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The latest unputdownable Detective Sophie Allen mystery by best-selling author Michael Hambling The body of an attractive festival-goer is discovered on the rocky shoreline at Peveril Point But the young woman’s injuries arouse suspicion. Who was the man she met? Is there a history of suspicious deaths at other music festivals across the area? DCI Sophie Allen is back in The latest unputdownable Detective Sophie Allen mystery by best-selling author Michael HamblingThe body of an attractive festival-goer is discovered on the rocky shoreline at Peveril Point But the young woman’s injuries arouse suspicion. Who was the man she met? Is there a history of suspicious deaths at other music festivals across the area? DCI Sophie Allen is back in charge after the emotional upheavals she suffered in 'Deadly Crimes', but is she really in control? And a new detective constable, Rae Gregson, joins the team and immediately faces challenges that put her life in peril. Discover a gripping and detailed mystery that will have you hooked from start to finish. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer. SECRET CRIMES is the third in a new series of detective thrillers featuring DCI Sopie Allen, head of the recently formed Violent Crime Unit in Dorset. A beautiful English country which includes a stunning section of the coastline, but whose beauty belies darkness beneath the surface. DCI Sophie Allen is Dorset’s acknowledged expert on murder and violent crime. She is 42 as the series starts, and lives with her husband and younger daughter in Wareham. Her elder daughter is studying in London. Sophie has a law degree and a master’s in criminal psychology. Her brilliant mind conceals some dark secrets from her past. DS Barry Marsh is based at Swanage police station. He's quiet, methodical and dedicated, the perfect foil for Sophie's hidden fragility. AVAILABLE NOW DARK CRIMES, the first book featuring Sophie Allen. A young woman’s body is discovered on a deserted footpath in a Dorset seaside town late on a cold November night. She has been stabbed through the heart. DEADLY CRIMES, the second DCI Sophie Allen mystery. A young man’s mutilated body is found on top of the Agglestone, a well-known local landmark on Studland Heath ...

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Secret Crimes Reviews

  • Sarah
    2018-11-11 17:33

    Another wonderful read from Michael Hambling. I absolutely love this series, Sophie Allen has grown more as a character since the last book and talks about her breakdown and illness because of it and even though she's still vulnerable the team she has around her and the support for her family help her through the transition back to work.It's wonderful to see a transgender character introduced as not everyone is usually included in a crime/mystery book and if they do they don't end up in the best light or it doesn't end well for them.These books just keep getting better and better and I eagerly await book 4 which, I believe, is coming out later this year!! Cannot wait!*Huge thanks to Michael Hambling, Joffe Books and NetGalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • Kathy
    2018-11-16 18:31

    Rather a mixed bag for me on this third DCI Sophie entry. I would like to think that Swanage is somewhat calmer than one might think after reading these books? Looking at it on a map it has nothing that says: Murdering Creeps Against Group Sex Gather Here, or at least to my eyes.I know not what the dear folk of Dorset think of this series, but it does feature some offbeat crimes. And then the crimes are so thoroughly investigated by Sophie's ever changing team. This tale included a few normal people who were swept up in the dragnet simply for being at a blues festival where dead bodies turned up. We get updated rather too frequently on Sophie's fragility, but she seems just fine to me and I do hope there are no further references to her wellness. Particularly by those who raise eyebrows when she expresses her admiration for a good ale. What could be more healthy/normal?!In the end, the deceiving murderer is finally captured, but I must say the sentencing Sophie threatens him with is extraordinarily lenient for one who is guilty of taking two lives and attempting another. ("You're looking at thirty years at least. How old will you be when you get out? Eighty? Eighty-five? Ninety? Is it likely, really, that you'll ever get out?")

  • Joann
    2018-11-07 13:31

    This is the third book in the DCI Sophie Allen mystery series. Book #3 is still as intriguing as his first book. I love Sophie. She is a middle-aged woman with 2 teen daughters and a husband. She is no nonsense in her job and with her partners, but yet you know she cares for them. This book was a page-turner and the ending blew me away. I would have never guessed!!!!! A series I will continue to follow. A 4.5 star from me.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-16 16:35

    Having recently read and really enjoyed Michael Hambling's first two DI Sophie Allen story, 'Dark Crimes' and 'Deadly Crimes, I was keen to read this when offered the chance.I really enjoyed this book. It is a well-crafted crime story which delivers the pace and cast of strong characters which I have grown to like in Michael Hambling's novels.I liked the way Hambling has developed the character of DS Barry Marsh in this story. I also like the introduction of an interesting new Dc to the team; Rae Gregson.Once again the police procedural aspects of the story are well developed in this book. It maintains the now well established sense real geographical location for those who have followed the series.The way the story builds on the police characters from the earlier book is clever. I'm sure it is worth reading in its own right, but if you can, read the books in order.My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Joffe Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Pamela Morton
    2018-10-31 18:35

