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An explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start…When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses - one of whom is a senior police officer.Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on theAn explosive fire. A double murder. And that’s just the start…When DCI Michael Lambert is called out to an apparent house fire, he knows it can’t be routine. Instead he finds the remains of a burnt house, a traumatised child and two corpses - one of whom is a senior police officer.Lambert’s got other problems. Anti-corruption are onto his boss. His relationships is on the rocks. He can’t get over his ex-wife and he keeps blacking out.But when a detective has been murdered the stakes are too high to get distracted. All is not as it seems. As the investigation continues Lambert realises he is getting drawn into something altogether bigger and more terrifying than he could ever have imagined…Trust no one.Gripping, chilling to its core and full of twists, the powerful new DCI Michael Lambert from Matt Brolly is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Helen H. Durrant and Michael Hambling. ...

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Dead Embers Reviews

  • Christine
    2018-11-08 07:55

    Matt Brolly, you keep digging away towards my circle of go-to authors, and I have to admit you have crossed the finish line. From book one of the DCI Michael Lambert series (Dead Eyed) to book two (Dead Lucky), now to book three (Dead Embers), Matt Brolly’s stories get better and better. I have now officially hit the star ceiling with 5 big ones for this installment and fear how I am going to adequately reward the next book.Michael Lambert is a troubled guy since falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing his car, killing his 4-year-old daughter in the process (not a spoiler). His marriage couldn’t survive the carnage and now he is lost. He does however have a tenuous relationship with DCI Sarah May that is again visited in this book, and he has his work, which is keeping him afloat. I really love this guy and always root hard for him. Other characters that grabbed me included the charismatic DS Matilda Kennedy and the enigmatic Chief Superintendent Glenn Tillman, both making reappearances from previous books. I would like for Mr. Brolly to continue to delve more into these two characters in future novels. Lambert has a history of going off the grid in terms of how he goes about solving cases. This time around he and his team become involved in a complex series of events involving the death of a fellow cop, a suicide pact, and a series of near death experiences involving explosives. All of this turns out to be just the tippy tip top of a huge web of deceit, corruption and evil. From the first two sentences of the book I was ensnared, and watching this all play out made for compelling and fascinating reading. Even at 95%, there are pieces of the puzzle still to be worked out. The last sentence gave me goosies all over. This was definitely one that was enormously hard to put down. I have to admit that there are a few deductions Lambert makes that made me wonder if he is a mind reader or just incredibly intuitive. Personally, I was so carried away by the story, I was happy to suspend my believability suspicions and go with it. I had a big smile of satisfaction on my face at the end, and can’t wait for Mr. Brolly to churn out another Lambert book.Do you like Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza or Michael Wood? If so, you will definitely enjoy Matt Brolly’s Michael Lambert series. Though the central plots of the three novels are all self-contained, you will get a much better feel for the characters if you start with book one, Dead Eyed. Happy reading! Many thanks to Matt Brolly, Canelo Publishing, and Net Galley for inviting me to read an ARC of Dead Embers. All opinions are my own and are not biased in any way.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-09 14:53

    *4.5 STARS* DCI Michael Lambert is called to attend the scene of a suspicious house fire where a three year old girl was the only survivor. Her parents charred remains were discovered huddled together. Lambert wouldn't normally be assigned to a case of arson, but this one is different - one of the bodies is that of a senior police officer.Lambert has numerous problems in his personal life, he still has feelings for his ex- wife, his current relationship is taking a nosedive, and he isn't in the best of health ( he keeps having blackouts ) and to add further to his woes, his boss is under investigation by Anti-Corruption - can he even trust him any more?However, all these problems have to be put on a back burner to enable him to solve the mother of all cases, resulting from the house fire. This case is extremely complex, and, not only will it challenge him, but it will take him into a dark and deviant world that will haunt Lambert and his team like no other case.Gosh this was such a twisty, gripping, claustrophobic storyline, and I have huge admiration for the author, and the way he managed to come up with the concept for this book, it was particularly good. The characters were great too, really interesting, and very believable. As I finished this book I found myself thinking " How did we get from a house fire to what has transpired by the conclusion"? My reason for this thinking is that SO much happened to get us from A to B, and my mind is still processing all the events and twists and turns!I hadn't read any of Matt Brolly's previous books but it read perfectly well as a standalone, and would I read more by Matt Brolly? Of course I would!* Thank you to Netgalley, Canelo and Matt Brolly for my ARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review*

