Dead Embers by Matt Brolly
An explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start…
When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses – one of whom is a senior police officer.
Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.
But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined…
Trust no one.
Gripping, chilling to its core and full of twists, the powerful new DCI Michael Lambert from Matt Brolly is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Helen H. Durrant and Michael Hambling.
I do have a tiny confession; I am completely new to this series! With so many cracking series out there, it’s impossible to be up to date on them all. That being said it had no negative impact on my enjoyment of this brilliant new release. My bestie is a detective with the Met & she also works on the murder team. So I love London as a location & always find it has an added edge to a crime series. In both historical or modern crime fiction.
The novel begins with a creepy chapter one and straight away I knew it was going to be a gripping read! A suspected arson fire draws DCI Michael Lambert to the scene of a crime. Two corpses are quickly discovered and the sole survivor, a traumatised little girl of only 3 years old. It becomes clear the bodies were murdered prior to the fire and the fire was due to a series of explosions! The investigation continues and we learn The mother of the surviving child is a serving police officer and that in her past she had an abusive relationship with her ex-husband. We learn some of DCI Lamberts past & then the plot really starts to thicken! With the victims not who they originally thought they were, an arsonist playing homage to John Orr and a reporter meddling in the case. DCI Lambert really has his work cut out for him.
I found this novel to be a fast paced and straight to the point. It flows as though it is a commuter in London City itself. I found myself comfortably going with the flow & writing some notes in my journal such as Who is thefiremen1973? What does make arsonists tick? Will the press mess things up for DCI Lambert? What is the story in Lamberts past? When Matt Brolly obviously had other ideas and out of nowhere comes a huge twist and the plot just got a whole lot darker! What started off as one case suddenly becomes a deep web of secrecy & corruption right up to the top!
It is difficult to complete an in-depth review for fear of slipping spoilers in by accident. I will just say that this is one of them novels that is so much bigger than its synopsis! I would say it is police procedural but that the characters all have depth. An explosive crime thriller and then some! 5*
*I received an Ebook copy via netgalley in return for an honest review.
Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He reads widely across all genres, and is currently working on the third in his Michael Lambert thriller series. Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children.