It is such a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake today! Many thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for the opportunity and for the review copy!
Author : Malcolm Hollingdrake
Title : Crossed Out
Series : DCI Bennett #6
Pages : 264
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : January 28, 2018
DCI Bennett and his team are back and called to a house in Ripon that has collapsed into a sinkhole where a body is discovered.
Soon old weathered Remembrance Crosses are found dug up. Each one numbered.
DC April Richmond is assigned to help the team due to her impressive biblical knowledge and soon makes a startling discovery.
Meanwhile, Gideon Fletcher is walking around the streets of Harrogate distributing religious texts. Is there a link between Gideon and the crosses? Do the crosses have anything to do with the body in the house?
Bennett and the team find themselves wondering if the killer is exacting revenge or punishment and whatever the answer, they soon realise the clock is ticking.
After a house collapses due to subsidence, a body is discovered. And old weathered Remembrance Crosses are being found all around Harrogate. Each one is numbered and comes with a little something extra. There seems to be some religious connotation and the team gets help from DC April Richmond who’s biblical knowledge is seriously impressive. How are these things connected though? Meanwhile, Cyril is also forced to confront his past after receiving a letter and Shakti is trying to find a missing girl.
I can’t believe this is already book 6 in the DCI Bennett series! By now, it truly feels like catching up with old friends. I must say, Owen continues to steal the show and my heart and he features quite a bit in this story. Lucky me! The banter between him and Bennett always puts a smile on my face. Admittedly, I felt a little wary about the introduction of April, who’s clearly coming in to replace Liz (aw, Liz, we miss you!), but she actually fits into the team really well and I look forward to getting to know her character better.
I do so enjoy a story with a religious nutter. There’s just no telling what they’ll do next and I always find it fascinating to see what their motivations are. This case here is an incredibly complex puzzle and I’m now firmly aware that I would make an absolutely awful detective as I couldn’t figure things out at all. The gripping investigation and various layers held my attention throughout and I love how Malcolm Hollingdrake is able to light the mood occasionally to give us a well-earned break from all the crazy.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Not only are the investigations always interesting and compelling but the character development is so brilliantly done that it’ll keep you coming back for more. I can’t wait to meet up with Bennett and Owen again!
Crossed Out is available for purchase!
You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyoneborn in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.
Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has seven books now available, as well as Only The Dead and Hell’s Gate also being available in Audio.
Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.
Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.