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for allowing me to review this book. It was my first time reading a book by this author. I found the book a little slow at first. Not sure if it was because I discovered it was part of a series, or just couldn't get into it at first.It wasn't hard to follow it tho as a stand alone,and once I got into the book, I found it to be a nice mystery book. I found the author writes really good plots. not alot of graphic scenes, not alot of intimate scenes either. there is a transgender detective however in the story and I found that to be an interesting concept to the book. while I was reading it. I actually forgot that character was that way. Not going to spoil the book and go into details about the story line but if you like nice mystery books this is a good one to read. It also takes place in the UK as well. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series .

  • Samantha Curtis
    2018-10-23 18:22

    This series just gets better and better. I love a read where you cant guess who the suspect is! I read the 2nd book and then had to go and read this 3rd book of the Sophie Allen series. I have to say i think this one is the best of the 3 ive read so far!Full of fast paced read where you just want to keep reading. New members to the team which you just instantly love! I love how the team have banter and can joke with each other.Top notch from me and look forward to reading the next book

  • PLS
    2018-10-20 19:39

    Audiobook: DNF Good grief! I finally threw in the towel when I realized that rather than being focused on the content I was focused on picturing Jane Tennyson having to restrain herself from smacking Soppy Sophie upside the head. I never did conclude whether it was the irritating dialogue or the presentation of the dialogue that was the greatest impediment. Because this was an AB I could not easily go back and find specific examples. Even when the dialogue was not condescending the presentation frequently reminded me of the tone of voice a kindergarten teacher might use when welcoming a reluctant new student to her class. Fine if one is 4-5yo, not so when a supposedly competent professional is addressing supposedly competent adultcoworkers even if they are of a lower rank. "Well Barry, Watch me go"

  • Maureen ROY
    2018-10-18 15:40

    Great thriller series.Rating is due to the intrigue, and suspense of the story line. This is the third book in the series and needs to be read in order to fully appreciate the story line. The characters keep evolving and new twists keep being thrown in the mix to keep you wondering what's next, whose at fault! And I still didn't see the ending coming...liked the series and hope there's more to come.

  • Eliza
    2018-11-08 19:25

    Good character developement from the two people murdered to the multi person effort to find the perp. Not so much with the murderer. When the identity of the murder is discovered and he is apprended, the story ends with spectulation as to why he did such a thing. Would have like a more conclusive ending.

  • Sheila Knight
    2018-10-29 16:22

    Good ReadMichael Hambling has done it again. This series just keeps on getting better. I thought the first two books were good but this one was even better. Good Storyline which flowed easily. Believable characters, I really lived the story with them. Excellent book, one I could not put down and yet was sorry when I fInished it. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.

  • Michael
    2018-10-29 19:19

    Not as good as the first book in the series. There was too much about the personal lives of the police officers; a new character seemed to be introduced because of "social issues"; and the resolution of the crime was a bit "Who?", and not fully explained (what was the motive?).

  • Emma
    2018-11-01 19:15

    This book does have issues that follow on from the previous book so best to read these ones in order if you can. Another enjoyable read from this author.

  • MARTIN WITHERS
    2018-11-07 12:16

    Top crime novel A really good thriller with twists and an interesting storyline plus characters you really like. Highly recommended good police procedural.

  • maureenraywood
    2018-10-29 16:44

    BrilliantReally enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down once I started it. Kept me guessing till the end. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  • portia leuba
    2018-10-20 12:44

    Secret crimesA good mystery with a lot of suspects to keep the reader guessing until the last few chapters.A little wordy,but a good read.

  • Anne Hill
    2018-10-24 16:25

    Really good until the endThe last twenty pages were a disappointment. Confusing and rushed, I'm still muddled about it. All in all a good read. On to the next.

  • Mrs Amanda Conquest
    2018-10-19 15:34

    Book three of seriesFollows on with the crime investigation team lead by DCI Sophie Allen. Really good story this one, was a complete surprise who the killer was. Well done.

