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The Body in the Mist

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The Body in the Mist is the third novel in the DCI Craig Gillard series, and although not my favourite so far, it is still a solid and thoroughly entertaining thriller. Each instalment reads perfectly as a standalone if you don't mind not being privy to all of Gillard's turbulent family history. What Louth does so well is to craft a captivating and highly readable story with a cast of three-dimensional characters all of whom come alive on the page, but none more so than main protagonist Craig.

I find it rather ironic that despite having one of the most challenging job descriptions that Gillard seems to run into more trouble at home with his overbearing family members who expect him to tend to them at the drop of a hat; they are seemingly unaware of the fact that he is a much needed, astute investigator at a time when they are in short supply. This creates a problematic existence for Gillard and Louth is certainly adept at depicting the struggle often inherent in day-to-day family life. A gripping and addictive addition to the series. Many thanks to Canelo for an ARC.
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I have been enjoying the series of Craig Gillard so obviously I thought book 3 would have been slightly better than the other 2.  However it’s not, it’s definitely on par though. Which I was pleased to read Nick Louth Knows how to draw you right into his books, and actually makes you feel part of it. The rollercoaster twists running through the book, are brilliant. I am in some ways so glad this one book 3 isn’t better than the others, when that happens with some authors I just think sometimes they hold back a little. Where it’s really nice to know he gave the same dedication to his other books as he did with this book a definite must read
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My thanks to Canelo for an eARC via NetGalley of Nick Louth’s ‘The Body in the Mist’ in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third in Louth’s D.C.I. Craig Gillard series of police procedurals. It opens on Exmoor where D.I. Jan Talantire is called to the site of a hit-and-run. The victim has no ID, no wallet, no phone and after being dragged along the road under the vehicle no face. Ick! 

Meanwhile, Gillard travels with his wife, Sam, to Devon summoned there by his aunts on family business. Then the car involved in the accident is traced to one of his aunts. While he has to remain apart from the official police investigation, he does some digging and discovers layers of mystery linked to long hidden family secrets.

Although I hadn’t read the earlier books in the series this was no barrier as was enough background and no overt spoilers for the events in those books. 

This was brilliant from start to finish with some great twists. There also was a legal component, which brought another dimension to the story and was quite fascinating.

Craig and Sam are well realised characters and it’s so refreshing to have a relationship that is loving and supportive. That may be because Sam is a civilian officer and had previously been a community support officer. Sam rightly bristles when Craig’s aunt Trish refers to her as having been a ‘hobby bobby’. 

There was a great deal to appreciate and found it very hard to put down. I will certainly be looking forward to further books in this excellent series and plan to read his earlier books in the series.
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This is a very good police procedural featuring DCI Craig Gillard. The story unravels a host of family secrets surrounding Craig and his two aunts. It is told from two points of view, Gillard's and Talantire who is investigating a hit and run. The vehicle involved belongs to Gillard's aunt but was she driving it at the time? The book is filled with twists and is fast paced with enough tension to satisfy any reader. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC. Reviews on Goodreads and Facebook and Amazon to follow.
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This is my first read of Nick Louth's DCI Craig Gillard of the Surrey Police series, it is the third addition, and is mostly set in and around Barnstaple and Exmoor National Park in Devon. Gillard has a troubled family background, one which he has scarcely breathed a word about to his wife, Sam. I suspect most of us have some experience and insights of a personal nature when it comes to the term 'dysfunctional family' but not many of us have the full horror that is Gillard's lot when it comes to family. Louth provides some skilled characterisation for when it comes to Aunt Trish, Auntie Barbara (Barbaric Bab), Uncle Philip (Podge) suffering from dementia and in a care home, and Gillard's dead grandfather, they are not two dimensional people, but more rounded with elements of good traits after growing up in a family with a history of alarming abuse. Gillard's family have no compunction about calling on him, loudly and insistently, when they feel they need his help, which is why he and Sam are making their way to Devon.

DI Jan Talantire and Barnstaple police have discovered a body in a quiet lane in Exmoor, a hit and run victim, with no phone, wallet or ID, with the labels from his clothing missing, and after being pushed along the road, he has little in the way of a recognisable face. However, the police find the vehicle that has run him over and it belongs to Aunt Barbara, a farmer struggling to survive in a tough financial environment. She has reported it stolen, but it has turned up near by and the police view her as a possible suspect. Barbara is a tough cookie, strong and volatile, remarkable when you think she is over seventy years old, and she has a number of potential alibis as she claims the vehicle was taken from the car park of the care home where she and Trish were visiting Philip, playing Monopoly at the relevant time. Gillard soon finds immersed in horror story after horror story when it comes to his family, a family with a huge closet full of secrets and mysteries, not to mention an upcoming court trial, whilst DI Talantire and Barnstaple police struggle to identify their hit and run victim.

