Josef Slonsky is back!!
Just a quick announcement before I move to the review. The sixth book in this series – Laid in Earth is releasing on the 25th of November. I hope you are as excited as I am about the latest book in this series. 😀
Josef Slonsky Investigations is one of the best mystery series I have ever read! There’s dark humor, crime, mystery and cartloads of pastries, sausages, coffees and beer so what’s not to like? If you want to know more about the characters, I recommend you to check out Graham Brack’s this post. Who better than an author to give you a good introduction to the characters, eh? 😉
With each book, the series gets better and better! What does a 40-year-old army tank and diet have in common? Slonsky. Okay, the army tank isn’t dieting if that is the inference you got from the above statement. 😛
Slonksy is asked to appear for a medical test. If he fails, he will be sent home with a pension package. Now now, that cannot happen, can it? The hero of our story walking out of the police station with a wounded pride? Uh-huh! Nope! So, off goes Slonsky on a diet. Delicious pastries? Yummy sausages? Beer? Please keep them out of Slonsky’s line of sight!
When a WW2 bomb explodes in the field, Slonsky is called to the scene by the pathologist. The scene is gory enough – flesh and blood everywhere. But the horrific details of their killings is what makes Slonsky’s blood boil. They were tied up and made to sit in a circle. A grenade was thrown in, killing the four, if not instantly then due to severe blood loss from the blast.
Valentin and Slonsky have been friends since they were eleven. Valentin is also on a diet. His doctor’s advised him to cut down on alcohol. Five days of beer and two days of water… or, was it the other way? Valentin doesn’t remember! Peirperova is soon to be transferred to the Director’s office – she’s going to be his personal assistant. Loverboy Navratil is going to miss his damsel (Peirperova). Meanwhile, Captain Lucas is going to retire and guess who’s going to be the new captain??? 😀 😀
The new uniform, new captain, rekindled love and … wait a minute, rekindled what? Vera is around, cleaning Slonsky’s apartment whenever possible. She’s really trying hard to be in Slonsky’s good books. Or, should I say, repenting for having left him thirty years ago?
The recurring characters include Mucha, Klinger, Dvornik and Dolezal. There is another character who caught my attention. He gives you a James Bond-ish feel and he’s none other than Major Rajka. Then there is Michal Ondracek. Who is he? No spoilers, sweety. 😀 Mucha’s sister-in-law, the Evil Witch of Kutna Hora also makes her presence felt in Mucha’s life. *ROFL*
Anna has a diet tip for Slonsky.
‘Just cut down on bread and pastries. And every time you have a beer, have a glass of water. You’ll be skipping around like a mountain goat in no time.’
So now you know what you have to do if you want to skip around like a mountain goat. 😉
The mystery is well-maintained throughout the story. As you can see from my explanations above, the characters are, no doubt, very likeable. The writing is fantastic. The dark humor bits sprinkled here and there makes the story even more interesting. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and read Field of Death. 😀 If you are new to this series, I recommend you to start with book #1 – Lying and Dying.
My reviews of the first three books can be found here:
Writing Style: 5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: Field of Death (Josef Slonsky Investigations #4)
Author: Graham Brack
Published on: 23rd March 2019
Genre: Mystery and Thrillers
Purchase Link: Amazon.com