  • Abigail
    2018-11-13 16:41

    Third in the seriesTaking place nine months after the events in 'Deadly Crimes', DCI Sophie Allen returns to work after the trauma of what actually happened to her father and how his death was connected to a human trafficking ring. Sophie has always been unflappable in her ability to solve even the most difficult of crimes. But for the first time, she was the one who needed help.After months of therapy she is ready to return to work. She is met with a new member for her team, Rae. She is working though issues of her own and forms a quick bond with her new boss. Sophie is understanding of the fact that Rae is transgender and knows that it will have no effect on the teams abilities to solve cases. Rae proves herself to be an essential part of the team by providing insight and ideas that have been overlooked by others.Immediately Sophie is given a case where woman has been found dead during a large music festival. Sophie finds that the victim, Sarah, had taken a man back to her hotel room. Trying to find him, the lead suspect, just by witness descriptions and the name Derek proves to be nearly impossible for Sophie's team. When Derek's body is found the next day, it becomes apparent that things are not what they seem.The story is complex and filled with questionable characters that make it difficult to know the truth until the very end. Like in previous books there is what could be difficult content for some readers. The crime is based around group sex, some not consensual. Their are no gratuitous acts actually described, though.Rae's gender is often referred to, but is not a driving point in the plot. She has been given a back story that adds new layers to books. Previously, the focus was on the case at hand. Slowly the lives of the secondary characters are being revealed.This is a fairly short book that leaves no room for the story to lag. While always going full steam, there is still much to be learned about the characters. Enough to keep the reader anticipating the next book!

  • Crittermom
    2018-11-11 16:23

    When it comes to writing police procedurals, Michael Hambling stands among the best. His books’ allure isn’t simply due to the cleverly conceived, difficult to solve crimes. It is the human face he puts upon DCI Sophie Allen and her team that makes these novels appealing. They are not automatons, stereotypic police cutouts. They are ordinary people working a difficult job and trying to find balance between their professional and personal lives. It isn’t easy or free from difficulty. I applaud Michael Hambling for adding Rae Gregson, a transgender detective to the team. There is so much prejudice due to misunderstanding transgender individuals and the issues they face. Rae is not a token minority. Michael Hambling took the time to research what life is like for transgender individuals in police service. The accuracy and humanity of his depiction enriches the novel. One thing you can say about all of Michael Hambling’s novels is that he does not shy away from controversial topics, bringing them out in a way where they can be examined and discussed.In Secret Crimes, a the body of a woman is discovered on the shoreline at Peveril Point. She was last seen heading upstairs to her hotel room with a man she and her friend Rosemary met up with at a pub during a jazz festival. The death is suspicious and may be linked with other crimes committed against women at previous festivals. The more DCI Sophie Allen and her team delve, the more troubling the case becomes.Secret Crimes is a fantastic mystery, a welcome addition to a stunning set of police procedurals featuring DCI Sophie Allen and her team. The books do not have to be read in order.5/5I received a copy of Secret Crimes from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.—Crittermom

  • John
    2018-11-15 17:42

    Secret Crimes is the third DCI Sophie Allen novel from Michael Hambling. Once more Mr. Hambling has crafted an exciting, suspense story involving music festivals, hidden secrets, deception and murder, with a bit of romance thrown into the mix. The dialogue between characters, as well as the writing style Michael Hambling uses is well thought out and allows the story to flow smoothly. This keeps you eager to see what happens next. Which is the way DCI Allen handles the procedural steps of the investigation. She leaves nothing to chance and tries to cover all aspects involved in the investigation. The body is of a woman, Sarah, is found dead in the surf at a music festival. DS Marsh, who worked with DCI Allen before, calls in DCI Allen after noting the unusual condition of the body. Her roommate is questioned, and they start looking for the man she was with the night before, Derek, and his friend Brian. Derek is found a day or so later, dead. As they dig deeper they discover she was divorced, involved in group sex, possibly remarried and worked with Derek. But they are unable to located Brian, a former police officer. The investigation comes to a head when Brian is apprehended, and they learn there is another person involved.This is another excellent book in the DCI Sophie Allen series. I have really enjoyed reading this series, and eagerly look forward to the next installment. This book was provided by the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

  • Susan
    2018-10-24 14:39

    DCI Sophie Allen had taken 9 months off after her last case due to the emotional stress of that case and what she learned about her own past. That is important and a good reason to read books in series in order. While I think someone would enjoy this book as a stand-alone, I highly recommend they read the first two, or at least the second book in the series. Otherwise, there is a lot that might be lost or confusing in this book. Sophie is a middle-aged police inspector who is amazingly supportive and nurturing of her staff. Don't mistake that to mean she mothers them, because that is not the case. While she chastises when appropriate, she also points out when someone does something well or is thinking smartly. She is a great boss! It also makes for a great book as she guides her team to track down a killer. Sophie may be the main character but the story highlights that it takes teamwork to solve crimes. In this installment, a couple are killed at a music festival. The path to find the killer is quite windy. No huge twisters, just developed characters, enjoyable personalities, and a really well written story. I am excited to see that a fourth book is planned to be released later this year!A preview copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Joffe Books in exchange for an honest review.

