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The complete best-selling collection of The Dead Trilogy, featuring SOCO Roger Conniston. 1500 pages of killer action and suspense that lead to a ‘fast-paced and thrilling climax’. A Long Time Dead. Everyone trusts Roger. He’s got an honest face… for a killer. Two dead women. All the evidence points to Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston. The real killer uses Roger’s so The complete best-selling collection of The Dead Trilogy, featuring SOCO Roger Conniston. 1500 pages of killer action and suspense that lead to a ‘fast-paced and thrilling climax’. A Long Time Dead. Everyone trusts Roger. He’s got an honest face… for a killer. Two dead women. All the evidence points to Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston. The real killer uses Roger’s sordid secrets against him until no one believes he is innocent. He’s about to lose his job, his wife, and his freedom. But the killer wants it all; the killer wants Roger’s life too, and time is running out. Stealing Elgar. No one can question Roger’s loyalty. Except those he won’t give it to. Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston, ventures out alone to find his wife. He doesn’t trust the police anymore, and he despises the man who kidnapped her. Hades is a brutal killer who is planning Britain’s largest robbery, and needs Roger’s compliance. When he found out that she was literally sitting on a bomb, Roger’s compliance turns to fury. But will his fury get him there in time? No More Tears. Roger is about to pull the trigger. And then decides to forgive himself. SOCO Roger Conniston’s fury hasn’t subsided, and he selects a name from a list of Hades’ ex-gang members. That name is Jess. A few miles away, a killer reads a name on a letter. That name is Roger Conniston, and that killer is Jess. But someone even closer has a mind for vengeance, and he wants them both dead. When fighting a killer becomes a battle for revenge – this is No More Tears Bonus Material: An Introduction from Andrew Barrett Reasons and Methodology Character Biography Things of Note The Theme of Each Book A Detailed Synopsis of Each book A Long Time Dead – the earliest version, from October 2000. This is a link to your own downloadable ebook.


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The complete best-selling collection of The Dead Trilogy, featuring SOCO Roger Conniston. 1500 pages of killer action and suspense that lead to a ‘fast-paced and thrilling climax’. A Long Time Dead. Everyone trusts Roger. He’s got an honest face… for a killer. Two dead women. All the evidence points to Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston. The real killer uses Roger’s so The complete best-selling collection of The Dead Trilogy, featuring SOCO Roger Conniston. 1500 pages of killer action and suspense that lead to a ‘fast-paced and thrilling climax’. A Long Time Dead. Everyone trusts Roger. He’s got an honest face… for a killer. Two dead women. All the evidence points to Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston. The real killer uses Roger’s sordid secrets against him until no one believes he is innocent. He’s about to lose his job, his wife, and his freedom. But the killer wants it all; the killer wants Roger’s life too, and time is running out. Stealing Elgar. No one can question Roger’s loyalty. Except those he won’t give it to. Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston, ventures out alone to find his wife. He doesn’t trust the police anymore, and he despises the man who kidnapped her. Hades is a brutal killer who is planning Britain’s largest robbery, and needs Roger’s compliance. When he found out that she was literally sitting on a bomb, Roger’s compliance turns to fury. But will his fury get him there in time? No More Tears. Roger is about to pull the trigger. And then decides to forgive himself. SOCO Roger Conniston’s fury hasn’t subsided, and he selects a name from a list of Hades’ ex-gang members. That name is Jess. A few miles away, a killer reads a name on a letter. That name is Roger Conniston, and that killer is Jess. But someone even closer has a mind for vengeance, and he wants them both dead. When fighting a killer becomes a battle for revenge – this is No More Tears Bonus Material: An Introduction from Andrew Barrett Reasons and Methodology Character Biography Things of Note The Theme of Each Book A Detailed Synopsis of Each book A Long Time Dead – the earliest version, from October 2000. This is a link to your own downloadable ebook.

