Let me start by saying I’m a big fan of Jeffrey Archer. His seven-book The Clifton Chronicles is one of my favorite series. The character of William Warwick was introduced in that series. Warwick is an emerging star in the London Metropolitan Police Force. Over My Dead Body is the fourth book showcasing Warwick's incredible crime-solving skills.
It is 1988 and Warwick has been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector. He is now heading a new Unsolved Murders Unit and the team is assigned several cold cases - each involve someone who the police believe got away with murder. In addition to his new assignments, Warwick’s nemesis, Miles Faulkner, a millionaire art collector and thief, is still on the loose. His funeral and recent plastic surgery does not disguise the fact that he is very much alive and hiding from Warwick and his team.
This latest installment is an entertaining book filled with an appealing cast of detectives as well as Warwick’s loving and supportive family and some interesting people he meets on a luxury cruise ship traveling from London to New York where a murder takes place. While the story in book #4 is a complete one, with some heart-pumping action, it is designed to keep you wanting (and reading) more. It’s planned to be an eight-book series and I’m committed to it. While you can certainly jump on board with Archer’s latest book, this is one of those series that you should read from the beginning. Jeffrey Archer writes in such an effortless manner that I flew through each book. As the action was heating up and the detectives had to play the waiting game, I loved this line – “surveillance was a cat and mouse game and patience was the cheese in the trap.” It’s fast-paced with sharp, smart writing.
Many thanks to Harper 360/HarperCollins, NetGalley, Edelweiss+ and the author for the opportunity to read Over My Dead Body in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Crime Thriller.
Publication Date: October 19, 2021.
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