‘Murder Me Tomorrow’ by Keith Wright is the sixth book in his series featuring DI Stark and set in Nottingham. For the uninitiated, this is also set in the 1980s, the era before digital policing so every step of the investigations take more work and time than these days including the fact that information is slower to spread to anyone who needs it, so not everyone was always singing from the same hymn sheet all the time. Frustrating to say the least!
Paul Master is arrested for the murder of his wife and daughter. He maintains his innocence to no avail, he finds himself behind bars.
Stark is not privy to this case, he has been absent from work due to struggling with social anxiety so someone else thinks this case is cut and dried. On his return to work, he sees that there have been mistakes made in this investigation and begins to correct them all, but there are more bodies before he gets to the bottom of it all.
Stark is a proper team player, he leads with strength and wisdom, he always makes sure he stands by them and at the same time imparts his wisdom for them to learn from.
The thing about Keith Wright in the Stark books is that he doesn’t sugarcoat anything. The murder scenes can be a little brutal, but they make their mark as they should. I never know why murder or physical assault is softened in a book. I see this as the end of a life and we should realise it isn’t nice in any way. This is one reason I find Keith’s books so good. I always have an adrenaline-pumping read and this was no different.
The book is full of suspense and intrigue and that adrenaline builds throughout as this serial killer wastes no time in killing people and all the while closing in on people that matter to Stark. Will Stark and his team find the killer in time?
Keith Wright is one of my many ‘goto’ authors. He writes real characters and makes them as human as possible look at Stark and his anxiety. I enjoy stepping back to my younger years and realising if we needed to maks a 999 call we had to get to a phone box, no widespread technology. Everything seemed so simple back then, until you read a book like this…then you realise how difficult it was for the police.
This is very definitely a book that can be read without needing the others but, I can bet once you are introduced to Stark in the 1980s you will read the rest! Well done Keith! Another fantastic book.
Thank you to BOTBS Publicity and Keith for the copy of the book to write my review today.