The Teacher – Katerina Diamond

The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.

Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.

As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.

And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?


My first book of 2019 was The Teacher by Katerina Diamond. It has been on my shelf for some time, and I am so pleased I finally got around to reading it.

The story features DS Miles and Grey, two police officers with a troubled past. They are both very likeable characters and interact well. I enjoyed their back and forth. They are on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer, a man on a mission. He kills in gruesome ways, which are described in a great deal of detail. The story is further enhanced by not knowing who to trust. I changed my mind a number of times!

There is a secondary storyline, centred on museum worker Abbie, which interweaves into the main seamlessly. The writing is so good that, in one chapter in particular, I actually shook with anger and had to close the book for the evening!

I don’t want to give too much away, but I highly recommend this book. The writing is fast paced, it’s entertaining throughout, the characters are very likeable (and dislikable in equal measure!) with a huge twist that I fully did not see coming!!

I was also pleased to find out that it is the first book of 6 (4 published currently) featuring Miles and Grey. I can’t wait to get stuck into the sequels.


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