Review: Dead Lucky by Matt Brolly

Friday 15 January 2016
Title: Dead Lucky
Author: Matt Brolly
Publisher: Carina
Publication Date: 11th January 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
DCI Michael Lambert is back…

When a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to watch her slow and painful death, DCI Michael Lambert knows that his next case might be his toughest yet.

And when a second set of killings are discovered, with exactly the same MO, the race is on the find the lethal sociopath before he strikes again.

But Lambert never expected to receive an anonymous call from the killer. This time, it’s personal: if Lambert doesn’t find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next…

I am always on the lookout for new crime authors to read and I knew that Christine from Northern Crime rated Matt Brolly's first book highly and so I didn't hesitate to request Dead Lucky on NetGalley. Matt Brolly manages to continue DCI Michael Lambert's story for returning readers, but at the same time new readers aren't left completely in the dark and this book also serves well as an introduction to Lambert's character. I'm definitely planning on going back and picking up Dead Eyed.

Matt doesn't mess around and the story gets going very early on. DCI Lambert is part of a very intriguing task force, it's origin and way of operating something I very much enjoyed reading about. He is taken off his current assignment when a woman is murdered, the twisted killer forcing her husband to witness the slow and painful death. A second set of killings is soon discovered, and Lambert shortly receives an anonymous call from the killer, dubbed: The Watcher. If Lambert doesn't find the murderer soon, his own loved ones will be next...

DCI Lambert is a brilliant creation. With so many detectives to read about in the crime genre I find that we can all too often be reading about the same tired old detective each time but with Lambert that is absolutely not the case. Yes, he has some of the traits you expect from a detective but his backstory (and continuing story) definitely have enough about them to make him a standout character and I'm looking forward to meeting him again. Lambert is only one of a brilliant cast of characters, some of whom I think are going to have stories of their own revealed as the series continues.

Matt's writing is very descriptive and I quickly became captivated by the story that was unfolding on the page. Readers of my blog might know that I enjoy my crime fiction on the more brutal end of the spectrum and Dead Lucky is definitely a gruesome read in places and I'm not going to lie, I loved it! It really was just the sort of crime story that I love to read, with just enough twists and turns to keep me guessing throughout. The latter half of the story was certainly better than the first, especially when the conclusion drew near and there was no chance of me stopping reading until it was over. This is definitely a read in a couple of sittings book, so be sure to set that time aside before picking up your Kindle (and I hope that you do because I definitely recommend Dead Lucky).

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