Death’s Silent Judgement – Anne Coates

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Published: 11th May 2017 (Urbane Publications)51jM9qaM-yL

Death’s Silent Judgement is the thrilling sequel to Dancers in the Wind, and
continues the gripping series starring London-based investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge.

Following the deadly events of Dancers in the Wind, freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is thrown into the heart of a horrific murder investigation when a friend, Liz Rayman, is found with her throat slashed at her dental practice.

With few clues to the apparently motiveless crime Hannah throws herself into discovering the reason for her friend’s brutal murder, and is determined to unmask the killer. But before long Hannah’s investigations place her in mortal danger, her hunt for the truth placing her in the path of a remorseless killer…

The series is very much in the best traditions of British women crime writers such as Lynda La Plante and Martina Cole.

My Review

Earlier this week I shared my thoughts on the first book in this series, Dancers in the Wind. I personally think that this second book is read as part of the series as opposed to a standalone because of the references back to the actions and bonds made in book 1. I feel that the reader would be missing out on key moments in the back history by just starting with Death’s Silent Judgement.

Death’s Silent Judgement picks up a few months after the events in Dancers in the Wind with Hannah Weybridge finding her friend’s murdered body at her charitable dental surgery at the local church. Hannah was supposed to be meeting her friend for a meal however Liz asked Hannah to meet her at the church to  tell her something privately – sadly this conversation was never to happen and resulted in Hannah being the first on the scene.

Hannah is obviously distraught by her friend’s murder but the paper she is contracted with is more concerned with the personal angle and how it will be good for them. Also, Hannah is asked by Liz’s mother to investigate what happened to her only daughter; why she was targeted. What ensues is a web of complications understanding Liz’s reasons for volunteering in Somalia and why she came back early – and whether this has any bearing on her murder.

I enjoyed this second instalment with it’s complex and well-researched plot. However I felt that, whilst the plot was different and arguably more complex than it’s predecessor, the process that Hannah goes through is very similar to Dancers in the Wind (I appreciate that I have possibly noticed this more as I read the books back to back). As such, whilst this was a good read, I did prefer the first book, but don’t get me wrong, this is a solid crime read. I look forward to reading book 3 and seeing what else Hannah unwittingly  gets herself into!

About the Author

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I love reading and the type of fiction I write is what I like to read. So my very short stories are often tales with a twist and the longer ones explore relationships – often within a family. Most of these stories were published first in Bella, Candis and other magazines and now appear in two collections published by Endeavour Press.

My debut thriller, “Dancers in the Wind”, was published by Urbane Publications in October 2016. This book is a result of an interview I did for a national newspaper and afterwards I thought “What if…” and so Hannah Weybridge came into existence and she continues her life in “Death’s Silent Judgement” to be published in May 2017 again by Urbane Publications. I am currently working on the third book in the series. You can find out more about my writing at http://www.annecoatesauthor.com

Journalism has led me into diverse fields from human interest stories to health and beauty to travel and parenting and so just over seven years ago I founded the website: http://www.parentingwithouttears.com writing about what inspires (or upsets) me and hosting articles and reviews by other writers and parents. This led to two parenting guides again published by Endeavour Press.

Before that I had written three books (two for Wayland) including “Your Only Child” (Bloomsbury) plus two books about applying to and surviving university published by Need to Know.

I live in SE London with three demanding cats and enjoy going to the theatre and cinema and socialising with friends.

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