It’s a Sin by Steve Burford

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itsasintype500It’s a Sin by Steve Burford
Series: Summerskill and Lyon, Book One
Release Date:  January 10, 2016
Pages: 239 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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“He is a talented and very promising young policeman. Make no mistakes, he deserves the promotion.”

But when gay Detective Sergeant Dave Lyon is assigned to Detective Inspector Claire Summerskill’s team as part of the Service’s ‘positive discrimination policy’, no-one at Foregate Street Station is happy. And that includes Summerskill and Lyon.

Mutual suspicion and mistrust must be shelved however, when a young man’s beaten body is found on a canal tow path, and a dead-end case of ‘happy slapping’ unexpectedly turns into a murder investigation.

Why would someone want to kill middle class arts student Jonathan Williams? And how is his death linked to that of rent boy and would be ‘adult’ film star Sean?

As Summerskill and Lyon’s investigations proceed, the newly-promoted detectives begin to untangle a web of connections, false assumptions and sheer prejudices that force them both to question closely not just their relationship with each other but with the rest of their colleagues at Foregate Street Station and with the Police Service as a whole.

“It’s A Sin” is the first in the “Summerskill and Lyon” police procedural novels.


I’m in the minority on this book. I feel hella bamboozled. Let’s be clear there is NO Romance, No Happy Endings, No Happy Times and I got a female pov the entire book. Let me clear up some things first. I love mystery/thriller stories, and I loved that it was a mystery thriller tag on my gay romance books. But this wasn’t romance, and the story could have been about 50 to 75 pages shorter in my opinion. It took me 4 days to read this, and that should tell you something. I’m a fast reader and I picked up and finished 4 other books while trying to wrap my head around if I liked it or not. I enjoyed the writing alot, it’s a first for me by this author but it read like a typical police procedural. I know it says that in the blurb but it’s something that I could have watched on tv, nothing spectacular stood out regarding the plot or characters.

Honestly I understand having Claire’s opinion but it did not give me nothing outside of politics that she had to deal with regarding working with a gay man on the police force. The actual mystery was kinda meh. It’s not hard to see who the killer might actually be with the select group of people we are given. I did not connect with anyone. Dave and Claire were meh. Richard was super annoying. Rudge was insubordinate and basically disrespectful. It all felt a bit elementary and obviously I finished it but I didn’t like it. I could possibly see myself reading more from this author but not this series. It’s just not for me.

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