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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  103 reviews
‘Absolutely fantastic, had me gripped!!! Loved it!’ 5 stars, NetGalley reviewer

When human remains are discovered under Bradford’s derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene.

Distracted by keeping her young nephew out of trouble, Nikki is relieved to learn the investigation has been transferred to the Cold Case Unit, and she

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Published October 16th 2019 by HQ Digital
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Whispering Stories
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Author Liz Mistry might be an accomplished crime writer but this is the first book of hers I have read, I am now wondering why I haven’t picked up her work beforehand.

Last Request is the first in a new series featuring DS Nikita Parekh (Nikki). She has a tough job as well as trying to raise two children alone and look after her extended family, especially her easily lead nephew, plus an increasing list of bills to pay and not enough money to go around.

Louise Wilson
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
DS Nikita Parekh is investigating a case where skeletal remains were found under an old car park. She always though her husband had left her and returned to his family. But she soon discovers that the skeletal remains shes investigating are her husbands.

This is one of these stories that starts off slow. But the more you read, the faster the pace gets. It's also one of these stories that the more you read, the better it gets. The background story outlays just who Nikita really is. Her family is
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this on #pigeonhole and was intrigued by the main character Nikki, I liked her very much, but after a while she irritated me, a lot!
The story has a lot of action and is quite gritty with a fair bit of bad language and violence, not a problem to me, but maybe for others.

I liked the DC in the story, seems a good dependable sidekick, and definitely one that DS Parekh needs to keep her safe.
Cheryl M-M
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a new crime series by Mistry. Her main character DS Nikita Parekh pulls no punches and is a determined fighter for her family, herself and for the victims she encounters. She is torn between family loyalty and problems, and her career. At times she is like a demented ping-pong ball bouncing back and forth from one thing to the other.

Kudos to Mistry for bringing an important point to the table about the lack of awareness the wealthy or any social class above the working
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and HQ Digital for an advance copy of Last Request, the first novel to feature DS Nikita Parekh set in Bradford.

When skeletonised remains are found in a cinema car park Nikki and her partner, Sajid, are pleased to hand the investigation over to the Cold Case Unit so that Nikki can concentrate on extricating her nephew from trouble. This turns out to be a temporary reprieve as the bones not only have strong links to Nikki’s past but show signs of murder. As more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling police procedural which caught my eye with its cover. My first book by this author, I was immediately gripped with the main character DS Nikita Parekh.

Human remains found with links to her past, led to her team to investigate. As more Murders occur, the race against time started with Nikki wanting to stay one step ahead of the killer.

My first book by Liz Mistry, I loved the way the writing drew me in. The characters were many and did my head in initially, but soon I could get them
Watch out Bradford, there’s a new detective in town and she’s a force to reckoned with!

Nikki Parekh is a copper with a huge heart. She loves her family with no bounds but she is dedicated to the job and that is her downfall. Two massive pulls in her life but at opposite ends of the spectrum. I for one love the feisty Nikki, she’s someone I’m going to cling to as Mistry develops this series.

This is a cracking police procedural that suddenly out of nowhere we get a voice, the voice of a killer… a
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Having loved the authors DI Gus McGuire series, I was very excited to see that she had the first in a new series coming out which has a female protagonist. Even though set in Bradford again, poor DI Gus McGuire didn’t even enter my head whilst I devoured the author’s newest offering.

Firstly I have to say there is quite the cast of characters in the novel. It did take me a while to settle into who everyone was but when I did, I was hooked. Nikki is a great lead who doesn’t have an easy work or
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
I love Liz Mistry’s Gus McGuire series so I knew I had to give this new detective Nikki Parekh a go!

When a skeleton is dug up under a car park, it brings up some uncomfortable secrets from Nikki’s past. As the body count rises, Nikki must put her own issues aside to find the killer.

Last Request is a gritty and hard hitting police procedural with a diverse cast of characters.

