A Life for A Life by Carol Wyer


Detective Inspector Kate Young is trying to get proof that Superintendent John Dickson is not only corrupt, but also behind her husband’s murder and connected to three other deaths. She is still coming to terms with the loss of her beloved Chris and this is part of who she is now and how she reacts to things. She is also unsure of who she can trust, after Chris left her a list of those he suspected of being corrupt, even linked to child prostitution.

Since her husband’s murder, the only family Kate now has is her stepsister Tilly, married to Jordan and their young son Daniel, but they live in Australia.

Kate is in charge of a special crimes unit consisting of DS Emma Donaldson and DS Morgan Meredith (two officers she trusts) and DC Jamie Webster (who she thinks is Dickson’s mole). They are called to a shooting at the railway platform at Blythe Bridge, where a young man – Tobias Abrahams, 22 – has been shot once in the forehead with the sort of gun usually used for slaughtering animals. He doesn’t usually catch that train, so it appears some kind of random killing initially, but then a woman is murdered the same way. Is there a serial killer at loose in the area?

We soon find out as readers who is responsible for the killings, so the emphasis then turns on why these crimes are being committed and how will Kate and her team solve the mysteries surrounding them. I enjoyed this, as it gave an extra aspect to the book.

This is the third book in the DI Kate Young series and I did wish I had read the previous two, so I understood all the back story, though you can certainly read this as a standalone, as the important details are mentioned here. I really like Kate’s character and also her team, particularly Emma, but the rapport between them is nicely done and provides light relief in-between the killings. The book isn’t too gory though, certainly right for my tastes and much more crime/thriller than horror – just how I like them!

It is an easy book to get into and one you want to keep reading to find out what happens. It’s well-paced and never gets boring. Kate is a great character and I’d definitely like to read more of this series.


USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer’s crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages.

A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche.

February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia. 

Carol has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post. She’s also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr. Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.

To learn more, go to http://www.carolwyer.co.uk, subscribe to her YouTube channel, or follow her on Twitter: @carolewyer

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Website : https://www.carolwyer.co.uk

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Detective-Kate-Young-Book-ebook/dp/B09BCPR894

Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/Life-Detective-Kate-Young-Book-ebook/dp/B09BCPR894


Nobody can get into the mind of an erratic killer—except an unpredictable detective.

When a young man is found lying on a station platform with a hole in his head, DI Kate Young is called in to investigate the grisly murder. But the killing is no one-off. As bodies start to pile up, she is faced with what might be an impossible task—to hunt down a ruthless killer on a seemingly random rampage.

Meanwhile, Kate has her own demons to battle as she struggles to come to terms with her husband’s death. And she is hell-bent on exposing corruption within the force and bringing Superintendent John Dickson to justice. But with the trail of deception running deeper—and closer to home—than she could ever have imagined, she no longer knows who she can trust.

With her grip on reality slipping, Kate realises that maybe she and the killer are not so different after all. But time is running out and Kate is low on options. Can she catch the killer before she loses everything?

Published by karenlouisehollis

53, lives in Lincoln, England. Published writer, book blogger and reviewer, mum, grandma, cat owner, vegetarian. Loves reading and sewing. My novel is out - WELCOME TO WHITLOCK CLOSE.

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