His First His Second - A. D. Davies

His First His Second

By A. D. Davies

  • Release Date: 2014-11-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 235 Ratings


Meet Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend. She’s nice. Too nice to be a police officer, if she’s honest.

Now assigned to DI Donald Murphy’s team, the annoyingly-perky detective finds herself in the grip of a northern British winter, investigating the kidnap-murders of two young women - both strikingly similar in appearance. When a third is taken, they have less than a week to chip away the secrets of a high-society family, and uncover the killer’s objective.

But Richard - the father of the latest victim - believes the police are not moving quickly enough, so launches a parallel investigation, utilising skills honed in a dark past that is about to catch up with him.

As Richard’s secret actions hinder the police, Alicia remains in contact, and even starts to fall for his charms, forcing her into choices that will impact the rest of her life.

For a chilling serial killer thriller with a quirky main character, pick up His First His Second today!

˃˃˃ Reviews

CrimeFictionLover.com “An intriguing mix of police procedural and serial killer thriller, that will tease, involve and unnerve you. An entertaining and intriguing debut.”

Undercover Book Reviews: “Want a book with twists and turns? This is the one. It will not disappoint.”


Q: Alicia Friend is kind of an oddball, isn’t she?

A: I’d say she’s unique. She knows who she wants to be and she doesn’t compromise, but most police officers she meets are dour and grumpy, and she sees how that impacts their personal lives. She doesn’t want to be as hard-nosed as many women sleuths in fiction, so radiates the sort of perkiness that sometimes grates on her fellow officers. But it’s who she is.

Q: Despite having a quirky woman sleuth as main character, the novel goes to some dark places.

A: Yes. I found that at one point I was trying to include ALL my research, and I’m really aiming for a thrill ride more than a straight police procedural. I originally included the sort of forensic details you get with Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, but it wasn’t right for this book. I keep it as accurate as possible, but it’s about the characters and how they uncover secrets, both externally and within the police.

Q: So who is your ideal reader?

A: Fans of serial killer fiction in general. If you like James Patterson, PJ Tracy or Steven James, Mark Billingham or Ian Rankin, Alicia Friend’s series could be worth checking out.

Q: What levels of violence and bad language are there?

A: Some of the violence is graphic, but the language … that goes as strong as references to one’s posterior and some faecal synonyms, if you get my meaning. No “F” or “C” words, as I don’t think Alicia’s audience appreciates that.

Q: And how, exactly, do you come up with a character like Alicia?

A: She is based on a real person. But very loosely. The essence is there, although I had to invent certain aspects for dramatic effect. The parts from real life are: a ditzy, perky outer shell, yet possesses a fierce intelligence, true dedication, and being brilliant at her job.

Q: So the real Alicia Friend is a serving police officer?

A: No, she isn’t. And if she was, I certainly wouldn’t say so here.

Alicia Friend Books in Order:

His First His Second

In Black In White

With Courage With Fear

A Friend in Spirit

To Hide To Seek (novella for summer 2018)


  • His first his second

    By Clean romancer
    Really good mystery. Had me going until the end. Lots of inter-related mysteries that tie together in the end. Hard to put down.
  • His first. His second

    By j16091
  • His First His Second

    By getlt
    I enjoyed reading this book!!!!
  • His First His Second

    By Chus729
    Excellent book. Always looking for an author I haven’t read and this book didn’t disappoint.
  • Crime/thriller

    By A Hoosier and a Cheesehead
    Great writing!!!
  • His First His Second

    By whitedog7
    Wonderful page turner. Lots of suspects, 3 different crimes within one. The author kept you guessing til the end. Started reading and didn’t quit until I finished at 4am.
  • Loved it.

    By Masumeh G
    Yes, I actually loved it. Really. Much better than I was expecting. Full of the best kind of quirks and twists.
  • His First His Second

    By Spaghetti & Meatballs
    Brilliant! Nothing prepares you for how this story turns out. Absolutely NOTHING! Wonderfully written. I’m hooked.
  • Review

    By MaggieZed
    Dear Mr. A. D. Davies, I read your book titled 'His first, his second.' with great pleasure. Your writing is so fresh, your characters too. I hate torture, think you do like it but you didn't go into dreadful long periods that creeped me. Lots of interesting plot changes. I am about to read the next two books in this series. Wish you well Mr. A. D. So glad I picked your book! Maggie Zed.