  • Paul Franco
    2018-10-28 17:36

    Third in a great series of British detective novels, this one takes Sophie Allen to new places, forcing her to concentrate on her job more than ever due to the events of the previous book, which left her wracked with guilt over how she’d treated her absent father, if only in her head. (I was expecting something like this, but not to this extent.) Oddly enough, that part of the story was spot-on, and it was the plot that was a bit of a letdown this time. As always there are great moments of detective work, this time with more behind-the-scenes stuff, as it were. For example, it was kinda weird seeing the witnesses’ point of view of the detectives, but definitely interesting. But for once this author didn’t give his readers a fair shake; the bad guy seemed to come out of nowhere, and while that might happen in real life investigations, it’s not good to not leave a trail of breadcrumbs for the reader to figure it out on their own. So definitely not satisfied with how this story turned out, not up to the standards of the previous two. Still love the characters, not as much the story/plot.3.5 pushed up to 4/5

  • Val
    2018-11-11 15:18

    BrilliantThe third Sophie Allen mystery thriller and what a thriller it is. Twists and turns and surprises galore.Thank you Michael Hambling.!!

  • alyson osborne-walker
    2018-10-16 14:41

    Good stuffWell planned and a great read couldn't put it down,I loved not knowing who did it till the end,excellent book

  • David Ray Siders
    2018-10-25 15:24

    So very "Politically Correct"After reading the 1st book, which I found the main characters to be more than a little to good natured and complimentary towards each other, I decided to give the 2nd book a chance. The plot was decent but I tired of the constant use of last names, the politically correct themes but mostly tired of the ultra feminist attitude. Sorry, I know this will offend some but, if a woman dresses and acts like a prostitute, please know that is exactly how you will be treated. The running message through out this boom is regardless how a woman behaves (multiple sex partners, group sex, etc.) no one should judge her as being promiscuous. Please! Man or woman, regardless, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it probably IS a duck.

  • Valerie Campbell Ackroyd
    2018-10-25 13:29

    It was okay as a travel readIt is a "police methods" mystery set in coastal England. There are a lot of different characters, making it hard to keep straight, when you ARE reading it on the go. It isn't the first in the series and I haven't read that book so that, too, confused me at times. References to the main characters' experiences in the previous book which would explain why they were acting and relating as they did. I guessed the killer three quarters of the way through the book; the reason why would be a spoiler. I enjoyed the book enough to want to go back and read the first in the series. Would appeal to readers who like police procedurals.

  • Keith Curran
    2018-10-27 19:42

    I've Read All Four!... of the truly marvelous DCI Sophie Allen books. Each one terrific, with an complexity and empathy to the outsider rarely found in crime fiction. Exciting, satisfying stories/crimes with real surprises. I read all four, in a row, one after the other, and loved being in the author's world. A series focusing on a brilliant, unrelenting, empathetic and justice-obsessed detective you truly care for. Lots of suspense, thrills, revelations, with very involving work and personal families all around. I certainly hope this series continues, as I feel, finishing this latest installment, a bit bereft. I'll be on the lookout!

  • Donna Irwin
    2018-10-18 16:22

    This was an easy to read thriller about two murders around a music festival. The story was good and there were the usual twists and turns but I didn't feel the publishers by line of "A gripping thriller full of suspense" or their "unputdownable" description was really justified. I didn't think the leading detective, Sophie Allen, had the depth of Angela Marsons' Kim Stone or MJ Arlidge's Helen Grace. Still a good read, possibly for holiday reading? Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-01 15:14

    once again a great read from this author and I've already added it to my book wish list, loved everything about , and the characters , kept my pulled into it and had me hooked from the first page, can't wait to see more of this series come to live .with that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley as well as to the publishers for letting read such a great mystery crime in a change for my honest opinion

  • Kathleen Gray
    2018-11-12 15:34

    Well written and entertaining for a procedural= but I especially liked the setting. I have not read the earlier novels so can't comment on character development but Sophie is very complex character to say the least! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a quick read but it does have some thought provoking sections. Recommend.