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A Bad, Bad Thing

(Eve West #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Eve West, a police officer with a hidden past, is drawn into a dark and complex case when she's asked to investigate a miscarriage of justice.

A highly effective police officer, albeit one who keeps her past carefully hidden, Eve West is suspended from duty after a police operation goes catastrophically wrong. Receiving help from an unexpected quarter - a criminal she p
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Severn House Publishers
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Louise Wilson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Eve West is a police officer with a hidden past. She is drawn into a dark and complex case when she is asked to investigate a miscarriage of justice. Eve was suspended from duty after a police operation goes catastrophically wrong. While suspended, she is contacted by a criminal that she had previously convicted and sent to jail. John Duran now wants her help clearing a fellow inmate, Sean, of his convicted crime. He offers her information that will exonerate her if she joins investigative journ ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eve West is a police officer on suspension following a police operation gone wrong. While suspended, she is contacted by a criminal she once put away, who now wants her help in clearing fellow inmate Sean of his convicted crimes. Eve is skeptical, but decides to look into it because she is promised information that proves she was set up on her police assignment.

This story follows Eve, a suspended police officer, and Dan Cooper, an investigative journalist. Dan works with 4Justice and has been l
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Eve West is not a character I could get behind. I just didn't like her. Really, that's all there is to it. I d.n.f. this book. I tried, but my lip kept doing a Billy Idol thing. D.N.F. at 34%. I loved the cover, and the writing wasn't awful. But, I need more likable characters. ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A Bad, Bad Thing, the first novel featuring DCI Eve West of the Metropolitan Police, is a tale of two halves. It is complex in terms of the number of different threads to the plot but is straightforward in terms of the linear timeline and being told primarily from Eve's point-of-view. I enjoyed the mix of complex and straightforward right from the get-go. However, our main protagonist, Eve, is not a particularly likeable individual. She is rather cold, distant and detached but that may be due to ...more
Having read this author before, albeit quite some time ago, I knew in advance that I admired her writing. My memory served me well, because I found this to be a stellar crime fiction read! A book which has the reader questioning just who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys. That there are many shades of grey in a world where nothing is every purely white or black.

The characters were well described and empathically drawn. The settings were easy to visualize and the plot contained several
2.5 stars. While police officer Eve West is awaiting her probationary hearing she stumbles upon a cold case surrounded by the horse racing community. She needs to uncover who really is behind the murder of a young woman for the sake of the man who has been sitting in a prison cell for 10 years. Although I wanted to discovers who really was behind the crime, I found this story to be rather boring and the writing somewhat sophomoric.
Listened to in audio format.

DNF 36%

A Bad, Bad Thing was a big disappointment to me. I was a great fan of the Mark Tartalia series but I found this latest book boring.
Elaine Tomasso
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of A Bad, Bad Thing, the first novel to feature DCI Eve West of the Met.

When Eve is suspended after an operation goes badly wrong it looks like she will lose her career until John Duran, a criminal she convicted of murder, offers her information that will exonerate her if she joins investigative journalist, Dan Cooper of 4Justice, in trying to free Sean Farrell, wrongly convicted of murdering stable employee, Jane McNeil, ten y
A fairly strong first-in-series, but I wasn't as engrossed in this novel as I was with her Mark Tartaglia series. I expected the character of Eve West to be a little more broken given all the loss and abuse that she had suffered - as a child, on the job, in her personal life. Instead, she seemed to just plow through each obstacle with little insight into how she was processing her difficulties, emotionally or even just in personal terms. While not a wooden character, the author put more emphasis ...more
Apr 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Quite disappointing as I had quite enjoyed the Mark Tartaglia series.
I cannot get into the book. I don’t like the heroine and find her actions hard to believe for a policewoman. Life is too short... giving up.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

Detective Eve West is suspended from duties after it appears her recklessness has caused her colleague's death. Soon afterward, a killer who she put in prison years ago contacts her with information about her suspension. He claims Eve was set up and he has proof. But before he gives her the information, he wants her to investigate a fellow inmate who claims he is innocent of murdering a stable-girl.

But why is a criminal interested in proving that a fellow inmate is innocent? And why has he chose
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
London homicide detective Eve West and one of her officers go to meet a confidential informant. The meeting never occurs as her partner/lover is murdered and Eve is suspended for getting them in that situation. She receives texts saying she was set up. The texts come from John Duran, a man Eve helped put in prison. He says he will give her evidence if she will do a favor in return. A fellow inmate is up for review. Duran says the man is innocent. After she meets with him, Eve is not impressed an ...more
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, Severn House Publishers, and Elena Forbes for an ARC ebook copy to review. Sorry about the late book review. I was out of power due to a winter storm for 3 days, so I’m a bit behind on book reviews. As always, an honest review from me.

I ended up DNFing this book. It’s not bad but only okay. I found myself not really getting into the read. Despite all of the action, drama and suspense my interest wasn’t held enough to warrant me continuing to read the book.

I think one of
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first installment in An Eve West Mystery series, A Bad, Bad Thing by Elena Forbes is an absorbing mystery starring a likable protagonist.

