THE ART OF DEATH By David Fennell @ZaffreBooks @DavyFennell

Available as Hardback, ebook from 4th February 2021

Genre: Police procedural, thriller


London’s latest art installation is a real killer…..

An underground artist leaves three glass cabinets in Trafalgar Square that contains a gruesome installation: the corpses of three homeless men.

With the artist promising more to follow, newly-promoted Detective Inspector Grace Archer and her caustic DS, Harry Quinn, must race against time to follow what few clues have been left by a savvy killer.

As more bodies are exhibited at London landmarks and live streamed on social media, Archer and Quinn’s pursuit of the elusive killer becomes a desperate search.

But when Archer discovers that the killer might be closer than she originally though – she realises that he has his sights set firmly on her ….

He is creating a masterpiece. And she will be the star of his show.


WOW WOW WOW, I have just literally finished reading this book and what a read it is. If you are a reader who likes a good creepy read then this could be what you are looking for. Introducing DI Grace Archer newly appointed at Charing Cross police station she has her work cut out before she even starts due to the fact that the last time she had been at the station it was to arrest one of their own DI Andy Rees. It had never been her plan to step in his shoes though. So now entering this station she has people who will judge her for what she did. But Archer is thicker skinned than that, she has had to deal with tougher things in her life, some bits we gradually learn as the story progresses.

I like Archer and I like the start of the relationship with her partner DS Harry Quinn, I have a feeling this is going to be one of those great police procedural s that will get better and better as it progresses, although for me it’s astounding that this is a debut novel. It is fast paced, has a gripping plot, great characters throughout, that are believable and relatable. I love the relationship between Archer and her grandad as she tries to juggle the case she is working and looking after him. If you like the writing of M.W.Craven and Chris Carter I can guarantee you will enjoy this.

When three glass tanks appear in Trafalgar Square supposedly for a great art unveiling it is shock that passers by get when the covers are removed inside the containers are what initially look like mannequins but are in actual fact three dead bodies, each floating in formaldehyde, not only is this being seen by passers by but it is being streamed on social media. Archer and Quinn dash to the site to try and clear it of passers by and to cordon it off for forensics to get in and try and collect as much evidence as they can. Unfortunately this killer appears to be very clever, leaving little trace of anything. The team has its work cut out trying to find out the motive for these killings as well as trying to track down the killer who calls himself @nonymous.

No one saw the cases put there and even with all the CCTV in the area it is difficult to track down the white van that was seen to be delivering the cases. This is just the start of this killing spree, how long will it take the team to crack the case? As the story progresses the tension builds.

This is definitely my type of read, and I will be recommending it to my youngest son who I know will also enjoy it as much as I did. As the story draws to a close I did found myself wondering if this is all we will see and hear of this killer? At times I could feel my heart pounding, as I chewed my finger nails without realising I was doing it. David Fennell is definitely a writer to be watching out for, I know I will be keeping an eye out for book two in this series.

I give this an easy 5⭐️ out of 5⭐️ thank you to @Zaffrebooks for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.


David Fennell was born and raised in Belfast before leaving for London at the age of eighteen with £50 in one pocket and a dog-eared copy of Stephen King’s The Stand in the other. He jobbed as a chef, waiter and bartender for several years before starting a career in writing for the software industry. He has been working in Cyber Security for fourteen years and is a fierce advocate for information privacy.

Social media links: Twitter/@davyfennell

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