Deadly Dance: A British Police Procedural

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Severn House Publishers, Limited, Aug 31, 2017 - FICTION - 256 pages
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This compelling novel of psychological suspense is the first in an intriguing new series featuring Bristol detective, DI David Vogel.

The discovery of the partially-clothed body of a teenage girl in the heart of Bristol's red light district indicates a tragic yet familiar scenario. But this marks the start of a baffling murder investigation where nothing is as it first appears. Fourteen-year-old Melanie Cooke told her mother she was visiting a school friend. Who was she really going to meet?

Detective Inspector David Vogel is led towards three very different principal protagonists, each of whom grows increasingly chilling. But are they what they seem? And is any one of them capable of murder?

A darkly complex secret lies behind Melanie's death - and its ultimate revelation will shock Vogel and his team to the core.

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I glimpsed him in the twilight
I lost him in the night.
I thought I had him in the daylight.
There he was before me surely
In all his twisted might,
But I never saw him really.
With a pirouette and a prance,
He led me such a deadly dance
I didn't stand a chance.


* * *

I began to get to know Sonia. Every crazy tale I told her was something I was convinced she would want to hear. And I suppose that was why I eventually told her that I was falling in love with her. Sonia responded with the level of unbridled enthusiasm that I had come to expect.
'I'm thrilled,' she wrote. 'I've realised for some time that I am in love with you. To know that this love is reciprocated is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. When can we meet? Please can it be very soon.'
'Of course,' I replied.
And therein lay the problem...

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