30 review for The Dead Trilogy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    Some People Still Cause Mayhem, Even After their Death What an amazing adventure the author takes us on with Roger Conniston, a scene of crime investigator. He works closely with the police to collect any evidence found at a crime scene. With photos,floor tapes for any hair or debris, and the collection of any evidence found at the site. Roger is very good at his job, but as in any deal when different groups come together, Cops disrespect most of the 'civilians' in the forensic group. Three sto Some People Still Cause Mayhem, Even After their Death What an amazing adventure the author takes us on with Roger Conniston, a scene of crime investigator. He works closely with the police to collect any evidence found at a crime scene. With photos,floor tapes for any hair or debris, and the collection of any evidence found at the site. Roger is very good at his job, but as in any deal when different groups come together, Cops disrespect most of the 'civilians' in the forensic group. Three stories that keep you reading, grabbing you in immediately and you rush along to find out what happens. The author has an innate ability to let you in to every character you meet, you feel as if you know them, like a friend they are right beside you! Roger is a complicated man, he loves his disabled wife deeply, but finds himself always putting his job first. We learn exactly what it takes to survey a crime scene, and what memories bring nightmares that never go away... This is an outstanding trilogy, from which you will feel so many emotions as you travel beside Roger. I highly recommend this book to All who enjoy delving into a different lifestyle, one most of us never know, and all who enjoy crime thrillers! I had read the first two books before, but enjoyed the new take in this trilogy, which I received as an ARC from the author. I give You my honest thoughts and feelings in this review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    The Dead Trilogy is a newly published rerelease of Andrew Barrett’s first crime series, about SOCO (nowadays they’re called CSIs but this was written and set in the very late 90s) Roger Conniston, who battles evil gangsters and corrupt colleagues in Leeds, England. I’d read all of his later books - including the brilliant Eddie Collins series - so wanted to try his earlier work. I had already read the first two and bought the third when I was offered an ARC of the new boxed set, which contains b The Dead Trilogy is a newly published rerelease of Andrew Barrett’s first crime series, about SOCO (nowadays they’re called CSIs but this was written and set in the very late 90s) Roger Conniston, who battles evil gangsters and corrupt colleagues in Leeds, England. I’d read all of his later books - including the brilliant Eddie Collins series - so wanted to try his earlier work. I had already read the first two and bought the third when I was offered an ARC of the new boxed set, which contains bonus material, which helped both with recaps of the first two books, character lists and special author insights. I have written separate reviews of each book and will amalgamate those here. I definitely recommend reading the series in order. Overall I didn’t love them like I adore the later series, and I found spending time in this world was pretty uncomfortable, but it’s still a compelling dark crime odyssey. These are well written atmospheric thrillers that features detailed Crime Scene examination and evidence recovery techniques - the author’s forensic knowledge adds a fascinating dimension to the story. A Long Time Dead Set in Yorkshire in 1999 - this features Roger Conniston, an experienced Crime Scene technician, married to Yvonne, who is crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. Roger is having an affair with the counsellor he’s seeing about the stress of his possible promotion, which he only wants to live up to the expectations of his horrible dead Dad, and nightmares about dead bodies having devoted himself excessively to his work. His best friend and senior colleague Chris is also in line for the job, and while Roger naively thinks the best man will win, and that they can still be friends, Chris is convinced the job is his and doesn’t care if that’s the end of their friendship. Roger spends his free time stalking a corrupt Detective Inspector, Weston, that he previously tried to have arrested for gun dealing. When two young women are murdered and the evidence points to Roger himself, he’s sure Weston has framed in in revenge, and Roger will have to use his skills to prove his innocence. Stealing Elgar is set a few months afterwards. Roger has been promoted but is struggling in his managerial role and with the lack of respect from his police colleagues. Meanwhile a gangster who calls himself Hades has got himself into deep trouble: having made a plan with the Russian mob to attempt an ambitious heist, he has been ripped off by some idiotic subcontractors and now Irish terrorists have taken his teenage daughter, so he hatches a plan to subvert the police investigation by kidnapping Yvonne. No More Tears Set immediately after the end of Stealing Elgar, Roger is injured and out for revenge. Only his new best (only) friend, Detective Graham Shelby, seems to care, while his horrible bullying new boss, the odious Liz Archer, is determined to keep him down so he doesn’t threaten her quest for promotion, and Superintendent Thomas Chaimberlain, also wants to demonise Roger to prevent him from suing for negligence. Gang leader Hades’ protege Jess intends to take out Roger, but the other villains have their own agenda, and there’s certainly no honour amongst these thieves. My thoughts: (for more detail see my separate reviews as I’ve edited them here to remove significant spoilers.) In book one, I found it hard to believe that people who have worked with Roger for nearly ten years are so quick to believe he’s a serial killer, and refuse to countenance that evidence could’ve been planted, or that knowing he’s really good at his job, they think he would be so careless as to leave said evidence. For a smart guy, Roger comes across as ridiculously naive. The perpetrator, their motivation and methods were so obvious that I spent most of the book hoping to be proved wrong. My main problem with the series is I just didn’t like Roger, and didn’t believe in his love for Yvonne, which seemed based only on a kind of Stockholm syndrome of mutual dependency and guilt. She is portrayed as a shrewish drudge, embittered by her arthritis, who doesn’t seem to even like him. Roger was cheating on her, and their home life seems miserable, yet later we are expected to believe he loves her so much he’ll risk his own life for her, as he can’t contemplate life without her. Unlike Eddie, who is sharp, witty and belligerently driven to do his job, no matter what, Roger tries hard but makes endless mistakes, wallows in his own self-pity and provokes contempt in most of his colleagues. Eddie is just as antagonistic and pigheaded but he has a wicked sense of humour, and while they both make mistakes, Roger’s are completely idiotic. His loyal mate Shelby is more admirable but not any brighter and the two of them survive more through dumb luck than true courage or ingenuity. There were few likeable characters, in fact, and the only humour the constant insults that the colleagues hurl at one another. The constant grime, stink and run down buildings, and the incessantly atrocious weather, were pretty depressing too. Each book is long, and overall they basically confirmed for me that I just don’t like gangster stories - too many horrible people double crossing each other, or beating up their underlings. They are dark complicated stories with a large cast of characters, drenched in casual cruelty and violence - many characters are introduced just to be killed off in various gruesome ways. There are gory fights and gruesome forensic scenes, some truly stomach-churning. The various baddies are grotesquely brutal and the only relief is finding out the various sticky ends they come too - literally in some cases. I don’t really enjoy fiction as dark as this. If this is your thing however, then I recommend grabbing the trilogy while it’s on special, as Barrett is a gifted writer whose professional insights into the world of forensics add a gritty if depressing realism. If you are new to this author, I strongly recommend his Eddie Collins series which came after this one. The Dead Trilogy boxed set is published on 28th January. My thanks to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hans

    Extremely readable! With a highly original SOCO officer as protagonist!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Lewis