  • Lisa
    2018-10-21 12:44

    What more can I say about Matt Brolly's DCI Michael Lambert series it just keeps getting better by the minute. I love everything about this series, the characters are written impeccably & the premise is highly believable You learn more about the man himself in this crime thriller, which makes this series top notch.DCI Michael Lambert is suffering narcolepsy he is keeping it to himself as he doesn't want to lose his job, until he finally seeks medical help for the condition.DCI Michael Lambert is called to a suspicious house fire where only a three year old girl is found alive, her parents bodies charred remains were found together. Michael is horrified at the sight & is determined to find the killer.When Michael delves further into the case it is found one of the bodies is one of their own, this puts the case as top priority His new Partner DS Gemma Croft helps with the case as DS Matilda Kennedy is still recuperating after the last case.As we know Lambert is still struggling with his own demons, the loss of his daughter & his love life, which is distracting him from the case but, but is determined to find the culprit.As he digs deeper Tillman his boss finds that this case goes right to the top where a certain politician has a lot to gain.WHAT IS WAVERLY MANOR & WHAT CONNECTION DOES IT HAVE TO THE CASE!!!!All I can say is that is a certain piece of evidence that shocks Lambert & is so anxious to get to the truth, he finds out that there is a snitch in his team leaking information this is something that Lambert doesn't tolerate, I wont go any further as I don't want to give anything away.If you haven't read this series yet you are missing out oh & one more note this has to be read in order as there is several references to other cases in previous books.

  • Petra
    2018-11-09 10:57

    This is the third book in Matt Brolly's DCI Michael Lambert series and my main problem is that I've run out of stars. Dead Eyed was a solid 4-star introduction to the series. Dead Lucky I devoured in one sitting and awarded 5 stars. Dead Embers has been the best one yet, but I'm stuck with 5 stars.The first chapter grabbed me straight away and I wanted to get back to this as soon as possible when I was forced to put it down. The plot is complex, well crafted and clever. It involves arson, kidnapping, murder, explosions, corruption, and a whole lot of other stuff. I'm being intentionally vague here because there are several surprises along the way and it would be easy to include spoilers. I could not have guessed how the story developed. Very imaginative and intriguing. You could get away with reading this as a standalone, but reading the series in order is preferable as there is a cast of recurring characters and their history and relationships are so well developed, it would be a shame to miss out on that. We're into book 3 and I'm still not sure what to make of Lambert's superior, Chief Superintendent Glenn Tillman. The man is an enigma. I truly love DCI Michael Lambert although I couldn't actually say quite what it is that makes him so likable. He's certainly not the chattiest person ever and some of his actions are questionable, but he is so dedicated and struggling with his past, you can't help but feel for him. Matt Brolly keeps the balance just right between delving into Lambert's private life and his investigative work and the crime thriller aspects. There were a couple of times when I felt Lambert's intuition or maybe his deduction skills were just a tad too convenient to be truly believable. However, the story was so fast-paced and gripping, I was far too involved to let it bother me too much. The ending left me with a huge grin on my face although that may not have been 100% appropriate. More, please!I received an ARC via NetGalley

  • Linda Strong
    2018-10-29 08:47

    It starts with a house fire. A young child is found upstairs .. still alive. There are two bodies downstairs presumably the parents, one of whom is a police officer.DCI Michael Lambert is called in to investigate as the fire was not an accident. With very little to go on, he digs in for the long haul. The longer he investigates, the more he's feeling something off ... And things really get turned around when the corpses are not who they think they are .....His boss is under investigation for corruption. His new partner is his boss' girlfriend. His relationship with his latest fling is going nowhere and as he still has feelings for his ex-wife, maybe this isn't such a bad thing. He's still blacking out when he gets too stressed, and only his boss knows. If it gets around, he knows he will be put on desk duty.So who is he to trust?Although this is third in the series, it does well as a stand alone. Dead Embers is well written and the plot is very detailed. His well drawn characters tie it up in a credible bow. I look forward to the next adventure of Michael Lambert and his team.Many thanks to the author / Canelo / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Laura
    2018-11-13 09:50

