The Dark Winter (Detective Sergeant McAvoy Series #1)

The Dark Winter (Detective Sergeant McAvoy Series #1)

by David Mark
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The Dark Winter 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Mark's first fiction novel is full of interesting characters. Sergeant McAvoy is down right endearing, principled and smart. Though he has had to earn respect in his new position, he has done so without compromising his integrity. The novel itself is a novel, complex story with many unexpected twists and turns - right up to the end. The reader will NOT figure out the ending ahead of time. I can hardly wait for Mark's next book about this thoughtful Sergeant. (Someone, please, PLEASE tell me another book is in process!) Don't pass up this great crime novel set in England.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
The book opens with a prologue describing the making of a documentary about a tragedy in the late ‘70’s when a ferocious storm off the coast of Norway caused the loss of a brand new super-trawler which sank, killing all crew members save one, Fred Stein, who is now re-living the incident for the benefit of the cameras. En route to the spot where the ship sank, and seventy miles off the Icelandic coast, Stein vanishes. In an impressive debut novel, David Mark introduces Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy, a Scotsman working out of the Humberside Police CID Serious and Organized Crime Unit in Hull, in the East Riding area of Yorkshire. A dedicated policeman in his ‘30’s, and a shy man who [surprisingly] blushes easily, McAvoy thinks of himself as one of the ones who still gives a damn about the rules. His adored wife, the one who ‘keeps his heart safe for him,’ is heavily pregnant with their second child. As he sits with their four-year-old son in a café across the square from Holy Trinity Church, the city’s biggest and most historic church, two weeks before Christmas, a horrific scene unfolds before him: a fifteen-year-old black girl is stabbed to death on the altar steps. McAvoy momentarily has the perpetrator in his clutches before he escapes. It is discovered that the girl was the lone survivor of a massacre in Sierra Leone in which her entire family was murdered, hacked to death with a machete during the genocide which prevailed at that time. There are other murders, with similarities which are overlooked by most the cops working the cases, but McAvoy does what he does best: follows his instincts, despite the problems that causes him with his superiors. The story swings back and forth between the various lines of investigation, and everything is tied up neatly by the end, with an unexpected and riveting denouement. Notwithstanding the dark nature of the story, I was completely charmed by the writing. Driving along a roadway on a rainy day, McAvoy “fancies that a rabbit is streaking across the wet gravel to his rear, a moment of fur and exclamation mark of tail, glimpsed in the foggy glass.” A woman is described as having “short bobbed hair [which] looks as though it is drawn in pencil.” Mr. Mark has created an intriguing protagonist, and I look forward to the sequel. Recommended.
byter67 More than 1 year ago
An interesting story premise, the murders of persons who have narrowly escaped as sole survivors of a previous disaster in their lives. The protagonist, Sergeant McAvoy, seems a bit too deferential and unsure of himself to my taste, and a bit dense as a detective as well only being pointed in the right direction by another character and only belatedly recognizing that he himself fits the killer's victim profile. Still, a well-written tale and I'll be generous with my rating.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
There's a new cop in the English city of Hull.  No sooner does he start his job than he views a 15 year old Somalian adopted girl being slash down in their central church.  He has even seen the hooded slasher.  But is he a serial killer?  Seems that survivors of fatal incidents are being murdered.  Thus starts this gruesome murder mystery with a unique plot for a murderer. Perhaps some of the best parts are the development of the characters.  Aector McAvoy is definitely an experienced cop, and rumors  abound about his past with a dirty cop and a paid killer.  Now he's supposed to be relegated to computer work because of his unique talents in finding information from a desk.  His female supervisor tries to untangle his skills through his quiet personality.  Aector is profoundly in love with his beautiful wife and young son.  Through all this is the description of a dank and wet city of Hull. This was a great start for a continuing mystery series.  Aector is not reminiscent of any policeman that I've previously read about.  I also appreciated the twisted motive that was also unique to this story.  Definitely will read more from this author.  Listened to this on Audible and really appreciated the dramatic affect, especially Aector's Scottish accent amongst the English.
iPodReader More than 1 year ago
Lovely engaging characters. Skillful plotting. Masterful drama. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read more in this series
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Love this series when is the next one
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
The Dark Winter is the first book in the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy series and is the weakest of the four I have read to date. In it, we are introduced to McAvoy, a "gentle giant" figure who is devoted to his wife and children but is being treated as a pariah by many of his colleagues because he outed the senior members of his team for police corruption. For his first case with the new Serious and Organized Crime Unit headed by Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh, McAvoy must solve a series of murders which are connected only in the mind of the killer. I had two major complaints with The Dark Winter. First the killer was obvious the minute he was mentioned (as was his endgame, which McAvoy inexplicably did not see coming). This is not always a fatal flaw for me in a police procedural, particularly if the characters themselves are well-developed, which leads me to my second complaint: none of Mark's characters have more than two dimensions. I realize that we are just getting to know McAvoy in this book, but I didn't find out enough about him to care about him. Mark has made a fundamental error by not giving us more information about McAvoy's background, especially with respect to his role in the corruption scandal; without such grounding, McAvoy's strained interpersonal relationships with his co-workers simply don't ring true and do not arouse the reader's sympathy. Along the same lines, I was dismayed at the hints of a sexual or romantic attraction between McAvoy and Pharaoh, which clashed uncomfortably with McAvoy's otherwise consistent (almost to the point of boredom) portrayal as a strong moral figure. What redeemed the series for me was Mark's decision not to go with the easy and expected resolution. This flash of the unexpected (not to mention my having already agreed to review books 3 and 4) means that I will be turning my attention next to Original Skin, the second McAvoy installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and held my interest to the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, although a little less of MacAvoy's feelings would have improved it. A little insight into the protagonist's emotions enhances the development, but in places this felt too much like wallowing. Nonetheless, I would certainly buy another book in this series. The plot is interesting and at times exciting, and the writing is stellar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do love a good British mystery/thriller. This is a delightful addition. Looking forward to more of Aector McAvoy.
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Carfir More than 1 year ago
Good book but did not like the ending.
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I was thoroughly pleased with the book and look forward to more in this series. As another reviewer has mentioned, the ending comes as a surprise and for once I hadn't an inkling who the culprit might turn out to be. There are plenty of loose ends in the story to be explored in future entries, but enough resolution to make for a very satisfying read.
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Good one
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Well written and intriguing English police mystery.