Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling

6th October 2020.   4 stars.

I love it when a book surprises me. In this case it was the character of DCI Sophie Allen, who was fresh, original, charismatic and fun. How refreshing it was to have a lead detective who lacked the trademark traumas that plague police procedurals these days.

The lack of personal traumas took nothing away from an entertaining and exciting story that ticked and twisted along at a good pace and kept me guessing right up to an exciting and satisfying climax.

There were a couple of inaccuracies in police procedure, but they didn’t spoil my enjoyment and I’m looking forward to reading the second story in the series.

I would happily recommend this novel to anyone who likes police procedurals that are not too gritty or violent in their delivery.


A young woman’s body is discovered on a deserted footpath in a Dorset seaside town late on a cold November night. She has been stabbed through the heart.

It seems like a simple crime for DCI Sophie Allen and her team to solve. But not when the victim’s mother is found strangled the next morning. The case grows more complex as DCI Sophie Allen discovers that the victims had secret histories, involving violence and intimidation. There’s an obvious suspect but Detective Allen isn’t convinced. Could someone else be lurking in the shadows, someone savagely violent, looking for a warped revenge?

Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling

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