Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Death Ship by Jim Kelly. An explosion on a Norfolk beach leads to far-reaching consequences for detectives Shaw and Valentine. When an explosion rips across Hunstanton Beach on the north Norfolk coast, an abandoned Second World War bomb is assumed to be the cause.
Could there be a connection with the new pier being built - and the increasingly bitter campaign to halt its constructi An explosion on a Norfolk beach leads to far-reaching consequences for detectives Shaw and Valentine. Could there be a connection with the new pier being built - and the increasingly bitter campaign to halt its construction? At the same time, DI Shaw and DS Valentine are on the hunt for an elderly female killer with a uniquely macabre method of despatch.
And a year-old Dutch engineer is missing, presumed drowned. All seemingly unrelated investigations - but in each case nothing is as it seems. To find the answers, Shaw must delve into the past, and a mystery that has remained unsolved for more than sixty years.
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I absolutely adore Jim Kelly's books and this is another superb addition to the Shaw and Valentine series. It has a wonderful sense of location on the North Norfolk coast and Hunstanton.
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It is a police procedural and it begins with George Valentine nabbing an elderly woman known as the Sweetie Killer, Esther Keeble, for handing out sweets to people queuing for a bus. Then there is the case of the missing Dutch national, Dirk Hartog, who was asking questions about a ship, the Calabria, that sank I absolutely adore Jim Kelly's books and this is another superb addition to the Shaw and Valentine series. Then there is the case of the missing Dutch national, Dirk Hartog, who was asking questions about a ship, the Calabria, that sank in the deadly storm of with 3 crew members. This is an enthralling story where the past infiltrates the present and wreaks havoc.
There are construction details of the building of the new pier in Hunstanton that includes caissons and in depth nautical knowledge which I found fascinating. A bomb goes off on Hunstanton beach causing terror and mayhem, but thankfully there are no serious injuries. There is speculation that it could be an old bomb from World War Two, until evidence turns up that suggests that it is a modern device. The police look for those who might have a motive for such an act. The council approved the building of a new pier but the current plans for the pier bear no resemblance to what was agreed.
A significant number of locals are aghast at the huge undertaking taking place and the impact it will have environmentally and on their lives. Acts of sabotage take place and the police think that extremist members might be behind the bomb. The murdered body of Dirk Hartog is discovered underwater. Shaw and Valentine are working with the military on the bombing. This is a nasty case that leads the police to heinous acts committed in and attempts to ensure that the truth never sees daylight.
The Esther Keeble case turns out to be more complicated than expected and Peter's wife, Lena, discovers family secrets when her mother dies. Jim Kelly is a talented writer who writes evocative and atmospheric stories. His detailed research gives us a wonderful insight into the commercial construction industry. His knowledge of the area comes across in the book with detailed descriptions. His plotting is impressive as two stories begin to connect beautifully.
The character development between Peter and George from the beginning of the series is expert as we can now see them working seamlessly together and supportive of each other. If you have not read Jim Kelly, I would urge you to do so. A brilliant read that I highly recommend. View all 31 comments. Aug 31, Judy Lesley rated it it was amazing Shelves: british , police-procedural. I have read several other books in this series of police procedurals to feature Shaw and Valentine and, as the author points out in the Acknowledgments, "the team is now well-established".
I agree because I think this book number seven has these two men more completely comfortable with each other than I've seen them before. The old history between them is not gone, just has the edges smoothed over so that they unders I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Severn House Publishing. The old history between them is not gone, just has the edges smoothed over so that they understand each other and recognize and utilize the strengths each brings to the entire team of investigators.
These are now fully formed characters for me and I can focus all my attention on watching them solve their cases. A European mega-construction company has been given the rights to reconstruct the beloved pier at Hunstanton on the north Norfolk coast. The problems begin to arise when word leaks out that what is actually going to be built is not the same as those plans which were approved, and eagerly awaited, by the residents of this area of the coast. There are huge investments in this project and political "help" succeeds in keeping the project going.
Protests begin to emerge, mischief starts up, vandalism moves on to arson and the police become involved in finding out who might be behind the efforts to stop the project. In the meantime a missing person alert has been filed by a guesthouse owner because one of his clients has not returned for several days. Now the attention of the police force is divided in two directions. Before it's all over Shaw and Valentine will solve a case going all the way back to , but which has everything to do with what is happening now.
This is my favorite Jim Kelly novel so far. The plot is well thought out and well written with strands of several different cases moving back and forth within the story, much like the undulating strands of seaweed under the ocean which hides secrets so well. Valentine's wife plays an important role in this book from her position as a Probationary Police Constable. This novel had so many threads of crimes and investigations that it meant less time spent on the personal lives of the main characters. That's the style of mystery novel which suits me best so this book was a tense, gripping, unqualified success from my standpoint.
View all 9 comments. Oct 05, Sandy rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-from-netgalley , contemporary-fiction , family-drama , favourite-authors , mystery , british-cops , police-procedural , suspense , detectives , series. Down the road in Hunstanton, a Dutch tourist has been reported as missing. Not only will this take from local businesses but the design is not what they agreed to. But the weirdest investigation involves the search for a little old lady who is handing out candy laced with rat poison in the queue at a bus stop. As the story lines progress, the author provides a slow drip of clues that you rearrange like puzzle pieces as each twist is revealed.
The narrative is definitely character driven. View 1 comment. Set around Hunstanton with pensioner poisoners, environmental protestors and bomb explosions creating some apparently diverse threads that come together in an unexpected denouement. The author captures the atmosphere of the North Norfolk coast well and this entertaining read will definitely bring me back to read more about this crime fighting duo. Aug 25, Damaskcat rated it it was amazing. This is an atmospheric and compelling mystery set on the North Norfolk coast.