    Firstly, I must confess that this wasn't my first visit with Mr Conniston. I'd previously read A Long Time Dead and Stealing Elgar, but Andrew's Barrett's writing is always such a joy to behold, I decided to give myself a treat and read them both again before getting to grips with the final book, No More Tears. And what a treat it is. Mr Barrett creates the most divine, totally unlovable, argumentative, bloody minded heroes - and of course I just adore Roger! The dialogue is so sharp it's a mira Firstly, I must confess that this wasn't my first visit with Mr Conniston. I'd previously read A Long Time Dead and Stealing Elgar, but Andrew's Barrett's writing is always such a joy to behold, I decided to give myself a treat and read them both again before getting to grips with the final book, No More Tears. And what a treat it is. Mr Barrett creates the most divine, totally unlovable, argumentative, bloody minded heroes - and of course I just adore Roger! The dialogue is so sharp it's a miracle I didn't cut myself whilst reading. That special brand of British sarcasm that is so realistic and so engaging. I was totally invested in Roger and wanted him to be completely exonerated. Some of the crime scenes are described with every gory, gruesome and macabre detail; they were great! Also, the fact that Mr Barrett is writing with genuine knowledge of how crime scene investigators work makes it fascinating. One thing I know for sure, I could NOT do that job. It's quite a challenge to review a trilogy and not reveal any spoilers. If you want to read a set of books where the hero is a regular-Joe, who gets trapped in hell, dances a while with the devil before trying to vanquish evil with only a limited amount of success then The Dead Trilogy is for you. Classy writing from a classy author. 5 stars from me. (I'd have given it 6 if it was available on audio!)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    The Dead Trilogy - a review by Rosemary Kenny *slight spoilers* Book 1 in Andrew Barrett's The Dead Trilogy, is A Long Time Dead. A gruesome murder starts the 'slow burn' start to the murder investigation SOCO Roger Conniston's working on with his team. Roger's life has become much more confusing and stressful as he looks after his wife Yvonne, who's crippled with rheumatoid arthritis.In line for promotion at work, he must cope with the realisation that one of his superiors DI Weston, is up to his The Dead Trilogy - a review by Rosemary Kenny *slight spoilers* Book 1 in Andrew Barrett's The Dead Trilogy, is A Long Time Dead. A gruesome murder starts the 'slow burn' start to the murder investigation SOCO Roger Conniston's working on with his team. Roger's life has become much more confusing and stressful as he looks after his wife Yvonne, who's crippled with rheumatoid arthritis.In line for promotion at work, he must cope with the realisation that one of his superiors DI Weston, is up to his neck in a criminal gun-running  cartel. Unable to prove it and reluctantly aware that his colleague Chris is in line for the same promotion and doesn't care what he has to do to to get it - even if it means the end of his and Roger's decade long friendship, leads to Roger's needing therapy to assess if he's the right man for the promotion. As if his personal life weren't unhappy enough already, with the stress of a demanding career and being a full-time carer, Roger lets himself begin an affair with the counsellor. When a second murdered young woman's body is found, Roger is tainted by suspicion of complicity, due to evidence' linking him to the victim. Who can he trust and how can he prove his innocence, when the team he's known and worked with for ten years seems to believe in his guilt? Who stands by him? How does Roger catch the killer? You'll never guess! Stealing Elgar is Book 2 .Andrew Barrett, who really knows his stuff when it comes to the expert/inside knowledge required to create such wonderful characters on both sides of the law - he's lived the same or similar events throughout his 'other' career, as a police officer dealing in just such cases. A suitably villainously-named master-crook, Hades, is Conniston's antagonist in the conflict, involving both the newly promoted SOCO and his emotionally-estranged wife, Yvonne. This time it's personal and despite the distance between them, Conniston is still devastated when Yvonne is kidnapped, to ensure his complicity in Hades' success in his next heist. After all, as he'd been seemingly forgiven for his own recent affair with his therapist, he is hardly in the position to complain - and now it may be too late!  Stealing Elgar is definitely NOT to be missed - get your copy today!  Book 3 in Andrew Barrett's The Dead Trilogy, is No More Tears. Rosie Morgan is the ex-wife of boxer turned criminal mastermind, Mike, better known as Hades. Living alone, she's dismayed when her abused housewife friend, Debbie, comes to see her having had yet another 'domestic'. Refusing to report her husband to police, Rosie resolves to do the 'right thing' on her friend's behalf. Realising her phone line's been cut, she leaves Debbie at the house, while using the nearest phone box.She returns to a scene of carnage - her friend is an almost unrecognisable battered and tortured wreck of a body, amid an abattoir-like amount of blood sprayed around the scene, that will give her nightmares for years to come. Unaware somebody's spying on her, she rushes back to the red box and dials 999. Newly-promoted SOCO Roger Conniston is having a bad time too. Ostensibly 'forgiven' by his wife Yvonne, for a brief fling with his therapist, their marital bliss has yet to be restored to 'normal'. Then Yvonne is brutally murdered, after being kidnapped by Hades for Roger's non-compliance in destroying evidence against him. At work, his superior is unprovably crooked and when Hades too is found dead, Roger's on the suspect list, alienating previously sympathetic colleagues.Who is Graham Shelby? What part does Jess play in events - and whose side is he on? Why does he visit Rosie? How did Roger and Yvonne's daughter Charlotte die? There are so many unexpected twists and turns in this great book, it'll almost make you dizzy. Grab your copy today and lock all the doors and windows while you read it - just in case you have a dangerous visitor! Three terrific tales from the Master Criminologist of Story-Tellers, Andrew Barrett, that will keep you on the edge of your seat, if not actually scaring the wits out of you at times. Unputdownable dramatic, tense, gritty, shocking, well-written - there just aren't enough adjectives to describe how great this trilogy is.Make sure you get all three in Andrew Barrett's stunning box set The Dead Trilogy,that's not only the best crime-thriller you'll read this coming year, but also amazing value too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    For a better understanding, it is best to know the differences between a SOCO, a police officer and a forensic scientist (lab technician). A scene of crime officer (SOCO) is an officer who gathers forensic evidence for the British police. They are also referred to by some forces as forensic scene investigators (FSIs), crime scene investigators (CSIs) (although their job differs from that depicted in the CBS TV series), or crime scene examiners (CSEs). SOCOs are usually not police officers but are For a better understanding, it is best to know the differences between a SOCO, a police officer and a forensic scientist (lab technician). A scene of crime officer (SOCO) is an officer who gathers forensic evidence for the British police. They are also referred to by some forces as forensic scene investigators (FSIs), crime scene investigators (CSIs) (although their job differs from that depicted in the CBS TV series), or crime scene examiners (CSEs). SOCOs are usually not police officers but are employed by the police forces. Evidence collected is passed to the detectives of the Criminal Investigation Department and the forensic laboratories. The SOCOs do not investigate crimes or analyse evidence themselves. The difference between CSI and forensic scientist is that simply the CSI goes out to the crime scene to collect the evidence. The forensic scientist analyzes it back at the lab. 1. THE LONG DEAD SOCO Roger Conniston is preoccupied with catching DI Weston as a corrupt arms dealer. He tried this once before but the policeman was cleared. This caused a lot of bad blood between the 2 of them. But Weston is not his only enemy. Conniston has always been best friends with his mentor Chris Hutchingson but this changes when they become rivals for the same promotion. At home, his wife suffers from a chronic crippling disease. This causes a strain on his home life. He's been having an affair with his therapist. When he breaks up with her moments after having sex with her, she hits him in the face and is mad with anger. If this isn't enough problems, someone with an intimate knowledge of police and SOCO tries to frame him for the murder of a young woman by planting DNA and other physical evidence. When he protests his innocence hardly anyone believes him. This isn't a new story but dates from 2009. Though the author claims it isn't as good as his later work that features Eddie Collins, I couldn't find much wrong with this story. Only the part with the key-fob feels a bit forceful, as I think the police would keep it a secret because the killer would certainly dispose of it when it is advertised like that. He certainly would not show it to anyone. But that's just a minor thing to me. The book is so suspenseful that I stayed up half the night to finish it. 2. STEALING EDGAR This story takes place about a year after the first. Roger Conniston is now promoted and struggles a bit with the authority and the paperwork of his new function. Most of his doubts are uncalled for as he gets better and better at handling the responsibility. When a group of local gangsters try to rob the Russian mob (made up out of ex-KGB men) they muck up and 1 of them gets tortured and killed. The others ask local crime boss Hades to hide them in a safe house. When the Russian gangsters offer Hades a lucrative contract he sells them the location of the safe house in North Yorkshire. If he fails to fulfil the contract, he'll be killed by the Russians. What the job exactly is, we're not told until it takes place, but it requires a lot of heavy weapons. Those weapons Hades acquired from his brother, DCI Weston, some time back. He sends out 1 of his crews to dig them up, but when they get disturbed by a lone policeman they shoot him. The original owner of the weapons is an Irish terrorist group and they have now located them as in Hades's possession and they want them back. Therefore they kidnap Hades's daughter who'll do anything to get her back. But without the weapons, he can't execute the Russian heist and will be killed himself. If that aren't enough problems, the police are making a lot of progress due to various clues Roger Conniston has found on the different crime scenes. Since the murdered policeman was a personal friend of him, who stood by him during his trial the previous year, the case has turned personal for him. It gets even more personal when Hades kidnaps his handicapped wife in order to make him falsify evidence. This book is certainly as suspenseful as the first one. It's a long read but it contains 3 different thrilling stories that all take place at more or less the same time. Don't expect a Hollywood style happy end; as in real-life, tragedies do happen and sometimes a partial success can be all that's achieved. Although Hades is unquestionably a very bad person and a career criminal, he's also a human being with emotions and a set of -twisted- morals. Certainly after his own daughter is kidnapped his outlook and perception of women and victims changes. Nevertheless, he still tries to trick Chamberlain in killing Yvonne. If not for that, he became (to an extend) almost sympathetic. 3. NO MORE TEARS After the murder of his wife, Roger is in a very bad state. There’s a moment when Shelby catches him playing with a revolver, obviously contemplating either suicide or murder. He can think of little else than revenge. With Hades also already dead, Roger’s hate concentrates on Jess who knew about the bomb but did nothing about it. Things get even worse when he discovers that Yvonne had a secret. Roger has found a loyal friend in Shelby who’s been kicked out by his wife that’s fed up with the job-pressure and hours. So for the time being, he’s staying at Conniston’s who ‘s in dire emotional and psychological need. It’s extremely touching, even heartbreaking to see how they each react to and deal with their loss. The comfort of talking to someone who doesn’t judge and can relate to your situation and feelings is priceless and may be just what saves both men. While Graham still hopes that he and Lucy can resolve their differences, there’s a very beautiful part where he tells how they met and how life and perception changed as they grew older and he made a career. Of course, Roger can’t hope for such a happy ending and is riddled with guilt and regret for everything he didn’t do or see when his wife was still alive. He’s consumed by hatred and revenge. Deep down he knows that his plan is wrong and he tries to deceive his friend by saying that he’ll give Jess up to the cops. But apart from the police and Roger’s own crusade, there’s also a mysterious ‘someone else’ looking for Jess. Since Roger resigned as head of the department, there’s a new boss assigned to the crime scene team, Liz Archer. She goes out of her way to visit Roger during his sick leave and can’t help herself but gloat and make it clear that she’s going to make his job ‘unpleasant’ if/when he returns. After her very rude home visit to Roger where she showed some serious claws, Liz Archer, the new crime scene supervisor makes herself most unpopular on her first day at work. She insults and screams at two members of her team and she makes some serious procedural mistakes on her first crime scene. On top of that, she puts the investigation immediately on one single track, that it’s a domestic violence case and closes her eyes for all other possibilities. She is a real career woman but not in the right way, she’ll step on anyone to get what she wants, use and abuse her colleagues or other people, suck up to superiors and above all exploit every weakness or flaw from anyone. Not a nice person to have as your boss, I’d say. Liz isn’t the only one who’s afraid of Roger (who she thinks will be after his old job as supervisor) though, DCI Chamberlain is dead scared that Roger might sue him over his wife’s death even after Roger told him that he won't go to court. When Jess finds his way back to Tartarus, Hades’ headquarters (he can’t go back home because the police were watching that even before “the job” took off), Troff also arrives there and forces him to split in half whatever Hades may have left behind. Hades left them indeed some money but also a parcel for his wife Rosie. Troff double-crosses Jeff (not for the first time, see the previous story!) and, thinking it must be money in the parcel, sends someone to take back the parcel after Jess delivers it. Unfortunately, Rosie just went outside to make a phone call (this are the 1990ies when home landlines still went out of order and public phone-boots were a common sight) when the bully comes to the house and her friend who answers the door and who knows nothing about Jess’ visit is beaten to death by the intruder. At the start of this books, Jess looks a lot more humane and even slightly sympathetic compared to the previous story. His deep love for Charlotte, Hades’ daughter and his ex-girlfriend shines through and he genuinely mourns Hades and almost hates Troff when he shows nothing but disrespect for the gang leader. Well, Troff is the lowest of the lowlife and everything in his actions and speech makes me loathe him a bit more. Even criminals can be humans, but I doubt that Troff qualifies. And then there’s a job that Hades set up before he went on the disastrous previous ‘last’ one. If Jess manages to execute it, there’s a nice retirement-fund waiting for him. Again what this job is, is kept a secret till it is time to act. But I had a good guess at what this might be and was right as well. A detrimental clue: the ‘contact’ will pay out when the newspapers will report about the execution of this job. Barrett shows excellent penmanship, even the most tedious moments and actions he can describe in heart-warming prose. His has such a great way with words that involuntary, I have to smile in the midst of an argument, conversation or fight for the manner in which he tells us these things. The only reason he may hang on to his daytime job as a SOCO is for the inspiration he may find there and maybe a way to stay up-to-date and accurate in a quickly evolving field. That first-hand experience is something that very few can attribute to their stories. But I have a faint suspicion that he’s much alike Roger Conniston in this matter, that he just likes what he does. It’s moving how meticulously and detailed Barrett describes the emotions of his characters, mainly Shelby and Conniston in this last story but also that of the other actors in this drama. One of the things I like about these books is the detailed descriptions he gives about surroundings, procedures, history of places, buildings. You can really picture the book in front of your eyes. At the end of the book, there’s an extensive bonus part with very interesting items as the very first character outlays and biographies, the author’s own thoughts on the themes and main focus points of the individual stories and on top of that the very detailed synopsis’s of the stories as he wrote them down originally in 1997. This book wraps up all the loose ends left over from the previous 2 volumes as well as bringing another sleepless nights thriller with edge of your seat tension. This last story is a bit more reflective than the earlier ones. They’re all 3 different subgenres, the first book is in the first place a police procedural, where the second one is full of action and the last one more of a psychological thriller but still full of action and unexpected twists. Together they stand as a complete and perfect blend of genres into something that’s better than the mere sum of its parts. I received a free ARC from the author and this is my honest unbiased review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    PJ

