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Crime Fiction | The Fourth Victim | John Mead

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Book cover for The Fourth Victim by John Mead

Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder…

Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight.  And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with fatal head injuries, down to a mugging gone wrong.  The victim deserves more.  However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.

The Fourth Victim by John Mead is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

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The Fourth Victim is a gripping crime thriller using police procedural as the basis of its plot.

Based in Whitechapel this story begins with a young girl found murdered in a park. There is a great sense of emotion with the first chapter, as her mother is waiting for her daughter to come home. Sadly that sense of dread any parent would feel, was felt when the police knocked on her door.

Unfortunately for Inspector Matthew Merry and Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula as a girl already murdered before Lyndsey, another is found murdered. All three bodies found with a blow to their head. Merry and Lukula work together to find connections among the victim’s and whether physical attributes of their suspects fits the evidence found at the murder scenes.

I really enjoyed this book as I found the pace fast, and with interesting characters it kept the pages turning.

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Author photo John Mead

John was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.

He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.

John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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