    Reviews and more on Dead Embers is an interesting, pacey crime-thriller that I hugely enjoyed. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this book having not ready any others in the DCI Michael Lambert series, but having read this novel I now want to read the others and see if they live up to this one!I often feel that what makes a great crime-thriller (in my opinion) is great characters and a well-crafted, clever plot. This has both of these – the people within the pages, both good and bad, are interesting and fun to read about. One thing I did notice is that, having not read previous novels, there were a lot of names to remember who’s who, but I can confidently say that you really don’t need to have read the previous two novels in the series. This can be read as a stand-alone novel, as enough is explained, but I guess starting from the beginning is always good if you have that option, eh!Lambert is an intriguing Detective, with his rebellious, daring streak… as is the case with many Detectives in series like this, but I felt Lambert was particularly likeable, and not too perfect. It’s interesting to learn about his private life and marriage, and I liked that he makes mistakes but he still gets the job done! You feel confident that he knows what he’s doing, so there’s never really an element of worry for his safety, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. In addition to Lambert, Matilda is another great character who was really likable and I enjoyed reading about Tillman, too, with his often slightly mad moments!Dead Embers jumps right into the storyline without much preamble, and continues moving quickly at a great pace that isn’t too fast but is never, ever slow. I really enjoy police procedurals anyway, and this obviously had elements of that but with added action and suspense – hence the ‘crime-thriller’ category!There were some themes and parts which were quite eerie, with often disturbing imagery which upped the tension, and twists and turns which keep the plot interesting. I don’t want to ruin any of them, so I’ll just say that this is a really enjoyable, fast-paced read with plenty of tension and intrigue – definitely recommended and a series I plan to read more of!MANY THANKS TO THE PUBLISHER, CANELO, AND FAYE ROGERS FOR PROVIDING A COPY OF THIS NOVEL ON WHICH I CHOSE TO WRITE AN HONEST AND UNBIASED REVIEW.

  • Linda Boa
    2018-11-20 08:03

    Adored this fast-moving, well-plotted police procedural which is a cut above most of it's ilk - I'll cut and paste the review, but for now it's at Don't miss this book if you're a police procedural fan!

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2018-10-20 13:02

    'Dead Embers' is Matt Brolly's third book in his DCI Lambert series. I read and enjoyed the first two and thought they were excellent reads, so was really looking forward to reading this one too. Now that I've read it, I dare say this is absolutely the author's best to date.A house is engulfed by flames. Fire officers manage to save a young child from the inferno, but sadly it's too late for the girl's parents. The mother was a senior policewoman. When Lambert and fire experts are sent to the scene, it is quickly established that the fire was no accident, but arson. Someone murdered these people. Someone wanted to wipe out the entire Jardine family, but who? And why? Is this connected to the mother's work? Or to the father's banking business?This is one of those books which you can't say too much about for fear of spoiling the plot, as early on in the book, we have a major unexpected twist that ensnares the reader and throws the whole story in a completely different direction. All of a sudden, the case becomes far more complex than solving a double homicide, to such an extent that Lambert begins to doubt his capability of solving it. It seems someone is always one step ahead of him and his team, disrupting their every move. Soon the number of victims rises and a huge tangled web of corruption, deceit and depravity is uncovered. Will Lambert be able to track down the dark mind behind it all?I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself devouring large chunks of it per sitting. 'Dead Embers' can be read as a standalone, but I would still recommend readers to read the series in order to fully appreciate it. I was rather surprised at how the author has brilliantly weaved this book's plot and was curious to see how it will all end. Certainly I could never have imagined the way the story developed. All characters are very realistic and vividly brought to life. I like Lambert. He's an excellent police officer, a troubled soul ravished by guilt. Suffering from occasional blackouts, he's not feeling too comfortable in his current on-off relationship with DCI Sarah May. Lambert can't leave his past and the past won't leave him. I liked the interaction between Lambert and his heavyset superior Tillman, who very frequently pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable in his line of work. Lambert is joined in the investigation by DS Matilda Kennedy - another source of guilt for him. Matilda is another likeable character and a bold police officer and I just hope the author will leave the pair together in future books as they form a great team. 'Dead Embers' is a very intriguing suspenseful read full to the brim with non-stop fast-paced action, explosions, tension, claustrophobic scenes that made me gasp for breath, and finally, a shocking ending. Highly recommended!With thanks to the author for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review.