    The whole story in one boxset. This made me cry and I don't cry! A great story by real-life CSI Andrew Barrett.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Fantastic. Intriguing until the end. Loved each and every story. Couldn’t stop reading. Don’t miss out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    "The devil's in the detail." Meet Roger Conniston, SOCO (scene of crime officer) in Wakefield. Attached to Wood Street Police station, he is closely affiliated with the police, sitting and collecting evidence at crime scenes on their behalf. He's highly principled but can be quick to anger as well as shame, has an invalid wife and, at the beginning of the first book, A Long Time Dead, has been in the job for about nine years and is in contention with his best friend and fellow SOCO, Chris, for pr "The devil's in the detail." Meet Roger Conniston, SOCO (scene of crime officer) in Wakefield. Attached to Wood Street Police station, he is closely affiliated with the police, sitting and collecting evidence at crime scenes on their behalf. He's highly principled but can be quick to anger as well as shame, has an invalid wife and, at the beginning of the first book, A Long Time Dead, has been in the job for about nine years and is in contention with his best friend and fellow SOCO, Chris, for promotion to Senior scene of crime officer. Most people like and trust him well enough but he does have a couple of enemies. And one, it seems,, is trying to frame him for murder. The Dead Trilogy box set contains the three novels featuring SOCO Roger Conniston and if it feels excitingly realistic, with those special detailed forensic methods acting as major players in the story, it is unsurprising given that not only does author Andrew Barrett have a very creative imagination and writes with.an easy style and good characterisation even of minor protagonists, he has, himself, been a SOCO for nearly thirty years. As he later says in the bonus material which follows the novels, "I work in a forensic environment - not laboratory based, but crime scene based". So he knows exactly what he writes about, from the victims to the search for evidence. The three novels - A Long Time Dead, Stealing Edgar, and No More Tears have been revised somewhat from the original publication a couple of decades ago. They are all lengthy for crime stories, and additional bonus material from old file notes, plus a link to download a free copy of the original version of A Long Time Dead make this an excellent purchase, well recommended for all crime genre readers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I read all of these books previously and now I have the ARC copy of the trilogy. I have totally enjoyed reading the three books again and will keep them on my Kindle to read again. Here is my review of each book. A Long Time Dead: This book has so much forensic information. I really enjoyed the rookie SOCO, Paul. He wants to learn everything perfectly. Roger and Chris, the main two SOCO's are always willing to help. There are two murder investigations going on and an underlying thread of a story I read all of these books previously and now I have the ARC copy of the trilogy. I have totally enjoyed reading the three books again and will keep them on my Kindle to read again. Here is my review of each book. A Long Time Dead: This book has so much forensic information. I really enjoyed the rookie SOCO, Paul. He wants to learn everything perfectly. Roger and Chris, the main two SOCO's are always willing to help. There are two murder investigations going on and an underlying thread of a story which I hope continues in the next book. The twists and turns kept me going till well into the night. I finished it in one go, could not put it down. For a first novel, this was amazing, I could not wait to read the next one. Stealing Elgar: What a ride, this is a fantastic novel. Lots of information and many characters. Russian mafia, the Irish CIRA, and Hades and his crews doing crimes for hire. There is a lot action and it is so well written it just flows. The excitement and trepidation grows as the story unfolds. SOCO Roger Conniston has his hands full here and I love the way Andrew explains procedures without it feeling like a text book. Great book that I highly recommend. No More Tears: This series just got better and better and ended with a bang. This was a great book but you really have to read the first two to appreciate this one. One thing I really appreciated was the passages that had the thoughts of the characters which showed their feelings both good and bad. Internal arguments with themselves which showed how they came to the conclusions they did and the actions they took. I didn't want the series to end but it did end and at a good place but it came with sadness too. Sleep deprivation? ha ha thank you Andrew!! You do this to me with every book...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Mellor

