The first in a series featuring Dr Jocasta Hughes, part-time GP and on call Forensic Medical Practitioner in the small English seaside town of Hastings. Intelligent, witty, well-plotted crime-fiction. More cosy than not.
Dead Pretty by Candy Denman opens up with a really grisly and shocking opening. It will really make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. We are introduced to a callous killer who is standing over his victim and you just know that this killer isn’t finished yet and that there will be more murders to come. This is a thoroughly engaging introduction to a new crime series that I am certainly keen to follow.
We meet Dr Jocasta Hughes, a pathologist and part time GP. Jo is called a crime scene when the body of a young prostitute is found and it becomes clear that the young woman has been murdered. Candy Denman keeps the tension building as Jo and the police attempt to identify the killer whose crimes are quickly making national news. And we know that the killer has his eyes on Jo; can they find out who he is, before it’s too late?
Dr Hughes is a really likable protagonist. She’s single and in her thirties and her mum is heavily pushing her to have a relationship and get married. Jo was a character who I really engaged with and you can see that she really cares for her patients, even though at times it is a job that can be incredibly tough. I also liked her relationship with her friend Kate who was a really bubbly character and it will also be interesting to see her friendship with DI Miller develop.
The crimes that take place in this book are chilling as well as the criminal behind them. There was such a shocking truth once it was finally revealed. The second book in the series is already out, and I will definitely be picking it up. Candy Denman is an exciting new name in crime fiction and I can’t wait to read more books by her.
Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Crime Scene Books
Publication date: 24th July 2017
Print length: 328 pages
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