Shallow Ground (Detective Ford Book 1)

Shallow Ground (Detective Ford Book 1)✭ [PDF] ✪ Shallow Ground (Detective Ford Book 1) By Andy Maslen ✺ – Heartforum.co.uk Detective Ford has a coldblooded killer to catch But can he escape his own dark secrets?

Barely a month since his promotion to Inspector, DI Ford is called in to investigate the murder of a y Detective Ford has a coldblooded killer to catch But can he escape his own dark secrets?Barely a month since his promotion to Inspector, DI Ford is called in to investigate the murder of a young nurse and her son in a small flat in Salisbury There are few clues, and no apparent motive, but Ford can sense that there’s a serial killer at work After all, he knows from brutal personal experience how killers cover their tracks…It’s been six years since Ford lost his wife in a climbing accident—an accident he caused He is desperate to keep the truth hidden, especially from his son, Sam But Ford’s new partner, Dr Hannah Fellowes, is a crime scene investigator with a ruthlessly analytical mind, and as they work together to track down the killer, his crippling guilt is compounded by fear of exposureWhen instinct leads him towards a highprofile suspect, his superiors’ warnings just make him determined to connect impulse and fact But can Ford hold it all together—the case, his life—long enough to stop the killer?.

Andy Maslen was born in Nottingham, in the UK, home of legendary bowman Robin HoodAndy once won a medal for archery, although he has never been locked up by the sheriff
He has worked in a record shop, as a barman, as a door to door DIY products salesman and a cook in an Italian restaurant
He lives in Wiltshire with his wife, two sons and a whippet named Merlin.

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  • 11 November 2019

10 thoughts on “Shallow Ground (Detective Ford Book 1)

  1. Gary says:

    I really enjoyed this book reading it cover to cover in one sitting. A good police procedural crime story that had some very good characters and an interesting plot.

    Newly promoted DI Ford is a single parent having lost his wife in a climbing accident six years ago. He caused the accident and bears the pain of keeping his guilt from his teenage son Sam. DI Ford is called in to investigate the murder of a young nurse and her son in a small flat in Salisbury. With minimal clues available, Ford senses a serial killer at may be at work. Together with his new Dr Hannah Fellowes, a crime scene investigator they are determined to uncover the murderer.

    I really enjoyed the two main characters DI Ford and Dr Hannah Fellowes and there is definitely the making of a series with all the baggage they carry. Really enjoyable read from an author I had no prior knowledge of.

    I would like to thank both Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  2. Elaine Tomasso says:

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for an advance copy of Shallow Ground, the first novel to feature DI “Henry” Ford of the Salisbury Police.

    Ford gets his first murder case as a newly promoted detective inspector and it’s complicated. He has to solve the murder of a young nurse and her son. She’s been bled to death and he’s untouched, suggesting something out of the ordinary and then there are more bodies.

    Shallow Ground is a well plotted novel with an interesting premise and likeable characters. Unfortunately it didn’t really hold my interest as I didn’t see any uniqueness in it.

    The novel is mostly told from Ford’s point of view with the killer chipping in from time to time with tales of childhood abuse and current thoughts. New appointed CSI Dr Hannah Fellowes also gets her point of view aired. The killer’s point of view is fairly standard, something I’ve read ad nauseum in this genre. Ford is like Morse, no first name required, hence “Henry” as in Henry T. and Hannah is on the spectrum, so likely to blurt out her thoughts at any minute. That gels with her FBI training in psychology.

    The plot revolves around the hunt for a serial killer and concentrates mostly on Ford’s gut recognising the killer. This is based on his survivor’s guilt after his wife died in a climbing accident he initiated and he sees himself as a killer. This insistence on one prime suspect without concrete evidence is not my kind of reading. I prefer a wider ranging investigation where there are several suspects of equal probability that can engage the reader in their own speculation.

    Shallow Ground is a solid read.

  3. Pearly Williams says:

    An excellent read that keeps you guessing who is responsible for the dreadful murders. The cast of characters is steadily introduced and easy to relate to. The excitement and thrill in the story are addictive.

    Newly-appointed Inspector DI Ford is faced with the challenging task of tracking down the person who is responsible for a series of murders. The serial killer is deadly and ruthless and leaves subtle clues at every crime scene.

    When DI Ford's instincts lead him towards a high profile suspect, he is more determined to solve the case. But can Ford find the killer before another murder takes place ?? suspense heightens as we find out ........

