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P.F Ford, DEATH OF A TEMPTRESS

This is the first book in Ford’s police procedural series set in Tinton, England featuring Detective Sergeant David Slater and Detective Sergeant Norman Norman. This series relies on the close relationship between two somewhat flawed individuals who, working together turned out to be more than the sum of their parts.

Humor, good plotting, and a fine sense of place make these books well worth reading. I would strongly recommend that you go in order through the series. There is a clear arc of character development, and later novels contain spoilers that will affect your enjoyment of earlier books in the series. New and important characters are also introduced along the way, and it helps to have the correct chronology. So I would start with this one and make your way through. If you like British procedurals, you should enjoy this series.

Pete Bassett, AVARICE

AVARICE is the second of the six novels written so far by Peter Bassett to feature DI Munro and DS West. Munro is an older man verging on retirement and somewhat despairing about life, and Munro is a younger woman who is desperately searching for purpose. Slowly, they begin a professional relationship and friendship which supplies what each of them needs. Both characters are well developed as is a rather large supporting cast.

Set in the north-west of Scotland, these stories feature solid police work, lots of humor (some of which is uniquely Scottish and may remain mysterious to Americans) and well developed plots. I would skip SHE, the first book in the series and begin with Avarice. Nothing substantial will be lost and the later books are far superior.

Faith Martin, DI Hillary Greene Series

This mystery series featuring DI Hillary Greene, a detective inspector with the Thomas Valley Police in Oxfordshire, England is an excellent set of British police procedural mysteries. Hillary Greene is an interesting character because she is a very capable detective who finds it hard to get ahead because her philandering husband, also a police officer, was posthumously found guilty of corruption. Despite personal and professional challenges she solves crimes with cool professionalism and by working well with both superiors and subordinates alike. It is nice to see a mature adult working as a detective for a change.

If you like mysteries that make you think and have a minimal amount of violence, you will enjoy this series. Since there are plot arcs that carry through several books, I would highly recommend reading them in order.

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