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The Body in the Snow

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This is a gripping read. Not only is there an exceedingly well crafted story,it is impressively researched. The context of the Indian family and its influence on its members' behaviour is fascinating. Being a Louth novel, the detailed knowledge of investigation procedures is important to the tale. The story keeps having unexpected twists after the initial assumption that all is solved. It is hard to guess who is the culprit as the obvious candidates are ruled out. The end is a race for time,carrying the reader along with the action. If you want a story designed to hold your attention,this is it.
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Indian cuisine magnate Mrs Roy is found dead in the snow by trainee CSI Kirsty on the day before she starts her job.

DCI Gillard uncovers an extremely complex set of relationships in the course of his investigations. Those with the greatest motive had the least opportunity to commit the crime, and those who appear to be lacking in alibis had the least reason to kill.
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THE BODY IN THE SNOW is #4 in Nick Louth's intriguing British police procedural DCI Craig Gillard Series. A brand-new CSI tech discovers a killing while Sunday jogging, opening a consequent investigation that kept me puzzled throughout. A seemingly random on-the-spot murder of a well-known Indian business entrepreneur, but also a health situation that may have been either accidental or planned. Accompanying the mystery and its investigation is a fascinating examination of traditional Hindu culture and its assimilation into contemporary British society.
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My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Canelo for the ARC.
Another really good story from Nick Louth - #4 in the DCI Craig Gillard series. 

Craig is called to attend the scene of a murder early on a Sunday morning in a local park.  Tanvi Roy, a wealthy business woman, was attacked by a hooded cyclist whilst she was walking her dog.  Kirsty Mockett, due to start working with Surrey Police as a trainee CSI, was first on the scene and valiantly tried to preserve the area, ready for the police to arrive, amidst the now-thawing snow.
As the investigation gets underway we are taken into the worlds of Indian culture and traditions, inheritance, shareholdings and arranged marriages. Who, and why, would someone want Tanvi dead?  The 2 daughters had very minor shareholdings and each have their own businesses whereas their brother Harry was finance director of the business and largest shareholder.  Their father, having died previously had made strict stipulations in his Will and Harry is looking at an arranged marriage into another extremely wealthy family - but can he let go of his relationship with Morag, the operations manager?  
Craig and his team have to navigate their way through the red-herrings which the family members keep throwing at them to get to the truth, but the very observant and small details throw the investigation into another direction.  The Serious Fraud Office become involved and the original heroine of the day, Kirsty, has a secret to reveal.  

This story is really well plotted; I like all the main characters and the everyday-believable dialogue of a police procedural.  The epilogue rounds off everything nicely.
A really good read.
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One of the best reads for a long time! An intriguing story with lots of twists and turns keeping the reader guessing almost to the end. A guaranteed page turner, a must read for all crime reading enthusiasts.
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DCI Craig Gillard is on call when the head of an Indian Food and Spice Company is found dead . He arrives to find Mrs Roy of Empire of Spice( an International food company) bludgeoned to death in the snow with her dog guarding her body. Is this a common mugging or does it go deeper. As the investigation deepens a number of issues arise between Mrs Roy's family and the Police with a number of twists leading the Police away f4om the identity of the murderer.
Another good read by Nick Louth enjoyable and not revealing the true identity of the murderer until the end.
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5 stars

This book is extremely well written and plotted. It is a detailed telling of a police investigation into the beating death of an elderly woman named Tanvi Roy. She was a businesswoman and in control of a large food industry and appeared on many cooking shows. 

The investigation is not without its problems and difficulties. A suspected is arrested, but when some evidence turns up tainted, the suspect's guilt is in question. Is the family involved? Mrs. Roy had ongoing and suspicious health problems. Did they play a part in her death? 

Since the business was a family business, there are jealousies and rivalries that play into the police's considerations. While the family seems so bereft, DCI Craig Gillard is not sure that he is buying it. 

A couple of detectives who tend to shirk their duties add to the problems. Gillard must keep on top of them.

This is a very good story and a sterling example of a police procedural. It detailed all the things the police must consider when looking for a killer. The book covered the tedious, the painstaking and the occasional excitement of an investigation. I liked DCI Gillard and (most of) his team. Gillard was intelligent and quick to admit his own mistakes. The team seemed to be competent and hard working. I was a little put off by Gillard's wife's jealousy. It was jarring in the middle of such a good story. Strait away I went to Amazon to look at his other Craig Gillard books.

I want to thank NetGalley and Canelo for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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Pretty good premise that was new for me and I really enjoyed the business wheeling and dealing elements. 

I had thought that perhaps this was a first novel as I found the dialogue a little clunky and the characterisation shallow.  The ending was all quite Agatha Christie with loose ends all being neatly tied off. Nonetheless, I read to with enjoyment and I will , most likely, read the next in the series
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A young police officer is out for a jog when she sees a murder. And so enters DCI Craig Gillard. He discovers the victim is Tanvi Roy, one of the wealthiest women in England and owner of a food company. Trying to sort out a web of secrets and business issues will be a challenge to get to the bottom of the murder and bring a criminal to justice. You really have to suspend disbelief when you read this because the behavior of the characters resembles nothing like real life. I can't imagine DCI Gillard would still have a job after some of the things he does and honestly I didn't find him very appealing. The word unputdownable was used to describe this but I struggled to finish it. It wasn't bad but some of the things that happen in the story were distractingly unbelievable. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
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Reaching for a jar of lime pickle will never be the same again after reading The Body in the Snow by Nick Louth. It’s a novel woven around intrigue, jealousy, sexuality, money and lines of succession within a highly successful family business specialising in all things spicy. Oh and did I mention murder most foul?

DCI Craig Gillard battles hard to make progress in the case with ever increasing pressure from his boss Chief Constable Alison Rigby. At six foot two inches tall she cuts an imposing figure made more scary by her pale blue eyes which bore in to your very soul.

Mind you, Gillard takes leave of his senses when along with DC Michelle Tsu they tuck in to homemade chocolate brownies at the home of a woman suspected of poisoning. Furthermore, he did not exercise professional judgement over a CSI with a pretty face! I guess we all have flaws.

Great pace, intrigue and action makes this an excellent novel in the DCI Craig Gillard series.
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