Colin Falconer’s London crime series featuring DI Charlie George, and written for Little Brown publishing, is gritty, fast paced and laced with humour. There are four books in the series.
DI Charlie George, book 1
So many ways you could die. He knows every one of them.
A priest is found crucified in a derelict North London chapel. This is one for the ages, DI Charlie George tells his squad next morning as they gather in the Incident Room at the Essex Road nick. Their usual round is sorting cases of domestic violence, or a couple of stabbings on the estates.
When the case doesn’t get sorted, everyone gets nervous. And with good reason: it’s about to get a lot worse.
On Christmas night, a cop is found buried up to his neck on Hampstead Heath. He’s been stoned to death. Are the two murders related? None of his bosses wants to think so.
Charlie journeys into the city’s cold underbelly to try and find an answer to the madness before anyone else dies a martyr’s death.
“ I really loved this . . . the beginning of an excellent series’ 5 stars, Netgalley reader.
He loves surprises. But not this one.
A schoolgirl is found dead in a park in North London and DI Charlie George is not short of suspects – is it her stepfather? Is it a sex crime? Is it race-related?
Charlie finally thinks he has it sorted, with his killer bang to rights. But then his lawyer gets him free on a technicality.
And that’s just the start of his troubles.
He’s been a cop all his life, he thought he’d seen everything. But Charlie soon realises, he hasn’t seen anything yet.
Three can keep a secret. If two of them are dead.
Two women are snatched off the streets of London in one weekend.
DI Charlie George and his team get to work. The lives of two young women – one of them a mother – are on the line, and the clock is ticking.
When they catch a lucky break from a CCTV camera, Charlie is sure they have their man. And that’s when he gets his first surprise. Because nothing about this case is simple. Not everyone is quite what they seem. Even the ones tied up in the back of vans, pleading for their lives …
Charlie’s job is to find the missing women and get to the truth. But some people would rather the truth stays hidden – even when the bodies start piling up in the morgue.
DI Charlie George, book 4
There’s the law. And there’s justice.
Most extreme acts of violence are pretty random. But murdering someone and impaling their head on the railing outside the Royal Courts of Justice, well that takes planning. And when the pathologist finds a page from a book rammed down the dead man’s throat, DI Charlie George thinks it’s safe to assume that someone, somewhere, wants to send a message.
But people who have the resources to plan a murder like that, they’ve also got the nous not to get caught. So Charlie knows he has a problem. Whoever the killer is, he doesn’t think they’ve finished doling out rough justice just yet. He just wishes he could summon the enthusiasm to stop them.
Because sometimes people really do get what’s coming to them.
You have to wonder: which side of the law is justice really on?
The DI Charlie George series is published by Little, Brown, London and is available as eBook, paperback or hardback and on audio on AMAZON and in bookstores.
What readers are saying:
“Had me guessing the whole time I was reading. I had my suspicions about what was going on, but I really didn’t know what was going on until Falconer wanted me to know. Many red herrings were thrown in our path as readers and I have to say, I was completely shocked with the way the story went. Because it takes a lot for a crime thriller to shock me.” BJ’s Book Blog.
‘Lucifer Falls effortlessly merges a shocking serial murderer novel with a police procedural dripping with authenticity. Packed full of characters you genuinely care about, when DI Charlie George, a richly drawn North London cop, goes toe-to-toe with the deranged killer I didn’t read the last few chapters, I devoured them… an absolute triumph.’ M.W Craven, author.
“Hoping this book turns into a series . Such a good story that left me thinking about it after I had finished reading it . Definitely one of the best.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”I don’t read a lot of British murder mysteries, however the books by Mr Falconer are too good to pass up!!! I just love all of his books. They are entertaining & informative.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”Really good book, entertaining and hard to put down, brilliant author who carries out meticulous research. If you like police thrillers, buy it.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”I read this in two days. I could not put it down. It kept you guessing till the end and it was not who you thought it would be. Can’t wait for the next one.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“Breath holding suspense. Couldn’t put it down! You become intimate with the characters in this murder story, in their private and professional lives,willing them to find the perpetrator whilst hoping their private lives will end well too. Harrowing with a welcome edge of black humour. Can’t wait to read Book 2.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“Great read. So sorry that this is the last book of the series, they have all been first class. Must try some of his other books.“ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”This is a great brilliant read.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“I was hooked from the start. Two women are kidnapped within days of each other and it seems to be the same person who did it. Set around London, DI Charlie George is tasked to find out what happens. This page turning thriller was so hard to put down. Lots of twists in the story. I did not see it playing out the way it did. I loved the writing style with lots going off in the background. His mother’s birthday, his family and his injured colleague brought a bit of light into this dark, gritty book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I couldn’t bear to stop reading once I’d started. Highly recommended.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”This is a great crime series, entertaining, enjoyable and engaging, which I think will appeal to many crime and mystery readers. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“Excellent police thriller. Really good book, entertaining and hard to put down, brilliant author who carries out meticulous research. If you like police thrillers, buy it.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“This one doesn’t disappoint! “⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Netgalley reader.
“Once you read [a] Colin Falconer [book], you’ll want to read everything he’s ever written.” Crystal Book Reviews
“Falconer’s grasp of period and places is almost flawless … He’s my kind of writer.” Peter Corris, The Australian.
“Falconer demonstrates exceptional characterisation.” Bookgeeks.
“A compelling piece of crime fiction. An entertaining and gritty read.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Netgalley reader.