Dead Simple - Shirley Wells

*Warning: May contain spoilers for previous books in the series* With this eighth instalment to the series, I’m pleased to say that Dead Simple by Shirley Wells proves that the Dylan Scott Mystery series is far from losing its charm. Anyone who has read the previous books will remember ‘Simple’ Stevie, the friendly local of Dawson’s Clough who helped Dylan to solve his first case. He was harmful enough, liking nothing better than wandering the streets of the town and collecting interesting newspaper clippings. However, now Stevie has been murdered…


REVIEW: Dead End by Shirley Wells

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I always look forward to reading the next book in the Dylan Scott Mystery Series, but this time, Dead End by Shirley Wells provided even more than the usual thrill. In a storyline that was subtly foreshadowed at the end of the last book, Dylan Scott has begun receiving death threats over the phone, claiming that he will get what’s coming to him. Having built up a long list of enemies in his days on the force and as a private investigator, Dylan has no idea where to begin until he…

Deadly Shadows by Shirley Wells

On beginning book six in the Dylan Scott Mystery series, I knew Deadly Shadows by Shirley Wells would return us to the dreary town of Dawson’s Clough, but I hadn’t expected an undercover operation. Having been dismissed from the police force before becoming a private investigator, Dylan Scott had been working undercover as David ‘Davey’ Young, and was associated with the ruthless Joe Child. Child is known to the police and to Dylan as a dodgy character, who always seems to have an alibi when his enemies turn up dead….

Dead Calm by Shirley Wells cover

Picking up after the conclusion of Silent Witness, Dead Calm by Shirley Wells is the fourth book in the Dylan Scott Mystery series, and this time takes the form of a novella. Along with his wife Bev, their two children Freya and Luke and Dylan’s mother Vicky, the Scott family are taking a family cruise aboard the Midnight Sun. This cruise in the middle of November is a freezing cold expedition to Norway in order to see the Northern Lights, a trip which Dylan was not overly happy about undertaking….

Silent Witness by Shirley Wells cover

Silent Witness by Shirley Wells takes place around eight months after the events of Dead Silent, with Dylan being called back to the dreary Lancashire town of Dawson’s Clough once again. This time he has the impossible task of proving a man’s innocence, or even his guilt, after a jury found him guilty of murder. Carly Walsingham was found dead in a bath of her own blood with her carotid artery severed, and all the clues point to Aleksander Kaminski, her ex-husband, as the culprit. His fingerprints were found all over the…

Dead Silent by Shirley Wells cover

Dead Silent by Shirley Wells is the follow-up to Presumed Dead, in which Dylan Scott finds himself called back to the Lancashire town of Dawson’s Clough – a place he never thought he’d see again. This time the private investigator has been called upon to solve another disappearance case, that of Samantha Hunt. Sam was a bright and bubbly young woman with her whole life ahead of her, until she failed to show up for work one morning and was never seen again. She was a tomboy, more at home in…

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Presumed Dead by Shirley Wells is a fast-paced crime novel that draws you in from the very first page, and you definitely won’t be left disappointed. The novel begins by describing the predicament of our protagonist, Dylan Scott, who is currently separated from his wife and living in a rented apartment with his mother. He hates living like this, especially as he was dismissed from the police force for using undue force on an assailant. However, he lives in hope that his wife will come around and take him back as…


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