Confession

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Dec 2019

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I received this book from Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I also have a kindle copy received from Amazon.com for free. 
DS Mark Pemberton is on a country drive home with his partner, DC Lorraine Cashmore  and their passenger, the priest lecturer they just heard , when they are overtaken by a red MG motor. After the subsequent crash, a confession is overheard, thus beginning one of the most interesting cases of his career. Was this mild mannered young man really a serial killer of prostitutes? Or could they have it all wrong? The confession is the key. 
A finely crafted police procedural with evidence clearly documented; this book is a masterpiece of the genre. This is my first Nicholas Rhea novel and won't be my last. I enjoyed the characters and the setting, the well written dialogue and rhythm of the case as it was outlined. Excellent!
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Two unconnected events. Detective Pemberton is witness to a fatal car crash and assists the victim of the accident. Whilst dying, the man confesses to a murder. The rest of what he says is heard by a priest who has been a passenger in the Detective's car. The priest considers this as a confession and refuses to give any further information which he received. 

Eleven young prostitutes have been murdered - every year around Midsummer. All strangled, raped violently and freakishly their sandals taken away. 

With the victim's confession Pemberton is determined to find out what the murder is. He only knows that it is a woman who was murdered and no idea when, how or where. A proverbial needle in a haystack search. Investigating James's life is also a strange one - he is a likeable young man, with no social life and only had a passion for vintage motor cars. There is no history of violence, or crime and his background is quite normal.

Investigating further, the entire team work together to connect the faint dots they do have working backwards over a period of eleven years trying to get to grips how this man could have hidden his criminal tendencies so very cunningly and evaded arrest. The final outcome was surprising. 

Well paced,  good for those who like procedures and orderly detection, this was a good read.
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I hadn't read any of this series before but have read the Constable series. An entertaining read - nothing too strenuous to read and an interesting story as they puzzle out what actually happened.
An easy read and a change from some of the dark crime novels out there
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Book three of the Mark Pemberton cases. A roadside confession causes extreme consternation for Pemberton. Well plotted and carefully executed, believable characterisation and an all round engaging read.
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An excellent and solid mystery, engrossing and entertaining.
I loved the style of writing, the well thought cast of characters and the plot that kept me hooked.
The mystery is complex and well crafted, it kept me guessing till the end.
An excellent read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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A fast and exciting read!

"Confession" by Nicholas Rhea is a superb read.

Detective Supervisor Mark Pemberton is driving home from a lecture with Father Flynn and DC Lorraine Cashman. They notice a vintage red sports car speed past them on the road. The driver tries to brake before a sharp turn. Not enough, though. A horrible, tragic crash... The brakes failed? The priest and Pemberton go to the accident site and (with Louise's help) pull the driver out of his car. The driver stays alive long enough for the priest and Pemberton to hear that he wants to make a confession for a woman's murder.

The priest cannot testify to hearing the remark, however, Pemberton heard the words of the confession, also.

This leads the police force onto a cold case and a possible link to a serial murderer - the Sandal Strangler.

A wonderful, quick read! I read in one day. HIGHLY recommend for the intrigue and character depiction.

Many Thanks to Agora Books and NetGalley for a super read!
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Fascinating idea of a plot: a man is dying and with his dying breath, declares to be guilty of murder! The language and writing style reminds me of a good old copper story, more sophisticated and writerly. I found it difficult to place in a time frame because of that language, as well as the dna testing that was used within the book. I saw on the first cover page it is a reprint so that may make sense. A very interesting plot im sure you’re to enjoy!
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