**BLOG TOUR** Untainted Blood by Liz Mistry
Reviews / 31st August 2017

What the publisher says: In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount  after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election. However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture. As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus. Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them? DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.   What I say: Untainted Blood is the third in the DI Gus McGuire series of books. Like the previous novels, the setting is Bradford and the characters are drawn from the diverse local population. It is clear that the author knows the city, and it’s inhabitants, well and she interweaves them into the book in such a way that the reader feels they know them…

Trust Me by Angela Clarke
Reviews / 2nd June 2017

What the publisher says: YOU SAW IT HAPPEN. DIDN’T YOU? What do you do if you witness a murder…but no-one believes you? When Kate sees a horrific murder streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who her killer is. Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but tensions in the police force are running high and time is ticking. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected? Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series. What I say: I had been looking forward to this novel enormously and I am relieved to say I was not disappointed.  Follow Me and Watch Me were interlinked stories where it helped to have read the first before reading the second but Trust Me is an entirely new story.  The relationship between Freddie and Nas…

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons
Reviews / 11th May 2017

What the publisher says: When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found. But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late? An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat. What I say: Somehow I had not heard of this series before. I have no idea why not. From the…

Watch Me by Angela Clarke
Reviews / 20th March 2017

What the publisher says: YOU HAVE SIX SECONDS TO READ THIS MESSAGE… The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears. This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing. DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking. YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO SAVE THE GIRL’S LIFE. MAKE THEM COUNT.     What I say: Freddie and Nas are back.  After their success in catching Apollyon the pair have gone their separate ways, Freddie back to her parents house to recover from her injuries and Nas has moved to another division of the police. Nas receives a Snapchat message threatening the life of her boss’ sister.  It becomes apparent that the death of another young girl was in fact murder despite the intial belief that it was suicide.  Nas realises that she needs Freddie’s help and sets off to involve her.  Freddie instantly confirms what Nas had…

Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt
Reviews / 14th January 2017

What the publisher says: The small city of Stockleigh is in shock as three women are brutally attacked within days of each other. Are they random acts of violence or is there a link between the victims? For Detective Eden Berrisford, it’s her most chilling case yet. The investigation leads Eden to cross paths with Carla, a woman trying to rebuild her life after her marriage to a cruel and abusive man ended in unimaginable tragedy. Her husband Ryan was imprisoned for his crimes but, now he’s out and coming for her. As Eden starts to close in on the attacker, she also puts herself in grave danger. Can she stop him before he strikes again? And can Carla, terrified for her life, save herself – before the past wreaks a terrible revenge?         What I say: I was intrigued to read this book as I had enjoyed Mel Sherratt’s previous novel which introduced DS Eden Berrisford and her family. I loved that Eden was a strong female character who took no nonsense from anyone and I was pleased to see that this novel continued in the same vein, as early on in the book Eden takes…