Friday, July 8, 2011

Book Review of 'A Life for a Life' by Tim Ellis

A Life for a Life was written by Tim Ellis and the Kindle edition was published in 2010. It is available for purchase at,, and You can visit the author's website at As the author is from the United Kingdom, the story is written in an enjoyable British-English dialog.
A Life for a Life is the first book in the Detective Inspector Jed Parish and Constable Mary Richards series and you will not be disappointed! Mr. Ellis has a way of bringing these two characters together so you feel as if you personally know them.
After only being on the beat for three weeks, a chance meeting at a crime scene and a shortage of other police officers, D.I. Parish must bring Constable Richards onto his one-man team. As the story progresses, Parish realizes what a important asset Richards is as a partner and a person. While the body count keeps rising, Parish and Richards find themselves at a loss as to who is doing the killings and why this person is leaving a token in the mouth of the deceased. What ties them together? Why is the killer using an unusual weapon and what is the significance of that weapon? To complicate everything, Parish, a bachelor who has left little time for real romance in the past, finds what he hopes is his true love, while Richards is also working towards her own happy ending?
Little by little the reader is able to put the pieces together with a shocking ending. Twists and turns abound throughout the story, in the case and also in the main characters' personal lives.
Also included in this Kindle edition is a teaser of Tim Ellis' next book in this series entitled Wages of Sin which is now available for download. It looks to be just as good as A Life for a Life. I am giving A Life for a Life a 4 spider rating and recommending it to anyone looking for a fast-paced crime thriller with an ending to shock.
J Goehl

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