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‘The Unquiet Grave’ by Steven Dunne

The Unquiet Grave

I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of this book.  Until recently I had never even heard of Steven Dunne.  ‘The Unquiet Grave’ was published by Headline on the 4th July 2013 and it is Steven’s fourth novel.  Based in Derby this really is crime fiction at its very best.

DI Damen Brook has recently been on suspension.  On returning back to work he is assigned to work in the Cold Case Unit of Derby Constabulary.  To Brook it feels like a morgue but he decides to just get on with it.  His task is to look through old files, cases which haven’t ever been solved to see if he can shed any light on them.  Whilst reading through the files and making notes Brook uncovers a series of murders, the first of which happened in 1963.  He feels that he has no choice but to dig deeper.  For one thing, he doesn’t understand how the killer has managed to get away with it for so long.  Using his razor sharp intelligence and excellent instincts, Brook delves deep into both suspects and colleagues pasts not knowing where his investigations will lead him.  He hasn’t got much time though as a significant date is approaching fast.  Will Brook discover who the killer is and save the day?

‘The Unquiet Grave’ has all the required ingredients of a great crime thriller.  It’s gritty, exciting, has lots of twists and turns and some very shocking revelations indeed.  It really kept me guessing and the result wasn’t what I expected.  I can tell that Steven Dunne has given lots of thought to this book.  I recommend it to fans of crime fiction.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Unquiet Grave’ and I really hope to read Steven Dunne’s previous three novels; ‘The Reaper’, ‘The Disciple’ and ‘Deity’ all of which feature DI Damen Brook.  I’m also looking forward to his next novel, whenever that may be.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

Well done Steven on a great novel!  🙂

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