The Polish Detective by Hania Allen

Hania Allen - The Polish Detective

With BOOKMARK 2019 fast approaching I have another book review for you!

The Polish Detective by Hania Allen is a crime fiction novel set in and around the city of Dundee. Published in 2018, the novel follows the story of Detective Sergeant Dania Gorska as she works to unravel the truth behind a series of bizarre and ritualistic murders that occur in and around the village of Liff. The bodies of the victims are often found strung up in bizarre and macabre ways as though intended to be a warning sign. Underpinning it all is a secretive society of modern day druids, which adds to the intrigue of the plot.

For me, part of the fun of reading The Polish Detective was knowing exactly where all of the fictional murders were occurring. But what if you don’t know the area? Throughout the novel, Allen paints a vivid picture of the streets of Dundee. Well written and fast paced, even if you don’t know the City of Discovery particularly well, The Polish Detective is a gripping read. Furthermore, the way in which Hania Allen has interwoven her own family history into D.S. Gorska and her brother Marek makes for a set of compelling characters. There is something about D.S. Gorska’s doggedness and determination that render her a wholly admirable character, though she is not without her flaws.

If you are looking for a taste of mystery and the thrill of murder, this could be just the book for you. If you found yourself hooked after reading The Polish Detective, fear not! The novel already has a sequel, Clearing the Dark, available for purchase and a third book, The Family Business, is set to be published in February 2020.

Keen to learn more about the author? Hania Allen will be discussing Clearing the Dark on Saturday the 5th of October at the Blairgowrie Community Campus from 11.30 to 12.30 as part of the BOOKMARK Festival 2019.

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