The Body in the Marsh
When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next.Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin…To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gubney and Carole Wyer.

The Body in the Marsh Details

TitleThe Body in the Marsh
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2017
PublisherCanelo
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

The Body in the Marsh Review

  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of The Body in the Marsh, a police procedural set in Surrey and Kent.DCI Craig Gillard is intrigued by a missing person report on 48 year old Liz Knight because she used to be his girlfriend 30 years ago. Her husband Martin, a long term critic of the police force, doesn't appear too worried about her disappearance but when he too disappears and copious amounts of Liz's blood are found at her home the hunt is on.I thoroughly enjoyed T I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of The Body in the Marsh, a police procedural set in Surrey and Kent.DCI Craig Gillard is intrigued by a missing person report on 48 year old Liz Knight because she used to be his girlfriend 30 years ago. Her husband Martin, a long term critic of the police force, doesn't appear too worried about her disappearance but when he too disappears and copious amounts of Liz's blood are found at her home the hunt is on.I thoroughly enjoyed The Body in the Marsh as it is an excellent procedural which gives the reader real insight into police thinking and methods. It does not get bogged down in the detail but still manages to convey the detailed nature of an investigation. It held my attention throughout, not just with the hunt for Martin Knight but with the subplot about an inquiry into the failings of Surrey Police in the case of Child F who committed suicide when they didn't take her allegations of abuse seriously. I must admit that I guessed fairly early on where the novel was going and what the twist would be. This is not a criticism of Mr Louth's talents at hiding his intentions because I'm not sure it will be obvious to everyone but I am a seasoned crime fiction reader and there's very little plot wise I haven't read before. I think it is very cleverly done and will amaze many readers.The reason I have awarded this novel 4 and not the 5 stars the plot and writing style undoubtedly deserve is the character of Craig Gillard. It is a step too far to ask me to believe that a hardened professional like him is still in love with a teenage girlfriend he dated for 6 weeks 30 years ago to the extent that he is unable to sustain another relationship. It's absolute nonsense.Despite this The Body in the Marsh is an excellent read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    5 Words: Family, mystery, sentimentality, police, murder.Ooft this was fab!Review to come.
  • Gemma
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good police procedural and I haven't read one for a while so I was really looking forward to this and I wasn't disappointed. This is the story of DCI Craig Gillard as he works to solve the case of a missing woman. On top of this the missing woman is someone from his past and her husband is a top notch criminologist. DCI Craig Gillard and his team work hard as they try and solve the case and come up against several obstacles along the way. I found this story to be engaging and interestin I love a good police procedural and I haven't read one for a while so I was really looking forward to this and I wasn't disappointed. This is the story of DCI Craig Gillard as he works to solve the case of a missing woman. On top of this the missing woman is someone from his past and her husband is a top notch criminologist. DCI Craig Gillard and his team work hard as they try and solve the case and come up against several obstacles along the way. I found this story to be engaging and interesting and I wanted to keep reading. I had to know what happened next and, in the manner of a good crime novel the ending was a surprise. I really enjoyed the depth of this novel. It was obvious the author had done his research on the different aspects of a police investigation and the detailed nature of the story was great. It really made it feel like we were part of the investigation. When things came to a dead end you felt the characters frustration and when they had a breakthrough you again felt excited. The one thing I will say is that as much as I loved the depth of the story this did sometimes make it a bit heavy going and I found myself having to take regular breaks but I was definitely invested enough in the story to want to keep picking it back up. I enjoyed the overall premise of the book. I found the investigation interesting and I wanted to know what was going to happen. I couldn't work out where the ending was going to go until we neared the conclusion. I had several theories but I wasn't able to tell which was correct and this is something that makes a good crime novel for me. There were aspects of the story however that I didn't think were quite relevant. I found the relationship between Sam and Craig a bit strange. Initially I thought Sam would be much more involved in the investigation however, it went off in a different direction and I found her parts in the story didn't really add much for me. I also found the aspects of the Girl F investigation a bit confusing and I would of liked a bit more information about this. I'm hoping that both of these aspects were setting up some plot points for future stories and I would love to see some more explanation of these in future books. I thought the characters in this story were interesting as well and I particularly liked Claire Craig's work partner. It was nice to see a strong female character in a role that is often depicted in stories like these as male. I also enjoyed Craig as a character and how down to earth he was. You could see he cared about his job and appreciated his team. The one thing I will say about the characters is that one of the male detectives is quite misogynistic and thrives on the sexual objectification of woman. This didn't really bother me as I felt it was handled well and the character received his just desserts in the end.Overall I really enjoyed this story I loved the depth to it and the plot was really interesting. I would definitely recommend it to people who like a good police procedural.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This review can also be found on my blog at https://gemmasbooknook.blogspot.co.uk...