  4. Cassandra says:

    Ford is a newly promoted Detective Inspector in Wales. We meet him 6 years after losing his wife in a climbing accident. It was an accident, but Ford blames himself and considers himself a murderer. He is raising his 15 year old son, Sam, on his own. Additionally, a new member has been added to the CSI team with Ford works with closely. Her name is Dr. Hannah Fellowes. She is smart and pretty and very outspoken. We find that is related to her Asperger's diagnosis. While she is British, she has spent a lot of time working in the USA with the FBI. Her previous work experience and vast knowledge are assets to Ford's team and while he is attracted to her, he is not over losing his wife. This relationship is not a dominate story line, but could build over time in future books. IT seems this is the first in a new series. In addition to Hanna, Ford has a great team of detectives working with him. his old friend and colleague Julie (Jools). Mick, who appears to have a bit of a thing for Jools. Alec, Hanna's boss and Sandy, Ford's boss. In this story those who are struggling financially and use the local food-bank when they are in need of food are the target of the killer. There are two suspects brought to light right away. The red-herrings which make the read suspect one than the other and back to the other are fantastic. I had a feeling I knew whom the killer was, but our author did not make it easy. I am hoping this does become a series as I would like to spend more time in Wales with DI Ford and his colleagues.

  5. Sally says:

    Wow - I could not put this book down! I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to crime fiction - I’m really careful of violent images or ideas that root themselves firmly and unpleasantly in my brain. This one came close but didn’t cross that line for me. I think the first scene was the most chilling I’ve read recently and had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the killer to be caught. In typical detective fiction style the book starts with murder - that of a young mother and her son which felt particularly sad and brutal. Ford is a recently promoted DI, a widower who feels responsible for the death of his wife; he has a teenage son and feels unable to start a new relationship. He’s working on a force short of resources and money and under pressure, and he needs his first case to be solved quickly. But then there’s another death and another. What makes this a great read is the pace and tension maintained right to the very end, well-rounded characters and an excellent plot. Ford is a particularly intriguing D.I. - he feels some kind of mental connection to the thought processes of the killer, has gut instincts which are usually accurate but in this case appear to be misleading him. The unravelling of the crime is compelling, throwing out twists and false starts along the way and the conclusion is deeply satisfying. I really hope Ford will be back to solve another case, and look forward to seeing how his personal relationships will develop. With grateful thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing UK for a digital copy of this book.

  6. Annie says:

    A great crime story. Slow to get going but about a third in I couldn't put thebook down. Crimes are sad , but well thought out . The detective, Ford, has his own problems which added authenticity to the story. I didn't like his instant judgements about suspects though. Definitely a good team for a series, plenty more possibilities within the team. I liked the new CSI, Hannah & the son Sam . Other characters could have done with a little more explanation for me. I did like the location (Salisbury in Wiltshire), an area that I don't know.
    I don't get the title, totally unrelated to the story in my eyes . Otherwise, I look forward to reading more about Ford and his son and the team
    Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. Susan Small says:

    I’ve read a number of British crime series over the years and was excited to discover a new one.

    DI Ford (his first name is never disclosed) has many challenges to deal with – he needs to prove himself in his newly promoted role of Detective Inspector whilst juggling life as a single parent to his teenage son, Sam, all the while dealing with the grief of loosing his wife in a climbing accident which he holds himself responsible for.

    After some background story about the tragic climbing accident six years ago, the writing turns to present day when Ford is called to investigate a brutal killing of a mother and her young son. After a second body is found, where the killer has left a similar “signature” to the first killing, Ford finds himself in charge of his first major case in the hunt for the serial killer. As more bodies stack up, Ford has a gut feeling he knows who the killer is but has a hard time proving this and comes under increasing pressure to hand the case over to more experienced officers. He’s determined not to let this happen and enlists the help of Dr Hannah Fellowes, a recent addition to the forensic department, with an interesting background and an interesting personality.

    I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well introduced with just enough background information to make you want to keep reading to discover more about them. The pace of the writing was great, and kept me engaged throughout. There were chapters written from the POV of the killer, which I always find fascinating and kept me guessing as to who the killer might be. Overall, a great book which I hope will become a great series where we learn more about the characters, especially how the relationships between them develop as we follow Ford in future cases.

    Highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy police crime. If the series continues to be as good as the first book, I think it will deserve a place up there with the likes of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.
    Many thanks to Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley UK for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. J. F. says:

    Book Review:  Shallow Ground (Detective Ford Book 1) by Andy Maslen
    (Published by Amazon Publishing UK on November 10, 2020)

    4.25 Stars.

    Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus by William Harvey, circa 1628

    De Motu Cordis. With his mind at times still straddling a living nightmare on the sudden death of his wife in a climbing accident at Pen-y-Holt Bay, Pembroke, six years prior, little did the single dad of still-grieving 15-year old Sam and newly-promoted Salisbury DI, Detective Inspector Henry Ford know that a 17th Century book from Europe's early modern period on ...an anatomical exercise on the motion of the heart and blood in living beings... could prove to be a lynchpin that would unlock his first major case in a supervisory role at the Salisbury PD under the aegis of Detective Superintendent Sandra Monroe - the pursuit of a suspected devil-worshipping, blood thirsty serial killer.

    Indeed, that early modern age manuscript, along with the fortuitous entry of a team rookie as deputy manager, Dr. Hannah Fellowes, a sharp, stunning senior CSI with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and expert in forensic psychology - the psychology of lying - on top of her adjunct teaching experience at no less than the FBI Academy in Quantico.

    So, whodunit?

    Author Andy Maslen assembles a cast of earnest players in a neatly-pieced, well-researched police procedural murder mystery set in a modern Southern English city, with just the right touch of science and math, a dose of devilry, gore, ingenuity and poignancy in equal measures, spiced with a dash of that ubiquitous spite and arrogance de rigueur in UK novels of late, displayed by patently miserable British upper-class pretenders boasting status above suspicion and protection from administrative cronies in social circles.

    Can't wait for the Maslen sequel of the Ford, Hannah, Sam and Sandra show!

    Review based on an ARC from Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley.

  9. Yolit Zacarías says:

    This is an awesome book, with a very touching beginning but the rest of the story is AMAZING. I love crime thrillers and this is one that has fascinated me from start to finish. It has short chapters that make reading very enjoyable.

    I love police thrillers where the author makes us know the killer’s mind while killing his victims, I think that one of the points as a reader of this genre that I value most is that, enter into that twisted mind and discover little by littler their motives and do not present them in a quick and fleeting way in an ending.

    One of the advantages of this novel, besides the suspense and the police plot, is that it is very well developed are the characters, the author got the reader to empathize with the life of our main protagonist DI Ford. In short chapters he caught me in such a way that it impossible for me to stop reading.

    This book has everything a police-minded reader is looking for, murder, an in crescendo investigation and a detective with a secrets that’s eating him up inside, in addition to the fact that this whole story is presented in short narratives and with a lot of dialogue, something that I love, makes the readings more enjoyable and interesting.

    It’s the first time I read a book by this author and it will not be the last, I hope to be able to read the next books of this DI Ford series.

    My list of favorite detectives is growing.

    You have reading this book, because you will love it.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for an advanced. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review the book before publication.

    You can also read this review on my website.

  10. Hazel says:

    My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Amazon Publishing UK for the ARC.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and just had to keep turning the pages. It's well-written, with excellent dialogue between the characters that highlights the interactions and relationships with Ford's colleagues, his suspects, and his son Sam.

    DI Ford, newly-promoted over a colleague DS, is grappling with memories of his wife Lou. This is the sixth anniversary of her death; his guilt is still overwhelming; he and his teenaged son Sam are still grieving and they're going through a very teenager/father rocky patch.
    A widowed mother, Angela Halpern, and her 3yr-old son Kai are found dead in their flat when their under stairs neighbours noticed blood dripping through their ceiling. This is Ford's first murder case as DI but when the body count starts mounting and the team and powers that be realise there is a serial killer on the rampage in Salisbury, Ford is pressured to get results within a week or a more experienced DI would be brought in.
    Dr Hannah Fellowes, the new Senior Crime Scene Investigator, works closely with Ford, using all her intelligence and experience in forensics and psychology to bring surprising revelations to the investigation.
    There are lots of twists and mis-directions going on especially with their main suspects. Ford just 'knows' who the killer is - but he has no evidence, surely he can't be wrong?

    This is a fast-moving, tension-filled and thoroughly engrossing police procedural - and watch out for the twist at the end! A great read.

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