As always with Liz Mistry’s books, her attention to detail and ability to make believable characters really comes across in
Donna Hines
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A strong single mom is our protagonist who rubs people the wrong way and creates havoc when a body is located with a connection to her past.
Added to this mix is trouble with her daughter and her nephew with drugs that just compounds the problems already on her plate.
With hope there's faith and the fate must be determined as this case turns up more than a few questions while more bodies are being uncovered.
It's a quick paced novel that starts off extremely slow with difficult characters and
Last Request is the first in a new series by accomplished crime writer Liz Mistry featuring DS Nikita Parekh (Nikki). As this is the first book of hers I have read, I am wondering why I haven’t picked up any of her other books before now. What have I been doing and where have I been!?

Nikki and her team are immediately called to the scene when human remains are discovered under Bradford’s derelict Odeon car park. Busy Nikki has also been keeping her young nephew out of trouble and she is relieved
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Last Request is the first book in a new series by Liz Mistry. Released 16th Oct 2019, it's 352 pages and available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats.

This is a gritty police procedural set in West Yorkshire, featuring an ensemble cast and a multi-thread plot which is taut and well written. The main protagonist, Nikki, is fearless, female, intelligent, and irascible after growing up as multiracial in a lower income area full of crime,
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last Request by Liz Mistry is a gripping contemporary murder suspense that I just could not put down. I read with heart racing as I sped towards the conclusion.
A serial killer is on the loose in Bradford. The reader ‘hears’ the killer’s voice from the murky depths. I was clueless to guess who it was.
The literary device of pathetic fallacy is employed as the weather becomes as murky as the action.
Cold case files mingle with present day crimes as the police battle to solve them and the clock ticks
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok

The concept appealed to me and I was offered a place to read this novel on line. I love a really good murder mystery but from the off set it was clear this book was not for me. I am not particularly interested in political correctness but this novel had characters leaving doors open in a bad area, and characters that were unlikeable and annoying. Its quite well written, good author mind is clear but it has gruesome bits and other distasteful dialogue. When a body is found under a Bradford car
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to HQ Digital for an eARC via NetGalley of Liz Mistry’s ‘Last Request’ in exchange for an honest review.

Double thanks are due as I also participated in The Pigeonhole’s group read and was able to share my thoughts and comments with other readers as we read the daily chapters.

This is the first in a series of gritty police procedurals set in Bradford featuring D.S. Nikita Parekh.

When human remains are found under an Odeon car park, Parekh and her team are initially called in. She is
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this through a Book Club and the readers were divided between those who liked and those who disliked the main character, Nikki Parekh. I was one of the latter and found this detective reckless, impulsive, unpolished, dirty and rude. The basis of the story made for good reading with a body being dug up at a theatre site, but I found the writing choppy particularly in the last quarter of the book. There were many unlikeable characters and violence which might appeal to some readers but ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A busy read with a cast of many characters. Set in Bradford and bang upto date. The main character DS Nikki Parekh is one complex lady with an attitude which I LOVED.
It's been a while since I have read a book by this author and I was not disappointed. I loved her Gus MacGuire series. This read had me gripped and at times shouting at the characters, yes I know they can't hear me. I loved the setting, the cast of many infact I LOVED this book. Would love to read more about DS Nikki Parekh please
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time that I read a Liz Mistry book and I enjoyed reading it. It was quite an intriguing and twisty book. But I had quite a hard time getting into the book in the beginning and was struggling with it as it was quite a slow start. But it soon started picking up pace and getting interesting. I quite like DS Nikita Parekh, she is a hard as nails, no nonsense woman but she's quite likeable. I felt sorry for her sometimes at the amount of balls she had in the air juggling at the ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I had not read this author’s prior series but looked forward to this book. DS Nikita Parekh Is your typical damaged protagonist. There is a big back story which is hinted at in this book, which is the first in this series. I both loved Nikita and frequently wanted to smack her due to her terrible treatment of her daughter and partner. I did appreciate the cultural diversity of the characters and that there were two gay couples. I would definitely read more in the series if they come.
Lynda Birch
Getting into this book was a challenge for me and only once the characters took shape and the plot developed that it became more enjoyable to read. There is a lot of tension in the story but the sometimes choppy writing and transitions interfered with the flow. It was only after I was more than half-way through that the book became difficult to put down. I wanted to feel sympathy for Nikita Parekh and her difficult relationships but just didn’t. There is also more violence than necessary to push ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cracking good read, Liz Mistry has done it again with this book. A unique storyline set in Bradford which like most big cities has it's share of drug-related crime and gang warfare. I loved the banter between Nikki and Sajid and I loved the way the author used the Yorkshire dialect to bring the story to life. Bones have bee discovered when building work is being carried out, Nikki and Sajid are called out to the scene but nothing can prepare Nikki for the revelations that unfold and which have ...more
Karen Cole
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having come late to Liz Mistry's DI Gus McGuire series, I jumped at the chance to read her new series from the very beginning. The lead character this time is DS Nikita (Nikki) Parekh and I could tell from within a few pages of her appearance that she is somebody I am really looking forward to following as the series progresses.
The prologue is set back in 1983, as an unnamed character nurses their dying mother and we discover that her husband infected her with HIV, along with at least fifteen
Alyson Read
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chilling words from a killer - ‘You only have one shot at this. Your message to someone you love. What is your last request?’
When the author of one of my favourite detective series starts writing about a new detective I just know I'm going to love it - and love it I did! Set in Bradford, human remains are discovered under the derelict Odeon car park and DS Nikita (Nikki) Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene. Since the bones appear to be quite old the case is passed over to DS
Jacqueline  sharp
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great to start to what looks to be a brilliant new series by Liz Mistry. Introducing D.I Nikita Parekh, as she fights crime in Bradford. I like Nikki and the fact she doesn’t stand for any nonsense, she is a strong woman. At the beginning of the book we see her go charging in to a house that we don’t even know who it belongs to, but then she isn’t stopped either, so that she could give away a bit of a hint, as it’s her nephew she just starts having a go at, accusing him of doing/selling drugs, ...more
Nicki Southwell
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here is another great read by Liz Mistry. DS Nikita Parekh struggles in her private life with being a single parent to three children, her sister, and mother who all need her strength and a stressful job in the police force.

