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Country's future elite and finds a close knit community full of secrets jealousy and obsessionHer search reveals a vicious online trolling culture but could Emily from the privileged and popular c As you drive into the city the view of Durham Cathedral above the river is an absolute knock out I so wish I could contrive a reason to return Failing that I ve done the next best enjoyed a murder mystery set in the university With its different narrators dialects this was a perfect Audible book for car foot elliptical machine unstoppable to the end I cannot claim to have sussed it tho I spotted all the principal clues but failed to imagine which ones fit together how even tho Alice Clark Platts plays absolutely suare with the reader we know what DI Martin knows when she does I uite liked the voice given the detective She s supposed to be from Newcastle whilst not uite Geordie I d have had trouble understanding her if it were had a northern flavour listening brought out a peculiarity I might not have caught in print The timing of her style of interrogation reminded me so much of Detective Colombo s concluding an apparently innocuous conversation with a pause then as a seemingly casual afterthought asking the killer uery that homes in on the suspect like an Exocet missile blows the fishy alibi clear out of the water Do they teach this detective schoolDespite the uni setting this is not a story like The Secret History or After I Left You about good friends Despite their claims the students are frenemies best most appropriately in a story featuring the very current topics of online bullying revenge porn Additionally the supporting cast of parents uni administrators a local journalist all have something dubious about them That the minor characters are so well depicted actually seems like a flaw as they vanish the end with so many conflicts unresolved in the reader s mind For me that was especially true for Annabelle who would have been the victim Emily s BF if I d been writing this book We also are given only glimpses of DI Martin s backstory personal life she has clearly a lot of baggage So no 5th star for a good one time read Grass, Sky, Song university With its different narrators dialects this was a perfect Audible book for car foot elliptical machine Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos unstoppable to the end I cannot claim to have sussed it tho I spotted all the principal clues but failed to imagine which ones fit together how even tho Alice Clark Platts plays absolutely suare with the reader we know what DI Martin knows when she does I The Illusionists uite liked the voice given the detective She s supposed to be from Newcastle whilst not O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, uite Geordie I d have had trouble One for My Baby understanding her if it were had a northern flavour listening brought out a peculiarity I might not have caught in print The timing of her style of interrogation reminded me so much of Detective Colombo s concluding an apparently innocuous conversation with a pause then as a seemingly casual afterthought asking the killer Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, uery that homes in on the suspect like an Exocet missile blows the fishy alibi clear out of the water Do they teach this detective schoolDespite the We uni setting this is not a story like The Secret History or After I Left You about good friends Despite their claims the students are frenemies best most appropriately in a story featuring the very current topics of online bullying revenge porn Additionally the supporting cast of parents The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, uni administrators a local journalist all have something dubious about them That the minor characters are so well depicted actually seems like a flaw as they vanish the end with so many conflicts The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, unresolved in the reader s mind For me that was especially true for Annabelle who would have been the victim Emily s BF if I d been writing this book We also are given only glimpses of DI Martin s backstory personal life she has clearly a lot of baggage So no 5th star for a good one time read

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Bitter Fruits DI Erica Martin #1

Detective Inspector Erica Martin's first case in the university city of Durham is Emily Brabents a first year student who is found dead in the riverDI Martin visits Joyce College a cradle for the Bitter Fruits is an impressive debut novel which is both police procedural and part psychological thriller and proves gripping eerily atmospheric and sheds light on the inescapable pressures and strains that come with being thrown into an all consuming environment specifically one of the bastions of higher education and privilege that can be alien territory to those unprepared for the experience This is a story which explores the death of a student from both the aspect of establishing guilt right through to the underpinnings and psychology of those closely linked to the victim in the run up to her demise Newly transplanted from Newcastle CID to the hallowed university town of Durham just three weeks into her new job sees DI Erica Martin given a baptism of fire when Regatta weekend results in the discovery of Joyce College fresher Emily Brabents dead body in the weir With eyes glazed clad in only a t shirt evidence of self harming and nasty marks around her neck DI Martin suspects murder But with an off the bat confession from a fellow student elected president Simon Rush an overly involved College President Phillip Mason and a college culture of trolling cyber bullying and online sexual harassment rife DI Martin and her sidekick DS Jones have their work cut out With Rush promptly handed over for a psychiatric evaluation DI Martin attempts to gain a handle on Emily s complex personality and finds herself faced with a naive and insecure young woman under the misconception that allowing gratuitous and pornographic photos and videos of herself to be circulated somehow euated to empowering feminist behaviourThe majority of the storyline is narrated in the third person and focuses on DI Martin s endeavours however this is complemented with the interspersed journal entries of sensitive English student and outsider Daniel Shepherd with his deeply ironic and scathing view of the culture within the university and some snippy commentary by online journalist Sean Egan of The Durham Chronicle Distinctions between each of these elements of the narrative are well marked and this make up draws the reader into a fascinating expose of the salacious details of the permissive student culture some of which is admittedly a little far fetched Emily s willingness for photos to be openly shared not to mention that the college authorities knowingly permitting such behaviour With DI Martin and DS Jones attempting to get to grips with Emily s social circle and pinning down her immature best friend Annabel and odious boyfriend Nick as they wait to resume uestioning Simon Rush suspicion starts to fall on Emily s background and uick tempered father Michael Brabents However as the mysterious Daniel Shepherd refuses to surface DI Martin attempts to clarify his part in Emily s story through his email correspondence with compromised university counsellor Stephanie Suleiman Although the pace of the investigation does flounder a little as the second half opens and the convoluted denouement risks confusion the superior psychological aspects of Bitter Fruits makes this a solid four star read DI Erica Martin is of a thinker as opposed to a grafter and remains an enigmatic presence as she conducts operations under the eyes of the university and a local media who seems to be curiously well informed As pressure comes from her superiors and with tourism and university morale reliant on and speedy resolution DI Martin s steadfast refusal to be rushed is to her credit Having moved to the market town of Chester le Street Martin s marriage is increasingly showing strains with her older husband Jim slow to settle in and Bitter Fruits hints at a latent attraction between her and boss DCI Sam Butterworth although this is never explored However for the most part Clark Platts lets an gritty plot and untangling the mess drive the novel and thankfully does not seem to feel the need to encumber her protagonist with either maverick tendencies or myriad problems It is this sound emphasis on getting to grips with who Emily was as opposed to the facade she presented before going on to explore just what has made her a victim that is the focus of the novel and introduces a distinctive voice to the world of crime fiction I have a predisposition to novels with an academic setting and having had a similar university experience to Durham and a sister who attended I felt it really captured the often stifling atmosphere and the desire to fit in and be accepted amongst ones peers Some of the pretentiousness surrounding revered Joyce College was I fear a little over embellished from the side of the college authorities who seemed to willingly buy into the whole culture of bullying which is a ludicrously unlikely scenario Whilst I doubt that such a culture would ever be allowed to rear its head in such a cloistered college setting this does not stop Bitter Fruits proving compelling and memorably different from the ranks of mainstream crime fiction Clark Platts has crafted a literary debut crime novel which is intelligently written and makes some insightful and damning points on an increasingly digital age where the younger generations can be drawn into a dog eat dog world of online naming and shaming and go to extraordinary lengths to be accepted by their peers This is a series that I intend to continue with and I have already purchased Alice Clark Platts follow up The Taken featuring a return for DI Erica Martin

