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Written in Blood (DI Mariner #3)

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For the first time in his life, DI Tom Mariner's home life is beginning to look settled. There's talk of a move to the country and even kids, and while Anna is doing the talking, for once Mariner isn’t trying to evade commitment. The couple’s quiet holiday season is shattered, though, when an explosion rocks the day of a community carol concert. Tom and Anna are caught up ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Piatkus Books
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Liz
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve not read the prior two books in this series and will admit I only picked it up because it takes place in Birmingham. The book starts off with three different crimes all in the space of a few pages.

One of crimes, a bomb going off in St. Martin’s church during Xmas season has a personal impact on DI Mariner and his significant other, Anna. They are there as individuals, not in an official capacity when the bomb explodes. It affects them in different ways which leads to a definite strain on t
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Linda Strong
Just when Mariner is getting his getting his life in order, he gets hit by one disaster after another. A woman's body is found and goes unidentified. A well-known politician, his wife, and driver are all shot and killed on the side of a lonely road. And finally, there's an explosion... just as Mariner and his girlfriend are about to enter a church. They were lucky .. others were not.

The only one of the crimes that the police seem interested in is the politician. They are saying that the driver w
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Gary
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Killer Lies' is the 3rd book in the DI Mariner Series by author Chris Collett. This is my second read of a Chris Collett novel and enjoyed it very much. Lead character Tom Mariner is based in Birmingham which is an added interest to me as I am very familiar with many of the places mentioned in the novel.
They say things happen in threes, first a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer, the police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.”. Secondly an important pol
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Cheryl Earle
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a 4.5 star read.

Ker-BLAAAM!!! This novel shot straight out of the starting gates like a rocket and didn't let up it's anxiety driven thrills till the very last page. There was just soooo much happening with this novel, multiple criminal investigations were woven intricately with revelations regarding DI Tom Mariner's personal life. What starts out as a day thigh deep in sewage recovering a body wrapped in garbage bags ends with a life threatening bomb explosion amid Christmas shopping. A
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Elaine Tomasso
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Killer Lies, the third novel in the Birmingham based DI Tom Mariner series.

It's all going on in the run up to Christmas. Fresh (?) from excavating a murder victim from a sewer Tom is just outside the cathedral for the Force's carol concert when it explodes. At the same time the Met is investigating the shooting of a politician, his wife and chauffeur and find evidence linking them to Tom. He then receives a note linking him to
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Donna Maguire
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This is the third book in the DI Mariner series and it is a great addition to the series, the team are faced with a tough main case and living close to Birmingham with a husband in the Police Service, based in Birmingham, it does make you think what might happen - gave me plenty of food for thought.

I am a great fan and advocate of crime fiction books and this one had a great story but at times DI Mariner really wound me up in this book, I really wanted to
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Joanna Larum
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Tom Mariner book I have read and I enjoyed it as much as the first. The book begins in a very dramatic fashion with bodies aplenty and a bomb exploding at the Cathedral just before the Police Carol Service is due to take place. The action continues all the way through the book but this isn't just a police procedural crime novel. The reader gains insights into Detective Inspector Mariner's character and background and the mystery of his unknown father is revealed. As his father ...more
Annette
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The DI Tom Mariner series just gets better and better, I think the books are best read in order even though there is some background information on the characters. The plot is well thought out and brilliantly written and I particularly enjoyed the ending. Thank you for the ARC
Joyce
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1 / 2 stars

DI Tom Mariner is getting his life in order. With a new girlfriend and being happy for the first time in a very long while, all is going well for him.

But then there are the bodies that keep falling all over his patch. Three people are found dead on the side of a road. It is a retired MP and his wife and their driver. Jumping to conclusions, the police at first believe that it is the driver’s shady past that brings tragedy to this couple and the driver. Also, a badly decomposed
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Books n All  Jill Burkinshaw
This is book 3 in the DI Mariner series and I am lucky enough to have read the previous books. Although there is some background you would have missed I do feel this book will work well as stand alone.

