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Angels Weep

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Another episode in the life of DI Charlie George the Arsenal loving investigator of violent cases. This time an abduction of a young woman followed by a second one in seemingly similar vein leads to meeting a city high flier the husband of the second victim. This disreputable character becomes a suspect but with alibis impossible to break. Charlie’s family life also reappears with his relationship with disparate brothers part of the yarn. Good and at times funny dialogue throughout an entertaining yarn keep it all building to the shock blood soaked denouement.
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Not having read anything be Colin Falconer before, and always seeking new authors I thought I would give him a try..
Unlike some, it took me a few pages to get into it, but I was glad that I persevered as it proved to be a decent read.
Will certainly read more by this author.
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DI Charlie George is the lead investigator two women snatched off the streets of London. The first 48 hours is all the time you have to find them alive. What starts out as a kidnapping leads to so much more. You will be hard pressed to keep up with who is the victim and who is the killer in this race to the finish. A fast paced journey interacts with Charlie’s private life. A story of families and how you really can’t see beneath the surface.
I was given an arc of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I received this as a review copy from Netgalley, so thanks to them, the author and the publisher for accepting my request. I have read some of the authors previous books but this is the first detective book read by the author. I liked the lead character, Detective Charlie George, easy to relate to both as a policeman and an individual with family issues. Many references made to North London, which I recognised as being from the area and regular text inserted about Arsenal. The story was a bit predictable but still well written and an enjoyable read. I will definitely read the two other books in the series.
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Having not read the previous books in this series I can say it works well as a standalone novel.
A well written, engaging crime novel with just the right amount of humour
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This is the third in Colin Falconer's DI Charlie George of the Serious Crimes Police Team series set in London. I have read the first in the series but somehow missed the second, this is a terrific addition to the series which takes an unusual path, where nothing is as it appears and which culminates with a rising body count. Charlie is under pressure to find a young woman, Evie Myers, she has been abducted from the streets and bundled into a Ford Transit van. As the hours slip by, the closer it gets to the greater likelihood of recovering a body rather than finding Evie alive. The reader is introduced to young mother, 23 year old Sarah Howlett, with a 4 year old son, Ollie, with serious health impairments that impede his development.

Sarah is unhappily married to a wealthy bank trader, Daniel, an entitled, arrogant and controlling figure who will never let her go. After a loud domestic in the early hours of a morning, Sarah walks out and drives off in the Lexus, only to be abducted in a similar MO to Evie. The two cases are deemed to be connected under the assumption that the same perpetrator has struck again, increasing the workload for Charlie and his team, which includes DS Dawson, and his new partner, DS Matthew Grey, a happily married family man who sticks out like a sore thumb within the team in terms of class and dress. Charlie's boss is the odious, ambitious, publicity hungry Fergus O'Neal Callaghan, a man who has every intention of letting all failures and blame fall squarely on Charlie's shoulders. In a narrative where there is CCTV of the taking of Sarah, twists come thick and fast in an investigation that moves into entirely unexpected directions.

Falconer writes a well plotted crime story with a workaholic DI Charlie George, a man with a dysfunctional family as can be observed when he comes to be saddled with having his younger brother, Will, arriving from Australia to stay with him, for the celebration of his dementia suffering mother's 70th birthday. Will has a surfeit of issues, including drugs and drink, and a pugnacious, problematic and wilful attitude that stymies any efforts that Charlie makes to improve their relationship. Charlie visits his former colleague, the seriously injured, vulnerable and fearful Lovejoy, in hospital, she is terrified that she will lose her foot and wondering if she will ever return to the murder team. This is a great crime series, entertaining, enjoyable and engaging, which I think will appeal to many crime and mystery readers. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for a review copy of Angels Weep, the third novel to feature DI Charlie George of The Met.

Charlie and his team are given the case of Evie Myers whom a witness saw being abducted after her car broke down. They’ve hardly got started on that investigation when Sarah Howell disappears in similar circumstances. CCTV gives Charlie a few leads but it’s not clear cut as it initially appears.

I enjoyed Angels Weep which is the first novel in the series that I have read. It’s not always ideal joining an established series midway but there are no issues here as everything is explained and I didn’t feel as if I had missed anything.

I like the way the novel is written as it has a common touch. The characters seem like regular people with worries, laughs and normal interests and the dialogue reflects this. I was less enthusiastic about the emphasis placed on Charlie’s dysfunctional childhood and family because it just seemed too much in a crime novel. I do, however, like Charlie and will look out for any upcoming novels in the series. 

Initially I didn’t have a feel for how the plot would develop as there are several characters requiring introduction and the novel switches point of view regularly to do so. Even when the characters become familiar there is still uncertainty. I think that what the author does with his plot is unusual and thus intriguing, so it held my attention throughout. I was a bit disappointed in the conclusion which seemed to me rather thrown together in order to tie up loose ends. I can see why it was done that way and what it’s supposed to represent, but still. Unfortunately I can’t reveal this without spoilers.

Angels Weep is a good read that I can recommend.
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I was hooked from the start. Two women are kidnapped within days of each other and it seems to be the same person who did it. Set around London, DI Charlie George is tasked to find out what happens. 

This page turning thriller was so hard to put down. Lots of twists in the story. I did not see it playing out the way it did. I loved the writing style with lots going off in the background. His mother's birthday, his family and his injured colleague brought a bit of light into this dark, gritty book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I couldn't bear to stop reading once I'd started. Highly recommended
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