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The Unquiet Grave

(Damen Brook #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  42 reviews
The Cold Case crime department of Derby Constabulary feels like a morgue to DI Damen Brook. As a maverick cop, his bosses think it's the best place for him.

But Brook isn't going to go down without a fight. Applying his instincts and razor sharp intelligence, he sees a pattern in a series of murders that seem to begin in 1963. How could a killer go undetected for so long? A
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Published July 4th 2013 by Headline
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Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, another in the Damen Brook series and I have to say this one was top notch.

Brook is out in cold. Although it's not necessary to read all the books, they can be read as standalones, so much is missed if they're not. And from book three we know why. As punishment for his sins Brook is sent down to the cold, dark basement and set to work on cold cases. With little in the way of enthusiasm he sets off with his flask of tea and gets to work. Using his usual diligence he soon comes across a case t
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is the fourth book set in and around Derby and the Dales, focusing on DI Brook, a damaged detective and at the end of book three, Deity, suspended.
It starts with him thinking he should retire; he's faulty goods and his loyal DS, looks likely to be passed over for promotion and also ready to resign.
Matters go from bad to worse as Brook is sent to work on Cold Cases in the basement of Police HQ and kept out the loop in a hoorible child murder and abduction. Brook uses to investigates old case
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Unquiet Grave by Steven Dunne

Detective Inspector Damen Brook, a disgraced Derby detective has been assigned to the Cold Case Unit of Derby Constabulary. His superiors feel burying Brook in cold cases will further punish the just returning from suspension policeman. Brook is assigned to work with retired Inspector Clive Copeland to comb through decades of unsolved murders. The files he is handed are child murders that go back 60 years.

Dunne has built a suspenseful police procedural that is m
Tracy Fenton
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another cracker of a book featuring one of my favourite detectives Damen Brook. Now demoted to the cold case department Brook relies on good old detective work and his gut instinct to solve a 50 year old murder and an abduction case at the same time. If you enjoy police procedural and crime books I would definitely recommend this series..... but start at the beginning with The Reaper
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If there are any crime thriller fans out there who have not yet been introduced to Steven Dunne's 'Reaper' series featuring the brooding maverick DI Damen Brooks, then you are in for a real treat. In fact, I'm a tiny bit envious of anyone who still has all four of these incredible books to read.

The Unquiet Grave finds DI Brooks back at the station after his recent suspension and injury. Brook has few friends and many enemies, and finds himself relegated to the cold case department. In his morgue
Liz Barnsley
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So. Another in the series featuring DI Damen Brook, I have been looking forward to this one and it didnt disappoint. DI Brook, back from his latest "leave" is stuck investigating Cold cases - a job he neither wants nor is particularly interested in. Determined to toe the line though, he dives in with a modicum of enthusiasm...until something peaks his interest. And of course, this IS Damen Brook we are talking about so soon he is going off at a tangent in his own way and the possibility of a hid ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
well I don't really know what to say, Dunne it again Mr S....

fantastic plotlines etc...again!!!

One of my top 5 author's so much so I have read the books on my kindle and bought in real form, can't wait to meet the Reaper etc... on paper pages. Fantastic book!!!
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book after Deity which was a great read but I was sadly disappointed. I don't know how old Mr Dunne is but the main non-police characters in this book were all born about 1950 so it beggars belief that out of 18 children at a party only 3 are alive and of those 3 only one doesn't live in OAP accommodation and isn't seriously ill. It put me off the whole book. That and the fact that half the plot was pretty obvious almost from the start. I didn't enjoy ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
On his return from sick leave and suspension DI Damen Brook is assigned to the newly formed Cold Case Unit. He starts investigating a number of murders which may be linked and becomes involved in an increasingly complex case.
Another really good read in this series.
Sonya Alford
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of this book. Until recently I had never even heard of Steven Dunne. 'The Unquiet Grave' was published by Headline on the 4th July 2013 and it is Steven's fourth novel. Based in Derby this really is crime fiction at its very best.

DI Damen Brook has recently been on suspension. On returning back to work he is assigned to work in the Cold Case Unit of Derby Constabulary. To Brook it feels like a morgue but he decides to just get on with it. His task is to loo
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't want to give too much away in my review about the plot of the book as you really should read it yourself.
The book opens where DI Damen Brook returns to work following his suspension from the job he loved. DI Brook made a serious mistake in the previous book called Deity and he is now paying for it. As punishment he is sent to the Cold Case Unit consisting of him himself and a retired Detective Chief Inspector. DI Brook revisits a case from the 1960s which involved the death of a child.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Just finished "The Unquiet Grave", which means I've read all of Steven Dunne's thrillers and I'm amazed that he keeps up such a high standard. This is a real riveting read about a series of murders spanning 4 decades and a discredited detective's bid to find the truth about a possible serial killer whose crimes have gone almost unnoticed.
Peter Shovlin
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Bought this after being accosted in Waterstones by the author in Bradford. I took the plunge and I'm kinda glad I did. The Brook character is interesting - definitely wanted more by the end. I found the body count and twists and turns a bit hard to keep on top of, but overall I enjoyed it and would recommend
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I started this book hoping to jump back and forth between this one and a few others. But I could never put this one down. I had to know what happened next and the suspense and twists kept me hooked. Another excellent book by Steven Dunne. I can't wait for another one.
Aug 13, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epub

The past can't stay hidden forever...

The Cold Case Unit of Derby Constabulary feels like a morgue to DI Damen Brook. But in disgrace and recently back from suspension, his boss thinks it's the safest place for him. But Brook isn't going down without a fight and when he uncovers a pattern in a series of murders that date back to 1963, he is forced to dig deeper. How could a killer stay undetected for so long? Could it be luck or are more sinister forces at work? 