Louth excels when it comes to depicting problematic family dynamics and a Gillard at the beck and call of a family that is not above engaging in machinations that make his life unbearable and difficult. In comparison, his working professional life as a determined and able police officer is a piece of cake. It is Louth's characterisation that shines, for example, Barbara is a person who makes an indelible impact, someone it will take you a long time to forget as indeed is Trish, and I really feel for Gifford when it comes to where Trish ends up at the close of the novel. And quite frankly, I really would not want to meet the lascivious, demented Philip either, especially after his behaviour with Sam. I really enjoyed reading this, my introduction to the series, it is compulsive and gripping, and I really empathised with Gillard, we can choose our friends but family, that's a whole different ball game, we are stuck with them. Many thanks to Canelo for an ARC.
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I like Nick Louth as an author and this book did not disappoint.  I particularly liked the interrelationships between DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into this story through his sadly dysfunctional family and his professionalism as a detective.  I thought this was done very well.  The story is very dependent on the different members of this family and I thought their characterisation was excellent.  I could not put the book down.  I enjoyed the twists and turns as the story developed and enjoyed the trial at the end which I thought was well done.  Highly recommend.
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An exciting, gritty crime thriller.  This is the third in the DCI Craig Gillard series, but the first one I have read.  I loved it.  It's fast paced with plenty of twists and a so unexpected ending.  Scary stuff.
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The Body in the Mist for me is a difficult book to review. I found it immensely readable and a great crime mystery. The court case at the end was brilliant with the arguments from the prosecution and defence barristers so clever, in fact spellbinding and articulate.
The main characters DCI Craig Gillard and his wife are well constructed and as with the previous books in this series their relationship remains solid, loving and supportive. 
Craig involves himself in an investigation into a hit and run, the victim is killed beyond graphic recognition with not one shred of information on him as a means of identifying him, as it is Craig’s  two aunts who have become suspects due to the vehicle involved belong to one of them he initially has gone to support them. We learn of his childhood with this family which makes the man he is today all the more remarkable.
Why is this book difficult to review........because I absolutely loathed his family, they were awful characters and I couldn’t understand how he could be so patient with them, a sign of great writing when you’re mentally booing at them and becoming so involved in the story.
And that ending! Mr Louth make it your priority in the next book to rid us of her/him (no spoilers) with a bang!
My thanks to net galley and publisher for the opportunity to review this book honestly.
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This is the first Nick Louth novel I have read, it won't however be the last. It took me a few pages to get into but then I was hooked. There was nothing to hint at what happened in the previous two DCI Gillard outings so there were no spoilers. If there is a fourth instalment though, the ending here may be hard to disguise. 

Set in a fictional part of Devon outside Barnstaple there was just enough description to enable the plot to take centre stage whilst still being able to picture the area where the main action happened. 

I imagine that DCI Craig Gillard isn't easily intimidated in the usual course of his day, introduce his two aunts into the equation however and he is annoyed to find himself as helpless as a child! Driving to and from Devon in awful weather multiple times doesn't help his temperament and all his good intentions about keeping his distance come to naught. 

With his wife, Sam, he is called down to his childhood holiday home when his aunt's car is used in a fatal hit and run.  How this incident leaches its way into his past and that of his extended family takes over almost all of his off-duty life and, as the story evolves, so does his realisation that his own secrets are going to come to the surface. 

The storyline went further than a lot of crime novels and held my attention right to the end. The denouement was so brilliantly in keeping with the undercurrent running through the whole story that it took it to a different level and I can't wait to see what happens next. 

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this author or very well thought out crime writing.
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I enjoyed this story if a little unbelievable in parts. Plenty of twists and turns to keep me enthralled. I liked his style of writing and would definitely read his next novel. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review it.
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I just loved this book, especially with Craig’s dysfunctional family, I thought auntie Barbara was just hilarious, although she did have a dark side too. She reminded me of a lot of Devonians (as I live in Devon too) and when she was saying about the lovely view doesn’t pay the bills, I was thinking how true!!!  What a jumble of characters and secrets.  Typical of small country communities with things to hide.  

