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Killing Time

(DCI Eve Clay #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A young Czech girl, missing for eight days, is found abandoned in a deserted playground. She is so traumatized she cannot speak. DCI Eve Clay is on her way to interview the victim, when another case is called in. Two Polish migrant workers have been found dead in their burnt out flat. But Clay soon realizes that this is no normal house fire. The men's bodies were set aligh ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Head of Zeus
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Paromjit
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first I have read from the DCI Eve Clay series set in Liverpool by Mark Roberts but I found it worked fine as a standalone. This is a dark, bleak and atmospheric story, a blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, with a multitude of twists after twists, just when you think you have a handle on what is going on, Roberts throws a spanner in the works. This takes in a global conspiracy, with the focus on the events in Liverpool, but connected with what has occurred in the U ...more
Zoe
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars!

Disturbing, menacing, and tortuous!

Killing Time is a complex tale that immerses you into the hunt, evidence collection, and investigation of a serial killer with a penchant for fire.

The prose is dark and eerie. The characters are devout, fanatical, and manipulative. And the plot is an incredibly twisty tale that delves into a world filled with deception, mental illness, obsession, malice, hatred, religious indoctrination, violence, and murder.

Killing Time is the fourth novel in the DCI
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Sean Peters
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to Net Galley, The publishers and the author for an ARC copy for an honest review...

A young Czech girl, missing for eight days, is found in a deserted playground. Starving and terrified, she may be alive but the horrors she's survived have left her mute.

DCI Eve Clay is on her way to try and interview the girl, when another case is called in. Two Polish migrant workers have been found dead in their burnt out flat. But this is no normal house fire. The men's bodies had been doused in petrol
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Elaine Tomasso

I would like to thank Netgalley and Heads of Zeus for an advance copy of Killing Time, the fourth novel to feature Liverpool based DCI Eve Clay.

Eve and the team have their hands full with two serious investigations starting at the same time. Firstly they get the news that Marta Ondrej, a Czech teenager with learning difficulties, who has been missing for 8 days has been found alive and just as Eve is dealing with this she gets a call to go to a murder scene where Polish twins, Karl and Václav Ad
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Cathy Geha
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Killing Time by Mark Roberts
DCI Eve Clay #4

Coming into a series on book four left me wondering about a few things BUT the premise for the book sounded intriguing so I went for it. I have read the blurbs for the first three books, signed up for the book release blog tour, have, read promotional material and it all became a bit clearer when I finished researching. That said, my gut feeling is that someone coming into the series on book four might feel a bit lost and out of the loop not knowing Eve
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Susan Angela Wallace
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Killing time by Mark Roberts.
A young Czech girl, missing for eight days, is found in a deserted playground. Starving and terrified, she may be alive but the horrors she's survived have left her mute.
DCI Eve Clay is on her way to try and interview the girl, when another case is called in. Two Polish migrant workers have been found dead in their burnt out flat. But this is no normal house fire. The men's bodies had been doused in petrol. Then Clay uncovers a sinister message at the scene: killing
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Richard
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bizarre! I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by Mark Roberts and published by Head of Zeus Ltd in 2018, this novel is a police procedural (mostly) that is set in Liverpool, England in the present. The plot is a bit convoluted and improbable, in my view. We think that the protagonist is Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Eve Clay of the Liverpool Police, but her rank is actually not certain. The plot involves the soluti ...more
Gordon Johnston
I want to love this series but it feels stalled. As a standalone novel, Killing Time is a good thriller. Some of the twists are a little obvious but the plot of Eastern European migrants being killed in order to stir up hatred is a strong one. Yet, as the fourth in a series I'd expect to see far more character development. It is also becoming tiresome that every case has a link to the Roman Catholic church, and every book contains at least one person who knows of Eve Clay as a child.

Also, the la
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Simona
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Firstly, thank you for NetGalley and Head of Zeus for this book, but it will not impact my opinion at all.

Where I should start first? Well, I was, actually, very surprised to find out that it wasn't a debut novel, because it sure did look like that.

It was just messy. No character development, no back stories to any of the officers, no depth to them at all, I couldn't even imagine them, because there were no description of how they look. So for me there were just bunch of faceless uniformed peopl
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Donna Maguire
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I was intrigued by the blurb for this book and couldn't wait to get started but I will admit I am not a fan of the cover at all, normally something with a dead animal on it would put me off but I am glad that it didn't on this occasion as I found quite a lot in the book that I enjoyed.

I really enjoy the crime fiction genre and those that feature serial killers are my favourite and this one was very good - a menacing character, full of evil and violence. Th
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Jane Hunt
Fast-paced with a likeable female protagonist this is a suspenseful crime thriller.

Extremism and racial hatred is the premise of this novel with graphically described psychotic delusions and racially motivated hate crimes. The characters are either good or evil, there is no middle ground in this story, and the authenticity suffers.

Probably because this is the fourth book in the detective series, there is minimal character description, making most of the characters difficult to empathise since I
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Jo
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
DCI Eve Clay and her team are juggling the murder of two Polish men and the kidnapping of a Czech Roma girl until they find links between the two. The clues lead them to the Roman Catholic Church and a far right hate group called the Black Sun. Another thrilling novel from Roberts with some great twists.
Chris Nolan
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant Eve Clay novel from the splendid Mark Roberts. An interesting cop with an interesting back story, a fascinating city--Liverpool--and a lot which includes racial tension, religion, white supremacists and serial killers! I loved it!
E Cheong
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF. Story not interesting enough to hold my attention ...
Simona
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
First book I have read in this series - enjoyed it with the global issue - will go and read the earlier ones.
Vivien Tsang
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
OK but not as good as the earlier books
Karen
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When a young Czech girl is found abandoned in a Liverpool park, there is a huge sense of relief as this is the same child who has been missing for the past eight days. DCI Eve Clay is on her way to interview the clearly traumatised victim when she receives a call detailing another incident – two Polish men have been found dead in their burnt out flat. With the two cases occurring so close to each other, Clay begins to think that there may be a connection. When the chilling message, ‘killing time ...more
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Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A chilling story of bigotry and hatred

This is the fourth book in the Liverpool-based DCI Eve Clay, and the Prologue, which details her early life in ‘care’, gives us a very clear picture of the clear and steadfast – dogged maybe? – the woman she turns out to be. It also enables the book to be a ‘standalone’ read.

A young Czech girl has been found after being missing for eight days, and as DCI Eve is on her way to talk to her, news comes in of the deaths of two Polish men in what looks like an ars
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Mark Roberts was born and raised in Liverpool and was educated at St. Francis Xavier's College. He was a teacher for twenty years and for the last thirteen years has worked with children with severe learning difficulties. He received a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for best new play of the year. He is the
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