THE RULES OF MURDER by Rob Sinclair (Book 2 in the Dani Stevens series)

Out as an ebook on the 9th January 2020


The case was closed. Now everyone connected is getting killed. Let the games begin….

Henry and Caroline Redfearne’s annual ball is the hottest social event of the year.

But the fun is cut short by the discovery of their son’s body, apparently the victim of a frenzied assault. He was last seen heading off with 18 year-old Sophie Blackwood, and a blood trail seems to show that Sophie has been kidnapped.

DI Dani Stephens, still struggling after an attack by her serial killer brother, is thrown into a desperate search for a murderer who kills and keeps on killing. With Sophie still missing, and no clues in sight, she has nowhere to turn. Nowhere, that is, except her brother…..


This is the second book in the series with DI Dani Stevens, I have purchased the first one and need to read it to get the back story of these great characters. I love Dani Steven’s and DS Aaron Eaton their work partnership is perfectly balanced. Despite the fact that Dani is still trying to get over her last case with her partner Jason who quit the police force after both of them were nearly killed.

This is an absolutely gripping, engrossing, read. Not for the faint hearted, Dani’s twin brother Ben and his lawyer are trying to pull Dani’s strings. Ben is in prison after previously trying to kill his sister as well as his wife and children. But he is trying to make a deal, wanting to see his children, which just isn’t likely to happen I wouldn’t think. But what information does Ben think he has that Dani will be interested in? Is Ben up to more than Dani knows?

A party is taking place at Drifford house owned by the Redfearne’s, 18 year old Sophie Blackwood is waitressing for the night, but arrives late, but arrive she does and has to put up with her bottom being pinched on more than one occasion, but when Arnold Davenport, accosts her and has her backed against the wall it’s the final straw for Sophie, with his advances and innuendo’s she asks him to let her get by, but being a wealthy man he thinks he has the right to hassle a young attractive female, luckily Oscar Redfearne comes to her rescue at the right time. A short time later Oscar and Sophie disappear into the woods together with a bottle of champagne giggling. Little did they know that it would be the last time Oscar would be seen alive as he is brutally murdered, and Sophie disappears, all that is left of her is an earring with part of her earlobe still attached.

It’s down to DI Dani Stevens and her team to find this killer, at first they aren’t sure if Sophie was the one who had killed Oscar, but soon realise she is missing. But why such a brutal killing of Oscar, as two instruments seem to have been used an axe and a machete type tool.

Jason and Dani live together, despite him no longer being a police officer Dani discusses things with him, and Jason is able to give her unbiased advice. Dani likes the fact he is away Monday to Friday most weeks, as it gives her space. She is popping her pills trying to cope despite Jason telling her not to increase the dose.

But this killer hasn’t stopped yet, there are plenty more deaths to keep the action going, but what or who is the connection between all these people? Dani is convinced they are all linked in some way. Despite knowing fairly early on who the killer is, there are still answers needed, is he working alone? Who is manipulating him or not? Why, is he killing these specific people? The story isn’t short of characters that could be influencing the killer, if anyone is.

The story is told from two points of view, that of Dani and the police investigation, the other is the killer, as he has thoughts going through his head and hears the sound of rats.

The pace of this book is brilliant, it had me in tears at one part, the characters are all great, DC Constable reminds me of the name Captain Captain in the Joseph Heller novel Catch 22. I can’t wait to read book 3 in this series to see where it goes next, as it’s clear that Rob Sinclair has more adventures in store for Dani and the team. What makes a Psychopath, or a Sociopath?

I loved this book, definitely my type of read which could be a little disturbing, but then it matches what I watch on the television as well.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ had me engaged from start to finish.

Thank you to #netgalley and #CaneloHera for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

Available as ebook now

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