Dead Drift – A.J. Hill



The first in, hpefully, a long series of books about Jack Lunn, retired detective turned fisherman turned detective. 

When a little village seemingly has a serial killer, Jack Lunn can’t stand idly by. 


Former Detective Inspector Jack Lunn is enjoying the quiet life.

Twenty years on from being medically retired from the job with Hampshire Police, he’s earned his quiet routine of long walks in the New Forest.

However, Jack’s peace is shattered when he discovers the body of a friend and local landowner while on a fishing trip.

Drawn into the investigation, he comes face to face with an old colleague, and the police investigation machine he thought he had left behind.

As family secrets are exposed and a reporter takes an interest, Jack and his partner’s eldest daughter Gemma, a former military intelligence officer set to work to uncover who killed his friend.

As the body count rises, can they both unravel the mystery before it’s too late, or will Jack’s life be sacrificed as just so much dead drift.


I had high hopes for this book going in. I wasn’t disappointed. 

The book is the perfect sleepy village Midsomer Murder type of place, only the police are slightly understaffed, overworked and not really willing to see there’s a potential serial killer on the loose. 

The usual village gossip, everyone knowing everyone else’s business and a reporter who won’t say no, just add to the amount of red herrings that Hill throws us.

I will admit that I had no idea who the murderer was, I had a completely different person down and was shocked by the turn of events at the end. Jack is really well-written as a character, the detective who had to take early retirement due to an injury (divorced but happily with someone else now) and Gem his stepdaughter was my absolute favourite! Together, they become a dynamic duo, ready to solve crimes, but to what extent? The other characters have the scope to be developed further in subsequent books, and I’m excited to see where this will go. 

A thrilling read for anyone who loves a police drama, this one has to be up there with my favourite books! 

Thanks to A.J Hill and Zooloo’s Book Tours for a free copy of the book in exchange for a review. 

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