A politician and his wife are murdered along with their bodyguard it isn't, strictly speaking, Mariner's case but he becomes involved on a personal level and that involvement becomes and obsession. Is there a cover up or are previous events causing Mariner to be irrational. Added to this his partne
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Amanda
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered the series featuring DI Tom Mariner towards the end of last year and I was thrilled to learn that there were more books in the series to come. Even better was the fact that I was asked if I would like to read and review ‘Killer Lies’ as part of the blog tour. You can imagine my excitement although on seconds thoughts best not. The happy dance was not pretty. Anyway I digress slightly so back to the review I do go.
I must admit to having something of a soft spot for DI Mariner. He is
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Linda
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The great thing about Chris Collett’s novels is that they are always fascinating. She really does her research and comes up with a storyline which is totally different to anything you may have read before and each one of her DI Mariner books has, so far, grabbed my attention and kept me totally absorbed.

They also concentrate more on Mariner’s private life, with less of the police work and more of the private, off the books, investigative work which always tends to get him into trouble, difficult
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Misfits farm
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A body is found at the rear of a car. The passengers inside looking like they are awaiting the return of the driver-only they too have both been shot. Tom is attending the local carol service in the cathedral when on their way there is an explosion. He is getting anonymous notes which imply, to him, that he could be the target. In all those dignitaries? Maybe he is just being paranoid. As ever this grips you from the start and draws you in. Chris has the talent of bringing characters to life and
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Susan Angela Wallace
killer lies by Chris Collette.
Just when DI Tom Mariner seems to be settling down with his new girlfriend . . . everything kicks off.
First, a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer.  The police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.” 
Then an important politician and his wife are shot on an isolated road.
And finally, a bomb explosion in the busy city kills 5 people, causing chaos and panic.
Can Detective Mariner and his team get to the bottom of crimes that will
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Susan Angela Wallace
killer lies by Chris Collette.
Just when DI Tom Mariner seems to be settling down with his new girlfriend . . . everything kicks off.
First, a badly decomposed body of a young woman is found in a Birmingham sewer.  The police can’t identify her and dub her “Madeleine.” 
Then an important politician and his wife are shot on an isolated road.
And finally, a bomb explosion in the busy city kills 5 people, causing chaos and panic.
Can Detective Mariner and his team get to the bottom of crimes that will
...more
Karen
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Chris Collett. Another great story about DCI Tom Mariner. This story was a bit more personal for DCI Mariner, and it showed his vulnerable side. However, it also showed his ability as a great detective too.

DCI Mariner and his girlfriend Ann are getting more serious in their relationship. It’s almost Christmas and they are headed to a Christmas pageant with members of the Police department where Mariner works. Anna wants to do a little more shopping before heading over, so s
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Margaret Duke-Wyer
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is the third book in the series by Chris Collett featuring Tom Mariner. It opens as Tom and his partner Anne, joined by his colleague Tom Knox and his partner, attend a service at the cathedral at which a bomb explodes. This leaves Tom with PTSD and Tom’s partner with a partial leg amputation. Tom is clearly reeling from the bomb explosion – on coming round he aided the recovery effort and was left traumatised by the sights and sounds and not least the death of a girl he comforted whist the ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
So this is the third of the DI Tom Mariner series and the second I’ve read but it could easily be read as a stand alone without you missing very much.

The story starts with a farmer finding MP Sir Geoffrey Ryland, his wife and his driver shot to death in a secluded spot, a message; Vengence is mine, daubed in blood on the window of the car. Elsewhere, Mariner set to deliver a speech at the annual Christmas carol service when the world around him explodes, literally.

Suffering from the aftermath of
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Marion
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the DI Tom Mariner series. Tom is at a bit of a cross roads in his personal life.
His girlfriend Anna whom he has practically moved in with is pushing to start a family.
Toms not so sure.
The case hes currently working on, the decomposed body of a woman found in a sewer, is at a standstill.
Then a former MP Sir Geoffrey Ryland, his wife and chauffeur are discovered shot in their car.
The chauffeur a man who had previously been in prison is assumed to have been somehow invo
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Hannelore Cheney
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.
What a good series this is, I binge read this outing in 2 days...
My rating is 4.5, the only reason it's not 5 is that I found the ending a bit farfetched, but that's a small niggle in a great read.
DI Calladine is undergoing quite a few difficulties that are undermining his emotional stability. The body of at young girl, a bombing and the assassination of a popular politician, Sir Geoffrey, his wife and chauffeur, all add more pressure to the perso
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Nerys Roberts
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the DI Tom Mariner series. Tom’s life seems to be reaching a settled stage - he’s moved in with his partner Anna, he’s put the flat in his property up for rent and he and Anna are thinking of starting a family. Then an explosion at a church nearly kills both of them and they can’t talk to each other about it. Then a colleague from another force asks Mariner to meet up with him and drops a bombshell - he tells Mariner his father’s identity. His father was a prominent ex ...more
Simon Leonard
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series and the second one in the series that I have read and reviewed.