    A monster of a read! “Feel the scene, absorb what it has to tell you.” If you like compelling action packed crime thrillers, you’ll enjoy this trilogy about SOCO (Scenes of Crime Officer) Roger Conniston who has secrets of his own. Great characters, with tons of detailed, convincing technical information, since the author is a CSI himself. There are good links between the books, without retelling the story. There’s also plenty of bonus material, for readers who enjoy background information about A monster of a read! “Feel the scene, absorb what it has to tell you.” If you like compelling action packed crime thrillers, you’ll enjoy this trilogy about SOCO (Scenes of Crime Officer) Roger Conniston who has secrets of his own. Great characters, with tons of detailed, convincing technical information, since the author is a CSI himself. There are good links between the books, without retelling the story. There’s also plenty of bonus material, for readers who enjoy background information about a series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharron

    An excellent series one that I enjoyed and look forward to reading more by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    June

    Thank you for the free Arc One of the best authors I've ever read Andrew's books have you glued to your seat

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dee Groocock

    This is the first book in the Roger Conniston series and what a way to start it! A great thriller that had me wanting more and left me with my heart in my mouth many times. A brilliant storyline and I had no idea who the killer was until near the end, just the sort of book I love. Stealing Elgar is the second book in the series. When Roger is newly appointed as Supervisor, he is soon involved in a case that involves gangsters, Russian Mafia and PIRA or CIRA. Roger promises his wife, Yvonne, that This is the first book in the Roger Conniston series and what a way to start it! A great thriller that had me wanting more and left me with my heart in my mouth many times. A brilliant storyline and I had no idea who the killer was until near the end, just the sort of book I love. Stealing Elgar is the second book in the series. When Roger is newly appointed as Supervisor, he is soon involved in a case that involves gangsters, Russian Mafia and PIRA or CIRA. Roger promises his wife, Yvonne, that they are both safe and there will be nothing to worry about. This all changes when Yvonne is kidnapped by a gang who insist that Roger alters findings from a crime scene and will not release Yvonne until they know he is definitely working for them. A long and complex case for Roger and the team. There are some great characters in this story and it is action packed from start to finish. No More Tears is the final instalment in the trilogy. Roger is on leave following the last case and decides to turn detective on chasing up the last members of the gang involved in Hades gang to rob the Bank Of England. I don’t want to say anymore as I don’t want to give much away about any of these books! I love the relationship between Roger and Shelby, the banter between them often had me laughing out loud. I found it quite emotional when I came to the end of the book, it’s been a fabulous series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    linda

    This trilogy is worth investing in if you enjoy crime novels. They are unusual as the main character Roger Conniston is a scene of crimes officer (SOCO) so they contain a lot of in depth information from his prospective. The books are set in Yorkshire, England. Book 1 'A Long Time Dead' Roger is a civilian SOCO working within a very busy police station. He is under a lot of pressure as he is one of two people vying for promotion. A call comes in of a second brutal murder of a young women which has This trilogy is worth investing in if you enjoy crime novels. They are unusual as the main character Roger Conniston is a scene of crimes officer (SOCO) so they contain a lot of in depth information from his prospective. The books are set in Yorkshire, England. Book 1 'A Long Time Dead' Roger is a civilian SOCO working within a very busy police station. He is under a lot of pressure as he is one of two people vying for promotion. A call comes in of a second brutal murder of a young women which has similarities to a previous one. Somehow Roger's DNA is found at this second scene even though he wasn't the investigation office on the case. He subsequently gets arrested and charged for her murder. Roger truly believes that his superior DI Weston is trying to frame him but no one is listening. A well written book with plenty of twists and turns. Book 2 'Stealing Elgar' Roger is still coping with all the pressures and stress of his job especially after previously being framed for the murder of a young women. He still thinks that this was the fault of his superior DI Weston who he believes is involved in gun running, even though an internal investigate found him innocent of any crime. Roger is well known for his outstanding works as an SOCO and is seconded to help two other departments to help identify and bring to justice a deadly gang head Hades who has been evading capture. Unfortunately the case becomes personal when Roger's wife Yvonne is kidnapped but there is a twist. Hades imposes a clause that Roger must get rid of incriminating evidence in order to keep Yvonne safe from harm. Another riveting book from Andrew Barrett. Book 3 'No More Tears' This book is linked to Stealing Elgar by some of the remaining gang members but is much more personal to Roger Conniston. It's all about Rogers own vendetta to capture and kill 'Jess' who he holds responsible for killing his wife Yvonne. He has plenty of time on his hands as he is off sick due to his damaged knee. Unfortunately he leaves some incriminating evidence when Hades wife records a conversation Roger had with her, stating his intension to kill Jess. This will prove Roger's downfall yet again when a burnt out body is found who is thought to be Jess. There are so many twists, and turns in this story with plenty of players. It is well worth the read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike Davis

    Great trilogy that kept me interested all the way to the end of the third book. Conniston and Shelby make a great team to chase down dirty cops, gang members and killers. Interesting peeks into the private lives of the characters as well. If you like crime thrillers you are sure to enjoy this trilogy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane Warburton

