Publication Order of D.I. Angel Mystery Books
|In the Midst of Life||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Choker||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Man in the Pink Suit||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Importance of Being Honest||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Mantrap||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sham||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Curious Mind of Inspector Angel||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Umbrella Man||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Man Who Couldn't Lose||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Find the Lady||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Wig Maker||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Murder in Bare Feet||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Wild About Harry aka Missing, Presumed...||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Cuckoo Clock Scam||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Shrine to Murder||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Snuffbox Murders||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Dog Collar Murders||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Cheshire Cat Murders||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Diamond Rosary Murders||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Big Fiddle||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Fruit Gum Murders||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Money Tree Murders||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Angel and the Actress||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Murder List||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Lipstick Murders aka The Face of a Murderer||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Snakes and Ladders Murders||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
The D.I. Angel Mystery is a series authored by Roger Silverwood, a Yorkshire author. It is based on Michael Angel, a Detective Inspector. Angel lives in Bromersley, South Yorkshire, the United Kingdom with his wife Mary. His work is to investigate crimes and find the perpetrators. He is not particularly talented, but his stubborn spirit and use of even the most unusual methods always make him succeed. The entire series is made of 26 books, with the first one being ‘In the Middle of Life’ and the 26th being ‘The Snakes and Ladders Murders’.
A biography of Inspector Angel throughout the D.I. Angel Mystery Series
All throughout the series, Inspector Angel has to find elusive murderers, usually with little or no evidence. He has to overcome the obstruction from his superiors and the several systems in place. His unusual, uncanny methods and his stubborn spirit always save the day, and sometimes, his own life.
All the books in this series are set in Bromersley, a town in South Yorkshire, which is Silverwood’s hometown. Almost all the books in the series involve unresolved murder mysteries. Inspector Angel is tasked with the hard job of unraveling the mysterious murders. Often, after the first murder is discovered, a number of other murders are discovered, making the cases even more intricate. The murders usually have a pattern, suggesting that the perpetrator of the grisly crime is the same. This has been repeated in most of the books in the series, apart from the very first one, ‘In the Middle of Life’.
From time to time, we see Inspector Angel grow and evolve as a character when he has to resolve murder cases with unexpected twists, different from his usual murders with patterns that point to the same murderer. In one of the books, ‘The Man in the Pink Suit’, the murderer is known. There is recorded evidence and there are even witnesses. Inspector Angel has to unravel a different mystery this time: the motive behind the rather indiscreet murder.
In another twist, in the ‘The Importance of Being Honest’, Inspector Angel finds himself as the go-between to help a jailbird buy his freedom. He must fail the exchange, and the consequences are dire. He faces a dilemma: does he fight crime or facilitate it?
Sometimes in the D.I. Angel Mystery series, the inspector finds himself as the target of criminal gangs and families, yet he has to continue resolving murder mysteries, even when the odds are all against him.
As the series progresses, Inspector Angel’s skills continue to be tested in even more extreme ways. In the 7th book of the series, he has to stop a possible murder, where the one to commit the crime is safely locked up in jail. Just before he is able to achieve this, he has to resolve a murder which is similar to another one that happened 25 years before. Angel has to learn how to multitask, learn from the past so as to resolve the present and still prevent a possible murder. This is a serious demand on his abilities, which he should be able to meet. He should have gained experience as he resolves more cases, and Silverwood brings this realism by stretching his character to match to the expectations of the readers.
Several early books in the series have a title to do with ‘The Man’. ‘The Man in the Pink Suit’, ‘The Man who couldn’t Lose’, ‘The Umbrella Man’. All these titles refer to the murders whom Inspector Angel has to find. Later books in the series revolve around a theme of murders, for instance ‘The Lipstick Murders’, ‘The Fruit Gum Murders’, and ‘The Snakes and Ladders Murders’. The titles pique the readers’ interest as they allude to the circumstances surrounding the murders, which could be the item left as a clue (as in the fruit gum) or a symbol of the murder (as in music and artificialness)
As much as most of the books in the series showcase Inspector Angel’s skills at resolving murder cases, There is a book that somewhat puts more emphasis on the D.I.s skills, ‘The Curious Mind of Inspector Angel’. There is more focus, for the first time on Angel. He is, as usual, the hero of the day, but this book tries to make the reader focus more on the character than the resolution of the murder cases.
Inspector Angel is a dynamic character. He has to resolve different murder cases with all their intricacies and always emerge as the winner.
The books that feature Inspector Angel
Interestingly, all the books in the D.I. Angel Mystery Series feature Inspector Angel. What makes them different is the progressive growth shown by the character and the unexpected twists that put extra demand on his abilities. It turns out that sometimes the murderer is known, for instance, in the ‘Man in the pink Suit’, sometimes he has to stop a possible murder like in ‘The Umbrella Man’, while sometimes the murders are women like in ‘Find the Lady’. Despite the nature of the murder and the circumstances around them, Angel has to save the day, even when his own life is in danger. He must win, against all odds.
Descriptions of 2 early books in the D.I. Angel Mystery Series
In the Midst of Life
This is the first book in the D.I. Angel Mystery series. A patient murders a nurse in a hospital for the criminally insane. That was 20 years ago. As Inspector Angel tries to investigate the motive behind this murder, a missing nurse is discovered to have been selling hospital drugs for selfish gain. Before the missing nurse is found, her sister reports another murder. She fears for her life. The Chief Constable tries to prevent Angel from his investigations, but he is headstrong and will not stop. His clues, the strangest package – 2 dead cats, a dead woman with one stocking inside out and an American class ring. He has to stop the killer before he stops many other people ‘In the Midst of Life’. He narrows down to one suspect. Is he right?
Wild about Harry
This is the 13th book in the D.I. Angel Mystery series. A rich woman marries a man she barely knows. She disappears. It turns out that the man she married never existed in the first place. In an uncanny parallel, 4 men in a hotel are attacked in their sleep. At the same time, a hit man, The Fixer is on the loose. Inspector Angel and every law enforcement is alarmed.Book Series In Order » Characters » D.I. Angel Mystery