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A tragic accident?When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it's believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed a suicide. But something doesn't feel right to DI Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.Or murder on a mountain?Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could beA tragic accident?When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it's believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed a suicide. But something doesn't feel right to DI Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.Or murder on a mountain?Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple and why? This might be Drake's first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing - every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace. ...

Title : Devil's Kitchen: An Inspector Drake Prequel Novella
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Devil's Kitchen: An Inspector Drake Prequel Novella Reviews

  • Linda Strong
    2019-06-13 03:18

    This short novella takes the reader back to Inspector Drakes's very first investigation. DI Ian Drake is called when two bodies are found at the bottom of a mountain.At first glance, it looks like a man stabbed his wife and then jumped to his own death. But Drake has a feeling there is more to the story. Possibly someone else stabbed the wife and threw the husband over the cliff. Drake wants this investigation to go well, to show that he can do the job and do it well. He and his partner, DS Caren Waits go to great lengths in interviewing possible witnesses, friends and family. The couple, from all accounts, seemed like any normal married couple. So who would want them dead?Drake seems to suffer from Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) ..he displays a pattern of concern with orderliness, perfectionism. excessive attention to details. And when his partner talks with her mouth full, it's almost more than he can bear. He and his wife are having problems ... mainly because he can't turn his mind off this case... and he's gone a lot.I actually didn't learn much about Waits. She is somewhat at odds with Drake, but she does understand that he is the boss and what he says, goes. Although a 70-page novella, there's plenty of action, plenty of suspense packed into these pages. I'm sure I'll be following this series.Many thanks to the author who provided a digital ARC for my reading pleasure.

  • Fictionophile
    2019-06-15 05:01

    A double murder in the Snowdonia Mountains. A police procedural, prequel novella that introduces a freshly promoted Detective Inspector. A stunning cover.  All of these things attracted me to this book.Ian Drake has only been a DI for a month.  He is married and the father of two young daughters. His wife, Sian, doesn't understand the demands of his new position and is jealous of his time spent away from her and their two daughters.His second in command, DS Caren Waits, couldn't be more different to Drake, in work ethic, mannerisms, and personal habits.  He is fastidious to the point of OCD, she is rather slovenly."The glorious scenery of North Wales couldn't hide the darker side of humanity".Near the end of September, two bodies have been found at one end of Cwm Idwal in the Snowdonia mountains. One obviously a murder (kitchen knife protruding from her chest), the other subject to question. The victims are husband and wife, Jack and Denise Trainor. Everyone, including Drake's boss, think that this case has all the hallmarks of a crime of passion. Husband kills wife, then filled with remorse, jumps to his own death.Drake suspects this is oversimplifying, and thinks there may be more to this crime than is immediately apparent.DI Drake is normally my type of copper. He cares about his job, he is a bit quirky, and he is the exact opposite type of personality to his sergeant. However... I didn't warm to him at all.  I cannot explain it...I loved the setting, how could you not?  The mystery plot was well executed, but the overall mix left me quite underwhelmed.  I wonder if it was in part to sentences such as these?"The Trainors seemed well read and educated so it puzzled Drake why anyone would have wanted to kill them."Seriously? I don't see the connection.Though many factors of this series appeals to me, I have decided that I will very likely not be following it any further.  Others may overlook some of the things that I found jarring, and those people will likely have found a new favorite author. This is just a short read, so give it a try and see for yourself if you feel this is a series worth pursuing.

  • Books n AllJill Burkinshaw
    2019-05-24 11:01

    My rating 5 out of 5 starsThis is a novella prequel to the Inspector Drake series. Personally, I love the idea of having a short book to introduce the characters to a series and this one is free which is a bonus.As they attend the crime scene it appears this is a crime of passion with the husband murdering his wife and then committing suicide. Drake, however, is convinced that all is not as it seems and has a struggle to convince his boss to allow him to follow his gut instinct. There are many twists and turns to the story which moves along at a reasonably fast pace. It is an unusual story with relationships, deceit and jealousy playing a part. The ending is one the reader wont expect.Drake has just been promoted to Detective Inspector and is still finding his feet when 2 bodies are found at the bottom of a cliff. He is a very particular character and likes everything clean and tidy and this comes across in his work as he likes everything neatly tied up with no loose ends. He has a difficult relationship with his work partner, Caren as they are totally different personalities.   Caren is dedicated to her work but, compared to Drake, she is a little slovenly and disorganised. However, Drake is determined to create a good working relationship. He also has a slightly difficult home life as his wife struggles with the anti-social hours that detectives work.The series is set in the beautiful countryside of Wales and Stephen makes an excellent job of ensuring the reader can visualise the setting and scenery. This is a great novella and I will be reading the rest of this series.

