Thursday 29 April 2021

Stone Cold Dead - Alex Smith - DCI Kett Book 6.0

Stone Cold Dead
DCI Kett Crime Thrillers Book 6.0
Zertex Crime
ISBN 9781913877057
I downloaded this book the day it released. But was very busy at work and did not get to it for a few days. When I did, man oh man what an excellent story and continuation of the Kett saga. This book was not as intense as some of the other volumes in the series. But It is more than made up for that in the story and the mystery in this story. I could not put this book down once I started and finished it in a single day, and read it over 3 sittings. 

If you have been fallowing the saga of DCI Kett this book really is a must read. If you happen to be a fan of rough and tough action you will almost certainly enjoy this novel. And the other books in the series. This is the seventh of the DCI Kett stories that I have read, the sixth novel, and Kett made a brief appearance in The Harder They Fall, the first of the Softley Series of books. A previous volume, Whip Crack, makes reference to Six Days, Six Hours, Six Minutes, which is by far the darkest and grittiest of Smith’s mystery thriller novels. All of his mysteries link together in some fashion. This book is different than the others in the series, this still has intense action mystery feel. But Kett is officially off the force. But still helping and consulting on a new case. Thanks to Kett’s memory, and linking things together they soon realize that this case links to previous cases and the race is on to find out who is doing the killings and who is pulling the strings to make it happen. 

I have stated before and say it yet again, each of the Kett novels are great crime mystery novels, and interesting reads. They capture that British Crime Thriller feel wonderfully well. They are however, dark books with terrible crimes. And in this one young men are being left dead on rocks or stones with a history or legend around them. The bodies have been desecrated. And The bodies are not being found where they were murdered. At first the clues are far and few between. And The clock is ticking. 

In some ways I am a little nervous about where the series will go next. Kett has had a bit of a break. Some time to recover a bit. It feels in some ways like a calm before a storm. And I expect the storm to crash back in a big way. 

I will be very blunt again and state it again this book and this series is not for all readers. It is very dark, gritty, and very intense. They are great thrillers. But not for all readers. Over ten years ago, I read and loved the Lockdown series published primarily for a young adult audience by Alexander Gordon Smith. And I loved those books and still recommend them often. But I now love the Kett books even more.

A fantastic British Crime thriller. A great read. 

Mystery Books as Alex Smith:

Softley Softley Series:
2.0 Hard Luck House

DCI Kett Series:
2.0 Bad Dog
3.0 Three Little Pigs

Books By Alexander Gordon Smith:
Escape from Furnace:

Death Sentence
Execution Epilogue - Short Story
The Night Children - Short Story

Fury Series:
The Fury
The Storm

The Inventors:
The Inventors
The Inventors And The City of Stolen Souls

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