Shaw and Valentine are faced with a bomb explosion on Hunstanton beach, a missing Dutch engineer and a woman who seems to be killing at random in a very strange way. Shaw and Valentine must delve deep into the past to try and solve the modern crimes and they come up against a very nasty protest movement against the rebuilding of the Hunstanton pier.
Could the bomb be part of their protests? Or does it belong to World W This is an atmospheric and compelling mystery set on the North Norfolk coast. Or does it belong to World War II? What about the sabotage on the rig where the work on the new pier is being carried out?
I loved the way the author wove the various strands together and created a novel which kept me up long past my usual bedtime because I just had to find out what happened and who was responsible. I love the background to this well written crime series, partly because I am familiar with the Norfolk coast. The author really does bring the area to life in his evocative descriptions which give the mystery itself an extra dimension. The book is part of a series but it can be read as a standalone novel. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.
Aug 24, Hannelore Cheney rated it it was amazing. A very tense book full of interesting facts: how tunnels are built under water something that always mystified and scared me! You'll have to read the book and enjoy the claustrophobia from the safety of your chair!
There are 2 mysteries the detectives have to solve: why is an elderly lady handing out poisoned candy at the bus stop and who planted the exploded bomb on the beach? Hunstanton Beach on the north Norfolk beach has a proposed pier in the works, but there are people determined to sabotage the project and will stop at nothing. The whys and wherefores are a superb read; I really loved this book and am glad to have a new author with a whole series of books to read.
Aug 25, c, rated it liked it Shelves: adult-lit , review-copies , 3-stars , mystery-and-adventure. Galley provided by publisher Death Ship is the first Jim Kelly book that I've read, and it's a well-constructed, compelling mystery story. On occasion it felt a little slow, and overdone on the description, and once or twice it veered into purple prose territory, but on the whole it was well-written and held my attention easily.
The book is very detailed, and it's clear the author has done copious research, but sometimes it felt over-detailed, more like an information dump than a story. Those part Galley provided by publisher Death Ship is the first Jim Kelly book that I've read, and it's a well-constructed, compelling mystery story. Those parts were few enough and far enough between that the story didn't drag overly. That being said, I'm not entirely sure that those chapters about the dogfish in the wreckage of the boat were entirely necessary, and I did mostly skim read them.
I had another couple of irritations with the book.
For one, they didn't seem to do all that much police work. They interviewed several people, and in doing that seemed able to piece together all that had happened, but there seemed scarcely any work like investigating crime scenes or watching autopsies. But then again, I suppose in the context of the mystery, there was little opportunity for that. There was also the part where a child aged somewhere between 7 and 10 I'm not entirely sure , gives a measurement in feet. I know this is being somewhat picky, but I know at that age I wouldn't have been able to give an estimated distance in feet.
Maybe metres, but not feet. No one even teaches feet, or feet-to-metres conversion, any more. Then there was a point where Shaw says something to Jan about her "old man's manor" which immediately makes me think he's referring to her father. But then he goes on to say "he's the father of your children". At which point it occurred to me that he was talking about her ex? I would have said "old man" refers to your father, not your husband, but I guess it could sometimes be used in that context.
Overall, this was a solid mystery story, with all loose ends being tied up, villains getting their comeuppance looking at you Tana French and with a generally satisfactory ending. Basically all I need.
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Oct 16, Juli rated it really liked it Shelves: review-copies-read The opinions in this review are solely my own. The action starts immediately and continues non-stop for the entire book! DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine are investigating an explosion at Hunstanton Beach, protesters sabotaging a local pier building project, new evidence in a cold case from , and a missing Dutch national. Past and present meld into a riveting, action-filled police procedural! Death ship is perfectly paced, exciting and well-written. The plot is multi-faceted, combining threads from several cases into a suspenseful revelation of hidden, dangerous secrets.
This is the first book in this series I have read. I could tell the main characters have some issues from prior books, and I'm definitely going to read the rest of the series to find out the whole story. The books don't have to be read in order.
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I was able to follow the story and enjoy the characters, plot and suspense without knowing what occurred in prior books. But, to totally understand Shaw and Valentine, I'm going to go back and read the prior stories and then read this book a second time. This was a riveting, suspenseful police procedural. Any reader who enjoys thrillers, procedurals or mystery novels would love this book! Jim Kelly also writes the Phillip Dryden series. Find out more about the author on his website: www.
Jan 15, Dale Bates rated it it was amazing. This novel finds them in Sunny Hunny on the North Norfolk coast, of all places. Two stories intertwine and in his usual manner, are slowly unraveled and explained bringing it all to a satisfying conclusion. Long life to Jim Kelly!
Keep 'em coming! Dec 26, Valerie rated it really liked it. I picked up this book when the mobile library came to work and I wandered over randomly to look at what they had. The title caught my eye first and the cover made me look further. It was a good read and I quite enjoyed it. Unlike the last serial crime novel I read, this one did a brilliant job allowing a new reader to jump into the series.
Everything was explained w I picked up this book when the mobile library came to work and I wandered over randomly to look at what they had.
Who was this young man? Was he the victim of a racist crime? When DI Peter Shaw, DS George Valentine and their team are put on the case their investigation first leads them to The Flask, Nora's pub just along the riverbank, where her family hides more than one dark secret and it's soon clear no one can be trusted. Will Shaw and Valentine be able to get to the shocking truth behind the murder before it's too late and the ghosts from the past claim another victim? He lives in Ely.
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