Book Review “The Fire Killer” by Ross Greenwood


Crime Fiction

Book 5 in the DI Barton Series

358 pages

Publisher BOLDWOOD


The Fire Killer

When DI Barton is asked to investigate a seemingly innocuous fire that kills, he believes it’s either children fooling around or a worrying racially motivated crime.

As he delves deeper into the case, he soon realises that there is a history of similar blazes spread out over many years, all within a close area. And after an idea is suggested by pathologist Mortis, Barton suspects he has the arsonist’s motives wrong. 

When a night worker comes forward with a tip, Barton narrows down the suspects. Yet all of them act suspiciously and he knows for sure that one or more of them are lying. And when a huge house blaze shocks everyone, Barton fears the killer has lost all control.

Who is The Fire Killer? What will be next to burn?

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Superb is how I am going to start this review. Yet again Ross Greenwood has pulled it out of the bag with The Fire Killer. It is exceptional. The relationships between his work mates is still strong and we get the see more of how they gel together. DI Barton is a great main character. My kind of Policeman as he actually has a personality. He cares about his job, his family and those around him.

There is plenty of intrigue involved with The Fire Killer which makes it the perfect page turner. I read it in one day, I just had to find out who it was. I was on the right lines from relatively early on then BAM no I was wrong, again! A brilliantly written ending that yet again has you feeling sorry for the Fire Killer. I could understand the reasons for their spiralling need to light fires. The descriptive writing is outstanding and we get inside the head of the killer and Barton. I love the interspersed chapter with his family. the humour they have brings just the right amount of light amongst the dark and murky world that Barton is immersed in on a daily basis.

One thing that keeps me coming back to Ross Greenwood as an author is his knack for writing original plots. There is always something that little bit different. The dialogue always works well and it is easy to really like all the characters. The Fire Killer is set at a great pace, you just have to keep reading. I had many “just one more chapter” moments then read about 5 more. I would highly recommend The Fire Killer and all the DI Baryon series. Utterly brilliant.

Author Bio –

Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of ten crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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With Thanks for the Advance Copy for my Honest Review to…..

Rachel Gilby

Ross Greenwood



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