Book Review #62: Dig Two Graves by Keith Nixon

dig two graves

Title: Dig Two Graves (Detective Solomon Gray #1)

Author: Keith Nixon

Genre: Crime Fiction

Format: Ebook

Date of Publication: October 8th 2018

Publisher: Gladius Press


Was it suicide … or murder? Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray is driven to discover the truth. Whatever the personal cost.

When teenager Nick Buckingham tumbles from the fifth floor of an apartment block, Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray answers the call with a sick feeling in his stomach. The victim was just a kid, sixteen years old. And the exact age the detective’s son was, the son Gray has not seen since he went missing at a funfair ten years ago. Each case involving children haunts Gray with the reminder that his son may still be out there – or worse, dead. The seemingly open and shut case of suicide twists into a darker discovery. Buckingham and Gray have never met, so why is Gray’s number on the dead teenager’s mobile phone?

Gray begins to unravel a murky world of abuse, lies, and corruption. And when the body of Reverend David Hill is found shot to death in the vestry of Gray’s old church, Gray wonders how far the depravity stretches and who might be next. Nothing seems connected, and yet there is one common thread: Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray, himself. As the bodies pile up, Gray must face his own demons and his son’s abduction.

Crippled by loss Gray takes the first step on the long road of redemption. But is the killer closer to home than he realised?

Set in the once grand town of Margate in the south of England, the now broken and depressed seaside resort becomes its own character in this dark police suspense thriller, perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride, and Peter James.

Dig Two Graves is the first in the Solomon Gray series. Pick it up now to discover whether Gray finds his son in this thrilling new crime series.


This book was like a Sam Smith song – painful yet beautiful and full of meaning. This book slowly grabbed me and pulled me down into an abyss. From the first chapter you know that our protagonist, DS Solomon Gray, is in pain and heartbreak and the crack is so big that filling it up might not be an option. Trying to wrap his head around the disappearance of his son ten years ago and the recent teenager’s death was not only hard for Solomon but also for me. At every step Solomon took I felt like he’s on the verge of self destruction but at the same time things are not always in your control. I felt for Solomon trying to find a closure and maybe start a new chapter in his life, but the curveballs life had to offer at every quarter of the book kept pulling him down. At one point I even shouted at the book saying, “Please leave him alone. Let him live in peace.” I was absolutely rooting for Solomon. The twists and turns and the way it was written, with amazing play on words, made this book such a joy and breeze to read. There are some questions I have, and so does Solomon. Therefore, I can see myself reading the next book to find the answers to them in the near future.

Final Verdict:
Dig Two Graves by Keith Nixon gets 5 out 5 stars from me.

About the Author:

arches 1 Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.

Thank you to Book On The Bright Side and author Keith Nixon for providing me with the e-book.

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