Simon Hall : The TV Detective Boxset (Paperback)
Get the first two books in Simon Halls hugely popular series at a bargain price.
The TV Detective
Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it.
Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.
With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.
As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realise that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.
The TV Detective is the first book in a classic crime series from Simon Hall, who until recently was the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area.
The Death Pictures
A dying artist creates a series of ten paintings - The Death Pictures - which contain a mysterious riddle, leading the way to a unique and highly valuable prize. Thousands attempt to solve it. But before the answer can be revealed, the painter is murdered.
A serial rapist is working through a series of attacks. He isn't shy to make clear his hatred of women, and taunting of the police. He leaves his calling card, a witch's hat at the houses he breaks into, each numbered from a pack of six.
The detectives face baffling questions. Why kill the artist when he would die naturally in just a few weeks time? What to make of the attempted break in at his house just before his death? Could it be connected with the rapes, all of which have been carried out in the area around his home?
The media interest in the cases is intense, and Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen again turns to his friend, TV Crime reporter Dan Groves to help him handle it. Dan does - at the price of some great scoops, and an involvement in the case that eventually leads him to effectively talk to the rapist, using the stories he broadcasts to lure him into a trap, and finally, discover the extraordinary solution to the riddle.
Evil Valley, The 3rd book in the series will be published on 29th November 2019, with the 4th book coming in early 2020.
Praise for Simon Hall
“Intriguing and intelligent with vividly drawn characters and a deviously clever plot. If you only have time to read one crime novel make it this one…”
“The best read I've had for a long time…”
“An unique and insightful perspective on crime-writing which is refreshing and extremely entertaining…”
“The right mix of funny and tense!...”
“The Death Pictures draws you in from its first compelling words and sweeps you along to its breathtaking climax…”
“One of those books that keeps you hooked until all the questions have been resolved, and it's very satisfying when you get there. The solution to the riddle is as simple as it is clever, and you'll never forget it !”
“A brilliant read, with a gripping plot…”
“A well-written, well paced detective story with the additional appeal of a riddle to solve…”
“A gripping and exciting read from the start- the type that keeps you up until all hours of the night because you're desperate to find out what happens next!”