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It was a person after all, but she was suspended in mid-air. Abi’s heart began to thump against her ribcage as the full horror of what she was seeing became apparent. Her shrill scream pierced the silence, startling birds into taking flight. ‘Help me!’ she cried. ‘Somebody please help!’

When beautiful and bright Hannah is late for their morning run, her best friend Abi thinks nothing of it. Hannah isn’t always that reliable – she’s probably just overslept.

But as Abi runs through the woods, following the same route she always does, she is greeted by a horrifying sight: Hannah’s body, swaying in the breeze.

Detective Rachel Hart is called to the scene. Something seems wrong from the start. Hannah’s friends and family insist that she had everything to live for, and no one has a bad word to say about her. But when murder is confirmed, and Rachel starts digging, she soon realises that there were plenty of people with reasons to want Hannah dead.

Then a second woman is found strangled in the same woods, and everything Rachel thought is thrown into doubt. Is there a serial killer at work?

Rachel is determined to find answers before another life is lost – all the time unaware that the killer’s sights are focussed firmly on her.

Can Rachel unravel the deadly game before she walks into a trap?

A breathtakingly twisty thriller for fans of Rachel Abbott, Cara Hunter and Angela Marsons.


This is my first encounter with both the author and Detective Rachel Hart but that works just fine as there is enough back story threaded through the book to allow you to just dive on in. A woman’s body is found hanging in the woods with all the hallmarks of a suicide. Yet the picture painted of the victim Hannah is not that of a suicidal personality, its just the opposite she was outgoing and in training it climb Mount Everest. The discovery of her body was made by her best friend who was out looking for her on their usual morning run session. Then another body is found , is there a connection that Rachel needs to uncover before more women die. Woven in to the story is the fact that Rachel’s sister has been missing for weeks which adds even more stress to Rachel as she ploughs through the investigation. Can Rachel discover the truth behind the deaths before more women die or will the killer remain elusive. A tense police procedural novel that throws up red heatings, wrong turns and keeps the killers identity secret till the very end. A twisted ending that is both shocking and breath taking in its revelation of the culprit. This is a book that keeps you engaged and transfixed till the very end, delivering a satisfying read that will see you wanting to read more of the same.

My thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bookouture for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Having signed with Bookouture in late 2018, my first book with them, Little Girl Missing, was published in June 2019 followed by the second in the Detective Rachel Hart series in October of the same year. The third book in the series, my seventh novel overall, is called Why She Died and is on pre-order prior to publication in May 2020.
I’m originally from Nottingham, where I have based a couple of my novels, but I am now resident in Berkshire and have used Reading and the surrounding area as the location for the DCI Rachel Hart series.
From the age of ten I had wanted to write fiction but left it until I was fifty-seven before self-publishing my first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then, proving it’s never too late to start something new.
When I’m not writing, I am a full-time presenter on QVC, the UK’s most successful shopping channel where I have worked for over twenty-six years. I also enjoy cooking, watching football, in particular my team Crystal Palace, gardening, and Pilates which is helping with my rehabilitation following recent ankle surgery. I’m an animal lover and a committed vegetarian for the past thirty-five years. 

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Bubbles of cold sweat trickled down Faye’s spine. The hole wasn’t empty. Before she could turn and run, she caught the two sightless eyes staring up at her. Only then did she scream.

When Faye Baker discovers a fragile child’s skull behind the walls of her new home, Detective Lottie Parker is called to investigate. The house has been owned for years by the family of Faye’s boyfriend Jeff, so when Jeff starts acting suspiciously, Lottie wonders what he might be hiding…

Lottie doesn’t have long to dig deeper before a child’s bones are found by eleven-year-old Gavin on nearby railway tracks. The bones don’t match the small skull behind the walls, but Lottie can’t ignore the coincidence. Someone out there must be missing their loved ones and it’s up to her to put right a terrible wrong.

Unable to shake a feeling of foreboding, Lottie goes to speak to Faye, and discovers that she hasn’t turned up for work. When Faye’s body is found stuffed in the back of her car, Lottie needs to find out who wanted her to keep quiet.

