Book Review: Dream of the Dead by: M.G. Scarsbrook


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Red Herring

Publication Date: November 30, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: A WEALTHY THEATRE PRODUCER IS FOUND DEAD. 

A RARE CORROSIVE POISON HAS BURNED THROUGH HIS STOMACH. 

NO ONE KNOWS WHY. 

Enter DI Jack Ravenshaw. A young, talented officer with a secret: he belongs to England’s most famous dynasty of actors. When Scotland Yard uncovers his hidden past, his acting experience, and his formidable connections, he becomes the perfect choice to investigate the producer’s killing. Against his wishes, he must return to London's West End. 

Cast back into one of the most vibrant – and violent – areas of the country, Ravenshaw is quickly surrounded by sexy performers, shadowy assistants, and powerful investors. Finding the truth seems almost impossible. Devious suspects lie at every turn. Corrupt officers sabotage his inquiry. Even his mind tricks him with dreams and hallucinations about his past. Yet with the help of his mysterious partner, DS Emily Hart, Ravenshaw must put all his skills into action against an ingenious, twisted, and ruthless killer… 

But can he solve the case before another person is murdered? 

WEST END MURDERS, BOOK 1… 

Review: DI Jack Ravenshaw has been assigned to a case no one wants and stuck with a partner whose loyalties are in question, so Jack has his work cut out for him. He’s investigating the death of Charlie Maitland, a producer; whose parents can’t accept their son killed himself. It’s a good thing Jack has an insider’s knowledge of the theater due to his parentage. He also has an unconventional way of getting things done, which may not always work in his favor. DI Ravenshaw and DS Emily Hart are working together to figure out the potentially sordid truth behind Charlie Maitland’s death, but it may cost them more than they thought possible. DREAM OF THE DEAD is a compelling mystery with a flawed, but not tragically so, main character in DI Jack Ravenshaw. The mystery is solid, with plenty of action and intrigue to keep readers interested. The juxtaposition of the two detectives’ characters made for a tense, but rewarding partnership. I enjoyed DREAM OF THE DEAD because it was a mystery which I was able to follow, but not solve for myself before the detectives did. The characters stood out as individuals, without being campy, and I loved how the clues all fell together at the end. DREAM OF THE DEAD is the first of the West End Murders series and I’m looking forward to more!

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