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WOULD YOU KILL IF JUSTICE FAILED YOU?
Highways Inspector, Derek Forster, couldn’t go on after the death of his wife. Even though he had a secret lover, he took his own life. Or did he?
Samson Capote, the restaurateur from hell, brutally attacked and left to die in a deep freezer. Did he antagonise too many people? Was he sharing Forster’s secret lover?
Millionaire entrepreneur, Clive Chesterton, falls from his yacht and drowns in Sovereign Harbour. Why did he have Forster’s missing journals in his cabin?
When Kent Fisher becomes a murder suspect, he realises he could be the next victim of a killer who shows no mercy.
Can Kent connect the deaths and solve the mystery before the killer gets to him?
About the Author :
Inspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.
At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.
Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.
Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.
To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk.
‘No Mercy’ by Robert Crouch is the 5th book in the ‘Kent Fisher Mysteries’ and although you can mostly always read books in mystery series as stand-alone I must now strongly advise not to read this one unless you have read book 4 already.
This because, in my humble opinion, you won’t be able to follow at the beginning with all the characters and how they connect, as it really starts where ‘No Mercy’ (book 4) left off.
This said, I think I never found a book, written in the first POV, that could hook me so quickly!
(Except for the other books in this series of course. 😉)
It all started with some drama for our environmental health officer Kent and a (apparent) suicide.
I say some drama, but actually I need to say a lot, because as soon as Kent goes into office there opens a whole can of worms!
A restaurateur from hell, Samson Capote, is more than a pain in the ass for our favorite sleuth.
Not surprisingly he ends up dead, but who did it?
And is it connected with some other (apparent) suicides?
That’s for the police to find out, you would say, but here it’s of course, that’s for Kent (and co) to find out.
If he does / they do, that’s something I won’t be telling you, but what I can tell you is that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.
The plot and characters are well developed and are certainly entertaining throughout as there is, among others, some great humor in this book.
Everything also sounds and feels realistic, which makes it a great whodunit in a kind of familiar, though also unique way, as I never met a sleuth like Kent before.
Definitely more than recommendable for lovers of the genre, with an ending that makes you wonder what will be more in store for Kent Fisher!
I hope book 6 will be out soon, because I hate waiting on books from series I’m starting to love.
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