“DI David Murphy and DC Laura Rossi investigate the murder of a student at the City of Liverpool University. Attached to her is a letter from her killer, which details a famous unethical psychological experiment performed on the victim, resulting in her death. Convinced at first that the murderer is someone close and known to the victim, Murphy dismisses the letter as a bid to throw them off the scent…until more bodies are found, each with their own letter attached.
On the other side of the city, Rob Barker, an admin worker at the university, is dealing with his own loss. His partner has been missing for almost a year, with suspicion from all around her firmly pointed at him.
As the two seemingly unconnected events collide, it becomes apparent Murphy is chasing a killer unlike any he’s faced before.
One who kills to discover more about life…“
Dead gone is the first book in a the new DI Murphy and DS Rossi series by Luca Veste. It’s set in Liverpool which is great – I’m loving reading UK based crime novels over the US based ones recently and it’s great seeing more UK based crime novels popping up everywhere!
As mentioned above, this is set in Liverpool and follows Rossi and Murphy’s investigation into a psychopathic serial killer who is killing people who have some connection to the University. I really enjoyed how psychology was included in the novel and the killings and Veste really used his background in that area well in the Novel. Veste studied Psychology and Criminology at the University of Liverpool and I think his knowledge really translated well into this plotline and didn’t feel like it was shoved in the plotline just for the sake of including some cool psychology stuff.
I’m still 100% sure how I feel about Murphy as a character. You find out that he’s had a really difficult time this past year and has a lot of demons to deal with, which definitely show a vulnerable side to him which was nice to see. However, he outright dismisses a letter attached to the victim in order to pursue a completely different lead and says that it’s to lead the investigation in the wrong direction which really put me off him. I would have preferred if we had more character development for DS Brannon as he’s mentioned a few times as someone who you wouldn’t really want to work with and you get the impression that he’s a massive tool but I felt like I would have liked a little bit more info on his character. I did like Rossi however and it was great to see a strong female woman who really complimented Murphy and his way of working.
I do think I maybe didn’t enjoy this as much as I could as I read this during a week when I was very busy and I was grabbing paragraphs to read here and there and I was distracted. I’m definitely going to be picking up and reading the next book in this series and I’m looking forward to reading more of Luca Veste’s work!