The Body in the Mist

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 May 2019

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I wish I had read the previous books in the Craig Gillard series . However, I really enjoyed this past paced thriller and found the characters very believable. Real twist in the tail . Will look out for the previous two..
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Great story, really good plot.  A thrilling story I would recommend to anyone.  An author to keep your eye on.
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DCI Craig Gillard now knows only too well the saying, “You can choose your friends but you can’t chose your family”. When Craig’s Auntie Trish summons him to Devon, he’s no idea what he’ll uncover about his family. So Begins ‘Body in the Mist by Nick Louth. It’s a really faced paced detective thriller and very hard to put down. Quite an intriguing ending too, possibly leading to more intrusion from Auntie Trish.
I would recommend the book to anyone who likes a good thriller.
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I’ve not read the previous two of this series, and none of Nick Louth’s other books, so I have no background knowledge of the character of Craig Gillard. However, he became real whilst reading and his dire and complicated family situation made me wish I had read the previous two novels as I could then see how this had formed his character. The writing is so good that I did not lose track of the events even though they were complex and intricate and I look forward to number four in the series.
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This was a complicated murder mystery with several investigations going on at the same time but all linked to the same family. Fascinating to follow them unwinding with a definite twist in the tail. I loved the conclusion.
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The Body in the Mist is the third book in the series, this time focusing on a more personal aspect of DI Gilleard's life when his Aunts call him up to ask him to help resolve some issues,Craig reluctantly returns to Exmoor in Devon with his wife Sam.
The characteristics and dissimilarities of his Aunt Barbara ( a pushy sheep farmer) and Aunt Trish (feeble and childlike widow) make great reading as Nick Louth has created some very realistic and gripping personalities. 

Meanwhile a body has been discovered in the Devon countryside a suspect hit and run where the victim has no face. DI Gilleard is dragged screaming back to his past as he has to deal with his gun ho Aunt and dementia ridden Uncle Podge who adds more dimensions to this catastrophic mystery of the man on the road and who ran over the man in his Aunt Barbra's car. 

I loved this book it had lots of twists, very gripping and the quality of the characters and realistic events is something that can be very difficult to capture, Nick Louth has captured this perfectly.
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What a really captivating book from the off this was.  A fantastic storyline that developed lots of layers, depth and twists with great characters.  Highly recommended!
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Thanks NetGalley for the chance to read this book pre-publication. 

I have not read any of Nick Louth's offerings previously but I must say that I will definitely read more in the future. The slightly odd relatives of the main character, DCI Craig Gillard, are well thought through and completely believable. I am sure a lot of people will recognise the traits of someone they know, friends or family, in this novel. And the twist at the end.....bet you won’t see that coming!
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First time I have read a book by this author and I certainly hope to read more books by him in the future. It kept me engaged and I think anyone that likes mystery and thriller will enjoy this book very much.
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Another  case for DCI  Craig Gillard, that is the third in a series, but markedly different in tone. As before the storyline and storytelling are very well done, but the author has decided to change the overall  feel by leavening the plot with dashes of humour.

It is a matter of personal taste wether this new approach works, in my case I could have done without it, but nonetheless this is still a very well written and well worth a read.
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Sometimes when you read a book, you think to yourself ‘it’s really clever this story’. The Body in the Mist by Nick Louth is absolutely fascinating and totally engrossing, I couldn’t stop reading until the end.
I have read Book2 The Body on the Shore by the author and believe this book is also of the same high standard of writing and plot. The DCI Craig Gillard series is definitely a police series to keep reading with pleasure in the future. DCI Gillard and his wife Sam are happily married but Craig’s aunts and uncle and other relations are a horror story all on their own.
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC, it was a pleasure to read this book.
Highly recommended.
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British crime drama at its best. Regional interest, family drama, murder, fraud, intrigue and courtroom drama. A well written and thought provoking story full of twists and turns. I recommend you read it!
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I’ve read some  Nick Louth’s other novels and generally though well of,

This one was the weakest of the series,  the two previous Gillard novels were decent but the ending of this one was not entertaining.

I'd describe this as crime fiction fodder, an ok story, worth the £1,99 that Amazon are flogging its Kindle version for but it isn't going to get a Golden Dagger award ..
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really enjoyed this mystery,  with many twists and turns. The author did a great job of bringing atmospheric tension to the page. Not just the detail on the hardships involved in farming but the horrible things family can do to one another, and still expect to call in their dues when needed. Good honest police work, and how difficult it can be to follow the right procedure, and hit dead ends.  it's a great read.
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Another fantastic read from Nick Louth. Reading and learning new things about Craig in each book is exciting and as always I am kept guessing till the very end.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters and the background.

I am still wondering why Nick chose that title?

Nevertheless, I would highly recommend his writing.
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Family can be terrifying, but rarely literally so.  The newest DCI Gillard takes the term skeleton in the closet and brings it home to roost.  Called out to help his elderly aunts with what appears to be a car theft and a hit and run, DCI Gillard faces multiple challenges in the form of their emotional blackmail, his Alzheimer ridden uncle Philip’s confession to murder, and his need to stay professional in his dealings with the local constabulary.  


At first, it seems there is no hope of establishing the identity of the hit and run victim killed with Aunt Barbara’s car.  DI Tallantire has her work cut out for her. The book’s action picks up as the reader is immersed into the lives of DCI Gillard’s extended family, and layer upon layer is pulled back.  I was alternately astounded and horrified as his family turned against itself, and decades old suffering and corruption was revealed.  

The Body in the Mist may start slowly, but it ends with the a knife sharp twist worthy of any of the greats of mystery fiction.  The implications….wow!


5 / 5


I received a copy of The Body in the Mist from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.


--Crittermom
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There was rather too much going on in this book, and some of the events just didn't seem real - I do like my crime books to be believable. That said, I did enjoy reading this book and I would certainly give DCI Craig another chance!
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Absolutely awesome book! No easy answer to who was guilty and lots of guessing going on, plus the family story elements are also really great. Definitely a must read!
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The Body in the Mist had several twists and turns which made it a compelling read. The characters were complex and the author did a good job with atmospheric tension. The crappy weather also sets the mood a bit and I give kudos to the author for dealing with sexual abuse of children.
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