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    2018-10-23 14:02

    I do have a tiny confession; I am completely new to this series! With so many cracking series out there, it’s impossible to be up to date on them all. That being said it had no negative impact on my enjoyment of this brilliant new release. My bestie is a detective with the Met & she also works on the murder team. So I love London as a location & always find it has an added edge to a crime series. In both historical or modern crime fiction. The novel begins with a creepy chapter one and straight away I knew it was going to be a gripping read! A suspected arson fire draws DCI Michael Lambert to the scene of a crime. Two corpses are quickly discovered and the sole survivor, a traumatised little girl of only 3 years old. It becomes clear the bodies were murdered prior to the fire and the fire was due to a series of explosions! The investigation continues and we learn The mother of the surviving child is a serving police officer and that in her past she had an abusive relationship with her ex-husband. We learn some of DCI Lamberts past & then the plot really starts to thicken! With the victims not who they originally thought they were, an arsonist playing homage to John Orr and a reporter meddling in the case. DCI Lambert really has his work cut out for him. I found this novel to be a fast paced and straight to the point. It flows as though it is a commuter in London City itself. I found myself comfortably going with the flow & writing some notes in my journal such as Who is thefiremen1973? What does make arsonists tick? Will the press mess things up for DCI Lambert? What is the story in Lamberts past? When Matt Brolly obviously had other ideas and out of nowhere comes a huge twist and the plot just got a whole lot darker! What started off as one case suddenly becomes a deep web of secrecy & corruption right up to the top! It is difficult to complete an in-depth review for fear of slipping spoilers in by accident. I will just say that this is one of them novels that is so much bigger than its synopsis! I would say it is police procedural but that the characters all have depth.An explosive crime thriller and then some! 5* *I received an Ebook copy via netgalley in return for an honest review.

  • Jackie Roche
    2018-10-29 14:10

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Canelo Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.I have read and enjoyed the previous books in the DCI Michael Lambert series and this one did not disappoint me.Although this is book 3 in the series it can be read as a stand alone thriller.DCI Lambert is a troubled man. A car crash while he was driving resulted in the death of his daughter and his wife subsequently left him. He is in an on/off relationship but still has strong feelings for his ex-wife."Dead Embers" is a fast paced novel that grabs you from page 1. It is full of suspense and tension with plenty of twists and turns.Fans of crime thrillers will love this and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2018-11-01 09:56

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for a review copy of Dead Embers, the third novel to feature London based DCI Michael Lambert.Tillman, Lambert's boss, takes him direct from a secret MRI to try and discover the cause of his blackouts, to the scene of an arson and tells the locals Lambert is in charge. This is news to both but when Lambert finds out the house belongs to DI Caroline Jardine and her husband and that 2 badly burned dead bodies have been found he knows why he has been parachuted in and the pressure is on to find the killer of one of their own. What he uncovers is deeper and darker than anyone could have imagined.I always enjoy Lambert's investigations and Dead Embers is no exception. Mr Brolly has a very readable style of writing which draws you in and doesn't let go. I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down until I knew everything there was to know. The plot has plenty of twists and turns, not least that early identification of the arsonist is only the start. It is fast, exciting and only slightly implausible (what more could you want?) I was gobsmacked by how Mr Brolly takes the plot further - he is fast becoming one of my must read authors.The characterisation is good. DCI Lambert is the perennial outsider as he doesn't trust his boss and doesn't have the people skills to make allies. What he does have is an appetite for justice and the nous to get it, by fair means or foul. He is a troubled man but essentially moral and dedicated. I love him. Dark Embers is an excellent read with its twisty plot, exciting readable style and great protagonist so I have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Jen
    2018-11-14 11:12

    Dead Embers by Matthew Brolly is the third in his DCI Lambert series. I have not read the previous books, but the book works fine as a stand-alone.DCI Lambert is summoned to the scene of a house fire; a three-year-old has been rescued, but the parents did not survive. Arson is not part of DCI Lambert's usual purview, but one of the victims is a fellow officer. At the same time, an anti-corruption investigation is in process concerning Lambert's boss, complicating certain aspects of the investigation.DCI Lambert has plenty of other problems as well, but his determination to solve this case is evident. (Have to admit that I was not all that taken with DCI Lambert, but perhaps if I'd read the earlier books, I would have a better opinion.) The first two books in the series received excellent ratings. NetGalley/CaneloMystery/Suspense. March 6, 2017. Print length: 287 pages.

