The first in a new series by Caroline Mitchell, Love You to Death introduces us to DS Ruby Preston, a complicated detective in a busy London police station. Ruby has a secret. A long time liaison with Nathan Crosby, head of the infamous Crosby family, and his links to escorts, drug dealing and general thuggery. They had grown up together in a hard area of East London and despite her chosen career path Nathan has continued to look out for her over the years.
Coping with a mother with Alzheimer’s who lives in a care home she can’t afford is the least of her worries when women start disappearing in her local area and then turning up dead. Things take a slightly more sinister tone when she starts to receive personal messages with an implied death threat. Has her past come back to haunt her?
Ruby is a great character who sticks to the essence of the law but if it is quicker and more effective to use her underworld connections she will do so. This is never for personal gain and Ruby isn’t a bent copper but she is sometimes a little creative with her rules. Her background is intriguing and the little snippets that you get of her childhood – many from her Mum who still believes that it is twenty years ago – are fascinating and make Ruby someone that you’d really like to get to know.
This isn’t a book for the faint hearted but if you love a gritty murder mystery then prepare for the rollercoaster ride of your life.
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UK Publication Date: Nov 11 2016. 314 pages.