As Lottie hunts for Faye’s killer, the case takes a darker turn when Gavin goes missing. Faye and Gavin are connected only by the grisly body parts they discovered. But who are these little victims and why has their killer come back? Can Lottie find the answers before another precious life is taken?

This thrilling new novel from bestselling author Patricia Gibney will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. If you like Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll love Buried Angels.


From a prologue that grips you by the hands and drags you deeper within its pages you know this book will keep you captive till its last full stop. When a small skull is found walled up it falls to DI Lottie Parker and her team to investigate. Then a torso is discovered abandoned on a railway line by two school boys. Are they connected and more importantly who are they. If the team discover the identity of the body parts then the why they are dead and who killed them should surely follow. Someone will stop at nothing to keep the identity secret, a secret all the more poignant when it turns out to be the body of a child. Then the fresh killings start, the woman who found the skull Faye is murdered. Can Lottie and her team connect the dots and uncover who is keeping such a grisly secret or will the search for the truth remain out of reach. This is a captivating, tense book that just does not let up its relentless pace towards its goal of unmasking a killer. The book has lots of different ingredients that go towards making it a great thriller and as each one is added it comes together with flourish. Great characters , pace, tension, fear, hate, all are part of the mix.The twist that is added as an extra special ingredient is not just the icing on the cake its the luscious cherry on top of the cake. It’s brilliant, its devious and it lifts the book to a whole different level.

My thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bookouture for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime!

In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations.

Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.  


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The man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers don’t necessarily realise they are killers until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of questioning his own.
The murder investigation into the death of a young girl at Nottingham’s Goose Fair throws up several suspects, close to home and further away. The stream of inquiries spirals into a climax, and suddenly another young life hangs in the balance.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team prepare to do anything to stop further bloodshed. They are willing to use any means necessary, whether it be fair means or foul.
In his fourth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.  


There will be people out there who read the book who never knew a time before mobile phones, the internet as we know it and CCTV with big brother watching everywhere. This is a story of a time when if you didn’t have a house phone you used a phone box, where the police system HOLMES was still a toddler if you will and where hard slog and local knowledge was key to the police forces around the country. This book gives a stark view of policing and police procedures in that not so distant past. A girl is found murdered just on the outer edges of Nottingham Goose Fair and its down to Inspector Stark and his team to discover who she is and who killed her. Once the identity of the girl is discovered the quest for her killer can begin in earnest. One by one suspects become known to Stark and slowly they are questioned and eliminated. Anyone who knew the girl is a potential killer or are they as another girl goes missing. Do the team have a potential serial killer on the loose on their patch. The author paints a dark portrait of police fiction that delves into the ins and outs of a murder investigation . The camaraderie between not only the team itself but the station as a whole adds depth to the book. Even the level of banter and spite and jealousy that can make up a team is seen between the pages. A gritty, dark , tense book that keeps you guessing all the way through as to the who killed the girl.

My thanks to Sarah Hardy and BOTBS Publicity for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

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Twinkle twinkle, little lies,

How I see them in your eyes …

DS Khenan Malice believes his troubles are behind him. But it’s never that simple. This time … it’s personal. 

Detective Kelly Pietersen has decided anti-corruption is not for her. But her previous life hunts her down, sending her world spiralling out of control.

Twinkle is a pillar of the community and an ambassador for the church. She is also a woman for whom lying is a way of life, wrapping those around her in a complex web of deceit. To her it’s a deadly game.

Their paths cross when a decomposed body is discovered.

The past and the present collide with shattering consequences, leaving the three of them fighting for survival.  


Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies is no nursery rhyme that children should hear. The Twinkle in question is as far from the softness you expect with such a bright shiny name. Forget the Twinkle character of DINNERLADIES this incarnation has a soul as black as pitch. The second book to feature DS Malice and Detective Kelly Pietersen that sees them up against a seemingly untouchable angelic foe. A cold case finds its way to the desk of Malice and Kelly and its as they uncover the truth that they come face to face with Twinkle. A woman who portrays herself as pillar of the community, a woman on a mission to keep the youth of the parish from the evils of drugs and the street life that they may fall into. Malice and Kelly set about peeling back the layers that she surrounds herself with to get to the poisonous core. There is separate thread to the plot that sees the past Kelly left behind come back to darken her door , can she solve it on her own. Having given us the background to Malice in book one and now seeing more of Kelly in this book the author had laid foundations for a new series of books with two fun, complicated characters.As this book progresses and the plot line twists like washing on a windy day and it gets darker and darker. Full of psychological tension it speeds towards a tumultuous climax. Dark, twisted and utterly compulsive the this book will leave you enjoying the audacity of the author and his creativity.

My thanks to Sarah Hardy and BOTBS publicity for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy was the result. 

Rob published Those That RemainIn Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.

His latest work sees the introduction of a new set of characters – DS Khenan Malice and DC Kelly Pietersen. The first book in the series is titled Killing Pretties and the second is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lies. Both books will be published this year.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

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In pursuit of two young men accused of terrible hate crimes, Colter Shaw stumbles upon a clue to another mystery. In an effort to save the life of a young woman—and possibly others—he travels to the wilderness of Washington State to investigate a mysterious organization. Is it a community that consoles the bereaved? Or a dangerous cult under the sway of a captivating leader? As he peels back the layers of truth, Shaw finds that some people will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden. All the while, Shaw must unravel an equally deadly enigma: locating and deciphering a message hidden by his father years ago, just before his death—a message that will have life-and-death consequences

The second in an exciting new series, featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw – an iconic new character for our times


Today i find myself reviewing a book by one of the best crime thriller writers around so its a nerve wracking job to write a review for his latest book. So bare with me as i try to get my words down in some semblance of order and cohesion. This is the second adventure where we meet Colter Shaw but if its your first that’s ok it can be read as a standalone too. Colter is a man who weighs up the odds of most of the things he tackles in life. The odds of catching his man, the odds of causing chaos and the odds of surviving any given situation. His background gives him many varied skills that he comes to utilise in his job as a bounty/man hunter. The money involved is not important its the bringing to justice or seeking and finding his quarry he thrives on. Unfortunately what seems to be a simple find and bring them in job turns out into something much more complex and dangerous. Colter finds himself investigating a potential dangerous cult. Without contact with the outside world and without any of his usual means to defend himself he must uncover the truth behind the scenes. As he digs deeper he uncovers much more than bargained for, can he survive,can he uncover the cult for what they really are. You have to read the book to find out. Woven within the plot line are flashbacks to his past and the mystery surrounding his fathers death. So we also find him trying to uncover clues surrounding this too, nothing is too easy on him which ever way he goes. A complex character brought to life within a thrillingly tense encounter. Fast paced almost breathlessly so it packs a punch page after page delivering yet more of the brilliant craftsmanship that the author delivers over and over. With the ability to create believable and compelling characters that engage with the reader the author has gift wrapped in pages another brilliant protagonist. Both this and the previous book have started to lay Colter’s foundations as a brilliant protagonist and I’m sure further books will build and grow into a series to match and maybe eclipse Lee Childs Reacher novels.

My thanks to Anne Cater and Harper Collins publishers for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at http://www.JefferyDeaver.com

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Today on my blog i have not only my review of the book but also an extract. I hope you enjoy reading both and that you go buy the book it does not disappoint. First up though the all important book blurb, enjoy.


Repent in this life, rejoice in the next…’

A murder made to look like suicide. Another that appears an accident. DI Barton investigates the tragedies that have shattered a family’s lives, but without obvious leads the case goes nowhere. Then, when the remains of a body are found, everything points to one suspect.

Barton and his team move quickly, and once the killer is behind bars, they can all breathe a sigh of relief. But death still lurks in the shadows, and no one’s soul is safe. Not even those of the detectives…

How do you stop a killer that believes life is a rehearsal for eternity, and their future is worth more than your own…?