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Rowd have been a victim Should the sudden confession to the murder by the student president be believed And just who is the mysterious Daniel Shepherd whose name keeps appearing in the investigati I was fortunate n getting my copy from Real Readers before publication for an honest reviewDetective Inspector Martin had just joined the Durham police force and straight away had a murder to deal with Emily Brabens is found dead in the weir and as DI Martin goes to the college to inform them and find out what she could about the dead girl she is surprised to find one of the fellow students confess immediately Simon Rush said he had pushed her into the weir When DI Martin and DS Jones uestion him at the station all is not as it seems Emily tried so hard to fit in at the college but she had seemed to go the wrong way about it and had only one true friend Daniel Shepherd Did Simon really kill Emily and why As they delve further into the private lives of the students a sordid picture emerges and throughout the whole investigation the reader is treated to an insight from the killer with pages of his or her thoughts but never indicating who they areThe twist nearing the end is surprising but wait that s not the only oneI very rarely enjoy a book this much and Alice Clark Platts has hit the ground running with this first novel I hope there are many to come as I will definately be looking out for them


10 thoughts on “Bitter Fruits DI Erica Martin #1

  1. says:

    Bitter Fruits is an impressive debut novel which is both police procedural and part psychological thriller and proves gripping eerily atmospheric and sheds light on the inescapable pressures and strains that come with being thrown into an all consuming environment; specifically one of the bastions of higher education and privilege that can be alien territory to those unprepared for the experience This is a story which explores the death

  2. says:

    Bitter Fruits was a really beautifully written novel haunting atmospheric very lyrical in places and a heady mix of police procedural and psychological thriller one woven into the other in an intelligent and really engaging style that makes this a real page turner Emily is found dead and Martin newly arrived to the area is put on the case As she investigates dark secrets begin to emerge about the college Emily

  3. says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest reviewThis is a really awkward review to write and one that I've had to think carefully about mainly because the ARC I received was in dire need of editing for style and language and I don't mean proofreading there weren't typos it was just badly written So how should I review it Should I just review the copy I was given or should I try and

  4. says:

    I know this book has been out a while now and I am trying to go backwards in my line of read to reviews This is a great debut novel I notice a lot of debut novels that are coming out recently have been of a high standard and have really captured my attention this one being of the same mind Its hauntingEmily the girl who was murdered is a very complicated girl I found her character very interestingThe Investigation into

  5. says:

    In this refreshingly smart and thought provoking crime thriller DI Erica Martin investigates the pernicious culture of cyber bullying that dominates the lives of students at Durham University The murder of a Fresher is Martin's first case after arriving in the city Martin herself soon comes under the scrutiny of the local online media getting a bitter taste of the kind of invisible trolling and emotional harassment that

  6. says:

    As you drive into the city the view of Durham Cathedral above the river is an absolute knock out I so wish I could contrive a reason to return Failing that I’ve done the next best enjoyed a murder mystery set in the university With its diff

  7. says:

    Pretty much what you expect of a police proceduralmurder mystery but with a few ualities that I felt really lifted it up a notch or two First off the writing is good and so is the story Just the right amount of suspension of disbelief is needed

  8. says:

    First class thriller and an excellent debut by someone who can best be described as a beautiful technically gifted writer The characterisation is sophisticated and entirely believable The story is on point and the writing style and use of language is second to noneWell done Clark Platts on a stunning first novel Bring on the next one

  9. says:

    I was fortunate n getting my copy from Real Readers before publication for an honest reviewDetective Inspector Martin had

  10. says:

    Bitter Fruits Alice Clark PlattsI love debut novels They are such a lottery They can be dire and finishing them can feel like wading through treacle They can be okay and you sense some promise and defer ultimate judgement until the next one Or they can completely blow you awayI couldn't put this book down and I mean that literally Everything was put on hold until I finished itI hesitate to use the word brilliant because it is o

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