Clever plots, humour and likable characters make these police proceeduals enjoyable reading. The contrast in personality between Rafferty and Llewellyn is an old device but it works well. Rafferty's boisterous Irish family provides an interesting backdrop, particulary when the straight-laced Llewellyn becomes romantically involved with one of the cousins.
These stories have plenty of plot twists and I bought the second box set before I had finished the first.
’Darn good read.’
DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1
A murder victim with no face. A media calling for answers. And a detective with a family not averse to a little gentle law-bending.
Newly-promoted British Detective Joe Rafferty and his partner, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn in a murder mystery involving the killing of a young woman bludgeoned beyond recognition, with no ID and found in a secure place to which she supposedly had no admission. Who is she? How has she gained access? And who was responsible for her murder?
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN #2
A murder victim with no enemies. A dead patriarch. And a detective who’s struggling.
British Detectives Joe Rafferty and his partner, Dafyd Llewellyn, in their second murder mystery investigation, set out to discover who killed Barbara Longman, a woman with no known enemies. But it soon becomes apparent that the murder has been committed by someone who must have known the victim very well.
DEATH LINE #3
A murdered seer who failed to predict his own future. A partner who refuses to see the murder as an inside job. And a Detective who wonders where the answer lies: past; present; future?
Third novel in the Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series, Death Line sees the detective duo trying to solve the murder with his own crystal ball, of the famed 'seer', Jasper Moon. Gradually it becomes clear that Jasper Moon was a man of many parts, not all of them appeared very savory.
THE HANGING TREE #4
A disappearing murder victim no one would miss. A witness destined to haunt him. And a Detective who felt ambivalent about getting a conviction.
The detective pair investigates the murder mystery of the vanishing hanged man. But when the hanged man turns up in Dedman Woods for the second time, the British detectives are able to confirm that he is a man many had reason to hate. Because Maurice Smith, charged years earlier with four child rapes, had escaped on a legal technicality. Was someone acting as the public executioner, dealing out their own form of justice on the legendary Hanging Tree?
If you like the Detective Bill Slider novels, the Dalziel and Pascoe series, and Stephanie Plum, the Rafferty 18-strong series brings the wit, wisdom, and willingness to bend the law with the best of them.
Buy this book to learn about Joe Rafferty, his ne’er-do-well family, and po-faced partner.
Books in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Mystery series
18-STRONG MYSTERY SERIES
Game of Bones #18
The Spanish Connection #17
Asking For It #16
Kith and Kill #15
Deadly Reunion #14
Death Dance #13
All the Lonely People #12
Death Dues #11
A Thrust to the Vitals #10
Blood on the Bones #9
Love Lies Bleeding #8
Bad Blood #7
Dying For You #6
Absolute Poison #5
The Hanging Tree #4
Death Line #3
Down Among the Dead Men #2
Dead Before Morning #1
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