Fatal Trade by Brian Price

Format: Paperback

Published By: Hobeck Books


Glasgow, 1999

Reaching the point of no return, Martina is ready to make her move. After years of being the victim, it’s now time to turn the tables.

Mexton, 2019

The small grey-haired woman grimaced as she entered the police station, dragging a tartan shopping trolley containing her husband’s head.

‘What are you useless buggers going to do about this?’

DC Melanie Cotton’s fledgling career is about to take an interesting turn. Freshly promoted to CID, Mel is excited by this disturbing and mysterious case – her first murder investigation as a detective.

She’s determined to make her mark.

But as she discovers, there’s far more to this case than a gruesome killing, and Mel’s skills and courage are about to tested to the limit

My Thoughts:

Firstly many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book.

Here we are introduced to DC Mel Cotton and what an introduction, certainly hits the ground running. As much as this is a Police procedural it also has the elements and feel of a thriller.

The story centres around one womans quest for revenge against those who have done her wrong in the past, there are plenty of shady characters and characters who you would not wish to meet on a dark night, in someways this makes for a complex plot, however it is crafted and written in such a way as to not make it feel complex.

The book is well plotted and the story flows and interweaves between the past and the present day so that you have an understanding as to why decisions are made and alliances formed, overall this makes for a fast paced story. As the body count increases the Police are left pondering why they always seem to be one step behind.

Filled with strong characters, characters who you can take either an instant like or dislike to, they come at you almost fully formed thanks to the way they are written on the page each relatable, each with a freshness and ones who I look forward to reading and finding out more about

Packed with plenty of twists and turns and with an explosive finale, this is a highly satisfying read

This is an excellent debut novel and a cracking start to a series, an author I will be looking forward to reading more off

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