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Dead Fish by Ruth Carrington - Guest Blogger Book Review

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Dr Geoffrey Quinn arrives home in the middle of the night to find his children missing, the charred remains of his wife’s body in the boiler and Chief Superintendent Manning waiting to arrest him for her murder. Enter Alison Hope: small, attractive, determined, and briefed to defend him.

Quinn claims he is innocent, but Alison is not so sure. The background becomes increasingly murky as she penetrates a wealthy and ruthless circle who cannot risk their secrets coming to light. Behind a fa├žade of genteel society parties, their hard drugs and kinky sex could be embarrassing. But - deeper hidden - swirl dangerous currents of child molestation, mega-fraud and illegal arms dealing. Crimes they will kill to conceal?

Underlying everything is the inexorable deadline of Quinn’s trial. Can Alison unravel the mystery in time to save him? It seems she hasn’t a chance. ‘Then give it up,’ counsels her lover, eccentric private investigator George Kristianssen: ‘Go with the flow.’ But Alison is resolute. Only Dead Fish go with the flow.

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Jennifer's Review
Wow, what an amazing book. 
It’s an Alison Hope mystery, and it’s a great book that had me on the edge of my seat; it was hard to put down. 
It’s about a man named Quinn who returns home from work to find the police there. Before he can even get into his home, he is arrested. 
Later, he finds out that his wife has been killed and burned in a furnace. He maintains his innocence and gets a barrister to help him solve the mystery of how his wife was killed. 
The barrister's name is Alison, and she has a few other people helping her try to prove Quinn’s innocence. 
Who killed his wife and why? What goes wrong at the trial? 
Read this mystery to find out what evidence Alison soon uncovers, and what later happens to Quinn after the trial? Is he guilty or innocent? 
4 stars for this book.

Author Bio
Ruth Carrington is the pen-name, for this series, of crime and thriller writer Michael Hartland. In writing the Alison Hope novels, he has been grateful for advice from many people who work in the police and the courts. Several judges and barristers - often women in a man's world like Alison - were particularly helpful in sharing their experience. So were some of their clients. Dead Fish is being adapted for television.

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