Set in Bradford, this is a town that knows Nikita well, it is where her memories are and the people she loves the most. Her eldest child, daughter Charlie, is very like her father. He disappeared just as she discovered she was pregnant and she hasn't felt love like that
Fay Flude
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a terrific and tense read almost all the way to the end when the the finale seemed very easily resolved! Maybe I just wanted the book to last longer!
The first in a series of crime novels (already eagerly awaiting the second book due out in 2020) introduces us to Nikki, a maverick, feisty and ruthlessly detemined detective, all too keen to leave her parenting responsibilities to boyfriend Marcus and slightly dysfunctional sister, in order to rid the Bradford streets of crime.
In this book
Toria Forsyth-Moser
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magazine articles will provide countless tips on leading a happy well-balanced life where our priorities ought to be a healthy lifestyle, a slim body and fabulous holidays. In reality, many of us just muddle through. For some of us getting up in the morning and facing another day is an achievement in itself and what I absolutely love about this book is that it deals with real people in a real world with serious challenges. Admittedly, Last Request is set in one of the rougher housing estates in ...more
Jackie Cain
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why but I am struggling to write this review. I enjoyed a lot about this book. I did find that it was rather repetitive at times: we keep reading the same point about Nikita's regrets again and again. Also, I thought the structure could have created more tension about the actions of Franco for longer - Liz MIstry's lets us into his head too soon, I thought.

I enjoyed the beginning with a thirty-year flashback before a spectacular first encounter with the messy life of Nikita and her
Caroline Kerdouci
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in Bradford, this thriller features the marmite character of Nikki Parekh and her sidekick Saj. Determined to keep the streets of Bradford crime free, Nikki is a bit of a maverick. She’s undoubtedly married to her job, often to the detriment of her children and long suffering partner Marcus. Her fierce determination and feisty character endeared Nikki to me but her many flaws may frustrate and irritate other readers. Clearly her love for her family knows no bounds but her reliance on others ...more
Surjit Parekh
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HWhen human remains are discovered under Bradford’s derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene.

Distracted by keeping her young nephew out of trouble, Nikki is relieved to learn the investigation has been transferred to the Cold Case Unit, and she can finally focus on her family.

But when the identity of the victim is revealed, she’s soon drawn back into the case. The dead man is a direct link to her painful past.

As the body count begins to rise,
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Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge ...more
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