‘Kent is an incredibly likeable character with a delicious sense of, sometimes quite dark, humour and he makes a fabulous main character. It’s a breath of fresh air to solve a mystery alongside a character that isn’t your typical chain-smoking and utterly flawed detective.’
Eva, Novel Deelights.
By day Kent Fisher is an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. In his spare time, he’s also a detective, thanks to his suspicious nature and nose for trouble.
It started when he investigated a a fatal work accident at Tombstone Adventure Park and discovered a murder …
He also runs an animal sanctuary at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex. Sometimes, he takes in rescue dogs for rehoming. When he rescued a badly treated West Highland White Terrier, he couldn’t bear to let the dog go. Naming him Columbo after his favourite TV detective, Kent gained a loyal new friend and assistant.
Environmental health officers make good detectives
As an environmental health officer (EHO) with 40 years experience, I often thought we had the skills, connections and tenacity to solve murders.
We’re law enforcement officers. We carry out complex investigations, ensure compliance with legal standards, and prosecute serious offenders.
We work with the police, fire and rescue services, and many national agencies to protect the environment and public health. Though we’re mostly known for inspecting restaurant kitchens, environmental health officers cover a wide remit, as you’ll discover in the Kent Fisher mysteries.
A fatal work accident involving machinery is at the heart of the first Kent Fisher mystery, No Accident.
In No Bodies, the control of infectious diseases like E. coli O157, which can kill the vulnerable, plays a part in an intriguing case of murder without bodies.
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For the full review on Novel Deelights.
If you’d like to know more about the work of EHOs, you can find out more at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website.