Baby lies
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Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Six-week-old baby Jessica is abducted from a local nursery. And Detective Tom Mariner realises he’s not going to get the time-off he was hoping for.

The police get a good description of the woman who took Jessica, but the appeal to the public doesn’t generate a single lead.

Then the kidnapper calls demanding money for Jessica’s safe return   . . . and a terrible discovery is made in the woods.

Can Mariner get to bottom of a complex case which involves much more than a child abduction?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fourth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.


Book 1: Deadly Lies
Book 2: Innocent Lies
Book 3: Killer Lies
Book 4: Baby Lies
Books 5-7 coming soon

My review

This is the first novel I’ve read set in Birmingham and the author does a good job of evoking the city with lots of details. I didn’t feel like there was any backstory that I needed to catch up and I didn’t feel confused at any points. It’s nice to see a recently published novel set in the 2000s. (I like a bit of nostalgia) The novel starts off well and is an intriguing read. A police raid then the mysterious disappearance of baby Jessica. The author touches on some dark subjects in a through provoking way which I think is quite hard to do.  The plot is complex, compelling and believable.

It’s well written – the author utilises short chapters and this works well. This novel feels very much like a quick read and I read it in one go.  Although, I did feel the pacing slowed towards the end, and I would’ve liked a more developed ending.

I’d recommend this novel as a standalone. I haven’t read the whole series and I didn’t feel confused or lost at any time. Collett does a good job of dripping the right amount of backstory in with the action.

A good, solid novel which delivers what it promises. I’ll look out for more from Chris Collett in the future.

I rate this novel four stars.