    Oh my...ohhhh my goodness. It is not three books, it is one BIG outstanding read. You want something to get your teeth into....then sharpen your teeth and don't let go! Don't blink, you may miss something. An incredibly exciting read. Gutsy, savage and very very addictive. Great characters, with some that you love to hate. Fantastic story telling from start to finish. The additional bonus at the end was fascinating, so much insight. Andrew Barrett writes from the heart...it's real life in fictio Oh my...ohhhh my goodness. It is not three books, it is one BIG outstanding read. You want something to get your teeth into....then sharpen your teeth and don't let go! Don't blink, you may miss something. An incredibly exciting read. Gutsy, savage and very very addictive. Great characters, with some that you love to hate. Fantastic story telling from start to finish. The additional bonus at the end was fascinating, so much insight. Andrew Barrett writes from the heart...it's real life in fiction. Thank you Mr B. Loved it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A trilogy of crime and murder. Roger Coniston and his crime scene crew have murders to solve in between the bickering for the top job. This is a fast paced, action packed trio that has us on the edge of our seats.I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy British police thrillers. I received this book as an ARC and this is my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Intriguing from start to finish. An excellent lesson of how CSI professionals look for and test every detail of every crime scene. Don’t even think about pulling something over on these folks. Because they find every detail to solve any puzzle to capture the guilty. This Trilogy is very well written invoking emotions on an every level. One minute you can find yourself crying and the next laughing. You can find yourself getting angry and then getting excited With happiness. A wonderful investment Intriguing from start to finish. An excellent lesson of how CSI professionals look for and test every detail of every crime scene. Don’t even think about pulling something over on these folks. Because they find every detail to solve any puzzle to capture the guilty. This Trilogy is very well written invoking emotions on an every level. One minute you can find yourself crying and the next laughing. You can find yourself getting angry and then getting excited With happiness. A wonderful investment in time reading this incredible group of books.very highly recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    This Trilogy is built around SOCO Roger Conniston and the first book, A Long Time Dead, is set in 1999. When we first meet Roger, his home life is a bit unstable and he is also going up against colleague, and friend, Chris for promotion. But he tries to keep it together for the sake of his job which he loves. He's a bit of a funny fish but he has his values and has recently also got into a bit of a pickle with a high ranking officer who he accused of, well, not playing by the rules (understateme This Trilogy is built around SOCO Roger Conniston and the first book, A Long Time Dead, is set in 1999. When we first meet Roger, his home life is a bit unstable and he is also going up against colleague, and friend, Chris for promotion. But he tries to keep it together for the sake of his job which he loves. He's a bit of a funny fish but he has his values and has recently also got into a bit of a pickle with a high ranking officer who he accused of, well, not playing by the rules (understatement but no spoilers here). There are a couple of murders that Roger, Chris and the rest of the team set about doing their forensic stuff but soon Roger's interest, or should I say interest in Roger comes a little close to home. Can he beat the odds, clear his name and get the purp? Tricky when he's behind bars... What I loved about this book was that the forensic stuff, which I am quite interested in, is described more fully that in pretty much any other book I have ever read. yes it did distract from the main story getting on with itself a tad on occasion but, on the whole, I found the techniques quite fascinating. The plot was delicious, well crafted and very well executed. I can't say I warmed to Roger as a character but then I don't think I'm supposed to as he is somewhat flawed as a human being. But I admire him for his work ethic and values and how he does what he believes in, even to his detriment. Other characters were just as well described and all played their parts well. Pacing was good on the whole but it did wax and wane a bit, mostly due to the forensic detail but, when all was said and done, that detail contained key elements of the plot so their inclusion was necessary. On to the second book, Stealing Elgar. This book gave me a wonderful AHA moment when, just before it was properly revealed, I "got" the title! I do love it when that happens and, sadly, as publishers seem to be shying away from this kind of thing, it happens less often these days. So, after the fallout from book one, Roger has managed to hang onto his promotion. But he is finding this challenge a little hard; especially given the events leading up to it. He has a decision to make but, in the mean time, with unfinished business, he plods on regardless. Meanwhile, a rather nasty individual, going by the name Hades, has got himself in a bit of a pickle and needs a bit of help to get out of it. And so begins a rather intricately plotted, convoluted tale which pits Roger against one of the most ruthless and heinous of foes, the case coming too close to home and putting him in some rather awkward positions. More than this would be telling! Can Roger prevail? Again, I have to stress that this book is written by a SOCO or CSI or whatever they call themselves these days so you know you will be getting more of a scientific perspective rather than detectives running round basing things on their gut feelings and jumping to wild conclusions! This does mean that the story set-up can get a tad slow at times but, and this is important, the set-up is wholly necessary for what follows, and what follows is excellent! But be prepared to have to invest in what is happening for, at least, the first half of the book. But, believe me when I say that, if you do, you will be rewarded. The tone is often very dark and there are some quite brutal scenes so it's not for the faint-hearted. But it also contains some wonderful humour, often quite black in tone which does redress the balance somewhat throughout. Roger throughout is typical Roger. Pain in the proverbial but with a heart in the right place and dedicated to his work. He struggles with responsibility and his personal life leave a lot to be desired but, on the whole, I kinda like him. Wouldn't want to go out for a beer with him mind! On to the final book - No More Tears. If you've got this far you'll know what you're letting yourself in for with regard to the author's style and attention to detail. How the focus is very much on the forensic side of things; no surprise there being as the author is a CSI himself. Also his penchant for internal dialogue and witty asides that pepper the narrative throughout, sometimes adding a little spice into the mix and complementing the intricately plotted story being told. This final instalment completes the story. It ties up all the threads nicely and we learn what the fates have in store for all our main players. It's the endgame and checkmate to the game of chess that the author has taken us through throughout the previous books. All that's left for me to say now is that, if you enjoyed this trilogy, I would also very much recommend the author's Eddie Collins series of books if you haven't already indulged.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karole

    This trilogy is all about SOCO Roger Conniston. These books were written before Andrew’s Eddie Collins’ series. I will start by saying that I did not care much for Roger in the beginning. He just rubbed me the wrong way somehow. But he grows on you, and this series is very good, but very long. Andrew’s attention to detail is as good as ever. The forensics in this is very detailed, and he does a great job explaining what is going on, and why they are doing it. In the first book, A Long Time Dead, This trilogy is all about SOCO Roger Conniston. These books were written before Andrew’s Eddie Collins’ series. I will start by saying that I did not care much for Roger in the beginning. He just rubbed me the wrong way somehow. But he grows on you, and this series is very good, but very long. Andrew’s attention to detail is as good as ever. The forensics in this is very detailed, and he does a great job explaining what is going on, and why they are doing it. In the first book, A Long Time Dead, Roger is dealing with a lot of personal issues, and someone is trying to frame him for murder. He thinks he knows who is doing it, but… In the second book, Stealing Elgar, Roger is still dealing with all of his personal trials, while he is trying to catch the leader of a gang called Hades, who has kidnapped his very sick wife. This book is very long, and pretty much everything that can go wrong, does go wrong for Roger. This is a long book, but by the time you get to the end, you will immediately open the final book of the series to find out what is going to happen next. The last book, No More Tears, is very dark. Roger is in a very bad place personally, and he wants revenge for everything that has happened to him. He no longer cares about the law, or doing the right thing. He just wants to pay back the awful things done. At the same time, he has people who want him dead, also. This book is not for the weak of heart, so be careful! The entire trilogy is full of twists and turns and surprises that you never saw coming. I would highly recommend this set if you are a fan of murder mysteries. It will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and at the end, you will say, Wow! After you read this, you should definitely start on Andy's 'Eddie Collins' series. I promise you will love them!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shelley O'Donnell

