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Missing Lies by Chris Collett


Back in September I reviewed Buried Lies which I really enjoyed and now I have read the next book in the series featuring Tom Mariner.
In this book, Tom is working with a new team as his old colleagues are on maternity leave or have been seconded to another case.
Women are going missing and then their carefully washed clothes are being sent to the police. What connects them and how can the police prevent further victims being taken?
There are several strands to this book and it is not clear until right at the end how they link together. Millie and her new baby meet a troubled mum with a charming but possibly criminal husband. The new woman on Tom’s team is struggling to deal with the death of her police partner.
The early chapters describe a little girl trying to cope alone after her mother fails to return from work. It is really heart wrenching to read.
There are lots of red herrings in the book and just when the police are celebrating the conclusion of the case, Tom realises they have made a mistake and the killer is still at large…
Tom is a great main character and is dealing with issues in his private life which endears him to the reader. The plot flows well and kept me guessing right until the end.
Missing Lies (DI Mariner #7) by Chris Collett
Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?
Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this mystery with a huge twist at the end.
‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post
18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work.Amazingly, not a single witness comes forward. But Detective Tom Mariner suspects that she ran away from her overbearing and rich father.
A package arrives addressed to DI Mariner. It contains Grace’s clothes, neatly folded and cleaned.
Then another woman disappears. And a disturbing pattern begins to emerge.
Detective Mariner must track down a suspected serial killer in his toughest, and strangest, case yet, with a conclusion that will have you gasping.
Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the seventh book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!
What people are saying about MISSING LIES
“A strong pace and multidimensional characters keep this British procedural moving briskly” (Library Journal)
“Cleverly plotted, with an unexpected shock ending, plenty of suspense, and a likably genuine cast of characters, this is a strong new entry in an increasingly popular police-procedural series.” (Booklist)
“Procedural fans are in for a really good time.” (Publishers Weekly)
Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry
But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.
Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.
Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.
Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Book 5: Married Lies
Book 6: Buried Lies
Book 7: Missing Lies
I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.
Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.
Website: http://www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477
Twitter:  @crime_crow

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