Author: Adrian McKinty
Series: Detective Sean Duffy #6
Publisher: 7th Street Books
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Rating: 2 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
The sixth installment in the Sean Duffy series is a mystery that just didn’t work for me.
Set in Belfast in 1988, Detective Sean Duffy is called in to solve a series of murders involving a crossbow and drug dealers. Things become more mysterious the further Duffy investigates and he soon discovers that things are much more complex than they appeared. Duffy is soon in a race for his own life as he is being held at gunpoint and forced to dig his own grave. To top things off, his home life is falling apart and he doesn’t know how to fix either his personal life or his professional one.
I wanted to like this book, I really did, but unfortunately it fell flat for me. It could be that it is the sixth in a series and I hadn’t read any of the previous. Then again, I feel that it had great potential, even for a reader that, like me, hadn’t read any of the others in the series. It is a crime drama and set in the past in Belfast. I usually love crime dramas, when well written, but here it just didn’t work for me. Being set in Belfast the language was a little different than what I am used to reading, as well as lots of profanity that was needless in my opinion. I rarely do this and hate to say that this was a book I just didn’t want to finish. I got almost two-thirds of the way through and had to push myself to power through the remainder. I’m sure fans of the Sean Duffy series will enjoy having prior knowledge of the characters but this isn’t one to start in the middle of a series like this.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.