Applying his instincts and ra

Sue Bowers
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner, full of twists.
Julie Unwin
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. Need to read others now. Kept me interested all the way through
Mel  Burns
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
yesss Brook did it. what a lot going on. Had my brain fried once or twice trying to keep up but what a read. Excellent and a definite must read
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read the first of the DI Brook novels in 2013 and loved it. I then picked up the third in the series, realised I had missed a book and went back to read in order. So, now I have finished book 4 and can honestly say they just get better, which is unusual as I am used to series becoming weaker and repetitive as they go on. The books can be read in order or can stand alone, and I think that The Unquiet Grave is actually the most able to stand alone.
The Unquiet Grave is, like all of Ste
When offered a choice from the shortlist for the 2014 East Midlands Book Award, crime was top of my preferences. As a devotee of Stephen Booth's Peak District 'rural noir' setting, I was keen to see what Steven Dunne would make of the city of Derby.

I felt very uncomfortable about the novel to begin with. Despite being the proud owner of two Derbyshire teenagers myself, we're small town not urban and I can't really tell whether the words Dunne puts in the mouths of Josh and Scott are authentic or
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
After the first few chapters of 'The Unquiet Grave' I was ready to put it down. Expectation is at least half of what makes a good read and what I thought was going to be a detective novel seemed hell bent on being the next supernatural thriller with mysterious children appearing at the sites of murders and then disappearing like ghosts. Coupled with this was some rather unfortunate teenage interactions, which may well be how the 'youth' of today speak but was irritating nevertheless.

However, I
Paul Gitsham
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Teases the reader and keeps them hooked until the final twist"

Unquiet Grave is the 4th novel in the DI Damen Brook series and my first exposure to the writer Steven Dunne. It won't be my last, I'll definitely be reading the previous 3 and any future books.

The book takes place over fifty years as DI Brook is assigned to the cold-case unit. Child murders from half a century previously are given a new resonance when it becomes apparent that a significant anniversary is approaching. Will the killer
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is the fourth book in the DI Damien Brook series and I found it a good read. Brook has served his suspension for allowing his daughter to impersonate a police officer in Book 3 but has been despatched to Cold Cases as a punishment. Needless to say, his sharp mind and ability to read the criminal brain mean that, though demoted to the basement, he is still able to see links with another ongoing crime and, presumably, rise again to his proper role. The plot was interesting enough though needi ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Yet another brilliantly well written book by the fabulous Steven Dunne.

The Unquiet Grave is the fourth book in the DI Damen Brook series and can easily be read as a stand alone. The fifth book, A Killing Moon will be available to buy on the 7th of May.

As with all of the other 3 books, the author grabs your attention straight from the start. The fourth in the series finds Brook being put on a cold case to do with murders of children starting from as early as 1963. Its not long before Brook starts
Mary Johnson
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After the last book, clearly Damien's career had taken a downward turn..... To the basement. Knee deep in dead files rather than dead bodies? Not at all! Yet another good yarn that entwined the past with current events and makes it hard to tell the goodies from the baddies. This time I really thought I'd followed the clues and sussed out who done it but yet again, Mr D's clever plotting kept unfolding right to the end. Mr D's books are always a good read and this book didn't disappoint. Will eag ...more
Janette Fleming
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Cold Case crime department of Derby Constabulary feels like a morgue to DI Damen Brook. As a maverick cop, his bosses think it's the best place for him.

But Brook isn't going to go down without a fight. Applying his instincts and razor sharp intelligence, he sees a pattern in a series of murders that seem to begin in 1963. How could a killer go undetected for so long? And why are his superiors so keen to drive him down blind alleys?

Brook delves deep into the past of both suspects and colleagu
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another delicious mystery from Steven Dunne. When DI Damen Brook returns from enforced leave he is relegated to a cold case unit and is looking into the deaths of a couple of children nearly 50 years ago. Nobody really expects a result. But Brook is nothing if not thorough. He starts to find hints that a number of other cold cases may also be related. There is also a boy currently missing that Brooks believes to be part of the series. There are a gazillion suspects but Dunne brings this convolut ...more
Helen (TBC)
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Unquiet Grave (DI Damen Brook 4) - The best so far from Steven Dunne!

I loved the first three books about this flawed, intelligent, determined detective and this, the 4th story, did not disappoint. It is a really well crafted, complex tale with great characters (some absolutely loathsome), lots of twists and a few red herrings to keep us guessing. I think that reading the first 3 books first would help to understand Brook although this could be read as a stand-alone. Another excellent read -
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2017
A beautifully crafted crime novel with more dead bodies than an episode of Morse (UK detective in Oxford), ranging from 1963 to 2012.

Damen Brook's cold case reviews show up some startling disparities in police procedures but his experience and intelligence help him find a trail that leads to some unexpected revelations.

A thoroughly good, well paced read. My first from this author but he's definitely on my list to read more.
Lisa Hartmann Jensen
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read about the author here on goodreads. It made me curious, so I went to the library to find one of his books. This one was the only one they had (such a shame, would love to read more of them).
I love a good antihero and Brook is just that. However, the book is not as dark as the Charlie Parker novels which made it a bit easier to read.
The language was good and fluent (or maybe I just enjoyed it more because I haven't read an English book for a while).
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Steven left Rhodesway School in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1976 after taking A-levels. He graduated from Kent University in 1979 and, after taking a year’s Post Graduate Certificate in Education at St Mary’s College in Twickenham, he undertook a variety of jobs in London, including Public Relations Consultant, freelance Journalist and supply teacher.

He wrote occasional articles for The Guardian, Th

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Damen Brook (6 books)
  • The Reaper (Damen Brook, #1)
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