  • Richard
    2019-06-13 09:55

    A good use of a novella to re-inforce this excellent series; promote the existing books available and take fans back to the beginning to Ian Drake's first case as a dectective inspector.DI Drake is borderline OCD. He is meticulous in his dress, personal cleanliness and order. A lack of this qualities in others annoy him to the point of mild stress and distraction.A family man his worklife balance is thrown out of kilter when he is unable to pass on a case of misadventure to the coroner without full scrutiny and pursuit of all available leads. With pressure from above and at home we see Drake for who he is and why he is the man and detective he has become. I loved the location and scene of crime, high in the Snowdonia. The careful discriptions of the 'murder' scene and the legistic difficulties this presented the investigation, beyond the lack of CCTV. The story relies on old fashioned police work, methodical and unrelenting pursuit of the truth.I liked the number of sub-plots and the links that were missed and made indirectly that ensured finally the truth is revealed. It challenges our assumptions and how sometimes things can be overlooked.This is a good short story that shows this a series open to all from fans of police procedurals to readers who adore lateral thinking detectives who use logic to finally join the dots. In this case there is limited DNA and evidence to identify or prove what happened and who was involved other than a police officer's hunch and determination to weigh up the evidence.

  • Rosemary Kenny
    2019-06-01 06:02

    Devil's Kitchen - a review by Rosemary KennyThis brilliant DI Drake novel by genius Stephen Puleston proves he's the modern successor to Colin Dexter and definitely worthy of the crown of Master of Detective Murder Mysteries.Devil's Kitchen is a peculiar natural rock formation on Cadet Ideal Mountain and Drake and Ceren, his Detective Sergeant learn of the discovery of two bodies there. Initially the case - Drake's first as SIO - seems straightforward... John Train or murdered his wife then threw himself to his death off the rock face in a fit of remorse...or is it really that simple?Who is the elusive person in the red walking jacket?Why is John Scott a suspect?What information does Ceren find at the Trainors' cottage?Where do they find Denise Trainor's sister - and what does she reveal to Drake and Ceren?As the clues and red herrings come thick and fast you'll be drawn into the wild mountain beauty and the contrast with the ugliness of jealousy and murder in this sensational novel and yearn for more from the mighty pen of Stephen Puleston. I loved this fast-paced exciting adventure and can't wait to get the next - you'll love it too - guaranteed!

  • Donna Maguire
    2019-06-02 05:12 go on holiday to North Wales on a regular basis and I do love reading a book set in a location known to me so when I saw that this novella was free and set where we go in Snowdonia I knew I had to read it!I have read the first book in this series (Brass in Pocket) and gave that book 5 stars and this is the prequel novella - technically book 0.5 so I was interested to see how Drake dealt with his first murder case and how the relationship started with his team.  This was a really quick read that took me less than two hours.  The plot is good and it is easy to read - I enjoyed it - 4 stars from me!  Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

