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This Side of Death (CSI Eddie Collins #6) by Andrew Barrett

This Side of Death


This Side of Death. When the past comes back to hunt you. 

Alex Sheridan believes the only way she can be free of her demons is to kill the men in her life. She has a list, and Crime Scene Investigator Eddie Collins is on it. 
Death misses Eddie by inches, and Alex is locked away in Juniper Hill high-security hospital.

Everything is fine for Eddie until one day four years later, when Alex escapes. This time she’s better prepared.

The week that follows ruptures Eddie’s life and shatters the belief he had in his own past, leaving him wondering what really happened, and facing one stark choice: who to kill and who to save.
This Side of Death is the most revealing CSI Eddie Collins novel to date. Prepare to see inside his past and understand what makes him the angriest, most feared, and yet most respected CSI in England.

If you like fast-paced and gripping crime thrillers with a strong forensic element, you’ll love Andrew Barrett’s This Side of Death. It will appeal to fans of Kathy Reichs, Robert Bryndza and Angela Marsons.


Why do I love CSI Eddie Collins so much?  Maybe it’s his gruff manner. His smart ass wit. His sense of justice. Or maybe it’s his vulnerable side. Yes, folks. He’s scared in this one. An interesting turn of events.

A violent serial killer from his past has escaped, and Eddie is next on her list. Watching Eddie’s fear and confusion from her deadly rampage is like watching a trainwreck.  His mind is close to breaking itself as he finds out her motive which hits close to home and obliterates the tenous bit of sanity he is hanging on to. 

If having his life threatened isn’t enough, to his irritation, he is given a surprise birthday party, he is promoted to Head of Forensic Services, and his long lost twat of a brother returns.  But his flamboyant secretary, Sid, his put-upon employee, Kenny, and his wise-cracking colleague, DI Benson, have his back and are a great supporting cast. 

The story is told from both the killer’s point of view and Eddie’s point of view, so bouncing back and forth from the mind of a vicious nut job and Eddie’s snarky one-liners is a trip in itself.

Overall, book 6 in the series is a gripping page-turner from start to finish.  The brilliant and quirky characters, the non-stop action, and the shocking ending are the makings of a true bestseller.  I recommend you give this crime thriller a try, it won’t disappoint.  Also, take a look at my review of book 5 in the series, The Death of Jessica Ripley.  

Thank you to Mr. Barrett for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Andrew Barrett became a CSI in 1996, and finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead in 1997. Two more books completed the SOCO Roger Conniston trilogy.

Andrew still produces authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour. He’s known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals. Eddie’s series is five books and three novellas in length.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels in Leeds.

You can find out more about him and his writing at

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