Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson was a Net Galley read.  It was published on March 17, 2016 by Urbane Publications.  It is firmly in the category of a British Police Procedural.

Set in modern day London, DCI Collison arrives on the scene to take over a stalled serial killer investigation after the fifth victim is discovered.  What follows is a well plotted police procedural.  I can’t say I like any character in particular in the book or that I’d want to pop out to the pub for a drink with any of them either.  In fact, the entire cast of characters was pretty unlikable and devious but there was enough intrigue and plot to keep me interested and reading. 

There is a plot mechanic which while I understand why it exists in the story I found it to be convoluted and unnecessary.  Having the profile go temporarily insane and believe he was Lord Peter Whimsy of Dorothy L. Sayers fame was contrived and difficult to follow for readers unfamiliar with the source material.  It worked but it was also unnecessary to the plot and story development. 

I’m giving the book a three out of five star rating.  I thought it was well written but I don’t know I would read another with the same cast of characters.  The plot contrivances made me want skip forward in the story to avoid those parts of the story.


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