Dying Wish (DCI Jeff Temple, #4) by James Raven



The author sent me an ARC (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).


My rating:  4.2  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Murder, kidnap, torture—these are not words usually associated with Hampshire’s beautiful New Forest. But when local author Grant Mason has a heart attack, he makes a bizarre dying wish: he wants his loyal assistant to burn down his house. His request sets off a chain of events which leads to a police hunt for a missing couple and a deranged killer. DCI Jeff Temple and his Major Investigations Team take on their toughest case yet, and in the process they uncover dark secrets that were meant to stay buried forever. This is the fourth book in the DCI Jeff Temple series.


Genre(s):  Mystery, Thriller

Series:  DCI Jeff Temple, #4

Length:  224 pages

Release Date:  2015-06-30



‘Please, Hilary,’ he said, his eyes pleading. ‘Promise me.’

She heaved an anxious sigh and turned down the corners of her mouth. ‘OK, I promise. What do you want me to do?’

He gripped her coat collar and pulled her so close there was barely a breath between them. This time, phlegm rattled in his throat as the words spluttered out.

‘You have to b-burn down my house, Hilary – along with everything in it.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Grant Mason, author with an unusual last wish.

With Dying Wish, James Raven has created a very chilling thriller. DCI Jeff Temple and his team are confronted with an initially odd dying wish, soon turning out to be a nightmare. The story comprises a variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, especially some insights in DCI Temple’s life, his job with its shocking moments and activities to solve a grisly case of abduction. I had a thrilling time reading Dying Wish – it is a very exciting read – not only for amateur sleuths. I was drawn into the story right away, trying to stay invisible and at least one step behind DCI Jeff Temple. This is for you if you like British thrillers, do not shy away from some violence and/or torture brought to light while solving the case. The ‘why’ question is answered as well.

A chilling and suspenseful book to read again. If you did not read the previous instalments, you will most probably also want to read them now.


In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Many twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

James Raven has been a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for local, regional and national newspapers he moved into television as a news scriptwriter. He then worked his way up to become Director of a UK News Division. He now runs his own TV production company. James spends much of his time writing and travelling. He is also an accomplished magician.

He is the author of a number of books including Random Targets, After the Execution, Malicious, Rollover, Stark Warning, Urban Myth, Red Blitz and Arctic Blood.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  James Raven
Amazon (US):  buy link


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

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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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