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Dark Truths

(Will Traynor #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Introducing criminologist Will Traynor in the first of a gripping new forensic mystery series from an expert in the field.

When a headless body is discovered on a popular jogging trail, Detective Inspector Bernard Watts and his team are plunged headlong into a baffling murder investigation. Why would someone stab to death a young woman on her daily run - and take her head
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by Severn House Publishers
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This is the first in a series featuring criminologist Will Traynor although the subtitle is a bit of a misnomer. The crimes/investigation we follow are set in Birmingham & while he is part of the investigative team, the story focuses much more on local DI Bernard Watts & the shiny new PC he's saddled with.

It all begins with the body of a headless jogger. That would be more than enough to kick off any investigation but unfortunately the site has a few more surprises in store. When links a
Liz Barnsley
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy novels featuring Criminal Profilers so I took a punt on this one - Dark Truths- and it was a really good read, great page turning quality and some intriguing characters.

It's also somewhat of a serial killer thriller adding to the idea that I would like it - the plot is cleverly achieved so it stays unexpected.

I loved the Will Traynor character, obsessive yet insightful with a dark past that distracts him from the present. The police team he works with here is well rounded and br
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Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ray Moon
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everything Seems To Be Stacked Against DI Watts Solving This Case

The novel opens with an amorous couple on a remote trail decides to leave when they believe that someone is watching. The next morning a body of a young woman was discovered in the parking lot of that trail. The acting Chief Inspector Brophy appoints Detective Inspector Watts as the senior investigative officer. For the past five years or so, DI Watts headed the now defunct cold case unit. Due to the lack of available officers, Bro
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

It is described as 'a Will Traynor' novel, but that seems a bit odd. Will is a criminal psychologist brought in to help the police, who suggests various theories (all of which turn out to be untrue), and spends the rest of the time neglecting the case to pursue the unsolved murder of his wife 10 years ago. I think we are supposed to feel enormous sympathy for him about this, but since his wife never appears as a live character, it
Hannelore Cheney
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Severn House for the eARC.
I enjoyed this book, but found it a bit confusing at times. I had to go back a few times because I had difficulty with all the possible suspects.
The headless corpse of a young woman is discovered and D.I. Watts and his team are baffled, especially when they find more heads and cannot for the life of them figure out how these victims are connected. Criminologist Will Traynor is brought in, much to Watts' discomfort. Traynor is still reeling from t
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A.J. Cross is a forensic psychologist and frequent court-appointed expert witness. She obtained her Masters Degree and PhD at the University of Birmingham, the latter relating to children as witnesses within the criminal court system. Her professional experience has included consultancy work for the Probation Service within its sexual offender unit in her home city. She currently lives in the West ...more
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