Grimm Up North: A DCI Harry Grimm Crime Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Edinburgh has Rebus.
The Highlands have Logan.
Now Yorkshire has Grimm....
Welcome to Wensleydale, where the cheese is famous, the scenery beautiful, and the locals have murder on their minds....
Detective Chief Inspector Harry Grimm is forced to take leave from Bristol’s Major Investigations Team when his boss, tired of Harry chasing the ghost of his murderous father, sends him north on secondment.
Used to city life and high stress, Harry fears his life will now be spent handing out speeding tickets, finding lost sheep, and directing tourists. But when a local teenager runs away, Harry finds himself pulled into an investigation much worse than anyone could have ever expected.
The nicer the place, the darker the secrets. Wensleydale is beautiful, everyone is friendly and welcoming, and people just don’t get murdered...do they?
A classic fish-out-of-water crime mystery set in the stunning and evocative scenery of Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.
Grimm Up North is the terrific debut crime novel from award-winning author David J. Gatward. Perfect for fans of L. J. Ross, J. D. Kirk, Simon McCleave, Alex Smith, J. M. Dalgliesh, J. E. Mayhew, and J. R. Ellis.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 40 minutes|
|Author||David J. Gatward|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 30, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #21,085 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,079 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,470 in Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,724 in Crime Thrillers (Books)
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Dave Gatward's writing is spot-on -- a good mix of humor and not-quite-horror, a well crafted mystery with plenty of twists and turns; and interesting characters all around. You'd think he'd done this crime/mystery writing thing before, but this is his debut novel in the genre. Bravo! Don't stop now!
Looking forward to the next installment of Grimm Up North. Hurry up Gatward, get writing!!
The author's writing is getting better and better and the descriptions of the weather, the dales/Herriot Country, and food and its people is spot on, and really sets the mood visually like you're right there.. I definitely recommend this series for readers who enjoy British crime series.
Thank you David J. Gatward for that brain of yours that created this book. Now, on to the next book in the series.
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DCI Harry Grimm works in Bristol major crime, much to his disappointment he's seconded up to Wensleydale in north Yorkshire by his obnoxious boss.......whom I disliked immensely from her first mention. Ok it appears Harry is a bit of a one man band, not a particular likeable protagonist either and nothing to do with his background as a former Para or the fact his facial scarring after being wounded by a IED whilst in the Parachute Regimen made him look slightly intimidating.
Arriving at his new posting was not his idea off a major investigation team, sleepy villages rolling hills and sheep, lots of sheep. Everyone knowing everyone the only crimes sheep stealing!
They don't even have a police station only the use of a room in the community centre.
The report of a girl going missing on her way to school starts Harry's first day off as he'd expected, though it was a child missing not sheep. This kicks off a chain of events you do not see coming, a clever storyline with enough twists and turns to make you dizzy. The gradual process of building a team with a great mix of characters is superbly done with a good mix of personalities even the soon to retire lazy DSI.
I have to say I was becoming increasingly fond of Harry and Jim who seems to have become Harry's right hand man over a very short time. The settings are beautifully described by the author, visualisation taking its place in your head even to speeding down winding steep narrow roads, and that feeling of the need to hold on tight and close your eyes as your heart rate rises rapidly to the sound of screeching tyres.
A well put together plot that leads in many different directions, as I said before DCI Harry Grimm really does grow on you as you turn the pages. I've dropped one star simply because it needed more editing, there are wrong words in a few places but other than that an enjoyable read and I look forward to read the second Grimm up North!
Detective Chief Inspector Harry Grimm has been seconded to Wensleydale from Bristol following a questionable police bust on a drug gang. He is out of his depth in respect of the difference between busy Bristol crime and countryside Yorkshire. His first ‘ assignment’ is the report of a missing teenager- something way below his rank and he’s assisted by Jim and Matt, the dedicated police personnel of Hawes, where the plot is set. The situation develops into something more sinister when the a body is discovered at a lakeside.
Harry is an ex paratrooper, who speaks his mind- often before thinking. Jim and Matt are stalwarts of the community and there is a Detective Superintendent who is never wrong and wishes for peace in his police world (obviously doesn’t like Harry) Some of the policing issues are questionable e.g. a D.C.I. Would not generally take charge of a missing person job. However, the idea behind the plot does keep the reader thinking.
Has potential as a series and I will read the next instalment.
His hero was portrayed as injured through an IED whilst serving with the Paras and being facially injured as well but it is his huge chip on his shoulders and his quick temper that really shows through with his brother in prison, his mother dead through his father from 20 years ago that is prevalent throughout the story and it is a shame because you can see that his DCI Grimm is a good copper if he could just alleviate his quick temper and reign in his dislike of journalists and others in authority.
Let's hope that his next book turns out a wee bit better.