The Engine House by Rhys Dylan
(A DCI Evan Warlow crime thriller – Book 1 in a new series)
The novel begins with Colin and Julia, a couple in their sixties, hiking with their dog on a coastal path in Wales when they stumble across two corpses.
Evan Warlow is now retired from the police force, where he worked for nearly thirty years. He has been keeping himself busy by renovating the house he’d inherited from his uncle. But when he hears about the bodies found, it reminds him of an unsolved case he worked on, seven years ago. Then Superintendent Sion Buchannan rings Evan asking for his help as a consultant on the case, as he can provide valuable experience.
Detective Sergeant Catrin Richards and Detective Inspector Jessica (Jess) Allanby are on hand to team up with Evan. Then there’s Acting DCI Kelvin ‘KFC’ Caldwell, who you’ll love to hate! It’s very easy when writing a police-based novel for the police officers to become some kind of anonymous mass, but Rhys Dylan does an excellent job here of each one being a very distinct character.
The author has a beautiful writing style, and there are some lovely descriptions of people. There is also a lot of great humour and brilliant one liners (look out for the freezer joke!). Overall it’s an intelligent read and I will definitely be looking out for more books in this series.
9 out of 10
Rhys Dylan was born and grew up in west Wales, went away to university in London, but came back to live and work in his country of birth. Along the way he indulged his imagination by writing books for children and adults under various pennames and in a variety of genres.
2021 sees him turning his hand once more to crime with DCI Evan Warlow in the Black Beacons crime series. Spread over 500 square miles, the Brecon Beacons mountain range sits like a giant doorstop at the heads of the South Wales valleys. To the north and west, they nestle in the crook of the ancient kingdoms of Powys and Dyfed, stretching from the eastern Marches to the wild southwestern coast. Many of the mountain peaks in the range have names. Others are simply referred to as black. It is in this timeless landscape that the books are set.
Rhys lives on the edge of the Beacons with his wife and a dog that doesn’t like the rain.
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You can bury the bodies, but you can’t hide the truth.
When a landslip on Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastal path reveals the harrowing remains of two bodies, ex-DCI Evan Warlow’s quiet retirement is shattered.
As the original investigator for the two missing persons eight years before, Evan is recalled to help with what is now a murder inquiry. But as the killer scrambles to cover up the truth, the body count rises.
Working with a new young team, Warlow peels away the layers to reveal the dark and rotten heart that beats beneath the chocolate box tranquillity of an area renowned for its quiet beauty.
But does he still have what it takes to root out the monstrous truth before all hell lets loose?