An Easter Killing by Paul Toolan

An Easter Killing (Detective Inspector Zig Batten Book 3)

Crown of Thorns Hill, clad in April mist, towers over the quiet village of East Thorne.

But on Good Friday, when the mist clears, the villagers wake to a malign vision at the hill’s peak – a sight which catapults a flu-ridden Inspector Zig Batten from his holiday bed to a scene of desecration.

Who is the victim? And what vengeful mind would dispose of a body here, like this?

In his search for reasons, Batten finds himself at odds with warring churchmen, lost lovers, ranting conservationists and shady developers. Even Batten and his colleagues struggle with their own mixed motives.

Do the threatened dwellings and apple-orchard of Turks Lane hold the answer? Or is it buried in the victim’s past?

As the Easter weekend unfolds, Batten fears the worst is still to come…

An Easter Killing by Paul Toolan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For the most part, I thought this was a pretty great procedural. The crime aspects of the book were believable enough as was the investigation. Some of the characters come off a bit rough at the beginning and it took me some time to warm to them, but eventually, I did and found that I quite enjoyed most of this book.

There are some parts of this novel that can seem a bit thick and heavy to wade through at times, but then it begins to flow nicely again, thus, the reason I went for four stars instead of five. I liked the suspense in this novel and the certain way the author allowed the tension to build along with the mysteries, before giving any definite answers to the audience. I haven’t read the other books in this series, but I like this author’s style of writing and look forward to going back and reading what else there is in his catalogue.

The descriptions of the village are excellent and I love that the characters actually seem like real people with human needs and wants rather than one-dimensional paper people as so often happens in mysteries and thrillers.

I would definitely recommend this book to other lovers of crime stories.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.


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