The Polish Detective

Hania Allen      Pages: 378        Published: 2018

The book: There’s been a murder! A dead body appears, propped up like a scarecrow, in a field near Dundee in Scotland. D S Dania Gorska is called in to investigate. Originally from Poland, she has recently transferred from London to Dundee Police’s Specialist Crime Division. Gorska learns about a case, closed before she arrived, that involved two runaway teenage girls.  She’s convinced the runaways and the murder are connected. Can Gorska find the murderer? Are the two cases linked? Did the girls really runaway?

You might like it because: It’s a well-written detective story with lots of twists, turns, and red herrings. The plot will keep you guessing, and there’s an unexpected end.

What did other people say?
“A fresh new find for crime fans…the plot is intriguing, the characters are well drawn, and the end comes with an unnerving twist. Extremely readable.” – Sunday Post (UK)

“Captivating characters and an intriguing plot. A great new find for crime fans.”
– Lin Anderson, author of the Rhona MacLeod crime series

How quickly will you get into the book? The dead body is discovered right away, so by page two I knew I was going to keep reading till I found out whodunit.

You might not like it because: The murders are pretty gruesome, which might put some readers off. In addition, some aspects of the ending are a little bit too convenient. (Can’t say more than that without giving away some of the plot.)

What might you read next?
If you like detective stories set in Scotland, then journey a little further north to the Cairngorms and read Follow the Dead by Lin Anderson.

Or read something by an author from Dundee. Pick up A.L. Kennedy’s So I am Glad.

Alternatively, read a novel by a Polish writer. Try Flights by Olga Tokarczuk.

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