When architect Peter Young is shot dead at his desk in what looks like a professional hit, DCI Craig Gillard must try to discover not only how it happened but, more importantly, why. Several hundred miles away, on the Lincolnshire coast, another body is found, this time with no clue to his identity. How are the two deaths connected and how do they link to a feud that threatens to become even more deadly than Gillard could ever imagine?
The Body on the Shore is the second book in the DCI Craig Gillard series, but it is not essential to have read the first as this can be read as a standalone. I do now, however, want to go back and read the first one, The Body in the Marsh, as this was a book I really enjoyed.
The Body on the Shore is a book full of twists and turns which takes you in directions you did not imagine. Initially, it felt like that it was going to be a straightforward police procedural – body is found, police investigate, culprit is arrested. I could not have been more wrong! While there is definitely an element of this, there is so much more!
It is difficult to say too much without giving away any of the plot and, therefore, spoiling the element of surprise, but what I will say is that The Body on the Shore deals with multiple cases, each one linking together in a highly imaginative way. Murder, abduction and subterfuge abound, making for an original story that kept me hooked until the very end.
DCI Craig Gillard is a great lead character and I was pleased that, although we read a bit about his personal life, this was only a minor part of the story, the focus being placed firmly on the investigation. Hardworking and tenacious, he is definitely the sort of detective I would want working on any case I was involved in!
The Body on the Shore is a brilliant, fast-paced read. Highly recommended!
With thanks to Net Galley and Canelo for my ARC and to Ellie Pilcher for organising the blog tour. Take a look at the rest of the tour:
Author Bio: Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages.
Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.