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Always the same questions for Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Cook — Why was Marcus Matthews in that room? And why did he share a bottle of wine with his killer? It wasn’t as if the man had amounted to much in life, apart from the fact that he was the son-in-law of a notorious gangster, the father of the man’s grandchildren. Yet, one thing that Hamish McIntyre, feare Always the same questions for Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Cook — Why was Marcus Matthews in that room? And why did he share a bottle of wine with his killer? It wasn’t as if the man had amounted to much in life, apart from the fact that he was the son-in-law of a notorious gangster, the father of the man’s grandchildren. Yet, one thing that Hamish McIntyre, feared in London for his violence, rated above anything else, it was his family, especially Samantha, his daughter; although he had never cared for Marcus, her husband. And then Marcus disappears, only for his body to be found six years later by a couple of young boys who decide that exploring an abandoned house is preferable to school.


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Always the same questions for Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Cook — Why was Marcus Matthews in that room? And why did he share a bottle of wine with his killer? It wasn’t as if the man had amounted to much in life, apart from the fact that he was the son-in-law of a notorious gangster, the father of the man’s grandchildren. Yet, one thing that Hamish McIntyre, feare Always the same questions for Detective Chief Inspector Isaac Cook — Why was Marcus Matthews in that room? And why did he share a bottle of wine with his killer? It wasn’t as if the man had amounted to much in life, apart from the fact that he was the son-in-law of a notorious gangster, the father of the man’s grandchildren. Yet, one thing that Hamish McIntyre, feared in London for his violence, rated above anything else, it was his family, especially Samantha, his daughter; although he had never cared for Marcus, her husband. And then Marcus disappears, only for his body to be found six years later by a couple of young boys who decide that exploring an abandoned house is preferable to school.

30 review for Six Years Too Late

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    When the body of a murdered man is found on the top floor of an empty house, DCI Isaac Cook and his team have many questions. The dead man is Marcus Matthews, who disappeared six years ago. died then, after sharing a bottle of wine with the person who then shot him. It looks like that last evening went exactly as planned. And Marcus Matthews was the son-in-law of Hamish McIntyre, prominent local organized crime boss. The one thing McIntyre loves in this world is his daughter, Samantha Matthews. Mc When the body of a murdered man is found on the top floor of an empty house, DCI Isaac Cook and his team have many questions. The dead man is Marcus Matthews, who disappeared six years ago. died then, after sharing a bottle of wine with the person who then shot him. It looks like that last evening went exactly as planned. And Marcus Matthews was the son-in-law of Hamish McIntyre, prominent local organized crime boss. The one thing McIntyre loves in this world is his daughter, Samantha Matthews. McIntyre couldn't have killed Matthews, in part because he had a broken leg at the time and couldn't have reached the top floor. Did he order it? Was someone else behind it? As they start digging, they start finding links to other cases, one going back twenty years, and yet nothing provides the evidence they need. When new deaths start happening, they know they have a major problem. There's a good, tricky mystery here, but also a study of the complex characters involved. McIntyre is aging, mostly retired, and tending his orchids--but he senses a threat to his daughter, and this violent, ruthless man will never by that retired. Samantha has her own secrets, her own resentments, and maybe her own ambitions that her father never thought of. The police have their own issues and changes, as they continue to develop as characters over the course of the series. Cook has bound a woman who is able to live with the stresses and unpredictable schedule of his police work. Wendy Gladstone still loves her work in Homicide, but she's not young, and is starting to feel her physical limits. Larry Hill is drinking, smoking, and eating too much, and Cook decides it's time for a full medical exam and an ultimatum--stop drinking and get fit for duty, or the medical report goes up through channels. Yet despite his very real problems, which affect his ability to do his job, Hill still has excellent police skills and instincts. If he has to go, it will be a real loss. What I love about this series is the combination of solid story with solid characters who develop realistically. Recommended. I received a free electronic galley of this book, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Di

    Such an amazing storyline I had to get file cards to keep the characters straight. All the details of motives and victims made this read a quick one. It actually read smoothly considering all the various stories. The descriptions were detailed enough I could visualize the pubs, the farm, etc. That first chapter pulled the reader in and made them a part of the investigation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carolann Hiller

    Murders old and new A new murder is associated with an old one. Too many secrets. No one willing to talk. More murders. And it all goes to hell in a hand basket. Great series and read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donadee's Corner

