When the Evil Waits – M J Lee


I have read all of the D I Ridpath series by this author and they have all been brilliant.  Another absolutely amazing read and D I Ridpath is definitely my favourite detective character at the moment for a whole host of reasons but maybe to do with his imperfections.  Although this is one in a series it is easily read as a standalone.

D I Ridpath is part of the Greater Manchester Major Incident Team (MIT) and was seconded to the coroner’s office allowing for a recovery from cancer which still plays a part in his life even though it is now in remission.  The last novel finished on a cliff hanger and this one begins with Ridpath returning to work after a few months’ leave.

Instead of being eased in gradually he is involved in investigating the murder of a seven-year-old boy who has been sexually assaulted and left near the river Mersey. The boy is found by two dog walkers, who were somewhere they shouldn’t have been. This is written to include Covid restrictions and some of the relevant comments from the police were real and witty. This, for me, gave it an added authenticity.

Another fast-paced novel, with strong, droll and clever characters who show their vulnerability at times. Astute, intriguing with numerous twists and turns and this author is never afraid to address difficult issues head on.

Personally, I cannot wait for the next instalment as they keep getting better.

Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo and M J Lee for my ARC of When the Evil Waits in return for my honest review.

Exceptional read and highly recommended.

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