Mystery

Detective Annie Delamere #1,#2 by Alex Walters

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There is not much I can elaborate on this series. I picked the second up because I already had the first pending and I thought I would better appreciate a series than an individual book.
Firstly, I was wrong in the assessment. Each of these books can be read as a standalone in any order. There are references, but for the most part, they can be ignored.
In the first book, the characters are introduced to us mid-vacation when they stumble onto a body. The case itself is a mystery only till the halfway point, for after that, the readers are also shown a parallel narrative where things are unfolding. There are secret groups, threatening attempts and a few twists thrown in which made the book a quick and easy read. The characters are pretty distinct in their behaviour, and I moved on to the sequel fairly quickly.
In the second book, the previous case has left at least one in our team under scrutiny. We have an unlikeable victim who refuses to reveal the required information when her son is targetted. This is a proper procedural where we are taken through the motions of reaching a suitable conclusion. I would not have guessed the ending nor expected the hints that things may not be the way they seem even at the very end.
Both books in the series thus far are decent police procedurals in which I was moderately invested. They are quick reads, written in a way that keeps the pace constant and the storyline moving. I am not sure if I would pick up the next, although I still think we are missing something when it comes to our lead’s partner.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, and the review is entirely based only on my own reading experience.

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