    Phillip Strange - DCI Cook Thriller Series Bk 11 - Six Years Too Late - Reviewed 9/29/19 Dead body found 6 years later, Kingpin gangster and his daughter lead Cook on another mystery! Marcus Matthews is found 6 years after he meets with someone and shares a bottle of wine with the killer and then sits and waits for the bullet that will kill him. Why? That is what DCI Cook can’t figure out. Is his father-in-law the notorious gangster to blame or is he even involved? What about his wife, is she the Phillip Strange - DCI Cook Thriller Series Bk 11 - Six Years Too Late - Reviewed 9/29/19 Dead body found 6 years later, Kingpin gangster and his daughter lead Cook on another mystery! Marcus Matthews is found 6 years after he meets with someone and shares a bottle of wine with the killer and then sits and waits for the bullet that will kill him. Why? That is what DCI Cook can’t figure out. Is his father-in-law the notorious gangster to blame or is he even involved? What about his wife, is she the reason he is dead or what? Hamish McIntyre, the mobster is the key! DCI Cook has his hands full, with the body count rising all around him and Isaac is led on another mystery that just keeps getting more involved. What did I like? I have read almost everything this author has written and I know when I pick up his books that I am in for another great mystery that will keep me glued to the pages. The storylines are so inventive and involved with so many twists and turn that you just have to be careful not to have whiplash. What will you like? Amazing storylines that will lead off with intriguing mysteries that just keep getting deeper and deeper involved. The characters are all unique and complicated and intense, some are like friends you never knew you had. You can almost feel what they are thinking. The author shows the depth of his knowledge and research on each page. The descriptions and details bring this book to life as if you were right in the mix of the action. Engaging from page one to end with action, and heart-stopping moments, all involving murder, violence, mystery, fear and some incredible action. I did not want it to end!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    SIX YEARS TOO LATE once again shows that a good thriller does not need to lean too heavily on explicit violence to make the story exciting. Good characters and situation make a good story. DCI Cook is once again involved in a case from the past but discovered in the present. When a corpse is found in an upstairs room in a vacant house, DCI Cook and his team must find the perpetrator(s) of the crime. The corpse has been undiscovered in the house for six years. The crime scene indicates that the d SIX YEARS TOO LATE once again shows that a good thriller does not need to lean too heavily on explicit violence to make the story exciting. Good characters and situation make a good story. DCI Cook is once again involved in a case from the past but discovered in the present. When a corpse is found in an upstairs room in a vacant house, DCI Cook and his team must find the perpetrator(s) of the crime. The corpse has been undiscovered in the house for six years. The crime scene indicates that the deceased was killed after a friendly drink with his killer. Delving into the history of the body, DCI Cook finds that a major crime boss, who appears to be retired, could be involved and the boss's daughter had been married to the decedent. The investigation begins turning up clues about an earlier death while new bodies begin appearing. The team follows police procedure and begins turning up clues that may be related. Problems internal to the team bother DCI Cook as he begins to distrust some of them. Throw in a politically motivated police superintendent who pushes to end the investigation and the work becomes more difficult. The procedures, personal insights, and interactions with a host of suspects make this an excellent story with a fitting conclusion. Note: I received this book as an ARC and am freely providing this review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pete

    This is the 11th book in this series, and it maintains the quality and style of the others in the series. I really like that not only is Cook's character is well written and developed, but that the rest of his rather disparate team are all very believable and 'human' characters, each with their own priorities, foibles and failings. The way that Cook manages to meld them into a team and get the best from each is very clever writing. The story, of a body found after 6 years in a disused building, a This is the 11th book in this series, and it maintains the quality and style of the others in the series. I really like that not only is Cook's character is well written and developed, but that the rest of his rather disparate team are all very believable and 'human' characters, each with their own priorities, foibles and failings. The way that Cook manages to meld them into a team and get the best from each is very clever writing. The story, of a body found after 6 years in a disused building, apparently having been willingly shot, is original and leads to a complex enquiry which covers a lot of southern England and some very individual characters, all of whom have secrets to hide. This was a very satisfying story of a complex and exciting police investigation, with a surprising conclusion. I received an advance copy of the book, but have voluntarily written this honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vina

