Know No Evil by Graeme Hampton / #Review @HeraBooks @Gham001

D.I Denning and D.S Fisher #1

Old crimes don’t stay buried forever…

It’s high summer, and London sizzles in the grip of a heatwave. But when the body of young mother, Leanne Wyatt, is discovered in an East London park, the heat rises to boiling point for D.I. Matthew Denning. Under pressure to solve the case, and fast, he delves into Leanne’s history and finds that she was close to some dangerous individuals – could one of them have taken her life in an angry rage? But when another woman is found dead in similar circumstances, Denning is forced to consider that a killer stalks the capital’s streets.

But when young, ambitious, D.S. Molly Fisher, discovers a horrifying link to these deaths and a killing spree in South London a decade ago – a terrifying summer where young women died at the hands of a psychopath the press dubbed ‘The Bermondsey Ripper’, the case is blown wide open. Anthony Ferguson is serving a life sentence for the crimes, so are these new deaths the result of a copycat killer – or did the police convict the wrong man? Whatever the case, Denning and Fisher need to stop a killer in his tracks – before he sets his sights on them.




The first book in a new series. This means time to get to know a new team. Lately I have read a lot of books where the leading detective was a woman. This time it’s a man who is the main investigator, DI Denning. This does not mean women are not important in this police force. No, sir. The boss is a woman and one of the detectives who plays a big part in the investigation is a woman as well, DS Fisher.

It’s always helpful to get some background information on the police team and to look over their shoulder into their private lives. Here though, I had the feeling there was maybe a bit to much focus on that which took away the flow of the story sometimes. 

The story starts on a high, slows down afterwards and picks up pace at the end again. I never had thought the author would take me on this path and I was flabbergasted when I found out who this sneaky killer’s identity. 

Sometimes I feel for the killer, because they have been through so much and I can understand what triggered them. A killer who kills for the fun of killing makes my stomach turn. A baddie who uses and manipulates a person into killing, must be the lowest of the lowest in my opinion. In which category does our culprit belong? That for me to know and for you to find out. 😉

This is a story that I enjoyed. I liked DI Denning. The jury still is debating on whether DS Fisher was likeable or not. 4 stars

Thank you


About the author

Graeme Hampton was born in Paisley and grew up in Stirling. After leaving school he trained as a stage manager and worked in London for a number of years. He returned to Scotland in his late twenties to study for a BA in English Literature at Stirling University. After many years of dull jobs and bleak times, he became a full-time writer. His first novel, Know No Evil, was published in July 2019, and was followed up by Blood Family in early 2020. He is currently working on the third novel in the Denning & Fisher series.


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