#BLOGTOUR | Utrecht Murders (Utrecht Snow & Utrecht Rain) – Jonathan Wilkins @WriterJWilkins @damppebbles #UtrechtSnow #UtrechtRain #damppebblesblogtours #amreading #bookblogger #bookreview

Utrecht Snow published by lulu.com in paperback format on 6th March 2020.

Utrecht police inspector Caes Heda leads a team looking into the disappearance of young women. Meanwhile his daughter, Truus, bored with University takes up a job with disgraced former police office Thijs Orman at his Private Detective Agency and finds herself looking for yet another missing girl, this time it’s her bosses own daughter. are they all linked? At the Kroonstraat Police station the team Caes has put together look into the normal run of the mill cases and try to overcome the weather as much as the crime in the city as snow envelopes the streets of Utrecht. We meet twins Freddie and Maaike Meijer who patrol the streets together with colleagues Adrie and Danny. The team is made up by Madelon Verloet and man mountain Ernst Hougewood. Together they investigate car theft, street crime, assault and finally murder. We look at the everyday lives of the police involved, Caes still traumatised after his wifes early death and Truus falling for Maaike.

Review:

Urtecht Snow by Jonathan Wilkins is a unique police procedural set in Utrecht, which isnlocated in Central Netherlands. The location is what drew me to this story from the get-go. I found the setting fascinating and the author did a good job setting the location.

The story did take me a bit to really immerse myself in. There is a lot of Dutch, which I think helped craft an interesting background, but it did slow the pace for a bit while I got used to it.

The plot was great. Paced really well, it kept me hooked. I think it was thrilling and the lives of the characters mingled well within the plot.

Overall, this was a good read. I enjoyed it and would recommend giving it a shot.

Rating:

4/5☆

*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*


Utrecht Rain published by lulu.com in paperback format on 17th March 2020.

Maaike Meijer is attacked in a senseless outbreak of violence at the Dom Tower in Utrecht. Her brother, Freddie, fights off the assailants, but how is the brutality linked to a series of violent threats, cyber crime and the Dutch Secret Service? Truus Heda continues her work as a private investigator whilst caring for her lover before finding the missing link. As the nightmare unfolds we enter the world of Serbian gangsters and Utrecht Goths and see how Hoofdinspecteur Caes Heda and his overworked team tackle a crime that could consume the city.

Review:

I think Utrecht Rain stepped up from the first novel. While this can be read as a standalone, I found reading the first novel got me used to the author’s writing style.

The pacing is great. I found this book intriguing from start to finish. I think the setting adds something unique to this novel.

The characters are well written and I think there has been growth since the first novel. They are very fleshed out which made the story exciting to read.

Overall, I enjoyed this and would recommend it.

Rating:

4/5☆

*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*


Jonathan loves to write. He is a retired teacher, lapsed Waterstones’ bookseller and former Basketball Coach. He taught PE and English for 20 years and coached women’s basketball for over 30 years.

He regularly teaches creative writing workshops in and around Leicester.

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