by Michelle Davies
It’s my stop on the “Dead Guilty” blog tour! Thanks very much to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours and author Michelle Davies who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies is the captivating fourth novel in the critically acclaimed Maggie Neville series, following False Witness.
Has the killer in DC Maggie Neville’s cold case returned after a decade of silence?
Katy Pope was seventeen when she was brutally murdered on a family holiday in Majorca. Despite her mother’s high rank in the Met and the joint major investigation between the British and Spanish police, Katy’s killer was never caught.
Ten years later, Katy’s family return to the Spanish island to launch a fresh appeal for information, taking with them the now skeletal team of investigating Met detectives, and newly seconded Maggie as the family liaison officer.
But Maggie’s first international investigation quickly goes from being more than just a press conference when another British girl there on holiday goes missing, and Katy’s killer announces that it’s time for an encore . . .
British teenager Katy Pope was murdered on holiday ten years ago and despite a major investigation at the time, the killer has never been identified. A decade on, the family are returning to Majorca for a memorial ceremony and to launch an appeal for new information.
“It had been the most idyllic holiday destination, until it wasn’t”
DC Maggie Neville is working as the family’s family liason officer (FLO) and joins Katy’s parents on their trip back to the place they last saw their daughter.
Maggie is the leading lady here and she’s also the lead in a whole series of books by Michelle Davies. If, like me, you haven’t read any of the other books in the series, you may find yourself questioning a few things that seem to have been glossed over rather quickly, but there’s nothing that will ruin this book as a stand alone read.
I enjoyed exploring this case with Maggie, trying to piece together clues and pick apart flaky decade old alibis in order to work out who was and is responsible for the crimes.
With short snappy chapters, this book progresses at a good pace and there are several chapter cliff hangers that’ll make you want to keep reading. The characters are likable and mostly realistic, especially Katy’s grieving parents. It’s a little unsettling to think that a crime like this could go unsolved for so long and that the family is still without closure after 10 years, but then thinking about well-publicized cases like the disappearance of Madeline McCann, this is kind of thing is certainly realistic.
Overall rating: “Dead Guilty” is a gripping crime story investigating the death of British holiday-maker ten years earlier and I really enjoyed trying to work out the details of this mystery. It’s 4 stars from me – thanks so much to Anne Cater and Michelle Davies for the opportunity to read this one!
Don’t forget to check out the reviews of other blogs on the tour and if this sounds like your kind of book, support the author by picking up a copy on Amazon UK.