Book Review “Death on Cromer Beach” by Ross Greenwood


Crime Series DS Knight Book 1

New Series

Length : 450 pages

Publisher : Boldwood Books

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A brutal double murder on a Norfolk beach horrifies the town of Cromer. The way the victims died is chilling and so Norfolk’s Major Investigation Team task DS Ashley Knight to manage the case.

It soon becomes clear that the murders were carefully planned and the finger of suspicion points to an organised crime gang, but as the evidence mounts, a far more sinister theory emerges.

Ashley has been allocated a young but opinionated partner in Hector Fade, and sparks soon fly. Annoyingly for Ashley, Hector is no pushover and looks destined for great things.  When the pair delve into the case, they struggle to understand who would inflict such suffering on their victims and hope the crime is a one off from a deranged and dangerous individual. But then another body is found.

There’s a killer on the loose who wants them to believe that the beach has a memory. They must be caught, or others will meet their end by the sea.

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As an avid Ross Greenwood reader I have to admit I was gutted when the DI Barton series ended. No way could another great police man/woman live up to Barton. Hah how wrong was I? Very very wrong. Enter the brilliantly, slightly damaged yet flippin’ awesome DS Ashley Knight.

Ross Greenwood is the master of creating suspenseful intrigue without going over board on pointless faff. He writes superbly sensitive topics, in this case mental health with care and consideration. He makes you feel that he has properly researched the topic before jumping in. This was very evident in another of Greenwoods books, Canaries in the Coalmine. A great and thought provoking book. A must read in my opinion.

Anyway back to Death on Cromer Beach. As I was saying there is no messing about, Ross gets straight to the plot and opens with two gruesome murders which quickly leads to another and weird rhymes going on about 7 and the sea and heaven and its all very perplexing. The team built around DS Knight are great and we get to know them really well and how they gel. I must admit I really liked the rather pompous, fast track officer Hector Fade. He clearly has a sharp mind and gets Knight to open up about why she returns to the seemingly quiet seaside town of Cromer. I know Cromer well and it was great to read about the area and clearly I actually didn’t know it as well as I thought. It is definitely not all old people and happy families on a summer holiday. It has its dark underside and Greenwood has crafted an excellent new Crime series that I can not wait to follow. A rival to Barton and no mistake.

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Author Bio –

Ross Greenwood is the author of 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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