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  • Fi
    January 1, 1970
    The truth is definitely darker than you could imagine, especially in The Body In The Marsh by Nick Louth. The story starts with DCI Craig Gillard rescuing somebody after a fall up in the Lake District. As coincidences go it's a big one. Her name is Sam Phillips, she's about to start working as a PCSO in Gillard's area, and they're both about to get caught up on two of the local force's biggest cases.Sam takes a missing person report about someone called Elizabeth Knight, who turns out to be Gill The truth is definitely darker than you could imagine, especially in The Body In The Marsh by Nick Louth. The story starts with DCI Craig Gillard rescuing somebody after a fall up in the Lake District. As coincidences go it's a big one. Her name is Sam Phillips, she's about to start working as a PCSO in Gillard's area, and they're both about to get caught up on two of the local force's biggest cases.Sam takes a missing person report about someone called Elizabeth Knight, who turns out to be Gillard's first love from 30 years ago. Nobody has seen her and everybody is worried, apart from her husband, the esteemed criminologist Professor Martin Knight who is involved in the case of Girl F, also involving Gillard's station. The case takes an even stranger turn when Professor Knight also goes missing and suddenly everybody is involved and Gillard is heartbroken. He is convinced this is an admission of guilt on Martin Knight's part and sure enough, irrefutable evidence turns up all leading to one conclusion. Elizabeth Knight is dead, murdered most likely by her husband.The Body In The Marsh is a rollercoaster ride from here on out and nobody is quite sure just how this has happened. Professor Knight has had a string of affairs and emails are found leading police to believe that he was planning to run off with one particular woman, having inherited a significant amount of money. Friends of Liz are convinced that she was being abused by her husband and that's what lead to her brief stay in a mental health unit. The Knight's children are none the wiser, one a solicitor and the other a student both appear to be clueless on the surface but a birthday card from France might indicate otherwise. Nothing is as it seems in this case and when evidence points to a link with the infamous Girl F case, which Professor Knight viciously condemned, things appear to be pointing in another direction, or are they? Nobody is quite sure what to do next but trips to France, Spain, the Kent coast, and the fact that the allow the Knight family to hold a funeral for Liz would suggest that the case has gone cold and might never be solved. The Body In The Marsh is a fantastic police thriller, well-written, fast-paced, and featuring some wonderful characters. I particularly loved DS Claire Mulholland, Gillard's deputy, who was portrayed as perhaps the most realistic policewoman I've come across, with a family, grandchildren, and definitely not romantically interested in her boss. Gillard was a little peculiar to me though, still pining after a woman 30 years later struck me as a little obsessive and allowing it to impact on all his romantic relationships was nothing short of foolishness. I can pretty much guarantee he is seeing his brief involvement with Liz through very rose-tinted glasses and allowing it to cloud his judgment of the Liz of today. I also loved the touches of humor which broke up the seriousness of both cases under the spotlight, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, in my opinion, should have featured more...If you're looking for a thriller with a difference you can't go wrong with The Body In The Marsh. Its twists and turns will keep you up well beyond your bedtime. When you think you've got the culprit worked out the book will turn that upside down and thrown in a curveball for good measure. It was definitely worth losing a few hours sleep to find out who did it and what exactly happened. I've got 2 more of Nick Louth's books here to read so I'm hoping they're half as good as The Body In The Marsh.