  • Col
    2019-06-09 08:09

    Synopsis/blurb….A tragic accident?When two bodies are found sprawled at the bottom of the Devil's Kitchen in the mountains of Snowdonia, it's believed the man found dead killed his wife and then committed a suicide. But something doesn't feel right to DI Ian Drake and his gut instinct has never let him down before.Or murder on a mountain?Drake suspects at least one of the deaths could be suspicious, but who would kill such an ordinary couple and why? This might be Drake's first murder inquiry, but his years as a detective have taught him one thing - every murder has a motive, and every killer leaves a trace.---------------My take.....An Amazon FREEBIE and a 70 page introduction to Stephen Puleston’s DI Ian Drake character. Puleston has written three full length novels featuring this detective – the first of which Brass in Pocket was also hoovered up when it was an Amazon FREEBIE.We have a double death in the Snowdon Mountains, which to first appearances seems to be a bit of domestic strife. The husband stabs the wife then kills himself by throwing himself to his death. Its Drake’s first major case and quickly he’s under pressure from his super to wrap things up, pass it to the coroner and stop wasting time.Drake isn’t in such a rush and wants to establish beyond all reasonable doubt that everything is at it seems. Obviously it isn’t as otherwise we wouldn’t have a particularly interesting narrative. Drake and his investigative partner Caren Waits interview witnesses on the mountain, work colleagues, family (eventually) and fellow members of a ramblers club, which in addition to the husband’s diary and his suspicion of her conducting an affair, eventually shed a bit of light on who did what and why. The investigation was quite thoughtful and methodical.Puleston gives Drake a few mannerisms or traits which add flesh to the bones of the character. He’s obsessively neat and tidy with shoes spit-polished to within an inch of their life – though he probably didn’t spit. He’s a bit anal. By contrast, Waits has to be his polar opposite – she turns up late, eats her food with her mouth open, and is a lot less fastidious about her appearance. All irritants to Drake. We also have the potential for some domestic strife in future books. Drake’s wife Sian is resentful of his dedication to his job and the disruption it causes to their family life, the couple having two children. I can’t see this marriage lasting three more books, if I’m honest.Verdict – enjoyable enough. I quite liked the progress of the investigation and Drake’s approach, though I wasn’t totally sold on the characters. Maybe I read it grumpy, but I kind of felt that the author was trying a bit too hard to make the main character memorable. All I could think though was – he’s Adrian Monk’s annoying Welsh cousin, assuming he has one. Conversely though – what’s the alternative? A stick figure for a detective with no back-story or life outside the job.Maybe Brass in Pocket will have me warming to both Drake and the author, though I’m not rushing towards it for now.3 from 5 Stephen Puleston has his website here. in October, 2016Amazon FREE download

  • LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
    2019-06-11 03:59

    The story opens with Ian Drake, newly promoted to Detective Inspector and he’s keen to prove himself when the call comes in about two bodies being found in the Cwn Idwal valley in the middle of Snowdonia, otherwise known as the Devil’s Kitchen.It looks like a simple murder suicide but Drake is unsure. With the help of DS Caren Waits he wants to find out what really happened.This is a good short story, it’s only eleven chapters long, and a nice introduction to the characters of DI Drake and DS Waits. DI Drake seems a little OCD and serious which nicely complements DS Waits who’s a bit more laid back and messy.I haven’t read many stories set in Wales, especially crime fiction and I’m interested in seeing where this series is headed.I read it in one sitting and I think it’s ideal for a commute or if you’ve got a bit of spare time.

  • Ann
    2019-06-10 08:01

    A married man & his wife were found murdered up on a mountain and they were trying to find out if he killed his wife than jumped off the cliff or someone else did it and pushed the husband off the cliff.. they weren't having a lot of luck at first. They did find out that she apparently was having an affair with someone. Could that person have done the killings. Not A lot going on in this story for me.

  • Jean Kolinofsky
    2019-05-26 06:09

    This prequel novella serves as an introduction to Puleston’s DI Drake series. Devil’s Kitchen is a mountain in north Wales where two bodies have been found. While everything indicates that it is a murder/suicide, Drake’s instincts tell him that it bears further investigation. As a newly promoted DI, this is the first case that he has been given and he is determined to be as thorough as possible. His personality is the total opposite of his partner’s which makes them interesting to watch. With several good twists, Puleston draws you in and leaves you wanting more of the DI Drake series.

  • Kim
    2019-06-09 09:07

    I was given this book for an honest review. I found that some of the words that I didn't understand (although most were in reference to places and didn't take away from the story). I found some of the writing to be a bit choppy. I enjoyed the storyline though and was happy the murderer was found in the end.

