Only the Dead Know

Only the Dead Know is the first in a new series (hopefully!) featuring Daniel ‘Uneasy’ Truce, an ex-military policeman suffering from PTSD after serving in the Middle East. His boss has pulled strings and he is now part of a special crime investigation unit based in Edinburgh.

His great skill is reading body language but Chief Superintendent Lydia Rose gives him all the boring jobs, and mounds of paperwork, as she resents him being foisted on her team.

This is how he gets involved with June who thinks she has witnessed a murder; she reports it to her local police station every day at 11am but, as the victim is alive and well, they don’t take her seriously.

Truce is told to ‘shut her up’ but he finds her credible and continues to investigate anyway; like many fictional detectives he is tenacious and keeps asking questions despite the risk to himself.

I had not read anything by CJ Dunford before, but I found this story gripping and well written with believable characters and a convincing sense of place.

I look forward to reading the next book. Thanks to the author and NetGalley for a copy of Only the Dead Know in exchange for an unbiased review.