by Tim Sullivan
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Pub Date 18 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 18 Jan 2024
Aria & Aries, Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book
'DS George Cross shot to the top of my favourites when I first encountered him. The Teacher shows him at his best.' MARI HANNAH
'Starts with a bang and then continues to deliver all the way to the thrilling end.' IMRAN MAHMOOD
'George Cross is becoming one of my favourite detectives.' ELLY GRIFFITHS
He's a victim. But is he innocent?
In a village in South West England, an elderly man is found dead in his home. The angle of his neck says he fell down the stairs. The stab wound on his body tells a different story.
In the weeks before his murder, Alistair Moreton changed. He usually kept himself to himself, but people swear there was someone in the house when they checked on him, that there was a reason he wouldn’t let them inside.
Moreton made people’s lives a misery, from his neighbours to his ex-pupils. While DS George Cross’s list of suspects is long, every victim deserves justice.
But in all of Alistair’s years, there was something important he never learned:
If you go through life making enemies, don’t be surprised when they teach you a lesson.
Perfect for fans of MW Craven, Peter James and Joy Ellis, The Teacher is part of the DS George Cross thriller series, which can be read in any order.
'George Cross is in a class of his own.' SIMON TOYNE
Average rating from 52 members
The sixth book in this excellent series featuring DS George Cross. As with the previous five books, this is an excellent read. The writing is well done, easy to read and has just the right amount of humour. The plot is intriguing and complex and full of twists. The cast of characters just get better and better with George the obvious highlight.
I read the except from this to start with so I was very happy to get to finish it. Let me just say that I like the character of George Cross so much, that I just went back and bought the first book to read.
George has Asperger’s and this gift to his personality makes him an extremely talented detective. It is interesting how the people around him react to his no nonsense personality traits. He is literal and cannot understand societal niceties. This black and white view to a murder investigation helps him to assess the evidence and come to correct conclusions whereas other detectives have a hard time putting their feelings aside. His partner, Ottey, works hard to make others understand him and his methods.
I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series although this works fine as a standalone novel. Thank you to Head of Zeus, Netgalley, and Tim Sullivan for introducing me to this quirky and interesting new series to enjoy.
Thank you NetGalley and Aria & Aries for this eCopy to review
The Teacher was a great thriller, I did not see the ending coming. We follow DS George Cross as he investigates the murder of retired headteacher Mr. Moreton. His normal partner, Ottey is on leave so he is forced to work with Warner who does not understand Cross' autism. Warner is convinced that he has the correct suspect but their case falls apart spectacularly leaving George to rescue the situation
Moreton was a sadistic bully as a headteacher and used to cane his pupils leaving many of them including his own son with PTSD. He has an ongoing law suit with his neighbours. And he is recovering from a hip operation Moreton becomes hooked on painkillers so has to obtain them illegally and ends up with the drug dealers living with him (cuckooing). All this means there are suspects galore for George to investigate
This was my first DS Cross novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the characters and plot are fantastic