BLOG TOUR: Crossed Out by Malcolm Hollingdrake

I am very pleased to have been invited on the #blogtour for this brilliant addition to the DCI Cyril Bennett series.  I do love this series and I wasn’t disappointed with this book.  It is another fast paced, adrenaline pumping read.

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9781912175857_previewBook Description

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.

My Review

I love the Cyril Bennett series by Malcolm Hollingdrake and was looking forward to reading this new addition to the series and I wasn’t disappointed.

Small, numbered wooden crosses are turning up all over the area with a small bag of red hair attached what do they mean?  When bodies start turning up with more red hair Cyril and his team start hunting for more clues.

There is a new addition to the team, April, who is immediately a significant addition when it becomes clear her biblical knowledge is going to be very useful in solving the case.  I love the way April slots in to the team more or less seamlessly given the problems the team are having recovering from the loss of Liz.

The team members continue to develop and I love the way they all fit together perfectly no flies in the ointment in this team.  Cyril has had big problems coming to terms with the death of Liz and Julie is his rock.  I love how the relationship is working out and the support she gives to Cyril.  We learn a little about his past in this book which goes to make him more human.  He is a complex character but very human.

The story is fast paced as the team search for clues and start to put the pieces together but are there too many pieces just what is the link to the victims and what has the Pyramid grave got to do with it?  As the story hots up we join the team in the hunt for clues to who is behind all the goings on.  There is a real curve ball hidden in the story are the team looking in the wrong direction?  Will they work it out before more people die?

Another excellent book by the talented Malcolm Hollingdrake I am looking forward to more in this series.  Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

25443256_390873581368019_684390989365548070_nAuthor Bio

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born 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 four books now available. 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.

I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed an extended publishing deal with Bloodhound Books for the Harrogate based DCI Cyril Bennett novels.
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I am now working on the next Bennett novel whilst still in search of a painting or two.

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