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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Reviewed: Missing Believed Dead by Chris Longmuir

Kathryn Brown reviews, Missing Believed Dead. “… a twist that gives this book the unpredictability that I love to see in any novel.”

Having spent most of this year reading mainly light-hearted romance novels, I decided to change genre and go for a more tenacious book with twists, turns and many thought-provoking cliff hangers. Missing Believed Dead did not disappoint. In fact, I was so engrossed in this dramatic page turner of a book that I read it in three sittings, quite a record for me. Chris Longmuir had me gripped to the edge of my seat as I read and tried to understand the complicated lives of siblings Jade, Emma and Ryan, together with their mum, Diane. There are so many scenes in this book that I could easily picture on my television screen due to the impressive imagery throughout.

Fast-paced and devilishly entertaining, Missing Believed Dead is part of the Dundee Crime Series, of which Longmuir has penned two other books, one I am currently reading – Nightwatcher. The other book in the series, Dead Wood, is now sat on my to-be-read pile and I just know it’s going to be another brilliantly-written novel with scenes that even the least imaginative person will be able to visualise.

At the centre of the books is a character known as Bill Murphy, a detective sergeant whom one gets the impression is a little like the television character, Columbo. A great detective with a caring nature, and an obvious commitment to solve the case he is currently working on. Perhaps a little laid back in his appearance, but certainly someone you would want on your side.

Without giving the story away, Missing Believed Dead follows the desperate and determined life of Diane, mother to Jade, who went missing five years previously. When another young girl is reported missing events lead CID to reopen the case of missing Jade and the hunt once more ensues, with a twist that gives this book the unpredictability that I love to see in any novel. I am already enjoying Nightwatcher and am thrilled to have been introduced to the Dundee Crime Series.

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  1. I enjoyed reading the book. Tweeted

  2. Thanks for the lovely review, Kathryn, and thanks for featuring it FFP