    ‘Six Years too Late” by Phillip Strang was a welcome change after the emotion-laden novel I had just finished. A clear, clean police procedural, a steady pace, and an interesting mystery. While it had innumerable characters, mainly the police officials, the writer succeeded in keeping his strings untangled. The best thing was, the story was more important than the investigators. We are introduced to them, lightly, in a few words, and yet we know enough about them. This is so refreshing. Almost a ‘Six Years too Late” by Phillip Strang was a welcome change after the emotion-laden novel I had just finished. A clear, clean police procedural, a steady pace, and an interesting mystery. While it had innumerable characters, mainly the police officials, the writer succeeded in keeping his strings untangled. The best thing was, the story was more important than the investigators. We are introduced to them, lightly, in a few words, and yet we know enough about them. This is so refreshing. Almost all recent books I have read have focussed on the detectives, to the detriment of the story. While we love our investigators, we came to the book looking for a juicy mystery, not biographies of the police officials. Ok,that’s my view, and I’m allowed to have it😃 3.5 Stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    2013 and Marcus Matthews is waiting, waiting for the person that is going to kill him. But it is only now, six years later that his body has been found. Found by two young boys playing traunt. But why was the son-in-law of notorious gangster Hamish McIntyre killed and by whom. DCI Cook and his team investigate. But this will not be the only murder as events seem to be spiralling out of control or is it organised. This is my first read of a book in this series, and I found it can easily be read as 2013 and Marcus Matthews is waiting, waiting for the person that is going to kill him. But it is only now, six years later that his body has been found. Found by two young boys playing traunt. But why was the son-in-law of notorious gangster Hamish McIntyre killed and by whom. DCI Cook and his team investigate. But this will not be the only murder as events seem to be spiralling out of control or is it organised. This is my first read of a book in this series, and I found it can easily be read as a standalone story. I found the story enjoyable and interesting, and well-written with a mixed bunch of main characters. Received an ARC from the author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Stylish thriller" You can rely on Phillip Strang for great characters, varied settings and perfectly honed dialogue. The Isaac Cook series has oozed style and quality from the outset. He's surrounded by a team of characters, each with their own talents and idiosyncrasies. In 'Six Years Too Late' they carry out their investigative duties from Cornwall to Sussex as well as London as they try to unravel the mystery. Why did two men share a bottle of wine before one shot the other? What follows is a "Stylish thriller" You can rely on Phillip Strang for great characters, varied settings and perfectly honed dialogue. The Isaac Cook series has oozed style and quality from the outset. He's surrounded by a team of characters, each with their own talents and idiosyncrasies. In 'Six Years Too Late' they carry out their investigative duties from Cornwall to Sussex as well as London as they try to unravel the mystery. Why did two men share a bottle of wine before one shot the other? What follows is a police procedural with twists and turns aplenty. Highly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dragon

    EXCELLENT, RIVETING, BYZANTINE PARADOX SIX YEARS TOO LATE Drives DCI Isaac Cook and his team, unbeknownst to them, into a veritable, perplexing, maddening maze. Historical, inexplicable, some brutal and horrific crimes are dragged into the present. Underlying angst about and within one team member is distracting both Isaac his subordinate from the investigation. The mystery is such a conundrum, when you think you've finally reached the end of the maze you'll find you've actually entered another one. EXCELLENT, RIVETING, BYZANTINE PARADOX SIX YEARS TOO LATE Drives DCI Isaac Cook and his team, unbeknownst to them, into a veritable, perplexing, maddening maze. Historical, inexplicable, some brutal and horrific crimes are dragged into the present. Underlying angst about and within one team member is distracting both Isaac his subordinate from the investigation. The mystery is such a conundrum, when you think you've finally reached the end of the maze you'll find you've actually entered another one. Good luck solving this, but DO NOT MISS SIX YEARS TOO LATE

  11. 5 out of 5

    K

    Another good outing for DCI Cook and his team, a body is discovered after six years lying in a deserted house in London; it is murder. It links to a gangster and his family and to another unsolved murder. The leads are few and the team have to work hard to try and resolve the crimes. A few twists and turns and bodies ensue. It doesn't matter if you have read the others in the series this stands well on its own, as do the others! Well worth a read. Another good outing for DCI Cook and his team, a body is discovered after six years lying in a deserted house in London; it is murder. It links to a gangster and his family and to another unsolved murder. The leads are few and the team have to work hard to try and resolve the crimes. A few twists and turns and bodies ensue. It doesn't matter if you have read the others in the series this stands well on its own, as do the others! Well worth a read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Quanita

    When a missing man's body is found six years after he was killed it sets off a firestorm. Another man was killed twenty years ago, somehow it appears to be related. As the police investigate more people are murdered. The most illusive thing - the reason for the killings. Great police procedural. I was gifted this from the author. When a missing man's body is found six years after he was killed it sets off a firestorm. Another man was killed twenty years ago, somehow it appears to be related. As the police investigate more people are murdered. The most illusive thing - the reason for the killings. Great police procedural. I was gifted this from the author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert M. Galbraith

    Very much enjoyed reading this book. there were interesting characters playing out complicated roles and a clever story. Well written and edited it was a pleasure to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Detective Chief Isaac is amazing at his job. But he can’t figure out why Matthew was in that room before he was killed. So suspenseful until the end. Can’t put it down until you find out what happens.

  15. 5 out of 5

    T Olsen

    A police procedural with an excellent plot and characters. Like a real police procedure, it's long and not always exciting, but it's moving along at a good pace. A police procedural with an excellent plot and characters. Like a real police procedure, it's long and not always exciting, but it's moving along at a good pace.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Davis

    It was a good book. Kept my interest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie R Davis

  18. 4 out of 5

    P M Hindley

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Anketell Tuessday

  21. 5 out of 5

    cecile gibb

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tomma Williams

  23. 4 out of 5

    BARRY J COLES

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judithellison

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mr. A F Beaney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mrs T A Hulse

  27. 4 out of 5

    Safifer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Garner

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy Prokupek

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