Ross Greenwood writes gritty, heart-pounding thrillers, with twists aplenty, and unforgettable endings. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

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Chapter 1

The Soul Killer

My earliest memory is from my reception year at school when I was five. That was twenty-five years ago. It was the day we broke up for Easter. Many people’s first recollections are dramatic or bad. Perhaps that’s why they stick in the mind. But it’s not the pain that remains vivid all these years later. It’s the shock and confusion. I simply didn’t understand. However, I believe that was the moment I realised I might be capable of murder.
My mother picked me up from school, and we marched back together. We never held hands, but we talked. Well, she talked. The air of tension around her was already present. It matched the stark streets where we lived. She asked what I’d done that day. My eyes watered with the cold wind as I struggled to remember. When we reached home and entered the narrow kitchen, I opened my satchel and stared at the small Easter basket that I’d made. I stroked the shiny surface of the foil egg, knowing on some level I should keep it hidden.
‘What’s that in there?’ she said.
Guile is beyond most young children, and I was no different so I closed my bag.
‘Give it to me.’ She grabbed the handles, removed the little cardboard box, and held it as though it might detonate.
‘I made that,’ I said.
‘I warned the school about this sort of thing. They’ll regret not listening to me.’
I didn’t see her point and I was desperate to have the basket. ‘Can you give it back to me, please?’
‘It’s confiscated.’
I remember thinking that I owned it. I’d built it using cardboard and foil with the other boys and girls in the classroom. The sense of excitement in the air as we’d queued to leave that afternoon had prickled my skin. The teacher had helped me with my coat and wished me happy Easter but although I’d heard the phrase many times in lessons, the idea of Easter being happy confused me. Easter, when mentioned at home, was said with solemn awe, and triggered fear in me. There was no talk of chocolate and Cadbury’s creme eggs.
I knew not to upset my mother. She never shouted, but I would receive a look – one that warned me of impending discipline, which would stay on her face, sometimes for days, before I received my penance. My brain hunted for something to say.
‘It’s for a joyful Easter.’
She stopped in the doorway. I’d heard the word joy many times at church, but her reply was a growl. ‘We do not celebrate it in that way. Don’t let me hear you mention it again.’
‘Why not? I want to be happy. I want to be like other children.’
Back then, I hadn’t learned the value of silence. I also hadn’t learned that I wasn’t like other children. Only my father was relatively normal in our house.
She returned to stand in front of me. Her ageless brown shirt and jacket combined with severely pulled back greying hair made her seem featureless, despite the large glasses she wore. Perhaps these enabled her to see sin more clearly. Through these her piercing light blue eyes stared down and, with total certainty, she made things abundantly clear.
‘God does not approve of that. It’s for pagans. We are pure.’
At that moment, I decided I’d be a pagan. And I still wanted what I made. A flash of pure rage swept through me, I believe for the first time. My foot lashed out, and I kicked her in the shin. Quiet seconds followed. It’s hard to remember if she smiled or grimaced. Whatever, I cowered to my knees and wrapped my hands around her thick tights. She kicked my arms away.


Hello again DCI Barton and team nice to have you back. Yes this is the second book in the series but works as well as a standalone. You may find you’re curious about the previous book THE SNOW KILLER which i was also privileged to review on my blog way back in November so check it out. In this encounter Barton is called to the scene of a suspected suicide which to all intents and purposes that’s what it looks like. Then another seemingly unrelated death occurs , and another. What is the reasons behind them and if they are connected then who is it becomes the biggest question. The story is told from two points of view, the killer and Barton. As it unfolds you get to see both sides of the story which gives insights into the minds of both those involved. The chapters from the killer POV give us insight into his life and the events that shaped him to the man he has become. The chapters from Barton POV help us see the man who tracks down the bad guy and type of character he is that drives him to do the job he does. The investigating team are all still coming to terms with the events in the previous book but that helps give you more insight to how the author is crafting them to become a believable, creditable set of characters. As the clues unfold and the identity of the killer is revealed the team must look deeper for the ways and means they need to bring them to justice. The killer proves to be a worthy adversary for Barton and brings out the best in him as a police officer. Fast paced, unpredictable, tense it serves up a great psychological thriller with a flourish of an ending.

