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Hell's Fire

(DI Jon Spicer #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  99 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A charred corpse and Satanic paraphernalia are found on the blackened alter of a torched church in Manchester. The killer is prepared to commit unspeakable acts of evil in homage to his god. Jon Spicer is in hot pursuit.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2008 by Orion
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Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A "novel of suspense"? Hardly. I would have given this 3-stars except the author went and wrote the most stupid coincidence in the end.

The third in a series, this book does not need the first two read to know this is not a good series. The characters are realistic but not that compelling and the plot is typical and not gripping. Churches are being burned, there's lots of suspects, some red herrings, others "surprising". I don't know if I'm just good at predicting or Simms wrote a little too obvi
Paul Curd
Three local churches have been torched in as many weeks. Evidence of satanic rituals has been discovered in the smoking remains of each one. The Christian community are outraged and media interest reaches national levels. When the fourth church is burnt down the Greater Manchester Police pass the case to DI Jon Spicer and his colleagues in the Major Incident Team. The priest of this particular church tells DI Spicer about several other recent incidents, possibly involving homeless people and you ...more
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, review-books
HELL'S FIRE is the fourth book in this Manchester based series featuring DI Jon Spicer, although this is the first book in the group that I've read. An error of omission on my part that I'm going to have to do something about!

As you'd expect with a story that concentrates on the torching of churches, there are a lot of religious elements to this book. Although organised religion and the satanic ritualism as part of the church destruction is only part of a complex intertwining of religious elemen
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cops, ku
This is the fourth book in the DI Spicer series and you really don't need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one.

Are Satanists running amok in Manchester? With the arson of 4 churches and a new age school luring in the theologically curious. DI Spicer is skeptical about all of them. In his family his devotely Catholic mother is furious that his little sister (she's an adult) is dabbling in Wicca. But Ellie has lots of good reasons to reject Catholicism.

To be honest I found both sides
D. Eric
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I am sad that this is the first of the series published in the US. The protagonist carries quite a bit of baggage that gets a bit glossed over a bit as it was probably covered in previous books. The church burnings and satanic clues keep you hooked through most of the book, though I must confess I solved this fairly early on (or at least my suspicions proved true) and that is the difference between a three and a four. I plan on finding the previous books in the series to see if they are true to ...more
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This is not a bad book good stories and I like the characters but enjoyment is totally spoiled by the spelling mistakes, grammar errors and formatting problems. I read book 3 before this one and found the same lack of proof reading in that one so it is obviously not improving as the series progresses. I did wonder if it was a translation problem but it is set in Manchester so not very likely. It is unlikely I will be reading any more by this author.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Spicer is an engaging protagonist and enjoy this series
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I've read others in the series too. Not particularly fast paced and maybe a little predictable who the murderer was but a good read.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Bit meh, this one.
Lee Pennington
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Simms keeps you guessing in this page turner crime novel.
Okay, so not the most surprising 'whodunnit', and some of the facts on religion seem a little shoe-horned in, but I enjoyed the ride!
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Okay

This is my least favorite of the D I Spicer books. I'm hoping the next one is better. Just couldn't seem to get into this one.
Matt Everhart
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book of Christopher Simms, didn't realize it was part of a series.
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