Buried Crimes by Michael Hambling

Buried Crimes by Michael Hambling

23rd March 2021.

There’s a change of pace in this fourth outing for DCI Sophie Allen and her team.  Two children’s skeletons are unearthed in the garden of a family home, sending shock waves through the local community. Unable to identify the children or find any evidence of a violent crime, it’s going to be a long, slow struggle to piece together what happened twenty years ago.

As the painstaking investigation crawls along, there’s time to get to know more about Sophie’s life and past as she struggles with the shocks from the previous novel. Then there’s Rae, the transsexual who’s forced to face a bully from the past. There are further secrets to unveil with the family who found the skeletons and the sisters who once owned the property.

At times the story meanders through these lives and characters as the investigation inches along until finally, the victims are identified. From here, it’s a short journey to solving the case.

While not as exciting or absorbing as the previous novels in the series, Sophie Allen remains a likeable and formidable lead character. The insights into her past and her family are often interesting and entertaining, and there are several subplots to distract you from the slow investigation.

That said, this remains and interesting and enjoyable story and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.


Devastating family secrets from the past. Sisters with a murderous rivalry.

A family move into their dream home in Dorchester: it seems perfect, particularly for their two children, but when Philip and Jill Freeman move a buddleia bush, what they find buried beneath its roots will haunt them forever.

Why have two children’s skeletons been lovingly wrapped and buried in their garden?

DCI Sophie Allen is forced to probe crimes that occurred many years before, crimes that cause emotional upheavals within the local community. In a complex investigation, Sophie Allen unearths family secrets which carry on having devastating effects to this day and risk taking new lives.

Buried Crimes by Michael Hambling

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