The Mayfly – James Hazel (Charlie Priest Book 1)

About the book: A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

My Review:  The Mayfly is the first in an exciting new series featuring a really engaging and fascinating character, Charlie Priest.

Charlie is an ex-policeman now lawyer with a select clientele of rich and powerful people.  His brother is currently serving life as a convicted serial killer and his younger sister is constantly trying to fix him up on a date.  His ex-wife HATES him, his staff adore him and there’s the little issue of him suffering from dissociative disorder meaning he frequently zones out from reality, which can be quite unhelpful when he finds himself investigating a gruesome murder.

With two timelines running through this story it’s fair to say this book is not for those with aversion to gore as there are some very disturbing murders and flashbacks to the Holocaust.

This is a really well researched and gripping thriller and I personally can’t wait to read the next book in this series The Ash Doll which is being published late September 2018.

About the Author:  Before turning his hand to writing, James Hazel was a lawyer in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial litigation and employment law.

He was an equity partner in a regional law firm and held a number of different department headships until he quit legal practice to pursue his dream of becoming an author.

He has a keen interest in criminology and a passion for crime thrillers, indie music and all things retro.
James lives on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds with his wife and three children.

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