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Sometimes it isn’t just good police work that catches criminals. Sometimes you just have to watch them.

This is the strategy DCI Steve Burt uses when presented with two different and equally complicated cases simultaneously.

 

One is an unofficial favour to an ex-colleague involving the theft of gold bullion from the Bank of England.

 

The other is a baffling case of multiple murders masterminded by greed. Steve follows a trail of misleading clues and blind alleys involving suspected terrorism, kidnapping, conspiracy and international intrigue.

To solve the cases he puts his career and his future with the Metropolitan Police in jeopardy by deliberately disobeying direct orders.

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THe forgotten gun

Book cover for 'The Forgotten Gun' - a DCI Steve Burt crime mystery from author John Reid

A Metropolitan Police detective about to be dismissed is given a second chance by his old boss, who is now a police commander. He's given a new unit to run and two misfit detectives to assist him. All three know their status is temporary.

Their first case together is an impossible double murder. Each murder is identical. Both victims are expertly shot in the head from long range, but the post-mortems reveal no bullets were used in the shootings. The CSI teams calculate that in both cases there is no place for the marksman to have fired from unless suspended over busy roads.

Although it's a case apparently impossible to solve, DCI Steve Burt reluctantly agrees with his new team to investigate. Their enquiries lead them into the murky world of greed corruption fraud and money laundering, but they are no nearer solving the murders.

The team is stumped until the DCI meets a retired army major and WW2 veteran who unwittingly hold the keys to solving these impossible murders.

THe AUCTION

Book cover for 'The Auction' - a DCI Steve Burt crime mystery from author John Reid

In his latest murder investigation, DCI Steve Burt is drawn into the sleazy underbelly of London – gentlemen’s clubs and all – while tracking down a serial killer who is murdering young women and dumping their bodies soon afterwards.

 

Then the body of an American professor is found floating in the Thames, and the DCI and his team find themselves involved in another murder case – which is by no means a straightforward killing. In his search for answers, the DCI and his nearest and dearest are threatened as he uncovers police corruption at the highest level. As the investigation unfolds, links are discovered between murder, an attempt to auction a stolen formula for green energy, and unauthorised CIA activity in London.

 

This is DCI Steve Burt’s most complicated and most baffling case to date.

THe DISCIPLES

Book cover for 'The Disciples' - a DCI Steve Burt crime mystery from author John Reid

In this, the third DCI Burt mystery, the stakes are high as DCI Burt and his colleagues become involved in an international game of intrigue.  DCI Burt is sent to investigate the murders of two young and foreign women, and as the clues lead him on, he begins to see all is not as simple as it might have seemed.

 

Orders from on high have DCI Burt joining a secret society, The Syndicate, which had powerful members called Disciples.  These ruthless people control the highest corridors of government. What is their connection to the two murdered women?  Can DCI Burt unravel the mystery and solve the murders in this dangerous high-stakes game?