Everyone Lies – A. D. Garrett

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Published 7 November 2013 by C & R Crime

DI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn’t have. She’s been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since. Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scientific advisor to the National Crime Faculty. He is the best there is, but ever since his wife and daughter disappeared he’s been hiding away in Scotland, working as a forensics lecturer.

In Manchester, drug addicts are turning up dead and Simms’ superior is only too pleased to hand the problem to her. Then a celebrity dies and the media gets interested. Another overdose victim shows up, but this time the woman has been systematically beaten and all identifying features removed. The evidence doesn’t add up; Simms’ superiors seem to be obstructing her investigation; and the one person she can’t afford to associate with is the one man who can help: Fennimore.

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My thoughts

After reading the incredible Believe No One, I was dying to get my hands on Everyone Lies and learn more about Simms and Fennimore. They are such an intriguing duo and the series shines in its portrayal of forensic crime.

This story is set in Manchester. Kate Simms works for the Manchester police and is working her way out of the police dog house, after an error of judgement. Her ex-partner in crime, Nick Fennimore is up in Scotland lecturing on forensics. They are brought together, when Kate is given a high profile drugs case. Soon it becomes apparent, that the whole case is linked to police corruption. Kate is soon unsure of which of her colleagues she can trust.

I cannot praise this series enough. A. D. Garrett is a genius at making the forensics something a lay person can completely understand and relish. I love Fennimore’s geeky understanding of science and how it is applied to crimes. The conversations between Fennimore and Kate Simms are brilliant, as we see how they think and follow them through the evidence. Nick Fennimore has a deep dark side to him, with the haunting loss of his wife and daughter. They were kidnapped and his wife was murdered five years ago. Fennimore believes his daughter is out there, somewhere. With Kate, we get a hard working officer trying to balance her passion for the truth and her job with family life.

Recommended for fans of exciting gritty crime, who love their forensics. A. D. Garrett is an author not to be missed.

About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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