Dead Lucky by Matt Brolly (DCI Lambert #2)


Synopsis: When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.

And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.

But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next…

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: I’m disappointed I left it so long to read this series, and even more disappointed that I didn’t read the first book in the series. Luckily there is enough background at the introduction of the book to give the reader a feel for the previous books content. Michael Lambert has had a very horrible time of it and the opening of the book sees his trying to speak with his wife who he is separated from. in addition to his separation he is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his daughter. He is now back to work and it seems his first big case is one that is not so straightforward.

A woman is murdered, however her husband a seasoned Crime Journalist survived her having been made to watch her brutal murder. It’s not long before a second set of killings are discovered and Lambert and his team are trying to track down who is responsible. Having no previous knowledge of recurring characters I had no expectations but was pleased that Lambert’s colleague Kennedy and his boss Tillman made an impact and helped the story line along its way too.

The story is layered and you do get a glimpse of what I felt was ‘real’ police work which includes the drudgery of hunting down and chasing leads. I liked the fact that you get to see a glimpse of Lambert’s personal life including his strange sleep problems. Although I didn’t have the history with book 1, I really felt I understood where some of Lambert’s issues lay and I think there is so much scope there for his character to go either way.

I read this in just two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was great, well plotted and well paced. The characters were likeable and the crimes were intriguing yet absorbing. I was so pleased when I finished this. Yes, I know that sounds strange but I mean I am glad I feel like I am up to date with the characters and series and am really looking forward to book 3.

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