THE ABBEY was the September 2014 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
It started out engaging with former detective Ash Rashid's niece Rachel dying amidst some very strange circumstances, and Ash puts his cop hat back on to investigate her death. This takes him into vampire lore, blood drinking and Chinese vendettas! So you can imagine it gets a bit out there, and I feel his efforts would've carried more weight if he were persisting on behalf of his own daughter vs. a niece. The stakes got pretty high after a while and you wonder if he'd really be risking THAT much for a niece...
My thing with these police procedurals is that I find that I don't much care about the hundreds of pages of investigation! Once the stage is set for the mystery, I just want to flip to the last 50 pages and find out whodunnit! Let's get to the characters who suddenly start spilling the goods in time to wrap up the book! Heh.
The rabbit hole and maze of trial and error just gets very routine and boring to me, so these police crime stories just don't do it for me anymore. But if it's your thing, I think you might enjoy THE ABBEY a bit more than I did.
I give it a B-/C+. I'm not really interested in the sequel, but I'm open to more from the author if he should foray outside this genre.
Book was just okay - will most likely not try and read others by this author