the novella about Ruth Hunter's early career in the police force in London, UK. The writer depicted well the environment of hostility that a young, female officer would have to tolerate in the mid-90's, and maybe even today- an environment created by most of her colleagues and superiors. Daily doses of practical,demeaning jokes combined with sexist, supercilious comments would force most 'newbies' to rethink their career choices. In her case though she let most of it roll off her so sh I enjoyed the novella about Ruth Hunter's early career in the police force in London, UK. The writer depicted well the environment of hostility that a young, female officer would have to tolerate in the mid-90's, and maybe even today- an environment created by most of her colleagues and superiors. Daily doses of practical,demeaning jokes combined with sexist, supercilious comments would force most 'newbies' to rethink their career choices. In her case though she let most of it roll off her so she could concentrate on her job. She displayed a high degree of perception and intuition as she shadowed DI Jenkins during a robbery/murder investigation. Simon has a realistically gritty style throughout the novel which is a refreshing change from other more homely depictions of the British police. This review is written by Shawn Callon author of The Diplomatic Spy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex Jones

    This 72 page Novella is an introduction to a new crime series by new author Simon McCleave. This Novella features the then PC Ruth Hunter. 1995, Ruth is a young PC, seconded to CID, She helps to investigate the apparent killing of an elderly lady, her death reported by her shocked son. A quick read, but a very decent one, this a bright start to this new series. The pacing is excellent, and the author clearly explains any wordings acronyms as the book is made accessible to all readers. Whilst it’s n This 72 page Novella is an introduction to a new crime series by new author Simon McCleave. This Novella features the then PC Ruth Hunter. 1995, Ruth is a young PC, seconded to CID, She helps to investigate the apparent killing of an elderly lady, her death reported by her shocked son. A quick read, but a very decent one, this a bright start to this new series. The pacing is excellent, and the author clearly explains any wordings acronyms as the book is made accessible to all readers. Whilst it’s not really anything new, it’s done well and written with a confidence of an author that feels more established. A decent little opener to a new police procedural series and I look forward to the snowdonia killings with interest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gill King

    Interesting police procedural and the work and personal life of a Police office who wants to make it to CID, set in 1995. Good sense of atmosphere for the time period, I remember it well, the book really takes you back to that time and all the prejudices of the time. Fast paced and fun will definitely read the next in the series. Only one thing I found slightly irritating was the explanation of some of the slang in the book, for me, it interrupted the flow of the book as I knew all of the terms, pe Interesting police procedural and the work and personal life of a Police office who wants to make it to CID, set in 1995. Good sense of atmosphere for the time period, I remember it well, the book really takes you back to that time and all the prejudices of the time. Fast paced and fun will definitely read the next in the series. Only one thing I found slightly irritating was the explanation of some of the slang in the book, for me, it interrupted the flow of the book as I knew all of the terms, perhaps a glossary at the back of the book. Otherwise, a great book. I received this book free from the author to review, my comments are purely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike Schroeder

    This is a great introductory read to PC Ruth Hunter who subsequently realises her ambition to become a detective. Ruth gets assigned to CID to get experience, called shadowing, although still a PC at this point. Her observations and insight assist CID's DI Ruben Jenkins to prevent a frame up from another CID detective of a suspect. Meanwhile her input leads to proof of who the murderer is and to her arrest of the killer, albeit at the expense of her nose lol. This a grand read and I am looking f This is a great introductory read to PC Ruth Hunter who subsequently realises her ambition to become a detective. Ruth gets assigned to CID to get experience, called shadowing, although still a PC at this point. Her observations and insight assist CID's DI Ruben Jenkins to prevent a frame up from another CID detective of a suspect. Meanwhile her input leads to proof of who the murderer is and to her arrest of the killer, albeit at the expense of her nose lol. This a grand read and I am looking forward to reading more about Ruth's adventures as a CID officer, highly recommend this series and author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Becker

