Tuesday 9 December 2014

The Certainty of Doing Evil by Colin Falconer



                              DI Madeleine Fox #2

The unique and supreme pleasure of love lies in the certainty of doing evil’

She is naked. She is spreadeagled on a torture rack in a basement. She is dead. Well, this is what happens when you don’t vet your clients properly. 

Madeleine Fox supposes she shouldn’t yawn over a naked, dead woman but it is four in the morning and she’s tired. Perhaps she has seen too many dead bodies. These toms should really be more careful, especially if they’re going to specialise in BDSM. It’s not all 50 Shades of Grey and shopping. 

It’s seems like just another murder, and they find their prime suspect within twenty four hours. He insists he is innocent - but then they all do, don’t they? Fox is the only detective in the Area Major Incident Team who believes him. She decides to dig a little deeper. 

By the time the case file is closed everyone from the Commissioner down to Fox herself wish she hadn’t. Day by day they all come undone; the detectives, the victims and the one man who never meant for so many people to get hurt. 

You can peel away as many layers as you want; but never think you know everything about any human heart. 

Tough, funny and shocking, THE CERTAINTY OF DOING EVIL IN HELL adds to the legend of DI Madeleine Fox. But will it is also be the end of her?'

An exciting, clever, fast paced murder mystery. 

The murder of a prostitute in the fringe world of BDSM provides a dark, gritty backdrop to Madeleine Fox's London. She has to wade through sexist colleagues, politicians, as well as enter into the seedy world of BDSM in order to root out a killer.

This novel is a real page turner. There is nothing tedious or drawn out. The chapters are nice and short and they make the novel flow quickly. I liked how the author gives us the perspective of some of the characters without complicating things and without making it predictable. 

I also loved all the dark humour in the novel, as it prevented it turning into, what could have been, quite a bleak tale.

I loved the main character Madeleine Fox and will definitely be looking out for more detective work from her in the future.

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