The book starts of with a bang, literally, when Tom and his partner are walking towards the cathedral for a carol service when a bomb explodes in the church they are heading towards and Tom runs to it to help people.

The book deals with Tom’s issues regarding the explosion and how he can’t talk to his partner and get help.

The other stroylines in the book revolve around a body found in a sewer and a
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Plum-crazy
Not a bad thriller, didn't keep me as gripped as some do but still held my interest enough to keep me reading 'til the end! While it's a certainly a crime novel the focus is very much on the personal life of Mariner. The discovery of a connection between the murder victims & Mariner means Mariner makes some surprise discoveries about his past which have a knock-on effect with his relationship with girlfriend Anna.

I'll happily read more in this series, though I wasn't a fan of Anna (don't re
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Bev
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, have-read
Detective Tom Mariner is trying to get his personal life in order. His girlfriend has moved in with him and wants to begin a family. Tom gets called out to a case where they find a body of a young unknown woman in a sewer. Then a politician and his wife is shot and killed. After that, there is a bomb that kills five people. Can Mariner and his team find a connection with all these killings? His boss is only interested in the killing of the politician and his wife. Things get rather hairy for Mar ...more
Carole
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5*s plus. An excellent tale of lies and deceit. I just loved it. Well worth reading even if you haven’t read the previous books you can get the gist straight away.

It is full of red herrings and really you don’t know who to trust, but I did wonder about one person in the beginning ......and I was right.

Poor old Tom is really in the thick of it, a dead body in a sewer whom they can’t trace, a bomb goes off at a Carol service and an MP and his wife are shot dead. His girlfriend is mithering about
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Nancy
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DI Tom Mariner works in Birmingham area. Has found a decomposed body of a woman. Is going into a church with his partner Anna as a bomb goes off inside. He holds the hand of a 10 year old while she dies so she will not be alone. Gives him much thought of being a parent and having that happen to your child. Sir Geoff Ryland and his wife plus the chauffeur are killed on a country road. He is not on the case but he finds things out that make him just not able to stay away from the case. This takes ...more
Pgchuis
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
3.5* rounded up.

Not at all about the dead Albanian woman found in a sewer, but instead all about Tom finding out who his (recently murdered) father was. Not telling Anna anything about this, he then sets out (on an unofficial basis) to overturn the police view of the motive behind his father's death. I am going off Tom (see his attitude on meeting Helena James), who doesn't at all deserve Anna, although I suspect she is about to find out she is pregnant.

Anyway, the murderer tried out to be (once
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Judy G Spivey
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new favorite Detective Inspector. DI Mariner.

As DI Mariner is under pressure at home from his partner, Anna to have a baby and move to the country, his life history changing. Finding out his father is a well known politician who was recently murdered, sends him once again investigating and keeping information to himself. An almost fatal mistake. Well written, will hold your interest to the end.
Sheila Howes
The book opens with the discovery of a local and well liked politician, his wife and chauffeur being discovered dead on a countryside lane. It's followed fairly rapidly by an explosion in the city centre. Tom Mariner is caught in the explosion but isn't hurt so helps with the recovery operation. Special Branch are in charge of both investigations, but Mariner is haunted by the explosion, and it causes problems between him and his partner, Anna. Mariner is meant to be investigating the decomposed ...more
barbara jones
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue and excitement are found in this book. My first time reading this author, but it won't be my last.

A totally different story that makes you want to keep reading. The real story is deeply hidden away. It takes Tom on many different pathways. Until he brings things to light that he had no idea they ever existed.
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Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris has since taught children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. She is now a university lecturer, with two grown up children, and lives in Birmingham; DI Tom Mari ...more
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