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4.6 starsA report comes in about a missing woman. The missing woman is Elizabeth Knight, and her husband Martin Knight is on his way home from a meeting. Martin is rude to the PCSO when she calls him and says he knows where his wife has gone. The police are also undergoing a review of supposed mishandling of the “Girl F” case. At the same time, Professor Martin Knight was the one who wrote the initial report on the Girl F case. He is well known to the police and not at all well liked. And he is 4.6 starsA report comes in about a missing woman. The missing woman is Elizabeth Knight, and her husband Martin Knight is on his way home from a meeting. Martin is rude to the PCSO when she calls him and says he knows where his wife has gone. The police are also undergoing a review of supposed mishandling of the “Girl F” case. At the same time, Professor Martin Knight was the one who wrote the initial report on the Girl F case. He is well known to the police and not at all well liked. And he is a colleague of the Home Secretary and is known to Whitehall. He is also a long-time critic of the police. His wife Liz is a former girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard, some thirty years earlier. Martin has not called the police as he promised to do after looking for his wife, and now he seems to have gone missing as well.DCI Gillard and DS Claire Mulholland are assigned to the cases. As they investigate the disappearances, they speculate as to what might have happened. Did Knight murder his wife and then disappear? Are they both dead? As Gillard goes to Liz’ home, he finds bloodstains and the remains of bleach that was apparently used to try to clean it up. Is it Liz’ blood? He fears the worst. A more serious turn in the case occurs.Gillard’s former girlfriend is assaulted. She beat up the perpetrator pretty badly. (Good for her!) The man was driving the right kind of car, had the license plates altered and stank of breath mints. Could this be the Girl F assaulter? But the man arrested for the assault and the suspect in Girl F fiasco is very slick and self-assured. He slips out of custody.All the forensic rests on the evidence found at Liz’ home and in other places come up with her being dead. They hold a memorial service. Then DCI Gillard gets an epiphany. Could it be? The pieces finally come together for Gillard. Not too surprising, since the author dropped plenty of hints along the way, but it was fun getting to the conclusion - and to find out that I was right. I must say something about DCI Gillard here. He is pining away for a woman he knew as a teenager thirty years earlier. Really? I wanted to say, “Get a life already!” He even ruins his current relationship over it. When he finds the bloodstains in her house, he sobs his heart out. Really? Sheesh! This book is well written and plotted. I just had a major problem with DCI Gillard’s immaturity. The tension was well-paced and continued throughout the story. I enjoyed the way that the team seemed to get along with one another. DS Mulholland was a very put together lady, and I appreciated that. In fact, I liked her much better than her boss. I’m assuming that this is a debut for this series. It is really well done and I applaud Mr. Louth. And I’m looking very much forward to reading more of his books.I want to thank NetGalley and Canelo for forwarding this book to me to read and enjoy.
