In terms of food analogies, some books are bland or subtly flavoured, while others are like a fiery curry. David Mark's DS McAvoy books are unarguably in the latter category
The McAvoy series pulls off the double whammy of cracking characters and cunning plots. The big detective Aector McAvoy is so real and so loveable you want to have a pint with him, and the legendary Trish Pharaoh proves that a man can create an utterly compelling female character
Gripping story lines steeped in emotion and menace, with a larger than life character whom I love to reacquaint myself with. Always right on the Mark for me.
More twists and turns than a corkscrew through the eyeball
Breathtaking. Mark writes bad beautifully
The exceptional McAvoy series just got better. DEAD PRETTY is a gripping thriller...proof that David Mark is up there with the best
A police procedural with a big heart, a sharp eye, a swagger in its step and grit under its fingernails. Anyone who isn't reading David Mark's books already: start now.
Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer and an exciting young talent.
Darkly absorbing and told with real swagger, DEAD PRETTY is a heartfelt and sweeping thrill ride of a novel from one of crime fiction's most distinctive voices. DS Aector McAvoy might be a big guy but David Mark is undoubtedly set for very big things.
There is a good array of villains, and Mark is impressive in his sensitive portrayals of the relationships between the principal characters at work and home.
Mark's rich, distinctive prose style and damaged characters compel you to keep reading... shaping up to be an essential crime series
Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order
David Mark takes you to the darkest edges of Hull and Back, but be prepared for a late night, as Dead Pretty will make you see dawn
Compelling and harrowing
Wry insights into the human condition and lyrical descriptions of the East Yorkshire landscape