I was invited to take part in the blog tour for Anne Coates’ new book, ‘Songs of Innocence’. Realising that I still needed to read ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’, which was published last year by Urbane Publications, this prompted me to do so. I know that in many cases some books in a series can be read as standalone novels, but I wasn’t sure if this was the case with this one.
You will find out in a bit what I thought of ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’. First though, here’s what it’s about.
Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.
Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.
With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…
The series is very much in the best traditions of British women crime writers such as Lynda La Plante and Martina Cole.
I bought my copy of ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ at Anne Coates’ book launch last year. I’m so very glad that I decided to read this book first. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I was kept on tenterhooks.
Set in January 1994 onwards, the story starts off in The Crypt of St John’s Church where Hannah’s friend Liz has been brutally murdered. Anne Coates actually held her book launch in The Crypt which made it easy for me to picture the scene. Hannah really is an amazing person. You would think after what happened to her she would want to lie low and not get involved in other murders, especially as she has a young daughter. But at the end of the day Liz was her friend and she wasn’t going to let things go so easily. Good for her I say.
I mentioned it in my review of ‘Dancers in the Wind’, but I really do like how this author writes about issues that are to this day are still happening around the world. It reminds you of the suffering caused to millions of people and it certainly makes me very grateful for the life I have. This story dealt with child trafficking and it didn’t make for very pretty reading at all.
‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ is an exciting and thought-provoking story. You will feel that you have actually learnt something from it.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-
If you want a taster of ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ you can read an extract here:-
About Anne Coates
For most of her working life in publishing, Anne has had a foot in both camps as a writer and an editor, moving from book publishing to magazines and then freelancing in both. Having edited both fiction and narrative non-fiction, Anne has also had short stories published in a variety of magazines including Bella and Candis and is the author of seven non-fiction books. Telling stories is Anne’s first love and nearly all her short fiction as well as Dancers in The Wind and Death’s Silent Judgement began with a real event followed by a ‘what if …’; That is also the case with the two prize-winning 99Fiction.net stories: Codewords and Eternal Love. Songs of Innocence will publish summer 2018.
Author Website: http://www.annecoatesauthor.com/