  • Graham McGhie
    2018-10-20 07:45

    Gripping Thriller which fans of "Line of Duty" are sure to enjoy:Following an arson attack on the home of a Detective Sergeant, the hunt is on to find the culprit of this crime against one of the Police's own officers. The investigation starts with the hunt for an arsonist skilled enough to have triggered advanced incendiary devices planted in a Gated Community and avoided security. It is not long before the investigation is broadened as politicians and senior police officers take an unusual interest in the case. The involvement of Anti Corruption leads the reader to suspect that their interest may have more to it than meets the eye.Matt Brolly has a solid plot but it is the characters which made the book for me. DCI Lambert never gives a toss where seniority is concerned and his disdain for Anti Corruption is a delight to behold. Meanwhile the target of Anti Corruption, Chief Superintendent Tillman never bats an eyelid as A C home in on him. He seems content that he has friends in higher places which turns out to be true.This is the third novel in the Lambert Series and can easily be read as a standalone thriller. Never short on action, full of twists and turns , all those who enjoy police thrillers are bound to enjoy this book. (My review was based on an eBook file provided to me by the publisher. My review is totally independent.)

  • Jillian Higham
    2018-11-02 14:14

    ConfusingThis was a 3rd book in a series but the first one I had read and I'm afraid I just didn't know what was going on. There were several references to things that had happened previously but they were not explained. For example Lambert's young daughter had died, but the circumstances were never explained. He uncovers a corrupt crime ring, but what exactly was the purpose of it, was it paedophilia or something else? At the end Lambert goes back to see his ex or estranged wife who now has another daughter, where is the father of this child? Too many things unexplained made the book unsatisfactory.

  • simone
    2018-10-20 13:48

    Must read for all crime loversYou have got to read all three books of matt brolly's dead series. I could not put my kindle down on each book,started the second no sooner then I read the first and same again with the third book. Each book as thrilling as the last. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right til the very last page in the series. Massive praise to Matt Bolly for such an amazing series. Totally recommend his books,you will not be disappointed .

  • M
    2018-10-22 14:14

    Excellent British Police ProceduralThis is the first book I’ve read of this series, but I will definitely be reading more by author Matt Brolly. Although there are many references to previous books, I was able to follow the various storylines, so I could read “Dead Embers” as a stand-alone. The writing is polished, the well-paced plot intricate, and the characters interesting. Highly recommended.

  • Donna
    2018-11-08 11:11

    Excellent seriesOnce again, a well written story with substance. This is a great series and I really like the main characters, their foibles and flaws, friendships and alliances, their difficult personal situations. The story was complex but easy to read and had a great ending. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Maria
    2018-10-24 08:52

    There's been a fire with two victims and a survivor and DCI Lambert has been assigned to be the leader of the investigation. As soon as he starts investigating, something doesn't feel right... will he find the truth before it's too late?Twist after twist this book starts with a fire and ends with a big explosion!While we are amazed by DCI Lambert tenacity investigating this case, in his personal life he needs a little push, with a more or less "partner" and stalking his wife(?)... I am quite intrigued about it, I hope we will know more about it in future books!This is the third book of the DCI Michael Lambert series, but you can read it as standalone. The baggage of the characters is quite explained while you are reading the case, so no worries to get lost.If you are searching for a new detective series to read, I highly recommend you this book, the mystery is full of twists and the characters are interesting and with a few problems of their own to keep you engaged on this series. I liked how a "simple" arsonist case escalates in a big case full of surprises and quite scaring discoveries.I've always been fascinated with the fire, the changing of colours is something that surprises me and keeps me paralyzed with the colour's mix and forms. I have good memories near a campfire, but I find quite inconceivable the thought of enjoying starting a fire to burn something just for pleasure, even if this gives you good memories!Do you want to the truth or just something simple?

  • Rachel Cacek
    2018-10-31 11:14

    Gripping, convoluted story.Fast moving, with twists, treachery, mayhem intertwined throughout the story. The characters are believable, and so is the dialogue. A tale that will stay with me for a long time. Evil personified in a moving story. An incredibly good read.

  • Pam
    2018-10-28 12:49

    DCI Michael Lambert has a special way of solving awful crimes, he follows his own way to seek out wicked and cruel men who are making the innocent women and children suffer, and teases you through the story as the tension increases, a really enjoyable book and a great story.

  • Deni Sugg
    2018-11-07 12:04

    Keeps you turning pagesWell written, suspenseful book. Kept you guessing until the end, never expected the turn at the end. Enjoyed the bok

  • Alan Norris
    2018-11-20 12:52

    a good read. Would love to read more of tese books

  • Charles Thibos
    2018-10-27 13:08

    Better than the second in the series, I give it 3.5. Interesting enough to keep you reading,but not exciting enough that you could not put it down.

  • Pat
    2018-11-01 08:14

    4.5 stars - this series just gets better!

  • Jacqui
    2018-11-09 14:14

    Excellent bookI found this book by accident, but I will definitely be reading more books that are written by this author.

