Review: Forgotten Lives by Ray Britain

As Stirling closes in on the killer he finds the killer’s trademark inside his home – he is being targeted.

Cover Design: Design For Writers


A man is murdered with quiet efficiency on his doorstep. A strange emblem left behind suggests a gang killing but when more bodies are found with the same emblem, and one of them a cop, DCI Doug Stirling’s investigation takes a sinister turn.

But what linked the victims in life, and now in death?

When more deaths are uncovered, miles away and years apart, but all with the same emblem left behind, pressure mounts on Stirling. Is it the work of the same person? If so, why are they killing again, and why here? One thing is clear. The killer is highly skilled, ruthless, and always one step ahead of the investigation. Is someone feeding information to them?

Working in a crippling heatwave with too few investigators, too many questions and not enough answers, when wild media speculation of a vigilante at work sparks copycat attacks, demonstrations for justice and with politicians fearing riots, Stirling needs a result – fast!

Meanwhile, Stirling’s private life is falling apart, not helped when Lena Novak of the National Crime Agency is assigned to his team. But is she all that she seems? Things could not get worse. Stirling takes a call from a retired cop. Things just got worse!

As Stirling closes in on the killer he finds the killer’s trademark inside his home – he is being targeted.12

I love this cover by Design for Writers. It is eye-catching. Appropriately gruesome. It caught my attention before the tour came along. It makes you want to read the story. Kudos!

Forgotten Lives moves just like a real police case does…slowly. This does not mean that Ray Britain does not keep us entertained. Britain breaks down the case and how it is solved in a fascinating way. I learn more and more every week and I love it. 

Britain also provides a diverse cast of characters. I love how Britain describes people by not just their looks but by how they do their job which showcases a person’s personality more than just describing them physically. The only thing I will note on this is I had to go back to the beginning to see if Britain ever describes Dougie Stirling, our narrator. I couldn’t find a description so I cannot tell you if he fits in the diversity category.

The mystery is good. I especially love the wrap up at the end where most of the secrets are revealed. Britain also gives his readers a little gift (I’m not telling!). Let’s just say yet another twist in the case.

If you love police procedurals then, Forgotten Lives is the book for you. 

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Books in the “DCI Doug Stirling” series:

#1 The Last Thread

Further Details:
Publisher: Nielsen, 9781999812256, 2020
Series: DCI Doug Stirling #2; Settings: Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Pages: 422

Promotion materials provided by Love Books Tours


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