  • Sheila Howes
    2019-06-17 08:11

    Read in preparation for a Blog Tour for Inspector Drake Book 1.I haven't really taken to the characters as yet, although they improved as the Novella continued. I enjoyed the storyline, although I felt it was rushed. Again, this could be because it was such a short introduction. I look forward to seeing what comes next.

  • Karla K Thompson
    2019-05-28 05:56

    Excellent, as always!Inspector Drake and Caren solved another interesting and mysterious murder in only the way they can. Ian, in spite of his quirks, is always at the top of his game. Thank you Stephen. Keep 'em coming!

  • Belinda
    2019-06-06 09:56

    Stephen Puleston has written a good crime and police procedure novella. He sets his scene in Wales ably with lots of description. Mr. Puleston deftly draws his characters as individuals and their interaction is realistic. His plot deals with a crime and police procedure in a genuine manner.

  • Ester
    2019-05-19 04:02

    Two people were found on the rocks of Devil's Kitchen> It looked like a murder suicide. Just making the grade of detective Drake was given the case. Dt. Drake starts his investigation into the deaths. As he progresses he finds evidence that things were not as they seemed. Will he find the cause of their deaths? It's a good murder mystery and well worth the read.

  • Vera
    2019-06-09 09:18

    Short but sweetA great book, goods to see where the protagonist came from. A great book . well worth the purchase well donw

  • Yvonne Meyer
    2019-05-31 09:17

    Interesting NovellaThis was an interesting quick read. A good light read to pass time. I would consider reading another book by this author.

  • Carol Butler
    2019-06-18 03:56

    Short but sweetIt is short, good story and back ground research of the area, only thing that gets me is the pronouncements of the Welsh language, which are very hard to pronounce.

  • Beverly
    2019-06-06 11:13

    I enjoyed this book. Murder/suicide? Murder? How did husband and wife end up at the bottom of cliff, broken on the rocks, a knife in the wife? A first case led by a new investigator. Everyone is telling him it's a murder/ suicide, but something is niggling his brain and he can't let it go. His superior has had enough of what he calls Inspector Drake's phantoms. The case goes to the coroner's office on Monday, period. Is he chasing phantoms? Was there a third person on the mountain that morning?This book reminded me of one of my favorite BBC mystery programs, Midsummer Murders. An easy read, but with a plot line that's always on the move. It's like reading Inspector Drake's mind and following his thought processes. I could feel his frustration as he followed the trail and his excitement when another puzzle piece fell into place. Further frustration when the answers were just out of his reach and satisfaction when all is finished to his standards.The setting is Wales, so if odd name places frustrate you because you can't pronounce them, this may not be the book for you. If you hate watching the BBC programs because the storyline plods along slower than the U.S shows, this may not be the book for you. Personally, I enjoy it all and I recommend giving Inspector Drake a try if you do, too.The only fault I found was poor editing. There were several places where words were run together. I had to go back and figure out where the breaks were so I could actually read the sentence. It wasn't real frequent, but just enough to make me feel a little peevish.

  • Linda
    2019-06-13 08:53

    I read this book in less than 2 hours. It was an interesting murder mystery taking place before the 2nd novel. It was very similar to the other books with less of Drake's COD events. I don't like short stories so that is why only four stars. The one thing that bugged me was the author referring to the man by his last name, Drake, but always referring to his female partner as Caren rather than her last name. It struck me as sexist and not appropriate today.

  • J.A. Gilbert
    2019-06-01 06:52

    A fast paced detective novel, that helps to set the background for the other Inspector Drake novels. "Devil's Kitchen" paints a very evocative picture of the Welsh countryside and contains sufficient false clues to keep the reader guessing until the end.

  • Ann Reed
    2019-05-26 04:03

    Devil's KitchenVery interesting for a novelette. Drake and his partner are very different types buyt they manage to pull together to solve this case at the last minute.

  • Gary Van Cott
    2019-06-03 08:19

    This book seemed as if it were longer than 70 pages (read on kindle) and this isn't a bad thing. I do find the main characters OCD annoying, however.

  • Betsy
    2019-06-16 05:53

    Glad I didn't read this novella before the novels because Drake is rather irritating, but I do like Waits. As someone mentioned, why is she called Caren and not by her last name as Drake is?