Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BookReview #Book2 #DIRobynCarter #AuthorTakeOver

Posted July 4, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Today it’s all about Book 2! Another tough case for Robyn to tackle!

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Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BookReview #Book2 #DIRobynCarter #AuthorTakeOverSecrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer
Series: DI Robyn Carter #2
Published by Bookouture on May 30, 2017
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Pages: 316
Also by this author: The Birthday, What Happens in France, Little Girl Lost , The Missing Girls , The Silent Children , The Chosen Ones, Life Swap, Take A Chance On Me, What Happens in France, Suddenly Single, The Birthday, Last Lullaby, The Dare , The Sleepover, The Blossom Twins , The Secret Admirer, Somebody’s Daughter , EndGame, An Eye for an Eye, A Cut for a Cut

hree murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?
A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

This was a tough case for Robyn to get her head around. With a case at the beginning of the book leading her down the wrong garden path and then being hauled over the coals and told to back off from a murder vic, things are not going too peachy for Robyn.

People dying in mysterious ways, all linked by an invoice, the invoice doesn’t say what it is for, just that it’s paid in full. The first two murders happen in quick succession you don’t get a chance to draw breath. Truly terrifying is someone who doesn’t even think twice of killing someone in their home, leaving a 4-year-old without a parent! Awful, just awful.

After these two deaths, things go a bit quiet and we watch Robyn trying to solve them, figuring out how they are linked and if they are linked to the first Vic she was backed off from. A few red herrings, which makes things more exciting as you think you are close to something only to find yourself taking two steps backs.

Robyn is under a lot of pressure this time to solve things from her boss. Threats of being taken off the case and the lack of sleep somehow helps to drive Robyn to find out who the Litchfield Leopard is!

The chapters from the murderer are cold, he is obsessed and very much stalkerish. He waits for the woman every day without fail, but he isn’t as discreet as he thinks he is, no stealth here!

I love the setting of Staffordshire, as I knew some of these places from when I lived in the area, so I could picture them as Carol has written them. Plus who doesn’t love the reference of Watford Gap, even though it has nothing to do with Watford.

Carol has created such a driven and loyal character with Robyn. She is slowly showing more of her colours, her world is slowing coming back into focus and with colour. I feel Robyn is on her way back to us, Davis will always be a part of her but she’s learning to live again and hopefully, Trisha will be around in the next few books as I feel she could be a true friend.

Always lovely to see Ross and Jeanette and did chuckle at their time in the spa! I finally feel I have got to grips with the team, Matt, Anna and Mitz, they are a solid team and I do love that they do question Robyn and her actions and not just go with it because she asks. I was completely stumped with this book, I didn’t even know where to begin with my suspects so I just didn’t bother and let Robyn do all the hard work with her team. Adding a countdown for the Leopard to work with was clever, the Leopard became sloppy and things tend to go wrong then. Not the cleverest soul, but the retribution is all they are after. A closure of sorts and the ending they so believe they are going to get, a small part of you felt a bit sorry for the Leopard.

A tough case for Robyn, but it would be a Robyn if she didn’t solve it. We didn’t have any dramatic storylines carrying over, so I can relax easy and take a breath. However, I fear that the cases are just going to get tougher and tougher.

Carol has won me over with Robyn, she has written stories that have kept me hooked from the get-go, a kickass lead who will not stop, and riveting storylines to keep you up all night, just so we can rest when Robyn does. Looking forward to my next adventure!

Until next time xxx

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About Carol Wyer

Carol Wyer garnered a loyal following as an author of romantic comedies, and won ThePeople’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015). In 2017 she stepped from comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, featuring the popular DI Robyn Carter, which earned her recognition as a crime writer.

The Staffordshire-based writer now has more crime novels in the pipeline, although she can still sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

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4 responses to “Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #BookReview #Book2 #DIRobynCarter #AuthorTakeOver

  1. I love this review, Zoe. You’ve provided the spark that has rekindled my enthusiasm and love for these characters which will help me write the 6th story in a few week’s time. I’d forgotten why I loved them all so much and you have reminded me why. I also remember spending hours walking around Stowe Pool, in horrible wet and windy weather, creating and living that final scene. You’ve done the book huge justice and I love the way you’ve set everything out. It’s incredible! Thank you so much. xx

    • Zoé

      OMG I just don’t have any words. That is incredible, I can’t believe I have helped you find that spark for Robyn. I am beyond excited ! You have made quite a lot of fans happy with this! God that is getting the research to the next level! Thank you thank you. Thank you xxx

  2. Wonderful review Zoé. I have the 1st, 3rd and 5th book on my kindle, so will start this series and buy the ones I am missing. You have definitely hooked me.

    • Zoé

      The first and the third are my favourites so far. Both will be on my list at the rend of the year. Starting the 4th now. I love them!