Dead Pretty

Dead Pretty

DavidMark / Feb 19, 2020

Dead Pretty Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months Ava Delaney has been dead for five days One girl to find One girl to avenge And DS Aector McAvoy won t let either of them go until justice can be done But

  • Title: Dead Pretty
  • Author: DavidMark
  • ISBN: 9781444798098
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months Ava Delaney has been dead for five days One girl to find One girl to avenge And DS Aector McAvoy won t let either of them go until justice can be done But some people have their own ideas of what justice meansDEAD PRETTY is the stunning new novel from one of Britain s most original crime writers.

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    1. This is book 5 in the McAvoy series and I’ve been a pretty quiet fan of it throughout to be honest, I have a little collection on my (one of many) bookshelves and when I got the chance to read Dead Pretty early there was just no way I was turning that down.There is a peculiar brilliance to David Mark’s writing that just gives this particular crime series an oddly magical edge over most of the others out there – addictive quality in spades but also deeply fascinating character studies and a [...]

    2. David Mark tends to write what is initially a confusing story. It is imperative to remember the characters and their relationships. Chapters end and those characters reappear in a later chapter. The plots move slowly because there is a lot of atmospheric description and internal thinking.Some of my confusion in this book stemmed from certain main characters behaving in uncharacteristic manners. Something didn’t feel right, and the author reflected my confusion in Aector McAvoy's thoughts. He w [...]

    3. Everybody seems to have read Dead Pretty and discovered Aector McAvoy for themselves. I’m late to the party. This is the fifth in the series, with well established characters all in place. Welcome to Hull noir, written by David Mark.I don’t like starting series, mid way through. You miss out on continuity and history. I felt like I was trying to piece together who was who from the first page and slightly struggling. It was exciting meeting McAvoy and his tough boss, Trish, in spite of my ini [...]

    4. The book opens with Aector on a family picnic, although he’s not fooling his wife Roisin who knows that he is trying to find the body of a girl who has been missing for nine months, an unsolved case that preoccupies him. But, life as a policeman never allows him to relax for long and no sooner have they eaten their sandwiches when a call comes in about a murdered girl.What I particularly enjoyed with this novel was the multiple strands. A missing persons investigation and a murder would be eno [...]

    5. The links between the disappearance of Hannah Kelly and the butchered body of Ava Delaney are tenuous at best, but that doesn't diminish DS McAvoy's adamance that the two women were murdered by the same person. I found his obsession with Kelly's disappearance somewhat macabre taking his family on a picnic to the spot she disappeared. And not for the first time. McAvoy's boss DS Trish Pharaoh is of little help on the case. distracted following the release of a man put away for the (accidental) de [...]

    6. David Mark has written five novels in the McAvoy series. Two girls have disappeared and then killed. The Serious and Organised Crime Unit of Humberside Police had been searching for Hannah Kelly since August last year. Hannah Kelly remains a missing person she vanished just twenty-six miles away from where Ava Delaney was killed. They both are of similar age. David Mark knows how to write crime fiction as he spent seven years as a crime reporter.

    7. The books keep on getting better and darker. McAvoy is a by-the-book policeman who tries his hardest to follow the rules and apprehend the perpetrators. The trouble is that the women around him, including his wife, straddle the line between good and bad and sometimes lean towards the dark side. The author does such a wonderful job with the characters of Helen, Trish and Roison that at times McAvoy becomes a ghost. I look forward to the next book.

    8. This review also featured on crimepiecesIt seems hard to believe that Dead Pretty sees the fifth outing of DS Aector McAvoy in a series which first made an appearance in 2012. In that time, David Mark has quickly established himself as a writer with a reputation for his gritty police procedurals featuring the gentle giant DS McAvoy. Consistently strong on characterisation and with superb dialogue, Mark delivers a powerful story with the victims of some of the very darkest crimes of society right [...]

    9. First of all I would like to thank Bookbridgr and Mulholland for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, this book just wasn't for me. I know there are plenty of fans of David Mark's books, and I can see from other reviews on GoodReads that my 1* review is very much the exception, rather than the rule. Perhaps it's because this is the 5th book in the series, but the first that I've read, so I found it hard to get into the characters. Who knows. Either way [...]

    10. I was given an ARC of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.This is the first in the McAvoy series I have read and I must now go back and read the books I have missed. This is excellent. A murder mystery with several different threads pulling you in and keeping you interested until the end. Several twists and turns to keep you focused and turning the pages.What is the link, or is there a link, between the murder of two young girls and the release of Reuben Hollow? Why is McAvoy' [...]

    11. Loved it!! So enjoy the relationships at the centre of this series of books and intrigued to be exploring more of the back stories of the main characters. It feels rewarding to understand what drives them and what they are fighting against or escaping from. The plot is intriguing and, as you've probably grown to expect from David, explores the darker side of romance and obsession but with a plot that's a little outside the norm! The pace is fantastic; at times, intricate details are used to enri [...]

    12. I am being spoilt for excellent crime fiction in 2016 and this book is wonderful, largely due to the characters of McAvoy and Pharaoh - particularly Pharaoh. 4.5 stars.

