She doesn’t trust the police. She used to be one of them.
Hardened by ten years on the murder squad, DNA analyst Doctor Sian Love has seen it all. So when she finds human remains in the basement of her new home, she knows the drill.
Except this time it’s different. This time, it’s personal...
A page-turning cold case investigation, Dead Flowers is an intriguing, multi-...more
Dead Flowers is an accomplished crime mystery with a central character that sets a unique course for a plot and disturbing family secrets. The story is told in two alternating time threads between the early 1970s and 2017. The attention to historic detail in the settings is very well captured and gives it a nostalgic dimension without trying too hard and overwhelming the story.
Dr Sian Love is a forensic scientist, having previously worked as a DCI with the Nottingham police, which she re ...more
In the past timeline, we meet a rock band, The Midnight Roses, performi ...more
So without knowing anything about or by the author I wasn't sure what to expect when beginning DEAD FLOWERS...but what I go ...more
An ex police officer, she now works as a forensics analyst. She also has a hero German Shepherd called Elvis who ...more
I loved the 1967 opening chapter of this book. It had humour, darkness and interesting characters - good start. From this point we come right up to date (2017) and meet Sian Love, ex DCI and now a Doctor specialising in DNA analysis. She is moving into her uncle's old pub (which features in the opening chapter). It was left to her in his will which surprised the family. The setting (and some of the language) is Nottingham which gave it a Northern bi ...more
The main character, Sian is an ex-police officer who inherits the pub and unearths two bodies in the cellar.
Who are they and how do they relate to her and her family?
It's an enticing combination of murder mystery and family drama.
It took me a while to warm to Sian as she has had a lot of problems and is very rebellious because of it...but once I stopped shouting at her for ...more
The story flows we ...more
I would like to thank the author, Verve Books and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest r ...more
When I picked up Dead Flowers, I didn’t realise it was set in Nottingham, the city of my birth and early years. I love Nottingham almost as much as I love my home city of Leeds. I spent many Saturdays shopping in this fabulous city so a lot of the street names were familiar to me even if the specific locations weren’t. This ...more
I devoid this book I honestly couldn't put it down, it had me gripped until the end, an easy five stars.
Dr Sian Love a DNA analysis (former DCI) uncovers human remains in the cellar of her Uncles pub which she has recently inherited, which has her asking questions how well did she really know her Uncle or her family come to that??
Not trusting of her former 'corrupt' colleagues she decides to take matters into her own hands by starting her own investigation, never ima ...more
I cannot say I was particularly fond of ...more
This was my first Nicola Monaghan novel and I hope it won't be my last and there will be more in the series.
Very well written, good characters and very cleverly done. There was more procedure than in your usual crime novel but I liked this.
Very highly recommended
We are introduced to forensic scientist, Dr Sian Love who has just inherited a property, an old pub from her uncle once known as The Loggerheads in Newark. But within a short time after moving into her new home, Sian makes an unsettling discovery in the basement. Two skeletal remains have been abandoned there many years before. But after Sian and her partner, Kri ...more
This book has been written in dual times one in 1967 and the other in 2017 linking the past to the present time, which made this book very interesting ...more
Not knowing the author or the city of Nottingham I s ...more
Sian Love is a 46 year old DNA analyst, she was a DI in the police force until she was disillusioned by the corruption, sexism and racism which made her quit. She has just inherited a pub called ‘the Loggerheads’ which comes as a surprise to her and her family. ...more