    A LONG TIME DEAD i have completed all of the Eddie Collins series and now I am diving into this, my first in the Roger Conniston series. Of course, Andrew hasn't disappointed! Andrew's"real job" is evident in his writing. It is true life, accurate and at times funny. Showing how coppers deal with the stresses of the job every day. After becoming such a fan of Eddie, I was worried I wouldn't get into Roger. But like a pair of old socks he grew on me and I've quickly become a fan. The camaraderie and A LONG TIME DEAD i have completed all of the Eddie Collins series and now I am diving into this, my first in the Roger Conniston series. Of course, Andrew hasn't disappointed! Andrew's"real job" is evident in his writing. It is true life, accurate and at times funny. Showing how coppers deal with the stresses of the job every day. After becoming such a fan of Eddie, I was worried I wouldn't get into Roger. But like a pair of old socks he grew on me and I've quickly become a fan. The camaraderie and 'family' dynamics of the boys in blue shows through as does the stresses of the job. I loved this book! The twists and turns, personal drama(s), forensic investigations, plots and subplots ... all made for an AWESOME read! CHASING ELGAR This is the 2nd book of "The Dead Trilogy" and I found it to be the most complicated of Andrew's books I've read. There were a LOT of players in the story, multiple story arcs, many events going on at once, plots, subplots, gangs.....and that is NOT a bad thing when it is well written. Which this is. And also, really, these events COULD really happen. Andrew's real life experience shows in the brutality, bloodshed, boredom, and bitterness in this installment. The job is not all peachy-keen... NO MORE TEARS Mobsters, gangsters, Russians, liars, backstabbers, murderers, power hungry bosses....there is a LOT going on. Lots of red herrings. Just when you think you have it figured out... BAM!! A satisfying read bringing a series to conclusion. ... or not....it can easily continue... I received an ARC of this book from the author and I am thrilled to be able to give you my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris Wells

    The first thing to say is this box set is a bargain. It’d still be a bargain at twice the price. Add the bonus extras the author has included and you have a superb set. I read each of these superb books some time ago and I loved them so much that when I heard Andrew Barrett was releasing them as a trilogy I took the opportunity to read them again as part of this set. I think maybe I enjoyed them even more the second time, I’m sure I’ll read them many more times. The extras he’s included are fasc The first thing to say is this box set is a bargain. It’d still be a bargain at twice the price. Add the bonus extras the author has included and you have a superb set. I read each of these superb books some time ago and I loved them so much that when I heard Andrew Barrett was releasing them as a trilogy I took the opportunity to read them again as part of this set. I think maybe I enjoyed them even more the second time, I’m sure I’ll read them many more times. The extras he’s included are fascinating as much as they are entertaining. The link to the earlier version of Long Time Dead is a particular favourite but maybe only for die hard Andrew Barrett fans, which everyone will be after reading this series! All of the authors writing is quite unique because they’re stories about a CSI written by a real life CSI. This brings with it a realism that would be missing otherwise. I found the glimpses into the working practices of the CSIs fascinating and that’s before we even get to the real business of the stories themselves. This is a trilogy and as such needs to be read in order from the start to get the best from it. Andrew Barrett quickly established himself as one of my favourite writers for his skill with words and his imaginative crime stories. His style is easy to read even when describing hideous murder scenes. I can’t recommend this authors work highly enough and if you’re new to it then start here, like I did, and hopefully you’ll be hooked too. With this unique series at a bargain price in one set you can’t go wrong.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert Browning

    A masterpiece Box set of CSI Crime thrillers. This three book collection is pure class and centres around CSI (SOCO) Roger Conniston and crime scene investigations and this set just keeps you awake until you have completed reading all three books. I found it memorable as it just grips you and you can’t but help to adore and feel for Roger and wanting more. He’s my type of mad and who I want on my side despite his flaws and when this is all about when fighting a killer becomes revenge. The first b A masterpiece Box set of CSI Crime thrillers. This three book collection is pure class and centres around CSI (SOCO) Roger Conniston and crime scene investigations and this set just keeps you awake until you have completed reading all three books. I found it memorable as it just grips you and you can’t but help to adore and feel for Roger and wanting more. He’s my type of mad and who I want on my side despite his flaws and when this is all about when fighting a killer becomes revenge. The first book “A long Time Dead” introduces you to Roger and sets off at a fast pace with the killer using Roger’s secret past against him making him the prime subject and turning friends and colleagues against him almost making him loose everything including his wife.. This is followed on by “Stealing Elgar” at the same fat pace with Roger Conniston unable to trust his police colleagues goes out to locate his missing wife. His temper at a high and in a fury he must use his skills and temper intact. The tension and storyline is just riveting. Then book three “No More Tears” completes the climax and like it says – when fighting a killer becomes battle for revenge – “this is No More Tears” Does Roger get revenge and justice? You have to read to find out! I want more of Roger Conniston.... and oh it also comes with some bonus material too!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Dean

    I really enjoyed the three (Roger Conniston) stories which form The Dead Trilogy. I have been an avid follower of Andrew Barrett’s novels about Eddie Collins (CSI) and found this series - about Eddie’s predecessor – to be equally enthralling. I eagerly followed the trials and tribulations which Roger faces, as Andrew’s carefully crafted stories, brought back to mind the gritty reality of aspects of West Yorkshire life at the turn of the Millennium. I particularly the second novel - Stealing Elgar I really enjoyed the three (Roger Conniston) stories which form The Dead Trilogy. I have been an avid follower of Andrew Barrett’s novels about Eddie Collins (CSI) and found this series - about Eddie’s predecessor – to be equally enthralling. I eagerly followed the trials and tribulations which Roger faces, as Andrew’s carefully crafted stories, brought back to mind the gritty reality of aspects of West Yorkshire life at the turn of the Millennium. I particularly the second novel - Stealing Elgar – was a gem. In a post Iron Curtain and Good Friday Agreement world, where Russian Mafia and Irish paramilitaries battle for power and influence, whilst pressurising local organised crime gangs, Roger gets drawn into the conflict between these forces. The personal pressures on Roger and his colleagues/family are intense. As kidnappings occur and the death toll rises, he struggles to cope with situation. Andrew leads us to a series of significant (and often macabre/bloody) events in the Leeds and Wakefield area, with many of the locations loosely based on real names/places in the area. This obviously, helps provide local interest and reinforces the authenticity of Andrew’s own CSI work and his local knowledge. As ever, Andrew’s work is difficult to put down. Hopefully, he will producing more CSI based stories soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Una Melville

