The Devil’s Dice
(A DI Meg Dalton thriller, Book 1)
(Review written on 1st July 2020)
Well, I know I am late to the party but what an amazing start to a new series!
I was introduced to Roz Watkins’ books when I met her at our Stoke-on-Trent blogger/author meet up in (very early) March (before lockdown!). It was so lovely to meet her and she very kindly gifted me a paperback copy of The Devil’s Dice. I have been very much looking forward to reading it.
The Devil’s Dice is an extremely gripping crime thriller set in the Peak District (which I love and hope to be visiting again very soon!). It’s a fairly familiar place for me as my husband works in Derby and I absolutely LOVE Matlock Bath. It’s not far from me, either by car or a short train ride (under normal circumstances!). I love it when books are set in places I know!
Anyway, Meg and her colleagues are faced with a case which seems to be a suicide initially. They find the man in a cave which makes the whole scene massively creepy. I could almost feel the cold, dark, damp atmosphere and didn’t envy those having to recover the body. When his initials are found carved into the stone, seemingly from years ago, alarm bells start ringing. Talk of a local curse comes into play which makes the whole case even more eerie. There are too many unanswered questions and they are convinced this is no suicide.
The investigation is far from straight forward and it unearths all sorts of secrets along the way. As shocking as some are, they are also somewhat understandable given the circumstances.
There is a cast of fascinating characters throughout this book, especially Meg herself who I liked immediately! She is so straight talking and perfectly flawed. She has her own difficult past to contend with alongside her challenging and responsible position as a DI. I’m not surprised she struggles with her mental health sometimes. She has quite a dry sense of humour too and made me chuckle on more than one occasion. I love that she stresses about her Mum and Gran and that she is obsessed with checking all of the rooms in her house every time she comes home which seems like a weird thing to say but these things, among others, make her very real and believable. I would want her on my side if I was ever in trouble. She’s not afraid to bend the rules if absolutely necessary.
I found this murder case quite fascinating and quite sad, in part, in the end. Not that death isn’t sad generally, but you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it. If you haven’t read it yet, then I highly recommend that you do.
I’m very much looking forward to catching up with Meg again in Book 2 (which I already have waiting patiently on my kindle).
Many thanks again to Roz Watkins for my paperback copy.