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A Long Time Dead

(The Dead Trilogy #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  616 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
First book in The Dead Trilogy. A Long Time Dead asks is forensic evidence incontrovertible? How would you feel if forensic evidence incorrectly incriminated you? In the world of crime scene investigation, Roger Conniston is one of West Yorkshire Police's finest. But his chequered past catches up with him when forensic evidence implicates him in the death of a young woman. ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by (first published June 7th 2011)
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David Staniforth
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I believe this is Andrew Barrett's first novel. I read his more recent titles – four in total – before reading this one, and had this come first I would likely have rated it higher. The book is a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey, but I'm happy to report that Mr Barrett's later writing gets better and better as the novels progress. Therein, I feel this rating is reflective of Mr. Barrett’s growth as an author over the ensuing years. His style is here in spades, however, and it is ...more
Todd Simpson
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Thriller. I already knew that Andrew Barrett was a great Author after reading ‘The End of Lies’ which is an amazing story. This book is just as good, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing he does really well, is putting the time into each of his characters, and their backgrounds. This certainly shows with so many great characters. Another highlight is, there’s more than one thing happening alongside the main plot, which for me always makes for an interesting and entertaining story. Th ...more
David Gilchrist
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, crime from the perspective of the soco, will be reading more of the writer
Brenda Mcallister
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the story the author told but found the first half of the book quite frustrating. There were many named characters plus acronyms of organizations which I had to keep flipping back to make sense of. However, the serial killer storyline united with the domestic problems of the two lead characters made the book a mystery worth reading.
I received this book free from the author to read and review.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where to begin? Roger Conniston is a SOCO with the Yorkshire police. He is up for promotion along with his friend Chris. They're both being trialled for the job. He is also secretly following Inspector Weston, who he knows is dealing in stolen weapons, with a view to seeing him arrested.

A couple of murders where women have their throats slashed are keeping the SOCOs busy but Roger also has a sick wife to deal with. You start to get the feeling that something very fishy is going on. And soon Roge
Kath Middleton
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an exciting and complex tale about a SOCO working towards a promotion. He has problems at home and further problems with work colleagues, one of whom he is convinced has been dealing in guns. The story unfolds and with it the richness of the characters and their interactions with one another. There are two murders in the story and we are rather misled as to the perpetrator (as were the police!)

The language used throughout the book is really well thought out, descriptive and inspirin
Ted Tayler
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Slow-burning, but fascinating"

If you like the details of a police procedural, then this one is right up your street. It might not have the pace of some thrillers, but the story line is good, the characters are well defined and all too believable, and the quality of writing is above average. Stick with it and I'm confident you'll enjoy the ride.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Andrew Barrett. I don't know when I've found an author that I enjoy as much as I do Mr. Barrett. I have done nothing but read his books for the last 3 weeks. I only wish he could write as fast as I can read.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger Conniston is a SOCO (Scenes Of Crime Officer - like a CSI, but realistic). He has his problems: His wife is disabled, he's having an affair with his therapist, his best friend Chris is his rival for promotion, and a certain bent Police Inspector would rather he stopped breathing.

When forensic evidence implicating Roger is found at a murder scene, he is arrested. Roger is convince he has been fitted up by the bent cop, but there's no way he can prove it from the inside of a police cell, and
Autumn Is Azathoth
Review of A LONG TIME DEAD by Andrew Barrett

A LONG TIME DEAD is forensic-noir, starring a protagonist who is a CSI [formerly SOCO] for the West Yorkshire Police. Roger Conniston is “a man with a mission,” a man who is an imperfect individual, yet one with his own high moral code. His sense of integrity has in the past led him to report a superior, Inspector Weston, whom Roger believes to be a gun-runner. Weston got off with barely a slap on the hand, and has targeted Conniston ever since. In his
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well looks like I might be in a minority in thinking that this is such a poorly written book, I am struggling to give a shit about anyone, that's when I can tell them apart. There have been two brutal murders so far, but I am not sure if the same character committed both. The scene between the therapist and our 'hero' was the most unrealistic thing I have read in a long time. It was so contrived and cringe-making. Unfortunately I bought the trilogy (based on a twitter recommendation- note to sel ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Roger Conniston is a scene of crimes officer working for West Yorkshire police. He knows that one of the police officers is acting outside the law and is determined to find evidence. This becomes the least of his worries when he is framed for a murder that he didn't commit, I know nothing of the work of SOCO but Andrew Barrett brings it to life, I also love the descriptions of the local area
Colette Lamberth
Having read all the Eddie Collins books I wasn't sure how I would react to a series without him in it but the good news is I like Roger Conniston. I skipped a party to stay home and finish this book and as soon as I finished it I lined up book 2 on the kindle. When you read an Andy Barrett book it's like you are there working the crime scene with the characters. I'm sure I must qualify for my own squirrel brush soon. Highly recommended.
Marion Campbell
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting story that I quite enjoyed. If you believe that everyone is flawed then it deserves 5 stars, I don't believe that. The story keeps the reader involved and until almost the end had me wondering who the real bad guy was. This is a series that I will explore further.
Anna Maria
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved reading this crime, at first I was not totally in the book as there were too many characters names that I had to keep in mind, but the more I read it the more I was intrigued and I just couldn't stop! I really recommend this book as it is worth reading for those who like crime stories. I will surely be reading more of this writer as this is not his first book that I read and I appreciated even his previous stories.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading Andy Barrett's A long time Dead whilst I was on holiday this week and it's a fantastic gripping thriller, with a strong focus on the use of forensics, unsurprising since the author is a senior scenes of crime officer. There was a time when we read and watched lot of fiction containing forensics mostly based in america, and quite often horribly unscientific, this is amazingly clever and well written. If you like a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing, wit ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I really enjoyed reading this book. A fantastic murder investigative novel. The main character has been set up for a murder he did not commit. This book has great detail in the murder scene and fantastic forensic detail too. This book is written very well and the story very clear and easy to follow. The author carries the mystery through this novel really well. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put the book down. I really enjoyed the main character and the challenges he face ...more
Anita Hargreaves
Akin to Ian Rankin, Fantastic

