Hello and welcome to our spot on the Utrecht Murders blog tour!
Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Jonathan Wilkins for providing a copy of the book to [K].
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
Please scroll down for [K]’s review of Utrecht Snow:
Utrecht police inspector Caes Heda leads a team looking into the disappearance of young women. Meanwhile his daughter, Truus, bored with University takes up a job with disgraced former police office Thijs Orman at his Private Detective Agency and finds herself looking for yet another missing girl, this time it’s her bosses own daughter. are they all linked? At the Kroonstraat Police station the team Caes has put together look into the normal run of the mill cases and try to overcome the weather as much as the crime in the city as snow envelopes the streets of Utrecht. We meet twins Freddie and Maaike Meijer who patrol the streets together with colleagues Adrie and Danny. The team is made up by Madelon Verloet and man mountain Ernst Hougewood. Together they investigate car theft, street crime, assault and finally murder. We look at the everyday lives of the police involved, Caes still traumatised after his wifes early death and Truus falling for Maaike.
Published by lulu.com in paperback format on 6th March 2020
Within the white snow of Utrecht women are going missing, Inspector Caes Heda and his team are tasked with investigating these disappearances but with clues and motive unknown how will they stop the kidnapper before they strike again?
When we first meet Caes ‘in charge of Crime at Kroonstraat Police Bureau, not committing it obviously, but tidying it up after it had been committed’ (love this quote, made me laugh out loud, comment after my own heart!) he is sat on a bus heading towards work. The description of his journey I felt was vivid, one of those cold crisp days, you could feel the cold seeping into your skin making me shiver. The rest of the book I carried on in a similar vein, despite only ever visiting Amsterdam I felt I was standing there beside the characters as they made their way around the streets of snowy and frozen Utrecht.
I sympathised with Caes and Truus who lost their beloved Femke, and how they are still adjusting to living their lives without her. I found I developed favourites within the team, Maaike and Freddie, twins who both entered the police force together and now patrol the streets together, still enjoying their sibling banter. The characters felt like a true empathetic group working together within the force, trying to make Utrecht a better place.
This is my first book by Jonathan Wilkins and now I have become attached to the characters I want to join them on back on the streets of Utrecht as soon as possible!
Jonathan loves to write. He is a retired teacher, lapsed Waterstones’ bookseller and former Basketball Coach. He taught PE and English for 20 years and coached women’s basketball for over 30 years.
He regularly teaches creative writing workshops in and around Leicester.
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Stay tuned for [K]’s review of Utrecht Rain which will appear this afternoon!