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Death at Paradise Park by Ross Greenwood

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Death at Paradise Park by Ross Greenwood
Series: DS Ashley Knight #2
Published by Boldwood Books Ltd on 6 November 2023
Genres: British Crime, Crime, Crime & Mystery
Pages: 469
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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four half stars - Death at Paradise Park by Ross Greenwood

When a body is discovered at Hunstanton seaside, DS Ashley Knight and her Major Investigation Team are called to investigate. Once the identity of the victim is confirmed, complications immediately arise. A second body is discovered at the nearby Paradise Caravan Park, but the team struggle to connect the two victims. They interview the residents and it appears many of them have questionable stories, but to the police's frustation, all their alibis stand up. What are they covering up? DS Knight is on the case, desperate to discover if they have one killer at work or two.

Death at Paradise Park is written with scalpel like precision. This is definitely in the top ten books I’ve read this year!

A tranquil holiday park. Multiple deaths. All apparently unconnected.

A reader that has been given their cake, they want to eat it, but they don’t know what deadly toxin lies between the layers.

DS Ashley Knight has been called to a suspicious death outside the chip shop near Paradise Park caravan site. Alfie Hook, husband of the notorious Jackie Hook, who has just been released from prison after doing an eight stretch. Ashley and her team know instantly that the discovery will complicate everything. Delivering the news will be difficult and they don’t know how Jackie will react. She has been known to be extremely volatile toward the police.

Death in Paradise Park is book two in the series but having not read the first I can confirm that it doesn’t impact my understanding of the story. I will be going back to read the first very soon, however.

I enjoyed the complexities and relationships of Ashley’s team. Hector, the fast-tracked constable was a character that added a little something more. As a reader that has no experience of the force it made you really realise that police officers are human too. Yes, I’m sure that they can become desensitised to seeing death, but they can be affected just as easily. It can play on their minds and affect how they see the world. All the characters add enough layers to make it through winter.

So, this case was tough. It was like trying to figure out the right combination of a rubix cube. At some points I felt like I wasn’t intelligent enough to work it out. Whiplash, a shadow whizzing past you, a twig snapping underfoot to the side of you. That’s the emotions I felt while reading Death at Paradise Park. The detectives follow their nose and sometimes the scent just stinks. A red herring or something more? I’ll let you discover that.

Ross Greenwood is great at the twist. I know you’re going to scream at me for using the ‘twist you didn’t see coming,’ but I really didn’t. Did I have my suspicions? You bet, but they were all wrong. Ross lead us one way while distracting us with another. Surprise in amongst the action and fear. The author has created characters that make you react, that make you fear and make you question why some people act the way they do.

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Ross Greenwood is the author of crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

Ross Greenwood

four half stars - Death at Paradise Park by Ross Greenwood

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