Edward Ransome is one of England's most famous artists - rich, a friend to celebrities and known for his devotion to his craft for almost fifty years.Then someone steals his favourite painting - the painting that set Ransome on course to fame and fortune but was never sold and rarely seen.Sam Dyke is hired to find the painting, and the thief, but quickly discovers that the loss of the painting is only one of the many losses suffered by Ransome, and his family. What's more, whoever stole the painting is keen to keep it a secret, and committing murder to do so is not out of the question. Soon Dyke finds he has more than a simple burglary on his hands - it's a case that spans generations and includes more than one ordinary crime.The Cobalt Sky is a subtle but exciting exploration of the ways in which families can hurt each other over time ... without even trying.From the two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE Award in the private eye/noir category, for The Bleak and The Innocent Dead.
Thanks to Anne at Random Things Blog Tours and Keith Dixon for my copy of the new Sam Dyke Investigation, The Cobalt Sky.
This new story is Number 10 in the series, but my first read in the series and of Keith Dixon’s books.
I found I had no problem reading this as a stand-alone, there isn’t pages of past adventures, so very accessible to a new reader like myself.
The first thing that struck me is that you can appreciate the high quality of writing by the author. A writer that can spin a great tale without the need of gratuitous violence, blood or bad language.
Sam Dyke is an interesting protagonist, I think I definitely want to read more.
He is tasked with finding a missing painting, a painting held dear to the artist and one that the thief doesn’t want anyone to find and will go any lengths to keep people silent.
This isn’t just a murder mystery who-dunnit. It’s an exploration into a troubled, fractured family, and how far families can drive themselves apart.
I was hooked from early on, a thoroughly gripping tale as Sam is pulled this way and that as he hunts down the bad guys.
Great writing, with a cleverly crafted plot. A real good read. I’ll be looking forward to reading both more of Sam Dyke’s previous adventures and future tales to come.
Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He's been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he's the author of nine full-length books and one short-story in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. His new series of Paul Storey Thrillers began in 2016 and there are now three books in the series.
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