Book Description

It’s happening again.

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

Charlie Priest, ex-detective inspector turned London lawyer, is hired by influential entrepreneur Kenneth Ellinder to investigate the murder of his son. But Priest is no ordinary lawyer. Brilliant, yet flawed, this case will push him, and those closest to him, to the edge.

Priest traces the evidence back to the desperate last days of the Second World War. Buried in the ashes of the Holocaust is a secret so deadly its poison threatens to destroy the very heart of the establishment.
With more victims going missing, Priest realises that not everyone should be trusted. As he races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

My Review

The Mayfly is a powerful, grizzly mind-bending thriller, inducing a highly addictive page-turning tendency.

James Hazel opens The Mayfly with a gruesome scene, a horrifically mutilated body discovered in a cabin in the woods. The descriptive prowess James Hazel accomplishes in writing the first incident felt tangible, real. I now know longer felt like a reading by-stander, I was there. The interchanges between past and present build the plot. He goes on to talk about Buchenwald a Nazi Death Camp from 1945 at the end of the WWII where evil resides, utilising his research perfectly to bring the historical significance of the atrocities from the past to the present, building the links to a very disturbing crime.

Charlie Priest is an unorthodox but bold and forthright lead character suffering from Dissociative Disorder he is an Ex-Detective who has retrained as a high-ranking lawyer in London. Priest is an intelligent and humorous character, who is easy to warm to and became a firm favourite of mine. Another character who I found easy to get along with was Georgie, Priests personal assistant, I would describe her as somewhat shy retiring with an amazing perceptive ability. In fact, most of the characters surrounding Priest are likeable, with the exception of the odd few.

The Mayfly is a deeply compelling and dark thriller, very well written and without a doubt James Hazel is one to watch. The Mayfly I believe will be a Marmite book, your either going to love it or hate it. “I loved it”.

Available to buy Amazon UK

Available to buy Amazon US

About the Author


Before turning his hand to writing, James Hazel was a lawyer in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial litigation and employment law.

He was an equity partner in a regional law firm and held a number of different department headships until he quit legal practice to pursue his dream of becoming an author.

He has a keen interest in criminology and a passion for crime thrillers, indie music and all things retro.

James lives on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds with his wife and three children.

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