The Poisoned Rock by Robert Daws – book review


With only five weeks to go before the end of her secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, D.S. Tamara Sullivan is enjoying life on the Rock. With one murder investigation successfully under their belts, Sullivan and her commanding officer, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, settle down to regular police work under the sunny Mediterranean skies.

In London, the British Government has declassified a large number of top secret files regarding British Military Intelligence operations during World War Two. One file, concerning espionage operations on Gibraltar, has been smuggled out of the U.K. to Spain. It contains information that will draw Sullivan and Broderick into the dark and treacherous world of wartime Gibraltar. A place where saboteurs and espionage plots abounded. Where double and triple agents from Britain, Germany and Spain were at war in a treacherous and deadly game of undercover operations.

As the summer heat reaches its zenith in Gibraltar Town, a film crew has arrived on the Rock to shoot a movie about one of the most enigmatic and legendary spies of the war years – ‘The Queen of Diamonds’. Starring Hollywood A-lister Julia Novacs and produced by local born film maker, Gabriel Isolde, it is the talk of the Rock.

It is only a matter of time before past and present collide and a dangerous battle begins to conceal the truth about the Rock’s poisonous wartime history. Detectives Sullivan and Broderick become caught in a tangled web of intrigue and murder that will once again test their skills and working relationship to the very limit. 

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Book 2 in the Sullivan and Broderick Crime Series, and just as good, if not better, than the first The Rock which I raced through!  Saying that, this can be read as a standalone but you do get more out of it if you have read book 1!

We follow on in Gibraltar where Tamara Sullivan is still serving in the police force there after being sent over from London.  And this time they are investigating a mysterious crime centred around a big Hollywood movie that is being filmed there but not all are happy with the choice of topic being portrayed in the film and will go to extraordinary lengths to get their viewpoint across.

We get a great glimpse at the role Gibraltar played in World War Two and how secrets always come back to haunt some and impact those living now.  

Once again there is a great pace with the writing and storyline and it is a very stylish book, with fascinating little sub plots and great interaction between the detectives once more.  

Another really great read and I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!!