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Merciless - Heleyne Hammersley

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Two murders. One missing girl.

DI Kate Fletcher is called out to a freezing canal where a woman’s body is found floating in a lock.  With no identification, the police struggle to piece together the details of the woman’s life.

In Thorpe a daughter confesses to the murder of her father.  She says she helped him escape a painful death from liver cancer, but was her role more active than she claims?

As Kate and her team investigate, the links between the two cases are inescapable and everything seems to lead back to the disappearance of a teenager years earlier.

Then the main suspect vanishes….

Can Kate connect the events of past and present to bring the culprit to justice?

MY THOUGHTS

Merciless is the first book by Heleyne Hammersley which I have read and it is a corker. Although I haven’t read the previous book in the DI Kate Fletcher series, I felt that Merciless worked very well as a standalone, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous book, although like me, I’m sure you’ll want to once you’ve finished. Heleyne takes us on a tense ride as she explores two, seemingly unrelated crimes and the way in which she pulled them both together is what made this novel a really exciting read.

DI Kate Fletcher is called to a scene where the body of a woman has been pulled from a canal. As the investigation into the young woman’s death gets underway, Kate is called back to the station where another young woman has just confessed to the murder of her father. The two cases are both very different. As both investigations progress, Heleyne takes us back in time as we explore what went on in her character’s lives, which ultimately leads to the events which take place in the present day.

The tension in this book never lets up. It is a very quick read and it took me only a day to finish it. As we get to know the background of the story, I really wanted to know how and if the two cases were going to collide. There are some really well developed characters in this book and I liked that Heleyne gave them a real psychological depth; I had this feeling particularly with Caroline. There are definitely some characters that will get under your skin and I also thought it was interesting how Heleyne played with the feelings of the reader towards them. There were times when my opinions of the characters at the centre of the novel kept changing and this is what made the book a really engrossing read.

DI Kate Fletcher is certainly an exciting addition to the crime fiction world and I’m looking forward to finding out more about her. This was a really enjoyable novel from Heleyne Hammersley. Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read via Netgalley.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publication date: 23rd May 2018

Print length: 298 pages

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If Fear Wins by Tony J Forder blog tour @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook

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When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.

The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.

Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?

Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…

MY THOUGHTS

If Fear Wins is the third book in the DI Bliss and Chandler series by Tony J Forder. The novel opens with the discovery of a body in a country lane, and we learn that the victim has been killed in horrific circumstances. Tony opens the story with a series of questions that I wanted answered, who was the victim they had found, what did he do to deserve what had been inflicted on him?

Tony’s descriptive techniques really brought the scenery in this book to life. He paints the murder scene in vivid detail and I felt as though I was there, Tony reeled me into the story straight away.  After the initial discovery of the body, the police soon think that they know the identity of the victim after scouring local missing person’s reports, and again this opens up more questions for the police which pushes the plot forward.

As we entered the main phase of the investigation, I did feel that the pace in the novel slowed down a little, but Tony kept the intrigue there especially as DI Bliss began to examine the possible theories as to why the man was killed. Some of the ideas that the author explored here were quite alarming to think about, and I can certainly imagine some of the ideas that were put forward happening in real life.

I really liked DI Bliss and Chandler. I thought that they had a good working relationship and it is clear from their dialogue that they are characters who enjoy each other’s company, I’m definitely looking forward to finding to catching up with them again.

If Fear Wins is an intelligent, multi layered and tightly plotted story. I haven’t read the previous books in the series but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I will certainly be reading the first two books as soon as I can. Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to read.

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Publication date: 29th May 2018

Print length: 360 pages

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