This book is free and done my review, for the first time half way through. Read, amazingly this book is free to read didn't want crime thriller fans to miss out on this offer. This author is gripping thriller, set in a Yorkshire Police Station if it was on TV would be a smash hit. At moment I do not know who to trust and am sad to say as on kindle I can't pass this author's book on. I have always been generous on my ratings though genuine, but whatever the ending I t
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written by a SOCO about a SOCO so you know it is accurate. I really enjoyed it and thought it was wonderfully put together and loved the fact it was based in Britain, most crime novels I read seem to be set in America. I also loved how it all came together at the end, I wasn't expecting it to be resolved like that which makes a nice change from the predictable template a lot of crime novels have. Not forgetting the cliff hanger at the end, although pretty sure I know who is behind t ...more
Aunty Janet
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure about this book to begin with. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, but as I read further into the book I became engrossed and ended up loving it.
Scenes of Crime officer Roger, is convinced that a senior police officer is involved in dealing firearms. This leads to Roger being caught up in a murder investigation. I really enjoyed the realistic SOCO descriptions and became gripped to the end, to say any more would spoil the story.
I immediately bought the next 2 books in the ser
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent novel about Roger, a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) who is competing against one of his best friends, Chris, for a promotion at work. Roger hates guns and is obsessed with finding evidence to put away bent copper Weston, who lives a life well beyond his means, paid for by gun money. But Roger is so obsessed with putting Weston away that he cannot see the true culprit framing him for the murder of a young woman – even if I could and wanted to scream at the book! Great characterisation ...more
Shellie Uchtman
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love to read crime stories, (especially true crime), the story line was very believable and had a good plot to it. I found it to be a slow read at first, but then it took off and I wanted to keep on reading to see what was going to happen next. There were a few errors that need to be edited (just like any author's book) however, they were not anything major. I think this author has talent and look forward to reading his future work.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I did not find any of the characters sympathetic, especially the protagonist.

The plot was too predictable; I figured it out about one-third into the story. I had hoped for a twist at the end, but that didn't happen.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Average to the point of being irritating. I've read the plot of this book a hundred times before and usually better done.
Sheila Reed
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bit complicated at the beginning as all the strands of the plot and the characters were explained. Once it got going it was an intriguing book. Have started the second one of the series
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had " A Long Time Dead" by Andrew Barrett sitting on my Kindle "bookshelf" for a month or so before I got around to reading it. At first I was a bit put off by the British-isms and all the police acronyms the author used some of which I figured out, some I never did. Then there was the way the author began his tale, just dropping the reader into the start of another routine day of Roger Conniston, SOCO officer. ( yes, an acronym.) Also apparently SOCO officers are not police dept. employees bu ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
kindle unlimited, used to not be, will have to go through his list on goodreads and catch up via ku for any showing not read {some quite a while back were arcs but those started after quite a bit in to his series/different books} this is in part from old different date that for some reason didn't post to gr

Do you like realistic forensic-based crime thrillers? They discovered her naked body with a puncture wound to her neck and blood everywhere. This was the second such case West Yorkshire Police
Walter Scott
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed, Andrew Barrett’s stories involving Eddie Collins, CSI for the London police force.
But long before there was an Eddie Collins, there was Roger Conniston, SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer – which was the forerunner to the present CSI). A long Time Dead was the first Roger Conniston novel – where it all started.
Andrew Barrett certainly had a clear idea of what writing a thriller was all about.
The crime scene investigation process draws you in. There is a skilful mi
Misfits farm
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful insight into SOCO/ CSI as we are now more familiar with from TV and film. We learn of the acronyms and skills that are used to capture the evidence as the story unfolds. This is the first in the series and the characters are getting established. A promotion is up for grabs. Some are sure of getting it whilst others are quaking in their shoes- either because they might get it or they might not. Personal issues arise in the midst of an investigation which to me always give the characte ...more
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Hi everyone,

My name is Andrew Barrett and I live and work in West Yorkshire.

My work focuses on the world of Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs or CSIs). I try to offer a unique insight into this often dark landscape; after all, I've been doing it as a career for over twenty years.

Thanks for looking,


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