Cleaver Square (DCI Morton, #2) by Daniel Campbell, Sean Campbell



The authors sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

The bleakest winter on record and a gruesome discovery bring DCI David Morton to the Hackney Marshes in search of a clue, any clue, as to the identity of a dead child found near the Old River Lea.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Morton’s long suffering wife Sarah comes to the conclusion that her man has been doing more than work during his late nights at the office. As he closes in on the mystery of the boy’s identity his life begins to crumble and a terrible wrong is done to someone he loves.

With all of London watching, Morton’s impeccable ethics will be tested to their limit as he is forced to choose between doing what is right and what is legal.

Cleaver Square is a stand-alone Police Procedural featuring DCI David Morton.


Genre:  Mystery



Charlie nodded hesitantly. There was nothing else to say. His second family in as many months. This time, he promised himself, he wouldn’t let himself care. If he never unpacked his bag, then he couldn’t be abandoned. It’s only a temporary home, he told himself.

Just like last one had been.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to DCI David Morton and his team. They are called to the Hackney Marshes where the body of a child has been found. Due to the harsh winter, they can at least identify a time frame. How can a child not be missed? David Morton’s credit card issues make his life even more exhausting. The story comprises several threads which are easy to follow. The main characters are realistic with all their virtues and/or flaws. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Cleaver Square, Daniel and Sean have created a fine British mystery novel. Cleaver Square is an entertaining and intriguing read, not only for hobby sleuths. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to DCI Morton and his team. All characters were believable and well described, still leaving a little room for the readers’ imagination. Cleaver Square is a great story for British mystery lovers. Cleaver Square is the second book of the DCI Morton series. The first book in this series, Dead on Demand, will certainly be one of my next reads.

This is a book to read again.


About the authors

Sean and Daniel Campbell are two brothers who co-authored Dead on Demand as their debut novel. By training Sean is a Barrister with a strong interest in the criminal justice system. He’s fascinated by forensics, and loves to watch crime drama. Daniel, a recent school leaver, has two primary passions – cooking, and writing. He one day hopes to run his own Michelin starred restaurant.

Sean is a Barrister turned author. His first foray into fiction is Dead on Demand, a crime novel that he co-authored with his brother.

Sean also has a number of non-fiction articles pertaining to legal practice in academic journals, books and two non-fiction guides available for Kindle.

His main literary passion is crime, but he also likes to read other genres from time to time.

A passionate advocate for independent authors, Sean runs the blog offering up his experiences as an indie in the hope that others can learn from his mistakes.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Cleaver Square?  Or – if you did not yet read Cleaver Square  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Cleaver Square was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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10 thoughts on “Cleaver Square (DCI Morton, #2) by Daniel Campbell, Sean Campbell

  1. Hello Karen! Cleaver Square sounds like an intriguing read. I enjoy crime mysteries, especially ones that are not overly technical. I think it’s so cool that a pair of brothers wrote it together. I’m adding it to my reading list.

    • Hello Vashti! It is an intriguing read. Cleaver Square is neither too technical nor too gory. It is a truly enjoyable read; I already added Dead on Demand to my TBR list. Hopefully they will continue the DCI Morton series.

    • Thank you very much, Rosie. There are some really nice turns, provoking thoughts like ‘how could he…’, she won’t really…, ‘No way!’ – Awesome.
      It brought back some memories (about Camden Market – among others).

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