The Poisoned Rock

The Poisoned Rock In London, The British Government Has Declassified A Large Number Of Top Secret Files Regarding British Military Intelligence Operations During World War II One File, Concerning Espionage Operations On Gibraltar, Has Been Smuggled Out Of The U.K To Spain It Contains Information That Will Draw Sullivan And Broderick Into The Dark And Treacherous World Of Wartime Gibraltar A Place Where Saboteurs And Espionage Plots Abounded, And Where Double And Triple Agents From Britain, Germany And Spain Were At War In A Treacherous And Deadly Game Of Undercover Operations It Is Only A Matter Of Time Before Past And Present Collide And A Dangerous Battle Begins To Conceal The Truth About The Rock S Poisonous Wartime History Detectives Sullivan And Broderick Become Caught In A Tangled Web Of Intrigue And Murder That Will Once Again Test Their Skills And Working Relationship To The Very Limit. The Poisoned Rock is the second book in The Rock Murder Mysteries series I haven t actually read the first but found that this one read easily as a stand alone and didn t feel in anyway at a disadvantage by not having reading the first.The series is set in Gibraltar and like Tamara Sullivan, I very much found myself falling in love with this fabulous place Through the authors writing, I could easily envision myself there, with all the sights, sounds and smells It certainly had me wanting to pack my bags and hop on the next available plane.I really enjoyed the whole story line of a film crew coming out to make a film based on the legendary story of The Queen of Diamonds Unfortunately someone isn t so happy about this legendary tale re surfacing and does their best to stop the film from happening.Sullivan
The evil that women doTamara Sullivan is still on secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, and is as intrigued as everyone else that a top Hollywood star has come to the island to make a movie The film is about a war time spy, known as the Queen of Diamonds, although no one is quite sure whether she existed or is a legend However, the film has triggered a lot of interest in this old story, not all of it positive Soon Sullivan and her boss, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, find themselves investigating murder, but to understand the motive and find the culprit they will have to delve into the murky world of espionage on wartime Gibraltar, and the treacheries and betrayals that are still casting a dark shadow into the presentThis is the second in this series of police procedurals set on Gibraltar, and both Sullivan and Broderick already feel like well established characters The first, The Rock, was short almost novella length but this one is a full length novel with a much complex
A New Top Notch Crime SeriesAn excellent follow on to the first meeting of Sullivan and Broderick this book establishes them further as a crime duo to follow and hopefully will be the first of many further adventures.Well drawn believable characters take us through a well drawn and execute
My thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy which I chose to read review.Set in Gibraltar, readers are faced with secrets, lies, grief, justice, blackmail and revenge.I have to be honest and say that although there was a fab hook at the start, the next few chapters were a bit of a slow burner for me There was a lot going on, moving from the past and present that I did find it a little hard going That being said, once we were back in the present time and the police became involved well, the pace picked up and I enjoyed the narrative.This was my first experience of DS Tamara Sullivan and I don t think it will be my last Tamara is back in Gibraltar after a secondment finds her teamed up with Chief Inspector Gus Broderick Although this is book 2 in the series, there was enough information of the backstory,
THE POISONED ROCK offers a spiderweb of a plot set against a vividly evoked Mediterranean setting, and secret machinations that span several decades Gibraltar is a British shard jutting into the Mediterranean, looking across the sea to Morocco while geographically attached to Spain It has a much fought over history, and an interesting mix of a populace Daws does a great job capturing that blend of history, geography, and sociology and texturing it into his mystery tale rather smoothly In modern Gibraltar, a film is being made about the Queen of Diamonds, a controversial war time British spy But the shoot isn t going entirely smoothly Then the murders start Detective Tamara Sullivan is a relative newcomer to the Rock , having been unceremoniously exiled from her previously promising career with the London Metropolitan Police She was meant to be on a three month secondment , but her future s unclear Chief Inspector Gus Broderick of the Royal Gibraltar Police Force is an old school copper who s grown to trust Sullivan in a short time Together they have to investigate just what is going on, and whether the old stories behind the Queen of Diamonds legend, true or false, are playing a part in the current day mayhem Does the motive for the violence lie in the past, or is that just a smokescreen for something modern and personal There s an awful lot to like about Robert Daws storytelling He handles a compl
The Poisoned Rock, though set mainly in present day Gibraltar, also takes us back to events in 1942 and the repercussions of the murder of a young prostitute Chief Inspector Gus Broderick and Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan are embroiled in a complex investigation of murder and abduction which takes them over the border into Spain, exploring the background to the film, Queen of Diamonds, currently in production on the streets of Gibraltar.The film set and the relationships of director, producer and Hollywood star are described with veracity and interest, as you would expect from the author, Robert Daws, and the increasingly mysterious story of espionage and heartless murder is difficult to put down The varied characters make guessing the culprit or culprits almost impossible and you will be intrigued by the final denouement.Although complete in itself, this is the second book about the investigations of Broderick and Sullivan and as I le
A book to be savoured by connoisseurs of the genre, this is an assured and polished piece of work by a very competent writer who is a master of the genre Robert Daws has such an intimate knowledge of the Rock and a number of venues in Southern Spain that he is able almost effortlessly to gain credibility for his narrative with a wealth of incidental detail streets, key buildings, cafes, squares, alleys The story is satisfyingly complex, involving not only the minutiae of a modern day police investigation into a number of murders but also weaving in the strategic importance of Gibraltar, its history and culture and the murky world of espionage during and following WW2 The clues are there, artfully placed, and the story unfolds at just the right pace I especially appreciated the way in which the author used perceptive descriptive detail to develop our knowledge and understanding of each of the characters without ever slowing the pace of the narrative The old man poured the fine Rioja into two sparkling glasses, his steady hand and his eye for a generous measure belying his age and frailty That s the way to do it The short chapters move the story along at a clip The medical and forensic detail are well researched Petechial haemo
Murder, mystery and history on GibraltarA film is being made about a war time spy, and then murders start happening Are the two connected This is a great murder mystery set on Gibraltar, with excursions into neighbouring Spain War time documents, British Government secrets and the police desperate to find the murderer before he she strikes again combine to give the reader plenty to get involved in The chapters are very short, with plenty of action and twists, and a fast, exciting pace Set among the streets of Gibraltar plenty of pubs, restaurants, parks and streets are featured, which adds a great dimension for anyone thinking of visiting Gibraltar or who already knows the peninsular There seemed to be a lot of characters as I began the book, but I quickly got involved in the story, and the characters all became clear in their different roles Each page is w
What an excellent follow up to Robert Daws s 1st Sullivan Brodrick crime books, The Rock.Very interesting reading about Gibraltar s history during the 2nd World War, something I d never read or heard about before.Poisoned Rock is a clever thriller, the beautifully interwoven stories of the characters all culminate into a very believable ending And of course when it comes to spies national security anything can happen Nasty murders, blackmail creepy stalkers all mixed up with film actors producers make for a gripping tale Nice to see the chemistry between the lead characters, Sullivan Broderick evolving I like their dogged determination to get to the bottom of the crimes committed I was pleased to read that the rights for a TV adaptation have been taken up for Robe
To date have always picked up another one my favourite authors as I finish a book, however I thought I would try something out of my comfort zone when I picked up the Rock So glad I did, I really enjoyed the pace and

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Poisoned Rock
  • Robert Daws
  • 17 May 2017
  • 9781911331216