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  • Marina
    January 1, 1970
    A missing report for a 48 years old woman becomes an obsession for DCI Craig Gillard. Elizabeth Knight used to be his girlfriend 30 years ago. He remembers her as the sweetest person in the world. He knows that she couldn't just vanish without telling anyone. Her husband, Martin Knight,  a person with very hard character and little bit more forensic knowledge, doesn't seem to be very concerned about his wife's disappearance. But when the husband disappears just a couple of days after his wife, t A missing report for a 48 years old woman becomes an obsession for DCI Craig Gillard. Elizabeth Knight used to be his girlfriend 30 years ago. He remembers her as the sweetest person in the world. He knows that she couldn't just vanish without telling anyone. Her husband, Martin Knight,  a person with very hard character and little bit more forensic knowledge, doesn't seem to be very concerned about his wife's disappearance. But when the husband disappears just a couple of days after his wife, the police puts Martin Knight as a prime suspect in his wife's murder. Just because there is no murder without a body, DCI Gillard investigates Knight's home. Under the carpet, he finds a huge amount of washed blood, remains of bleach and pieces that might be bone parts. The forensics confirm that the bone parts belong to Liz Knight. So the search for the killer husband officially begins.But is Craig Gillard ready for the truth? He remembers Liz in a good light. She was the best thing that ever happened to him. She spent some time in a home for mentally ill people. Was that because of her abusive husband? Was Martin Knight capable of butchering his wife into pieces or did he hire someone to do that instead of him? What was his motive?Or maybe the real story is very different!Nothing could prepare me for the truth!I was left with my jaw dropped! A real blow up at the end of the story! A simply couldn't see that coming! The story is full of forensic details, many of them not known to me. I was asking myself: "Is that medically possible?" Probably it is. I don't want to reveal more, but The Body in the Marsh is an extraordinary story of police procedurals and the human nature hidden behind a mask. Totally recommended!
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    A very atmospheric crime mystery this one with settings and landscapes where there are either marshes or rocky, dangerous mountains. So much could happen here couldn't it? And it does. The settings here more than added tension and expectation to the mix and made for a backdrop to some really twisty turnings of a novel.I did find the lead DI a little bit of a wimp at times though pining for a woman he'd dated but barely knew. Still, an emotional policeman makes a change from one who drinks his wa A very atmospheric crime mystery this one with settings and landscapes where there are either marshes or rocky, dangerous mountains. So much could happen here couldn't it? And it does. The settings here more than added tension and expectation to the mix and made for a backdrop to some really twisty turnings of a novel.I did find the lead DI a little bit of a wimp at times though pining for a woman he'd dated but barely knew. Still, an emotional policeman makes a change from one who drinks his way through every case. DS Mulholland was a very put together officer and she was a nice addition to the story. A good colleague for the DI and a good example you would hope! As well as the main criminal mystery thread, there was a nice side story of a past case which comes back to haunt and this made for more intrigue and a story relevant to todays world.A very good thriller which makes me want to read what Nick writes next. Make me very nervous of that marsh though and I thought Elly Griffiths had more than done that with her books set there!
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    Liz Knight, a History teacher goes missing. Her husband Martin is the first suspect but then he goes missing. It seems an open and shut case for Craig Gillard who has to investigate - a husband wanting to bump off his wife.. She's Craig's first girlfriend and he's carried a torch for her over 30 years; this muddies the waters. As progress is made the case becomes more and more complex. I did think the detectives were a bit dim-witted at times but it made a good story and added humour. It was an Liz Knight, a History teacher goes missing. Her husband Martin is the first suspect but then he goes missing. It seems an open and shut case for Craig Gillard who has to investigate - a husband wanting to bump off his wife.. She's Craig's first girlfriend and he's carried a torch for her over 30 years; this muddies the waters. As progress is made the case becomes more and more complex. I did think the detectives were a bit dim-witted at times but it made a good story and added humour. It was an ingenious plot with a lot of surprises along the way. I particularly liked the way Craig's character was built up. it made him so genuine and real with his little idiosyncrasies and hobbies. You could help but have a soft spot for him. It was crazy page-turning at the end. A very enjoyable read. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Canelo.
