When a new series has your heart racing for more ~ meet Detective Miller… #TheLastDance #review @MarkBillingham @TheCrimeVault #Sphere

Meet Detective Miller: unique, unconventional, and
criminally underestimated…

He’s a detective, a dancer, he has no respect for authority ­- and he’s the best hope Blackpool has for keeping criminals off the streets. Meet Detective Declan Miller.

A double murder in a seaside hotel sees a grieving Miller return to work to solve what appears to be a case of mistaken identity. Just why were two completely unconnected men taken out?

Despite a somewhat dubious relationship with both reality and his new partner, can the eccentric, offbeat Miller find answers where his colleagues have found only an impossible puzzle?

What did I think? 

First I’d like to give a big thanks to Sphere for a proof copy of this book. Right, let’s get to it…

Holy shizzle… where the heck do I begin? This start of a new series takes us to Blackpool where we’re introduced to Detective Declan Miller… Dec. He’s just returned to work from compassionate leave and masks his grief through sarcasm. Saying that, we’re given the impression that his banter and ‘bad jokes’ have always been there, so readers… just like his colleagues, will either love or hate him.

I loved him.

The threads in this novel were woven together perfectly, but I wasn’t surprised as I love the Tom Thorne series. Don’t go into this expecting the same as they are polar opposites for the most part. I laughed all through out this novel as there were some great lines that balanced the darkness of the case and the backstory.

Add to this, the fantastic characters – Finn, and ‘Posh Gravy’ for instance, alongside the main character and I was 100% invested. I enjoyed how the author drip fed bits of information about these characters. I guessed a few things, but not until they were near ready to be revealed. They still had my jaw dropping.

There’s rats, music, dancing, bad but funny jokes, a dead wife who Miller has not let go of – If I’d heard any of this before deciding to read this book, I’m not sure it would work or appeal to me, being a big fan of the Thorne series… but trust me, it all works and I’m glad (in a sense) on how it ended as it means there will be more.

Would I recommend this book? All day, every day! Go in without any expectations other than a friggin great story and you will not be disappointed. It’s emotive, dark, funny, engaging, throw in a few twists and OMFG moments and this became a real page turning read! My only complaint is how long I have to wait for the next one! Definitely add this to your TBR, you won’t regret it!