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Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for DEAD AND GONE by Stephen Puleston.  This is book 9 in the Inspector Drake Series and is a gripping addition to a brilliant series.

DEAD AND GONE (Inspector Drake #9)

Format – Kindle
Publisher Puleston Publishing
Publication Date – 20th October 2022
Genre – Crime thriller, mystery and suspense
Author – Stephen Puleston

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A woman’s body lying in a roadside ditch. Soon after one of her work colleagues is murdered at an ancient castle. Can Inspector Drake discover what connects them before more deaths?

Llinos Malton works with Annie, Inspector Drake’s partner, but her absence from work is troubling until her body is discovered in a roadside ditch. Is it more than a hit and run? Another of Annie’s colleagues, John Smyth, is missing but there is nothing to suggest foul play until his body is discovered in the grounds of an ancient Welsh castle.

Relationships made decades previously suggest there could be more to Smyth’s background. When the team discover Smyth’s links to some nasty extremists learning more about Smyth is urgent. And is Malton involved too? Drake faces pressure from his superior officer to focus on one suspect.

The death of an extremist linked to the inquiry suggests it is unconnected to the first two deaths but Drake’s instinct tells him the inquiry is more complex than first appears.

With the spotlight on the department where Annie works Drake can’t avoid Annie being involved and when he identifies the killer Annie’s life may well be at risk. It means a race against time to capture the killer.

Dead and Gone is the ninth book in the dynamic Inspector Drake crime series. If you like clever mysteries, great plots and believable characters then you’ll love Stephen Puleston’s Ian Drake novels.

My Review

Another brilliant addition to the Inspector Drake series by Stephen Puleston.  This series just gets better and better.

The body of a woman is found.  Was it a hit and run or murder?  As Drake begins to investigate he realises that this case is close to home, far too close for comfort and when his friend’s body is found his gut feeling is that the 2 cases are linked but his boss doesn’t agree.

As the investigations progress we find there are many twists and turns, red herrings, secrets, revenge and love all thrown into the mix for Drake and his team to sort out.  Certainly a gripping story that kept me on the edge of my seat not knowing what to expect next.

The team continues to develop and I really liked how Annie was more to the forefront in this book.

Realistic characters each with a unique personality and a gripping story that kept the adrenaline pumping – definitely 5 stars from me.


Stephen Puleston was born in Holyhead/Caergybi, Ynys Môn, in Wales. After leaving university he trained and practised as a lawyer.

He is now a full time author presently writing two crime series. Both are based in Wales, a country rich in history and spectacular scenery.

The Inspector Ian Drake books involve a detective inspector based in North Wales, the area where he was born and raised, who faces his own demons while solving gruesome murders.

The Inspector John Marco series follows the adventures of John Marco an inspector based in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. He’s from a Welsh-Italian family catching the killers at large in the bustling city of Cardiff.

All the novels in the Inspector Drake and Marco series are available as audiobooks. All are narrated by experienced professional actors.

Stephen lives with his family in Ynys Môn/Anglesey.

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