  • Joyce
    2018-10-28 13:50

    4 StarsDCI Michael Lambert is a competent detective, often relied on to do the most difficult cases, but has blackouts and is not well liked by his superiors. DCI Sarah May is his girlfriend – or is she?Chief Superintendent Glenn Tillman – Lambert’s boss and a policeman who traverses the fine line between appropriate and sometimes dangerous. DS Mathilda Colville has recently returned to duty after convalescing following an explosion. She teams up with Lambert for this investigation. Lambert responds to a fire at a home. As he arrives, a little girl is rescued from the blaze. There are no adults rescued. The home belongs to a police officer, Caroline Jardine, and her husband, an investment analyst. A startling autopsy result has the police department scrambling. As they follow clues to arrest the arsonist, many officers are involved. They work well together as a team, with a few exceptions. Solid police work keeps this novel moving along nicely. Uncovered along the way toward solving this series of crimes, horrific goings-on are uncovered.The man ultimately in charge of the goings-on is a surprise, but – oops, can’t say any more, or I’ll give the story away. It is both well written and plotted. This is my first Matt Brolly book, but it certainly won’t be my last. He is a very good writer and his characters are interesting and believable. His descriptions are apt and colorful. I want to thank Netgalley and Canelo for forwarding to me a copy of this good book to read.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-20 08:53

    Dark Embers is the third book in the series to feature DCI Michael Lambert and is the second one that I have read. My plan was to read book two prior to this but I ran out of time. Fortunately, it could be read as a standalone novel.I read an early copy without seeing a synopsis so had no idea what it was about. If anything, this added to the intrigue of which there was already plenty. There was no slow build up. There is something quite harrowing about seeing a home on fire through the eyes of a young girl who doesn’t understand what she is seeing.Lambert is called in to head the investigation because the home belongs to a serving police officer. Everybody wants a quick solve but this isn’t a straight forward case. Lambert is struggling. An investigation by professional standards, the loss of his daughter, feelings for his ex-wife and uncertainty over his current relationship add to the guilt he feels over injuries that his colleague Matilda suffered during a previous case.I enjoyed meeting Lambert again. Even though I hadn’t read all the books I could still follow the story very well. There were no spoilers if anybody does decide to read this book without reading any of the earlier stories. There is rivalry between the teams, frustration about professional standards being in the way and a very understandable feeling of how far Lambert’s superior could be trusted.I like a novel where I can’t work out ‘whodunit’ so this worked very well for me. I never had a clue! The reasons why could have been quite upsetting but this was a lot more restrained than some that I have read. That is until the very chilling ending that had wondering what I had missed in book two and what I could look forward to in book 4.

  • Alexia Capsomidis
    2018-11-07 12:12

    DCI Lambert is called in to investigate a house fire and from here on in the action in this thriller begins. On discovering the remains of two bodies, one of which is a senior police officer, the reader knows that this case is going to be far from simple.Dead Embers, the third Lambert book, continues the story of the troubled detective as he tries to solve the investigation into the mysterious deaths whilst manoeuvring around the Anti-Corruption team who have taken an interest in his boss as well as trying to maintain some resemblance of normality with his personal relationships.Unable to give too much away for fear of spoilers, the clever writing of Matt Brolly ensures that you are totally gripped from the beginning and led on a journey of discovery with Lambert and his team to ensure those guilty are brought to justice.A brilliant third book in the highly addictive series... I didn't want it to end!

  • Áine
    2018-10-30 07:52

    One chapter into this book I realised that I had a new author to add to my favourites list. This is the third book in a series featuring the main character Lambert but reads well as a stand alone. The police operational methods described seemed a bit different to the usual set up (I liked the little bit of a nod to line of duty fans with AC19 internal affairs style involvement) and I'm not sure if the security services style connections of the NCA teams and software etc. ring that true. It didn't put me off enjoying the book though.I was given an ARC Copy by net galley.

  • Martha Brindley
    2018-11-04 12:54

    This is the third book in the DCI Lambert series and the book can be read as a stand alone. it is a gripping read, well written and a terrific plot. I really could not work out the 'whodunnit.' The plot is certainly full of twists and turns and Lambert is, at times, an unlikeable character. Having said that, I did feel sorry for him also. Matt brolly is now on my list of favourite authors and i look forward to more adventures from Lambert in the future. many thanks to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for my copy. A very enjoyable crime thriller which I would recommend.