Trophies by David Evans
Series: The Wakefield Trinity
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on April 12th 2016
Genre: Crime Fiction (British)
My Rating: 5/5
Confession – I have had a bit of an obsession with UK Crime Fiction lately. I am not really sure how it started. Maybe I can blame it on “Downton Abbey” concluding? At any rate, I have become a frequent customer of Amazon UK.
Recently I was asked to read and provide an honest review of David Evan’s debut novel, “Trophies”. The first of a three-part series, “Trophies”, follows Detective Inspector Colin Strong and his longtime college friend, Journalist Bob Souter, while they unravel the mysteries of who caused the suspicious death of a known criminal. During the interrogation of a suspect to the crime, DI Strong recognizes a very unique accent that he has not heard in over twenty years. This accent strongly reminds him of a character who sent taunting voice messages to the police department during the investigation of the Yorkshire Ripper case many years before. The unique accent of the suspect, along with an questionable metal case containing lady’s jewelry that was found at the crime scene, is what begs for an entire new case to be solved. Has the man who is serving time for the Yorkshire Ripper murders been wrongly convicted? Is it possible that the killer from almost three decades before is still on the loose?
At times crime fiction can feel a bit contrived; this is not the case with the “Trophies”. The characters are both relatable and well thought out. The storyline has a great pace and flows very nicely. I found this book to have everything a good crime novel requires – suspense, drama, comedy, and of course crime. I look forward to reading the next book, “Torment”, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award.
Please Note – I was provided a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.