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  • A Million Pages
    January 1, 1970
    Body in the Marsh has an excellent cover. I know the old saying, but that is truly why I picked this book. I was expecting a detective novel, but didn’t realize it would be based in Surrey and Kent. It starts out with Detective Craig Gillard rescuing an unknown woman who gets trapped on a mountain during a winter storm. I was thrown off by this part of the story and was hoping to dive right in to the mystery and intrigue. It was no shock when they developed a somewhat dysfunctional relationship Body in the Marsh has an excellent cover. I know the old saying, but that is truly why I picked this book. I was expecting a detective novel, but didn’t realize it would be based in Surrey and Kent. It starts out with Detective Craig Gillard rescuing an unknown woman who gets trapped on a mountain during a winter storm. I was thrown off by this part of the story and was hoping to dive right in to the mystery and intrigue. It was no shock when they developed a somewhat dysfunctional relationship that continues throughout the story. For me, the story began when Craig becomes intrigued by a missing person report. It turns out to be an old girlfriend that broke his heart. He still carries around the baggage and can’t see past the love he still feels for her. Most of the time a relationship would mean that he was taken off the case but he hides it from his boss. The author does a good job of leaving trails of clues along the way, but I called the ending early on. I kept reading because I enjoyed the investigation. The side story of Girl F who reported abuse but was dismissed and later killed herself tied in nicely with the missing person case. Overall, I liked that it had a broader focus but I could take it or leave it.
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  • Martha Brindley
    January 1, 1970
    This is an excellent police procedural set in Surrey and Kent.DCI. Great atmospheric settings with the marshes adding extra tension in the story. Craig Gillard has a missing person to deal with but the missing woman is an ex girlfriend from 30 years back. This is my only problem with this book, the fact that Craig is still pining for his lost love after 30 years. Apart from that, well written, good characters, a very good plot and an excellent read. I hope there is more to come from Nick Louth. This is an excellent police procedural set in Surrey and Kent.DCI. Great atmospheric settings with the marshes adding extra tension in the story. Craig Gillard has a missing person to deal with but the missing woman is an ex girlfriend from 30 years back. This is my only problem with this book, the fact that Craig is still pining for his lost love after 30 years. Apart from that, well written, good characters, a very good plot and an excellent read. I hope there is more to come from Nick Louth. Thank you Net Galley for my copy.
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  • L Barker
    January 1, 1970
    This was a page turner. It must have been because I read it in a day!I simply loved the book, right from the opening prologue (which had the hairs stand up on my neck) right through to the ending. Clever, brilliant story telling from Nick Louth. It is an excellent story, with missing people and a sub-plot about failings by police, however for me the characters really make it. There are some that add humour; some make you cringe and there are strong women in positions of power. The protagonist, C This was a page turner. It must have been because I read it in a day!I simply loved the book, right from the opening prologue (which had the hairs stand up on my neck) right through to the ending. Clever, brilliant story telling from Nick Louth. It is an excellent story, with missing people and a sub-plot about failings by police, however for me the characters really make it. There are some that add humour; some make you cringe and there are strong women in positions of power. The protagonist, Craig, was someone you got to know during the course of the book. Early on he is carrying out heroic actions, but as the book progresses you discover there is so much more to him. He is a complex character, hung up on an ex (like so many of us!) and distraught that a witty, brilliant woman he loved is missing. This explained many decisions he made, and a tough man showing emotions is powerful. This was a breath of fresh air from many typical detectives you come across in some books that have been snapped out of a macho mould. A thrilling, intelligent, absorbing book – get a copy!
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Review will follow soon
  • Diane Hogg
    January 1, 1970
    review to follow
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    January 1, 1970
    Drew me in from the first pages a missing wife an involved investigation well written characters .Highly recommend,Thanks to NetGalley Canelp pres for advance readers copy,
  • Karen's World
    January 1, 1970
    What a brilliant story, I would like to then Netgalley for the pre-release copy. I could not put this down, so many twists and turns and dead ends. Where is Liz Knights body and why was she killed, now her husband has gone missing. The police are constantly coming up with dead ends and should DCI Gillard start a new romance at this time when this is bringing up memories about his time with Liz Knight. Superbly written and a definite page turner!
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  • Dash fan
    January 1, 1970
    review to follow on 6th October when I take part in The Body in the Marsh blog tour.
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