Good morning my lovelies! I hope you had a lovely weekend – I can’t believe it’s already Monday again!  Today I’ve got a review for you – Death of an Asylum Seeker by A. P. Martin is a brilliant crime novel with a fantastic plot.

the blurb

….he doesn’t notice the watcher quietly move up behind him. Just after he passes the rushes, swaying in the water as the breeze picks up, he senses someone near. Beginning to turn, he catches, out of the corner of his eye, a glimpse of rapid movement. Before he has any time to react, the long-bladed knife has pierced his flimsy clothing, cutting right through his back.’

When a body is discovered in the boating lake of a city centre park in Newcastle upon Tyne, newly promoted DI Sam Snow is delighted to have the chance to lead his first big investigation. Especially when it puts him back in touch with psychologist Olivia Clavel, who has recently relocated back to her home city. However, Snow still bears some scars from a previous case and he can have no way of knowing how the new investigation will both force him to challenge his commitment to upholding the law and rock his life to its very foundations.

Where to buy: Amazon

my review

I haven’t read book one in the Clavel and Snow series, so wasn’t sure what to expect – but this was brilliant!  When an asylum seeker is found murdered, DI Snow is looking forward to his first big case – but what he doesn’t realise is that he’s going to end up with more than one body….  And as he tries to fit the pieces together, the case(s) get more complicated.  Linking back in with Clavel, a psychologist, he tries to work out who is carrying out the murders, and whether they really are racist attacks.  But will they be able to get the person(s) responsible in time before someone else becomes the next victim?

The plot to this was truly thrilling, with completely unexpected twists and turns throughout.  I honestly had no idea who, what or why the murders were taking place, and every time I thought I was getting somewhere, something else would happen that would throw me off course!

I absolutely love Snow and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him.  The fact that his love life is looking up for him is adorable (although I just REALLY want him and Olivia to get together!) and it’s good to break up the crime and sadness with a bit of romance.  Olivia is fantastic – she such a lovely caring person, and the work she is doing as mentor is so important.

The fact that I hadn’t read book one didn’t detract from the story at all.  There are references to what happened in the first book, but it doesn’t impact the story and actually just makes me REALLY want to read it to see what actually happened.

Death of an Asylum Seeker covers some sensitive subjects that are true and current in our world.  But the author does a fantastic job of covering these in a thoughtful way,

This is an absolutely brilliant story – any crimes lovers out there will thoroughly enjoy this.  It certainly had me coming back for more whenever I had a spare 10 minutes!  And if you’re familiar with Newcastle then I’m sure you can even plot out the crimes – I know I love to do that when the story is in my neck of the woods!  Overall a brilliant read.  I will most certainly be looking out for more by A. P. Martin in the future!



Massive thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.  Thank you also for your patience!

If you’ve read this, or any of A. P. Martin’s other novels then I’d love to hear from you!

Have a wonderful week!

Chelle x

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