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Former detective sergeant Charlie Bell has come a long way since he was first locked up for the murder of Phillip Mansel-Jones, a ‘scumbag of the worse degree’.

Now a free man, he’s attempting to re-build his life, but in Locked Down, the third and final instalment in the Bell and Teddington trilogy by GB Williams, he’s finding it easier to make enemies than to make friends.

Even the woman he loves, prison officer Ariadne Teddington, wants nothing to do with him.

What the blurb says:

What DCI Piper dredges up when investigating the cold case of Terrence Whittaker’s disappearance is unexpected and unwelcome – especially when it links to a current missing persons case.

Charlie Bell’s only goal in life is ending the tyranny of the Mansel-Jones crime family.

While Ariadne Teddington recovers after a car crash, her missing brother’s case is reopened, and a past she has always struggled to deal with comes back to haunt her.

Finding the new lodger isn’t who she was expecting makes life a rollercoaster she can’t get off.

What will it take to get a criminal locked down once and for all?

Can the present overcome the past?

And can any of them afford the price?

But at least, he’s beginning to re-establish his working relationship with former boss DCI Piper, who needs help with a cold case that dredges up unwelcome links to organised crime.

Emotional

Once again, Williams has produced a well-written, character-driven thriller that displays a solid understanding of the complexities of modern policing and the emotional toll exacted on both coppers and the victims of crime.

And while Bell and Teddington remain the emotional heart of the story, Piper takes centre stage as he painstakingly pieces together the connections between the decades-old disappearance of Teddington’s younger brother and the villainous Mansell-Jones family.

It’s all very satisfying although the ending is as shocking as it’s unexpected.

A great read.

Review by Sue Featherstone.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the author:

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously.

Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels, she started writing the Locked Series in 2014, and now completes the trilogy.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook.

First step

She is also a feature writer and comic book reviewer. Crime novels, however, are her stock in trade, but she has had success with Steampunk novels and short stories in various genres.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.

Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written.

GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts – though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement.

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