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Worm in the Bud / Blood of the Innocents / Written in Blood

(A book in the D.I. Tom Mariner series)
An omnibus of novels by

Book 1
In Birmingham local journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home, a puncture wound in his arm a testimony to his death by lethal injection. The cryptic note by his side: 'no more', seems at first to suggest suicide but Detective Inspector Tom Mariner has learned to take nothing at face value. There is something a little too staged about events, especially as ealier that evening Mariner had witnessed Barham hassling a prostitute in a bar. As the police investigate further, they discover another witness to events, Barham's younger brother, Jamie, is found in a cupboard under the stairs. It seems likely that Jamie witnessed his brother's killing but his severe autism has left him without the means to communicate what he has seen. Mariner is determined to build a relationship with Jamie to get to the truth, and the fact that this means spending time with Anna Barham, Jamie's new - and reluctant - guardian, is no great hardship. But is Eddie's death related to his recent investigations into a local crimelord, or is there something else that only Jamie can tell them - if he so chooses.

Book 2: Blood of the Innocents
When two Birmingham teenagers go missing on the same day, it seems nothing more than a coincidence. Aside from their age, they have little in common. Yasmin Akhtar is the talented grammar school educated daughter of devout Muslim professionals. Ricky Skeet disappears from his council house after a row with his mother's latest boyfriend. DI Tom Mariner knows Ricky's mum from his days in uniform, so is less than happy when his superiors - bowing to media pressure - take him the Skeet case and reassign him to the more politically sensitive investigation. The press are convinced that Yasmin's disappearance is a racially motivated abduction, especially since the Akhtar's have found themselves the target of the far right. But working with Asian liaison officer Jamilla Begum, Mariner soon discovers that the picture painted by Yasmin's parents of an unworldly ingenue is at odds with what her school-friends know to be true.

Book 3: Written in Blood
DI Tom Mariner's life is beginning to look settled, with talk of a move to the country and even kids. But then an unexpected reunion with an old friend thrusts him into the unofficial investigation of a violent double murder to which he is inextricably linked, and he enters a world of corruption where the boundaries of justice are blurred making impossible to distinguish friend and foe. Compelled to work beyond the protection of his official role, Mariner find himself the target of person or persons unknown as he tracks down the killer, while at the same time uncovering the astonishing truth about his own origins.

Genre: Mystery
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Kindle Editions

November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Worm in the Bud, Blood of the Innocents, Written in Blood: DI Mariner Omnibus (DI Mariner Mysteries)
Author(s): Chris Collett
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