Title: Collide-O-Scope (Norfolk Coast Investigation #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrea Bramhall (Ylva Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 10, 2016 — 310 Pages
An unidentified woman is found murdered on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have the task of figuring out whom, how, and why. A job that’s made more difficult when everyone of the forty residents in the village has something to hide and answers her questions with a string of lies.
Georgina Temple has her own secrets to keep, and her own reasons to keep them. But her growing attraction to Kate makes it increasingly difficult to keep them.
Kate’s investigation into the woman’s death brings delves into the heart of the tiny fishing village where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.
Kate is a detective sergeant in the Norfolk police force and is out to prove herself as worthy of her new promotion. A quiet rural English setting is perfect for this tale of a murdered lesbian campsite owner. Connie was found shot in the early morning after being out walking her dog and photographing the beautiful sunset. It seems inconceivable that anyone would want to kill her but as Kate discovers there is more to a small Norfolk village than meets the eye. She meet some very unpleasant people and there are plenty of suspects but why Connie? Her growing relationship with one of Connie’s friends could cause problems, more than she could ever know. Gina has a wild young daughter and has some secrets of her own but Kate is drawn to her. I thought the attraction was well written as it was gradual but powerful. Neither were sure it could work but I so wanted it to as they were so right for each other. The murder mystery was interesting and full of surprises. It goes to show you never know what is going on right in front of you. And the most odious of people may not be the most dangerous. Appearances are deceptive. Andrea Bramhall can certainly write a great story and she had me fooled. I want to read some more of her work now as I really enjoyed this one.
When I began reading the prologue I thought it was going to be a wax lyrical type of book – then boom. How wrong was I. This is a fast paced brilliant and innovative piece of work by an obviously dynamic author.
The characters are superbly portrayed, believable, likable and above all, human, they both have their strengths and both have weaknesses. The description of the scenery and the problems associated with its location added great depth to this colourful and picturesque novel.
The plot itself is fast paced and with lots of red herrings adding both intrigue and suspense.
In additional to being a terrific murder mystery, you have the added bonus of a tender and warmhearted romance slowly yet deftly emerging.
The ending was both dynamic and sensational, a very fitting conclusion to a superb novel.
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Andrea Bramhall wrote her first novel at the age of six and three-quarters. It was seven pages long and held together with a pink ribbon. Her Gran still has it in the attic. Since then she has progressed a little bit and now has a number of published works held together with glue, not ribbons, an Alice B. Lavender certificate, and a Lambda Literary award cluttering up her book shelves.
She studied music and all things arty at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2002 with a BA in contemporary arts. She is certain it will prove useful someday… maybe.
When she isn’t busy running a campsite and hostel on the North Norfolk Coast, Bramhall can be found hunched over her laptop scribbling down the stories that won’t let her sleep. She can also be found reading, walking the dogs up mountains while taking a few thousand photos, scuba diving while taking a few thousand photos, swimming, kayaking, playing the saxophone, or cycling.
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