Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: The Dying Hours

The Dying Hours
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tom Thorne has recently been removed from the Murder Squad and is now back in uniform. As he is adjusting to his new restricted authority, he questions a suicide that he believes is murder. The Murder Squad investigator tells him that his concerns are unfounded and reminds him that murder is no longer part of his job description. What does Thorne decide to do? He recruits friends to help and decides to investigate on his own. The list of suicides that he believes are murder is starting to grow and the race to catch the person responsible is getting trickier by the minute.

The Dying Hours is the eleventh book in the Tom Thorne series. As a person who has not read the first ten books, I will assure the reader that they are not necessary to understand and enjoy this volume. Although there are a lot of references to previous cases and relationships, they are not necessary for the case at hand. Billingham did change the point of view often. Although most POV changes took place at chapters, the chapter heading did not tell you who the perspective was from and the reader needs to pay attention to follow the story line. I would recommend this book to readers who are interested in murder mysteries, but I forewarn the reader that the ending hints at an additional book (or more).

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