Delighted to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood. My thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for the opportunity to join and my review copy.
Author : D.K. Hood
Title : Bring Me Flowers
Series : Detectives Kane and Alton #2
Pages : 314
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : February 26, 2018
Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Altonis called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.
With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.
The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living among them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.
As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home.
Bring Me Flowers is the second book in the Detectives Kane and Alton series and while I don’t feel you’d be missing out on too much if you’ve not read the first one, I think you should pick it up anyway because it’s good. And this one, in my opinion, is even better!
It’s been a quiet few months in the town but that is about to change. It seems someone is targeting young girls, viciously murdering them and displaying their bodies in a pretty gruesome way for anyone to find. The town residents are afraid as it looks like anyone could be next. But who is after the girls? Why? And how do they always seem to know where to find them in the first place? Kane and Alton have very little to go on as the killer isn’t leaving them any clues to work with. As harsh as it sounds, it looks like they may have to wait for the killer to strike again and hope they make a mistake.
This is such a tense ride and a thrilling investigation that kept me guessing until the end. While the detectives at some point do have a list of suspects, including a bunch of hot and sweaty cowboys, I considered them all to be too obvious but couldn’t for the life of me figure out who the culprit was supposed to be and when they were finally revealed, I almost smacked my forehead in one of those “duh, should have seen that coming” moments. Cleverly done!
We are also introduced to a new member of the team. A widower trying to raise three young daughters while also working as the medical examiner and a computer expert in between. He’s a very busy man and I thoroughly enjoyed his arrival. I felt he fit into this small team perfectly and I look forward to getting to know him better as I’m pretty sure there’s more to his story and his sudden appearance in the town. I do still have a few niggles about Jenna as she’s a little wishy-washy for me at times, going from making sure everyone knows she’s the fierce sheriff in town to seemingly being this little girl lost waiting for her knight in shining armour. Then again, she does maybe suffer from PTSD due to events in the previous book and what do I know about that anyway? Nothing, in case you wondered. And my confusing feelings about Jenna have no effect whatsoever on my reading experience.
While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I must say I thought this one was far better and I really liked how it refers to modern technology and warns about the potential dangers. This is a well-paced and suspenseful crime fiction story that had me completely engrossed. A excellent addition to the series and I can’t wait to read the next book and see where this team goes next!
Bring Me Flowers was published on February 26th.
I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.
My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.
D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.