DCI Eve West is a veteran police officer who is suspended after a police operation goes horribly wrong.  She is surprised when John Duran, a murderer she helped put behind bars, contacts her with an intriguing proposition. In exchange for providing information that will clear her name, he would like for Eve to look into fellow inmate Sean Farrell's possible
Lizzie Hayes
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Following a lead to apprehend a perpetrator she has been tailing for some time, London
homicide detective Eva West stumbles into a covert police operation with devastating

Suspended from duty with little hope of any immediate reinstatement Eve receives a text from John Duran, a hardened criminal that Eva put away for murder some year back, who says he wants to talk to her. When a second text includes the words ‘setup’ she decides to see him. His request is somewhat bizarre, as he
Hannelore Cheney
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for the eARC.
Wow, what a great book, I loved it: an intelligent mystery novel with a great story, a multi-layered protagonist (Eve West) and a peak into the world of horse racing and training.
Eve, a policewoman on suspension, is drawn into a cold case. She is looking into the possibility of a convicted murderer (in prison 10 years), possibly being innocent of the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Reluctantly hired by a stone cold gangster who she helped
Margaret Duke-Wyer
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new series introducing Eve West a police officer who has been suspended after an operation went catastrophically wrong. Things get complicated when she is asked to visit John Duran whom she helped to convict. He reveals that he is terminally ill but wants her to investigate the conviction of Sean Farrell for the murder of stable girl Jane McNeil ten years earlier. To facilitate this he asks her to work with journalist, Dan Cooper of 4Justice.

Eve is a rather lonely, private
Kathleen Gray
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent surprise. Eve is a police officer awaiting a hearing which may well end her career when someone she sent to prison asks her to look into the murder of Jane, a young woman, by one of his fellow inmates. Little does she know that this is going to send her down a path of twists and turns that will tie everything together in the end. Her first love, Gavin, is married into the family which owns the farm where Jane worked. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? You'll ge ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve West, a police officer, with her married lover investigate a tipoff. But all goes wrong and while on suspension she gets involved in trying to prove a jailed man innocent of his murder charge.
Although a somewhat enjoyable and interesting read I didn't especially take to the main character which is a big problem for me in any book.
A NetGalley Book
Ann Tonks
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I almost gave up on this book because the beginning was surprisingly flat. I kept going and the strong line improved but the structure of the story, because the focus is on examining a 10 year old mystery set in the racing business, is rather he did/she did. A perfectly good police-procedural but not the best one for this year.
May 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
A bad, bad read. I really wanted to like this book but I didn't like Eve and I did not like the rape scene. I will not be reading the next book in the series. ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this series has potential, we have a brilliant but damaged British Detective, even if this case was a bit over the top, I enjoyed the story.
Aug 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
I loved this dark and complex mystery . I am a lifelong Anglophile and love books set in the UK
Loved this book.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A BAD BAD THING By Elena Forbes had me enthralled in the story from the beginning. A police officer, Eve West, is suspended from the police department because of something terrible. There is one person who it seems could help he but he is an unlikely character. John Duran is a criminal that Eve put in jail and she feels that she has no choice but to help him so that he will help her. We learn that John is trying to help a fellow inmate and so while there are different things going on it all come ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

3.5* rounded down.

DI Eve West is suspended after she seemingly gets a colleague killed, although she knows she was not entirely to blame. Then Duran, a brutal killer she put away years ago asks her to look into the conviction for murder of a fellow inmate Sean 10 years ago. In exchange, he will provide Eve with evidence that she was set up.

I have read and enjoyed the Tartaglia series by this author, but this book is very different
Sue Blanchard
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Thankyou to NetGalley, Severn House Publishers and Elena Forbes for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of A Bad, Bad Thing.
I thought the storyline was well thought out and delivered. I thought it was a good read that keeps you intrigued.
Well worth a read.
Doris Mucciolo
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good mystery, Ms. Forbes gives a detailed account of all the work that goes into solving this story. Eve is a strong character and l hope to read more books involving her. Dan not so much, he seems to weak a partner for her. A page turning book with a strong and smart main character.
Lisa Davison
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This first book in a series by Elena Forbes introduces the main character, Eve West. She is a strong female character with more than a troubled past. The story traces Eve's move from the police department to a private investigator status. The plot is always moving and full of surprises. I really hope that Forbes will not delay in writing the next book that continues the adventures of Eve West. ...more
Elite Group
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Corruption in the racing world.

DCI Eve West and her partner DS Jason Scott have been told that the person they have been searching for, Liam Betts is currently hanging out at a property in North London. Unfortunately, this information is incorrect, and they walk into a trap. Jason Scott is shot and Eve West is accused of disrupting a major crime operation, plus by interrupting this operation, causing the untimely death of her partner.

Shortly after being suspended, she’s approached by a killer s
Ivory Castle
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eve West mystery series
Eve is a police officer whose lover and colleague is killed as a result of a tip off in what appears to be a set up. Under investigation for her role in the tragic incident she agrees to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice pending her disciplinary hearing.
Eve should feel something but keeps her emotions in check. She is a woman with secrets who has never resolved issues from past trauma eg sticky tapes bottom of door to show if someone has attempted to enter in h
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Elena Forbes is an English writer of crime fiction.She grew up in London. After completing a degree in French and Italian at Bristol University, she worked in portfolio management for a number of international groups before becoming a full-time writer.

She lives in central London with her husband and two children. The protagonists of her novels so far are Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and DS S

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