    Ruth Hunter is a new constable in London. Her husband, Dan, is wealthy & doesn't have to work. They both like to party on weekends with drugs & alcohol. She has hopes of going from patrol to working in CID. Her chance comes when a unusual murder occurs & the SIO DI Jenkins invites her to come with him. She finds some interesting clues that the forensics team missed and she steps into the "old boys" club which the old fashioned officers resent. My first novel as an ARC with this author. Looking f Ruth Hunter is a new constable in London. Her husband, Dan, is wealthy & doesn't have to work. They both like to party on weekends with drugs & alcohol. She has hopes of going from patrol to working in CID. Her chance comes when a unusual murder occurs & the SIO DI Jenkins invites her to come with him. She finds some interesting clues that the forensics team missed and she steps into the "old boys" club which the old fashioned officers resent. My first novel as an ARC with this author. Looking forward to more!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    I have just finished this introduction into the start of the series with Ruth Hunter before she a Detective, being given her first break by DI Jenkins despite his boss not wanting to promote women. Along with some other characters who I’m sure will have to come round to working with female detectives. This is very well written, great characters, great plot definitely a series to look out for. I for one am looking forward to reading more of this. Great start.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steve Martinson

    Pretty good story, could use a good proof read, though. Story is a prequel to a series. British police officer wants to become a police detective. She has to deal with male detectives looking down on her, always criticizing her. Takes place in 1995, so there's quite a bit of peer antagonism. We'll see how she deals in first novel of series, "The Snowdonia Killings", which I will read. This was a free e-book, sent to me by the author. I am leaving this review totally voluntarily. Pretty good story, could use a good proof read, though. Story is a prequel to a series. British police officer wants to become a police detective. She has to deal with male detectives looking down on her, always criticizing her. Takes place in 1995, so there's quite a bit of peer antagonism. We'll see how she deals in first novel of series, "The Snowdonia Killings", which I will read. This was a free e-book, sent to me by the author. I am leaving this review totally voluntarily.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leah Ford

    This was a free short story which is a prequel to the other two books i have read. It was good to get the back story of DI Ruth Hunter and where she started off. Read all in one go and thoroughly enjoyed it. These stories are standalone stories, but having read all the books so far i would suggest to start at the beginning and read them all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jude

    The Theatre Street Killing is a most promising start of a new series by Simon McCleave. This novella introduces Ruth Hunter and a very mixed bag of her colleagues in an British CID department. The story line is well conceived and written; character development strong and colorful. A top notch airplane or waiting room read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Stewart

    this was a terrible book. All throughout the author explains terminology and simple abbreviations; one wonders who he was writing for! Even gave a history lesson the origin of the CPS. The characters are poorly developed and the main character isn't even likeable. It's very short. Read in just a few hours. Won't be reading any more. this was a terrible book. All throughout the author explains terminology and simple abbreviations; one wonders who he was writing for! Even gave a history lesson the origin of the CPS. The characters are poorly developed and the main character isn't even likeable. It's very short. Read in just a few hours. Won't be reading any more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christina Widmann

    Three plotlines: Ruth Hunter's career and personal life fill most of the pages while the whodunnit subplot gives the occasion. I like the irony in the heroine's character. Detailed review on my blog: https://nouw.com/cwidmann/a-prequel-f... Three plotlines: Ruth Hunter's career and personal life fill most of the pages while the whodunnit subplot gives the occasion. I like the irony in the heroine's character. Detailed review on my blog: https://nouw.com/cwidmann/a-prequel-f...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eileen l Rizvi

    Great little read, easy flow charters story line, no waffling in storey. My second book from this author although this was a short story quick read just over 200 pgs I would happily buy other books to read

  22. 5 out of 5

    J Davies

    This is a really good read. A very interesting main character and an interesting case to solve.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Noel Charchuk

    A prequel to a new police procedural series this book was a great introduction to Ruth Hunter and how she became a police detective in the rough part of London.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan Green

    This was a great introduction to the DI Ruth Hunter series. It was interesting to read about her start in CID. I'll be reading The Harlech Beach Killings next. This was a great introduction to the DI Ruth Hunter series. It was interesting to read about her start in CID. I'll be reading The Harlech Beach Killings next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I'm not a great reader of short stories but as a 'prequel' to the later Ruth Hunter books, it was interesting, had a good story, believable characters, both good and bad. I'm not a great reader of short stories but as a 'prequel' to the later Ruth Hunter books, it was interesting, had a good story, believable characters, both good and bad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne Fox

    Good introduction to a new detective.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    Don't like Novellas, never enough to get into. Don't like Novellas, never enough to get into.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Andersen

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a well written story. Hope to read more of Ruth Hunter.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simon Pert

    Really enjoyed this prequel novella and haven't read any of the series so now looking forward to starting Really enjoyed this prequel novella and haven't read any of the series so now looking forward to starting

  30. 4 out of 5

    Magda

    An okay prequel to the DI Ruth Hunter series.

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