Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Dead Embers,the third novel in the DCI Michael Lambert series. Thank you to Canelo and Faye Rogers for allowing me to be part of the tour and for my copy of the book.
When DCI Michael Lambert is called to investigate a house fire, he soon realises that he is not dealing with a run of the mill arson attack. Inside the house are two bodies, one of which belongs to a fellow police officer. As the investigation unravels, Lambert discovers that the case is much deeper than he first thought. Will Lambert and his team find out the truth behind the fire before it is too late?
In DCI Michael Lambert, I found a police officer who thinks outside the box and often relies on instinct. This gave me confidence that despite the obvious flaws in his character, the case was in safe hands. However, it is Lambert's personal life that made me warm to him. He has failed relationships and health issues, and his day to day worries in addition to the case are easy to relate to. This is my first encounter with Lambert and I finished Dead Embers wanting to get to know him further.
As Lambert's case develops, Brolly takes the reader to some very dark places. Brolly describes the setting in such macabre detail that it is difficult not to be drawn in by the feeling of unease that he creates. I was fascinated by the turn the case was taking and it was clear that at times, Lambert and his team were in danger, and I was reading on the edge of my seat, keen to know what would happen to the characters and whether the case would be solved.
Although Dead Embers was my first introduction to DCI Lambert, it will not be my last. At times, I felt I may have benefitted from the knowledge that would have come from reading the first two books in this series, but I was so impressed by this novel that I aim to put that right in the near future!
Dead Embers is available from Amazon.
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