I’m surprised that Craig was allowed to come and go with his job as much as he did flitting backwards and forwards from Surrey to Devon.  

I thought the whole book was very well written and I thought the ending was just such a twist for poor craig and his wife.  

All I’ll say is it’s a good job you can pick your friends being lumbered with a family like that is just awful.  

My thanks to Netgalley and Nick for the ARC.
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This story came to a really satisfying ending but was initially a bit of a confusing ride! Lots of threads to explore, worthy of a few separate books I think!  Though as I understand it's a series so perhaps there's more to explore! I would be interested in reading more!
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Brilliant. Loved the characters and the plot. I sat open mouthed at the ending. Everything about this book makes it worth reading. The descriptions of the scenery, and way the wonderful characters seem so real makes this a compelling read.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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DCI Craig Gillard becomes involved in a case in Devon as its personal. His remaining family are involved and its not looking good!
A hit and run seems to have been carried out by his Aunt's car - but who was driving?. Why is his uncle obsessed with a girl called Emily and where is his other Aunt's husband and what is the connection to the hit and run victim?
This is a fast paced book which will keep you guessing to the end!!.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Canelo for the review copy.  This is an unbiased review of the author's work and style. If you want plot lines and spoilers please see the publishers blurb and other reviewers' reports. 

It starts as a very good police procedural tale. The author portrays to processes and problems faced by the investigating  DI with skill. Whilst  I initially had a nagging thought  that this was going to get in the way it doesn't. 

The the first twist occurs when another police officer gets involved from a different perspective and the tale lifts off. I found throughout the book I was driven to turn the page without that sense of "Oh here comes a plot point!", just my need to see where the tale was going.
I have not read Nick Louth's previous works but I will be looking out for them. A thoroughly good read and I look forward to future volumes.
Five stars - I would have given six.
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Things get personal when Craig’s family get involved and make for a interesting read. Unusual story, good character development and a fabulous ending
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On Exmoor, a body is found, victim of a hit & run. No ID, no clues.

Craig Gillard is dragged down to Devon to sort out his less than straightforward family. Matters get worse when the car used in the hit and run is found to belong to one of his aunts
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The Body in the Mist is the latest book by Nick Louth and it is definitely a page clicking book with many twists & turns that kept me fully entertained until the very end.

Yes you have to suspend some belief as there is no way the main character would have the time or the opportunity to undertake his own personal investigations but that is a minor quibble in what is a book that I recommend
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Can two old ladies, either or both together,  really have deliberately run down and killed a man in  Exmoor.  The more it's looked into the more strange things they seem to be capable of.  

An enjoyable read which shows how you can't pick your relatives.
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of The Body in the Mist, the third novel to feature DCI Craig Gillard of Surrey Police.

DI Jan Talantire of the Devon and Cornwall police is called out to Barnstaple to investigate a particularly gruesome hit and run but with the body too damaged for identification and nobody reporting a missing person who could match what she does know her investigation hardly gets off the ground. In the meantime DCI Craig Gillard is called to Barnstaple by his two aunts for a family emergency, the hit and run car belongs to his aunt Barbara. 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Body in the Mist which is an excellent police procedural and a clever unravelling of family secrets, full of twists and turns. I must admit that the number of skeletons in the Antrobus (Gillard’s family) family cupboard pushed my credulity but it makes for great reading. I was hooked from start to finish, unwilling to put it down. 

The novel is told from two points of view with Talantire’s covering the procedural elements of the novel while Gillard’s pursues his family secrets in an unofficial capacity. The novel switches between the two perspectives seamlessly offering the reader a broader view of events and two different interpretations of events. The pacing is good with regular reveals to keep the reader interested and whet the appetite for more. And boy, is there more with lots of twists, not least the final one. I enjoyed the planning that went in to the novel with so many disparate events and clues gradually coming together to make a cohesive, if not neat, solution. 

I really like Craig Gillard as a protagonist. He is smart and dedicated but in this novel he is like a different man. His difficult family history and its dynamics make him prey to his aunts’ manipulation and leave him a shadow of his normal decisive self. It’s an interesting side to his personality. I also like Jan Talantire who has a great attitude. I would love to see more of her but, short of a transfer, I don’t see her making a repeat appearance.

The Body in the Mist is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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