Author: Robert Scragg
Genre: Police Procedural
Format: Paperback 320 pages
Release Date: 19 September 2019
Publisher: Allison & Busby
My thanks to Lesley Crooks for the invite on this blog tour and the advanced readers copy provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When Max Brennan’s estranged father and then his own girlfriend go missing in quick succession, he turns to his old friend Detective Jake Porter for help.
As Max is then attacked in his own home, Porter and his partner Nick Styles waste no time in investigating. But when their main suspect turns up dead, alongside a list of other targets, it seems the case is much bigger than it first appeared.
With events spiralling, can Porter and Styles catch the killer before another victim is claimed?
I was lucky enough to read the authors first book in the Porter & Styles series, ‘What Falls Between the Cracks’, so when I was approached by the publisher to take part in the blog tour for the second book I eagerly accepted.
Although this is the second book in the series it’s not necessary to have read the first before this one as ‘Nothing Else Remains’ is entirely capable of being read as a standalone.
This book does build on the relationship between the two main detectives, Porter and Styles, and having already got a sense of them as characters from the first book I did feel that I enjoyed reading about them slightly more than if they were new characters to me, although you can say this about any characters that feature across multiple books.
This book has a classic cat and mouse theme running through it in that Porter and Styles are desperately trying to track down the killer before he strikes again but they always seem to be just one step behind.
I loved the ending – very open ended and I really hope this means that the author is going to write a further book…. This would be a very good book for anyone who likes police procedurals with some likeable, slightly flawed, lead characters.
About the Author
Robert Scragg had a random mix of jobs before taking the dive into crime writing; he’s been a bookseller, pizza deliverer, Karate instructor and Football coach. He lives in Tyne & Wear, is a founding member of the North East Noir crime writers group and is currently writing the second Porter and Styles novel. For a full list of upcoming events and more info about Robert and his books, visit http://www.robertscragg.com
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