    A BRILLIANT TRILOGY I had read each of the individual books some time ago and was offered an ARC of the new boxed set in return for an unbiased review, which I give below. The author Andy Barrett is a real life SCI working with West Yorkshire Police so you can be assured that all the technicalities are correct. This is three of his earliest books set in the 1990's "A long Time Dead", "Stealing Elgar" and "No More Tears" that tell the tale of SOCO Roger Conniston. 1500+ pages of action and thrills A BRILLIANT TRILOGY I had read each of the individual books some time ago and was offered an ARC of the new boxed set in return for an unbiased review, which I give below. The author Andy Barrett is a real life SCI working with West Yorkshire Police so you can be assured that all the technicalities are correct. This is three of his earliest books set in the 1990's "A long Time Dead", "Stealing Elgar" and "No More Tears" that tell the tale of SOCO Roger Conniston. 1500+ pages of action and thrills and suspense along the way. I will not go into detail of the story as there are plenty of reviews out there that do, suffice to say that it is well worth while reading. I thoroughly enjoyed each one and having re-read the updated versions contained in the trilogy my opinion has not changed. Once finished your read, please take a look at Andy's later books especially the series of books with CSI (new name for SOCO) Eddie Collins, you will not be disappointed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Wow! What a hell of a ride! The trilogy contains three books: A Long Time Dead, Stealing Elgar, and No More Tears. All three are five-star books (and I'm a picky, judgemental old fart), so the trilogy should get fifteen stars, right? But apparently, it doesn't work like that. Barrett's characters are interesting, well-developed, and human (spell that 'flawed'). They're good at what they do, except when they're good at what they do and bad at the same time. Better stop that there...don't want to gi Wow! What a hell of a ride! The trilogy contains three books: A Long Time Dead, Stealing Elgar, and No More Tears. All three are five-star books (and I'm a picky, judgemental old fart), so the trilogy should get fifteen stars, right? But apparently, it doesn't work like that. Barrett's characters are interesting, well-developed, and human (spell that 'flawed'). They're good at what they do, except when they're good at what they do and bad at the same time. Better stop that there...don't want to give too much away. His stories are interesting, the forensic procedural details are...well...detailed. Roger Conniston is like a bulldog, sinking his teeth into a case and shaking the hell out of it...which is what you'll do with this set when you get started on it. Trust me. It's well worth the price and you'll enjoy it immensely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim McNeil

    Don't read these .... unless you're willing to get hooked! I’ve enjoyed reading all three of the ‘Roger’ books and quite saddened that I’ve read the last of the trilogy. That said, I didn’t enjoy the last one quite as much as the first two. Maybe it was due to the superhuman efforts of some characters that managed to struggle on while nursing awful injuries that would’ve floored most of us! Well worth reading though .. And as I said in a previous review, if you’ve enjoyed the Trilogy, do look at t Don't read these .... unless you're willing to get hooked! I’ve enjoyed reading all three of the ‘Roger’ books and quite saddened that I’ve read the last of the trilogy. That said, I didn’t enjoy the last one quite as much as the first two. Maybe it was due to the superhuman efforts of some characters that managed to struggle on while nursing awful injuries that would’ve floored most of us! Well worth reading though .. And as I said in a previous review, if you’ve enjoyed the Trilogy, do look at the Eddie Collins series as they’re top notch (and maybe Eddie is my favourite), along with anything else this brilliant author has written. Enjoy! "

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy (The Avid Reader)

    A Long Time Dead In the first book of The Dead Trilogy , ,A Long Time Dead a woman is found dead and all the evidence points to one Scene of Crimes Officer Roger Conniston. SOCO Roger Coniston is cheating on his wife is about to lose her. A Long Time Dead is a fast paced read. It pulled me in from the first chapter and never let go. It is filled with suspense and likes to hold on to its secrets in various ways. It will keep you guessing and the pages turning. Stealing Elgar In the second book of A Long Time Dead In the first book of The Dead Trilogy , ,A Long Time Dead a woman is found dead and all the evidence points to one Scene of Crimes Officer Roger Conniston. SOCO Roger Coniston is cheating on his wife is about to lose her. A Long Time Dead is a fast paced read. It pulled me in from the first chapter and never let go. It is filled with suspense and likes to hold on to its secrets in various ways. It will keep you guessing and the pages turning. Stealing Elgar In the second book of The Dead Trilogy , Stealing Elgar, mob boss gangster Hades’ daughter has been kidnapped by the people the he stole guns from and now they would like those guns back, the reason for the kidnapping. Hades kidnaps Roger’s wife Yvonne so he can blackmail him into changing a few police records for him. The action is non-stop in Stealing Elgar with so many murders and the kidnappings. Stealing Elgar has it all like murder, mystery, suspense, kidnapping, action it is intense and so very intriguing and all the crimes are vividly written. No More Tears In the third book of The Dead Trilogy , No More Tears, Roger Conniston, SOCO is still grieving the death of his wife Yvonne and sets out to make the people responsible for her death pay. A hit has been put out on Roger’s life from the grave. The suspense and action alone will keep you glued to the pages. Like its predecessors No More Tears is very descriptively written so much so that you can see everything you are reading in your head like watching a movie.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Book one: A Long Time Dead A wonderful insight into SOCO/ CSI as we are now more familiar with from TV and film. We learn of the acronyms and skills that are used to capture the evidence as the story unfolds. This is the first in the series and the characters are getting established. A promotion is up for grabs. Some are sure of getting it whilst others are quaking in their shoes- either because they might get it or they might not. Personal issues arise in the midst of an investigation which to m Book one: A Long Time Dead A wonderful insight into SOCO/ CSI as we are now more familiar with from TV and film. We learn of the acronyms and skills that are used to capture the evidence as the story unfolds. This is the first in the series and the characters are getting established. A promotion is up for grabs. Some are sure of getting it whilst others are quaking in their shoes- either because they might get it or they might not. Personal issues arise in the midst of an investigation which to me always give the characters more depth whatever the “issue” might be. To have more than just “work” gives personality and insight into how someone ticks and how they might deal with future situations. Roger is a wonderful character as we learn of his life, his lives and his misdemeanours. Whatever he is, he is tenacious and won’t see justice served the wrong way. A very clever story, told in a brilliantly captivating way. Andy- this is one wonderful story- thank you. Book two: Stealing Edgar Four men in a gang are trying to get away when they spot the boss arrive. Three of them make good however one is not so lucky. The boss is now beholden to the Russians as the next prize if huge- really huge and failure only means death. The three remaining men have fleeced the Russian mafia of one million pounds. Roger is wanting to resign his senior position as he feels most uncomfortable in the role. When one of Roger’s police friends is killed things just got personal and even more so as he suspects Weston is involved somewhere along the line. As with all of Andy’s books this is cleverly put together. A well thought out and researched plot that shows Andy’s own experience within CSI. A sense of humour amongst such scenes I can imagine is a given and this is well done throughout the books balanced with sensitivity at the situations Roger finds himself in. Book Three: No More Tears Roger is now injured and a widower. After the death of his wife Yvonne from being taken hostage by the gang. He is determined to finish this once and for all despite technically being on sick and compassionate leave. He now has a new bossin Liz Archer a woman driven by a path to the top and no one getting in her way. Meanwhile Jess and Troff are on the run as well as without their leader. They need to find the money from their last job as well as keeping themselves safe. There is a wonderful camaraderie in these books. The teams have a bond which isn’t easily broken when there is a cuckoo in the nest. Excellent descriptions of scenes without being over the top or tedious as some books can be. A sense of humour runs through these and is appropriate. I can imagine it is well needed to deal with the reality of SOCO life. A wonderful trio of books ideal for any crime book fan. Being written from a SOCO point of view I find them incredibly interesting giving a behind the scenes look at the story. A brilliant read and highly entertaining For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/ or follow me on [email protected]

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