Death of an Asylum Seeker – A.P. Martin / #Review @APMartin51

Clavel and Snow Crime series #2

When a body is discovered in the boating lake of a city centre park in Newcastle upon Tyne, newly promoted DI Sam Snow is delighted to have the chance to lead his first big investigation. Especially when it puts him back in touch with psychologist Olivia Clavel, who has recently relocated back to her home city. However, Snow still bears some scars from a previous case and he can have no way of knowing how the new investigation will both force him to challenge his commitment to upholding the law and rock his life to its very foundations.



My review

The second book in this series but in my opinion it can be easily read as a standalone. I have not read the first one and I had not trouble at all getting into this story. 

The author gives little snippets of information about the previous book, but never too much. On the one hand just enough in my opinion to freshen up the whole for people who read it. On the other hand for people who didn’t, just enough to make them curious and wishing they had read it as well.

This is a police procedural sprinkled with some romance and some heartbreaking revelations. Although I don’t agree with the behaviour of the culprit, I did understand them. Once again it is proven that money makes the world go round and can drive people to desperate actions .

And then there is the ending … I was happy to have a box of Kleenex on hand …

This book is a very nice mixture of different ingredients. 5 stars.

Thank you, A.P. Martin.


About the author

Originally from the North of England, since taking early retirement from my academic post, I’ve really enjoyed immersing myself in reading and writing. Essentially, I read purely for pleasure, and my single goal in writing is to produce books that people will thoroughly enjoy as a ‘cracking story.’

My first two novels are historical fiction, a genre which, in my view, almost always benefits from a close connection to something that actually happened. The inspiration for my first two books, Codename Lazarus and Spy Trap, came from little known, but truly incredible events from the Second World War. It gave me huge pleasure to adapt the courageous actions of two unsung heroes, into what, I hope, readers have experienced as exciting thrillers.

My third novel, Sentence of Death, represented an exciting new direction for me. It’s a crime thriller, set on Tyneside in the summer of 2016. Strangely, the basic framework for this book also comes from a real event in Gateshead at that time. I’ve always been a bit of a fan of crime fiction, and I hope that readers of this book agree that I’ve created an original plot for their entertainment.

I’ve just published my fourth book, ‘Death of an Asylum Seeker,’ which is the second in the Clavel & Snow thriller series.

I’m currently working on a third Second World War novel, featuring Bill Blake, John King and Professor Pym. As yet untitled, it once again takes a virtually unknown, but extremely important story of bravery, and adapts it into what I hope readers will find a thrilling adventure story.

Details of all my work and updates on my progress can be found on my website at

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