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The Body in the Mist

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I have not read any of this series of books before, but that didn't stop me enjoying it (and I'm off to buy the others in the series). I thought the characters were believable and the ending superb. I liked how in court you get to hear both sides (like you would do in a real courtroom). I can't recommend this book highly enough..
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This is a fast-paced thriller but I'm not sure a Surrey-based policeman would actually get this much time to be detecting in Devon, even though it is family that calla him away from Surrey to Devon.

At moments it is all a little too madcap adventurous for my taste but overall I found it an enjoyable tale, full of twists and turns and the surprises that come with a dysfunctional family setting.
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Book 3 in a series that I am an avid follower of.  DCI Craig Gillard is a believably capable investigator who has to face a variety of engaging investigations. Nicely written and at a good pace.

Not as good as book 1 in my view (5 stars), but a good read nonetheless.
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A fantastic thriller that keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat — exactly what I've come to expect from Nick Louth! Craig's family is more than a little wacky but personally, I thought that added to the tension and trying to work things out. I enjoyed the ending too.
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Enjoyed this......well described views of the country in Devon and some good twists and turns.Worth a read
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Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Definitely one to read. I will be looking for more from Nick Louth.
5 Stars
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The Body in the Mist is the third novel in the DCI Craig Gillard series, and it was another roller coaster ride! It reads nicely as a standalone. Recommended.
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Never having read any of Louth's books, but encouraged by many positive reviews, I settled down to a “nerve-shredding” read. A yarn guaranteed to keep me reading into the wee hours.  


DCI Craig Gillard   is the police officer charged with solving the mystery of a dead body – in a ditch; apparently he's used to this sort of murder as his previous investigations have involved dead bodies in various places assorted places – On the Shore, In the Marsh, In the Snow. My word, this area certainly has an abundance of sloppy murderers who leave bodies lying all over the place. 
So what have we here? Aforementioned body in ditch, apparently a hit and run. Blackmail, a sheep-worrying animal, a pervert and fraud to mention but a few. Poor Gillard; maybe this is why he's tramping around Devon rather than Surrey, which is where The Body is. Or maybe his satnav is a bit wonky. Why is his wife trotting along beside him? Has he lost his marble – in Devon maybe?

Poorly written, too many themes and a reader who just can't be bothered to finish this mish-mash. It certainly doesn't encourage me to read any more novels by Mr Louth.

My thanks to Netgalley for a free download.
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Most definitely a book that bears more than a passing resemblance to the curate’s egg - good in parts! The Body in the Mist starts well enough with plenty of atmosphere from the first page and the establishment of one of the lead characters, although the author has yet to develop the seamless way that the best writers incorporate dialogue into the unfolding narrative, This solid opening is built on quite convincingly, despite the feeling of an unnecessary contrivance in inserting a second lead character, who just happens to be a DCI from another force and - at the same time - a close relative of the two elderly women who turn out to the the chief suspects in the grisly murder, the aftermath of which forms the opening scenes with which the book opens. However, the reasonably satisfying way in which this police procedural unfolds, albeit with the DCI relative pursuing a somewhat implausible parallel inquiry, is soured for this reader by the unnecessary inclusion of references to child pornography and related abuse. A good rule of thumb is only to include such unpleasant themes when they are essential for the plot development - this reader is unconvinced that this is the case here. The cliche at the end (no plot spoiler here!) didn’t seem to add anything worthwhile.
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What at first appears to be a straightforward hit-and-run soon appears a little more complicated and becomes even more so as we delve into this not-so-pleasant family background.
Louth's characters certainly have you wondering whether you should so readily accept people as they appear to be and the conclusion provides a sting in the tail which is rather unfortunate for the central character.
Although sometimes this was a touch predictable 'The Body in the Mist' is a crime drama that combines strong story-line and characters.

Thank you to NetGalley and Canelo Books for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
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What a great story or should I say many stories of a family, giving the whole family story warts and all. the court section puts the reader into the jury box and, without spoilers,  the ending is superb, so very different from all  other Nick Louth books.
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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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