    13. *** Originally posted on thequietknitter/ ***McAvoy is like any other detective, there's always an unsolved case that sticks with them. For him, it's Hannah Kelly, she disappeared nine months ago, no further trace of her has been found, but he can't give up on her, and is determined to find her. McAvoy is pulled into investigate the murder of Ava Delaney case by his boss, Det. Supt. Trish Pharaoh, but he can't give up on Hannah. As the cases unravel, McAvoy becomes aware of connections, but are [...]

    14. The 5th outing for Hull based, DS Aector McAvoy and this series just keeps getting better and better. If you haven't read any before, this could be read as a stand alone, but I strongly recommend you go back and savour the series from the beginning. There are some spoilers in this one, but essentially it's watching McAvoy and his relationships develop that are a joy, as well as the definitely dark and gritty plots that don't fail to get the adrenalin flowing. McAvoy is a gentle giant, with an em [...]

    15. Usually when I read about towns, cities, countries and even streets I don't know I always take something away from the story. When I know the area slightly it gives me a sense of familiarity. I wasn't expecting to be completely distracted and irritated by the fact that I know all the towns, villages, streets and general area mentioned in this book, intimately. Strangely weird.I found McAvoy a bit of a conundrum. On one side you have his physical description, which doesn't gel at all with his beh [...]

    16. I haven't read any of the previous books which I feel I should have done before reading this one but it didn't spoil the book for me.The story is set in Hull in the North of England.Hannah Kelly went missing nine months ago and Ava Delanie has been dead a short while even though there is a big time lapse between them McAvoy is convinced that they are linked.I found the characters engaging.The book was a bit graphic with Murder sexual deviancy etc but I don't mind that it all adds to the story.No [...]

    17. A gritty, often dark police procedural set in Hull as Aector McAvoy searches for a young woman missing for 9 months now. When another young woman is murdered, Aector searches frantically for any connection. The giant McAvoy is not the only main character in the spotlight in this one, as the author gives ample "screen" time to his gypsy wife Roison, his co-worker Helen Tremberg and his boss Trish Pharoah (why is she behaving so strangely?). A little slow moving at the start but patience when read [...]

    18. Excellent read as usual. This really is a terrific series. If I held back from giving it 5* it's because I found the ending less convincing than in his previous novels but I wouldn't want to overstate this and run the risk of putting anyone off. The whole Aector McAvoy series is so well written and the characters and sense of place bear witness to a real craftsman at work. It's crying out for TV adaptation

    19. Even if i didn't like the plots or other characters(which i do), i'd read this series for the adorable aector mcavoy, i love him! I can forgive a book most anything if i fall in love with a character, and he is irresistible

    20. Actually I have not finished. I got about halfway and quite frankly couldn't take anymore. This book is so badly written I can not continue with it. It has been overwritten to the point of interfering with the story line, which may be quite good if I could care enough about the characters. There are more metaphors than I have ever seen in one book and actually sometimes on one page. It just screams trying too hard. The main character has an unreadable name and is just too much. I mean seriously [...]

    21. When I first started this series, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but glad I stuck with it. The books get better each time. David Mark has really hit his stride in this one. The descriptions have become more apt and poetic. Good pacing and the more character development especially of Trish Pharaoh. I figured out who the killer McAvoy was chasing early on, but it didn't detract from enjoying the rest of the book as there were some interesting twists. The book could be read without reading t [...]

    22. I think it is a shame that due to this being a library book club read I came into the series at book 5. There were obviously things I should have known about the characters but didn't "broken lands" was constantly mentioned as one of Aector's characteristics. I disliked that Aector was referred to as Hector in dialogue and feel that the name should have been consistent. I also felt that there was too much social and family life interfering with the story line. I think it was easy to pick out the [...]

    23. 3.75 This is #5 which I somehow missed, having read #6 earlier this year. Another great entry in the series, this time with a heavy focus on Trish Pharaoh and her private life. Very suspenseful, though I again had the killer pecked right. I think there must be a playbook somewhere that instructs on how to write mysteries. There is definitely a pattern to this. The trick is in breaking the pattern enough so people can't figure stuff out way ahead of time. Or maybe I'm just reading way too many my [...]

    24. This was a pretty good book but not sure I'd hurry to read any of the others in this series. Didn't really "like" any of the characters but it was a good story. Part way through McAvoy's name seemed to change to Hector except every now and then it would be Aector again. Editing errors? I kind of prefer Hector because at least I know how to pronounce it!

    25. This series just gets better and better. In this book the characters of McAvoy and Pharoah are developed further, in an exciting plot with some truly wicked characters (David Mark does villains very well!) Every time I finish another book I'm desperate to go on to the next one, and that's a sign of a good author in my book (sorry).

    26. Good but becoming rependativeA good read, but how much more can McAvoy take? Stories need to become less hectic and more detective. An interesting read.

    27. Probably the best in the series so far. Make sure you’ve read the other books before this one. A great series

    28. The saga continues of Aector who has the weight of the world on his shoulders. His idol Trish Pharoah is falling apart and aector is despairing that his mentor is hiding things from him.

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