My thanks to Rachel Gilbey and Boldwood Books for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough. 

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After ten years in prison for his wife’s murder, Brian Armstrong is free.

When a freak accident with the prison transport gives him and two others an opportunity to escape, they seize it. With revenge in his heart, Brian disappears into the storm-filled city. After an ex-schoolteacher is found dead, Detective John Steel is brought in to investigate.

The circumstances are mysterious – just the way Steel likes it. His partner Samantha McCall is convinced the timing between the escape and the death of the teacher are more than coincidence. As they start to investigate, the case becomes more complex than they could have ever imagined. With time running out, can they find the killer and bring him to justice?


This is my first encounter with Steel although it is book three in the series, that being said its great to read as a a standalone on its own merits. John Steel is as mysterious and enigmatic a character as the events he is investigating. No one really knows that much about him just the pieces he allows them to know. A man haunted by his past yet made stronger for it and more fierce in his quest for justice. Having the means at his disposal that mean work is not needed Steel is not a man to stay at home and live the life of a wanton playboy, he is a man of much greater character. In this book we find him and his partner Samantha investigate a seemingly random series of events that as they unfold we find are intricately connected. Can they untwist those connections before the body count rises. Can they bring those responsible to justice and save the day. John Steel is the sort of main fictional character most women would love to see brought to life on screen. Dashing, charming,devoted,steely i could wax lyrical over him even more yet the author somehow in a way i cant quite put my finger on saves him from being too overblown. He is a character that will appeal to all who read him, a sort of Bruce Wayne/Batman kind of figure. It’s a tense,action packed thriller that will keep you guessing one twist after the other till the very end. We also bear witness to flashbacks from his past throughout the the book with an ending that leaves you wondering will Steel ever be whole again. A book to devour and enjoy in an afternoon. I cannot wait to catch up with Steel in book four which i hope wont be too long coming.

My thanks to Emma Welton and Stuart Field for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Stuart Field was born in the UK, in the West Midlands. He spent his early years in the army, seeing service in all the known (and some unknown) hotspots around the world. He now lives in Germany with his wife Ani. When not engaged in highly confidential security work, he writes thrillers which perhaps mimic his life-experience more than the reader would like to believe.

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Mysterious marina accidents. Destroyed evidence. Can a tenacious reporter decipher the twisted clues at a small-town lake?

Jordan Reed is burned out from all the attention on her previous high-profile story. But when a new lead lands in her lap, she reluctantly postpones her vacation to investigate a classic New England marina. With hundreds of dead fish washing up on Copper Lake’s otherwise pristine shores, Jordan suspects a sinister cover-up.

But by the time she arrives on the scene, she’s surprised to discover the police chief eliminated every last carcass and seems hellbent on blocking her inquiries. And her search for the culprit takes a perilous turn when gambling kingpins descend on the city and a string of unexplained calamities plague the docks.

Can Jordan expose the corruption, or will she be the next to go belly-up?

Lake Effect is the second book in the fast-paced Jordan Reed mystery series. If you like steely female sleuths, gripping action, and clever twists that’ll keep you guessing, then you’ll love K.C. Gillis’s page-turning mystery.

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The second book in the adventures of Jordan Reed investigative reporter yet easy enough to read as a standalone novel. Looking forward to her holiday and some much needed down time following her last massive investigation Jordan is reluctant to start something new. Unfortunately for her but lucky for us her inquisitive nature gets the best of her and she finds herself in a fishy situation. Asked to look at pictures of dead fish as a favour to her friend she ends up in deep water. The scene of the devastation is close to a marina , a marine beset by seemingly random accidents. Yet are they or is there a more sinister source behind them. It’s down to the feisty, unrelenting and tenacious reporter to uncover the truth. Jordan soon finds herself mired in the unfolding events, can she find out who is behind them before its too late. Read the book and find out if she succeeds. It a fast paced book that will keep you hooked as the events start to unfold quickly around our heroine. An enjoyable way to spend couple of hours on a quiet afternoon at home on the sofa.

