Damage Limitation (DI White Mysteries, #2) by Jack Everett and David Coles


The authors sent me an advanced reading copy (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Barking Rain Press)

The past comes back to haunt Detective Inspector Stewart White again and again in a deadly game of cat-and-mice. Picking up the trail where it left off in Damaged Goods, this riveting crime thriller starts with a bang and never lets up.

At the top of White’s most-wanted list this time around is a maniacal magician who leaves his victims in locked, sealed rooms with no way in or out. But it seems that the magician has fled the country… yet copycat murders are popping up all over Leeds. So who is really behind these murders — and what does it have to do with the arrest that earned him a promotion?

Two years ago, White apprehended a ruthless Midlands underworld drug lord and racketeer, Leroy “King” Richards. The King swore he would get even with White, and now he’s escaped from prison. Is he out planning his vengeance — and what could that possibly have to do with the surprise appearance of the sister of Robert Cleghorn, the crazed CIA operative he watched drown?

With nothing up his sleeves, and more than his career at stake, will D.I. White’s deductive mojo get it all sorted in time?


Genre(s):  Mystery & Crime, Suspense

Series:  DI White Mysteries, #2

Length:  212 pages (my estimate – please forgive me if I’m wrong)



Stewart White spoke up. “Sorry, just thinking. The scenario you just described sounds familiar. Very like the crime scene that turned out to be his downfall, the one that convicted him of murdering his wife.

My Opinion

This story reconnects you with Stewart White, DI in Leeds, UK. He is smart and has his very own way of solving his cases. Some bad guys are on the loose, similarities to an old case complicate matters even further. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Damage Limitation, Jack Everett and David Coles once again present us with an intriguing story, expertly weaving the bad guys’ and the good guys’ plotlines. This book is expertly elaborated, has an excellent flow, focuses on the stories of DI Stewart White, Leroy Richards and another person, disclosing more and more information about its protagonists and their interactions on the way. Jack Everett and David Coles do not describe their characters’ looks in too much detail, their personalities are more important – you can imagine them pretty well. The characters are believable; in case of the bad guys, this is rather chilling. I was a close observer, following the protagonists and the events, even sharing their feelings. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a very good time reading Damage Limitation. It is a fast and thrilling read. This second book in the DI White Mysteries series is as convincing and thrilling as the first one. DI Stewart White is an awesome character, portrayed three-dimensional.

A brilliant book to read again. Highly recommended

About the authors

JACK EVERETT is the co-author of The Diamond Seekers and Damaged Goods for Barking Rain Press, along with David Coles. Jack Everett has been a lover of historical novels since childhood when an uncle loaned him a copy of Frank Yerby’s The Foxes of Harrow. This, coupled with a love of Fantasy and Sci/Fi, have shaped today’s writer. Jack has been a Youth Leader, a Training Adviser and a Royal Air Force Dog Instructor in his time and counts among his hobbies: wood turning, cue making, painting landscapes and writing, with writing being more of a passion. He has written for magazines and co-written several novels with David Coles including a WWII story, thrillers and a tribute story celebrating the author Jack Vance. He hopes to live to be two hundred and visit the outposts on Mars.
DAVID COLES is the co-author of The Diamond Seekers and Damaged Goods for Barking Rain Press, along with Jack Everett. David Coles began writing fantasy and science fiction rather longer ago than he likes to remember. He is also the co-author of a number of fantasy and science fiction stories with Jack Everett, including Fantocine, Merlin’s Kin and the forthcoming medieval mystery, Death and Taxes. A founding member of the international Historical Novel Society, Mr. Coles is proud to have attended workshops run by U.K. writers Terry Pratchett and David Gemmel. Mr. Coles lives with his wife in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, where his only pet is a laptop. In order to support his writing habit, he has been forced into menial day-jobs: designing and writing computer software ranging from industrial control to web-site feeds for U.K. companies and banks and even lecturing at Further Education Colleges. He has also had several electronics projects featured in the amateur press.

Connect with the Authors:

Website Jack:  www.jackleverett.me.uk

Twitter Jack:  https://twitter.com/jack_59

Amazon:  Jack Everett

Website David:  www.davidbcoles.co.uk

Twitter David:  https://twitter.com/DaveBColes

Amazon:  David Coles

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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 Damage Limitation?  Or – if you did not yet read Damage Limitation – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

More about Jack Everett and David Coles

10 Statements – Jack Everett

10 Statements – David Coles

Interview – David Coles

Review – The Diamond Seekers

Review – 1/1:Jihad-Britain

Review – Damaged Goods


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