I love it when I find an author new to me who has written a whole series of books for me to read. In this case I’ve fallen behind reading books in the series featuring my all time favourite fictional detective Ted Darling and now have quite a few to catch up on. Lucky me!Ted Darling, as I know I’ve stated before is the kind of detective I’d like on the case that might involve me or my loved ones. He has integrity and honesty – is admired by members of his team and immediate hierarchy, with only one exception, Detective Superintendent Marston with whom he has some history and appears to be trying to thwart or undermine Ted at every turn.Ted is now Detective Chief Inspector Ted Darling and heads up an experienced team of officers investigating Serious and Serial crimes in Stockport and other divisions within the Greater Manchester Police Force.As in real life detective police work, Ted’s team is working on a few cases at a time and in this book the most serious of all is the investigation of the murder of an elderly woman who appeared to believe that she was working undercover for a detective whose name doesn’t come up on any police personnel database. Soon this takes the team into the sordid world of an international gang.DC Jessica Vine (Jezza) goes undercover to investigate a series of ‘happy slapped’ attacks and robberies on local people.Also, a case personal to Ted involving an attack on his mother Annie.As in the other books, at night Ted goes home to his live in partner Trev and their five cats. Trev is his usual supportive self and cooks some delightful sounding meals. As a foodie, I wouldn’t mind the odd recipe of Trev’s appearing in the books and I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat it again – I want these two as neighbours and friends. There’s a surprise at the end that Ted fans might enjoy, without giving away any spoilers. Made me say ‘ooh’ out loud!I wouldn’t say this is my favourite book in the series. There aren’t any heart stopping moments, although there are hints of things to come in later books! Can’t wait. I read this in hospital so heart stopping moments were really not needed! It was just what the doctor might have ordered though.A character led police procedural that could be read as a stand alone. An absorbing, interesting steady read from a crime fiction author I know I can trust to fact check details of police procedure and etiquette.This is book 8 and Ted gains new fans all the time. Looking forward to catching up on the rest of the series now.I’m adding this one to my #20BooksOfSummer reading challenge list To Purchase on Amazon UKAbout The AuthorRetired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes under various pen names for different genres. Already well known for travel memoirs as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley also writes crime fiction under the name L M Krier.The crime books are the Ted Darling crime series. There are currently nine books in the series: The First Time Ever, Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, Two Little Boys, When I’m Old and Grey, Shut Up and Drive, Only the Lonely, Wild Thing, Walk On By and Preacher Man. Look out for more books in the crime series to come.Writing as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley has published six books in the Sell the Pig memoir series: Sell the Pig, Is That Billing Lump?, Mother Was It Worth It?’ Biff the Useless Mention, Angling Bumateurs, and Trot On!She also writes humour as Tottie Limejuice: Hobbit House in Italy, and No Girl on this Train, jointly written with Kate Pill.Lesley also writes children’s fiction with a crime twist as L M Kay: The Dog with the Golden Eyes.Lesley also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Jill Pennington and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.Lesley is a former journalist, working as both a criminal court and coroner’s court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a ‘charity mugger’, lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.Want to chat with Lesley? You’ll find a Tottie Limejuice Chat Group on Facebook, with lots of photos of the Auvergne.