My thanks to Emma Welton for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



K.C. (Kevin) Gillis is the author of the Jordan Reed mystery series. Despite being a lifelong lover of stories and books, writing took a distant back seat as his professional career travelled through the Canadian Air Force, a decade as a chemist, followed by a long and continuing run in corporate America. With writing no longer in the back seat (but not quite yet in the front seat), Kevin how has the Jordan Reed series well under way. His personal interests focus on endurance and water sports. Having grown up in the Canadian Maritimes, he now lives in the US northeast with his wife, teenagers and a pair of black cats.

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The streets of Greater Manchester are awash with drugs and weapons, and the gangs that control this multi-million poundbusiness will stop at nothing to protect and grow their business. The Dolsen family are one such gang.

When the head of a rival Yardie gang is found brutally murdered, revenge attacks were always likely to follow, and gang members were unlikely to be the only ones hurt.

DCI Priest teams up with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA); but they soon admit to conflicting objectives which may unravel their alliance, and prove to it be more of a hindrance than a help.

Was DCI Priest was about to undertake his most challenging investigation to date?


This is a new to me author so it’s my first encounter with DCI Priest and although it is part of a series of books i enjoyed it as a standalone read. There is trouble brewing on the streets of Manchester, not unusual for the DCI and his team only this time its about to get bloody and violent. A man is found brutally murdered who is also head of one of the main gangs to control the streets of Manchester. This means there could be a war fuelled by vengeance between rival gangs so Priest and his team must work alongside SOCA to stop things escalating. The story follow the teams for months, there is no quick fix as it involves hours of investigation and undercover work. The fact its spread out gives the reader a sense of the timescale involved in such an investigation. This is not TV where cases are wrapped up in an hour it is how in reality cases are long and time consuming. The story does not lose its pace as you read, it keeps you engrossed and thrilled as the case takes shape. I really enjoyed the thread of humour woven into the story it gave a sense of realism to the interaction between team members. It made the characters more believable and substantial to me. The description of one of the murders sent shivers down my spine as i seemed to almost feel the pain rising off the pages. They didn’t deter my reading they made me want to get to the truth and the end to see if Priest and his team got their targets. Compulsive reading for any crime enthusiasts, it will keep you engrossed to the very end.

My thanks to Emma Welton for my copy of the book , as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.



Mark Pettinger is a crime fiction writer of the DCI Priest novels. His debut The Decalogue entered the Amazon Bestseller Top 100 list in December 2015, and the Top 10 on the sub-genre of ‘police procedurals’.

Mark was born in a maternity ward attached to RAF Manston in Kent. His father was in the Royal Air Force, and for the first few years of his life, he lived on a number of RAF bases on the east coast of the UK with his parents and sister. Skip forward a few years; now married and with children he lives in a small village in East Yorkshire.

Fitting his writing around his ‘day job’; Mark’s writing pattern is somewhat sporadic, and he writes when he can, which currently is in hotel rooms / foyer, or in an airport lounge trying to keep one eye on the departure board to ensure he doesn’t miss his flight!

Mark’s interest in the murky world of crime started a number of years ago when he was attracted to reading true crime. He became fascinated with the exploits of the Yorkshire Ripper, Dennis Nilsen, John Wayne Gacy, Andrei Chikatilo etc. An avid reader of many genre’s, but his attention turned to favouring crime fiction; and his reading list includes Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Lynda La Plante, Jo Nesbo, and latterly CJ Tudor (for something just that little bit special).

Mark has openly credited Ian Rankin as the primary inspiration for not only stirring his interest in reading crime fiction, but also ‘picking up the pen’.

Mark has published two hugely successful crime fiction novels: The Decalogue in 2012, and Tick Tock, Time’s Up in 2015. Long overdue, critics have noted, Mark published the third instalment in the DCI Priest series Paper Soldiers in March 2020.

Next on his list is a standalone crime thriller, due for publication in summer 2021.

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