by Matt Brolly
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Expected publication: February 14th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
In a small town full of secrets, everyone’s a suspect.
When a body is discovered, bled dry on a beach, the sleepy seaside town of Weston-super-Mare wakes up to a nightmare. For Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell, recently transferred to the town she last saw as a child, it’s her first case on the job.
The victim—Veronica Lloyd, an elderly volunteer at a local church—has puncture wounds to her hands. When a priest is found killed in a nearby church in a similarly grisly condition, it becomes clear that Blackwell is dealing with a righteous and bloody murderer. But the victims aren’t random. The killer has a vendetta and is hell-bent on exacting twisted revenge for a dark secret dating back years—and there are more murders planned.
As the body count rises, Blackwell faces a race against time to solve the mystery of the murderer’s identity and put an end to the carnage. She thought she knew Weston, but the town holds more secrets than she’d ever have imagined. Who can she trust and who knows more than they are letting on?
She must discover the crimes that unite the victims—before it’s too late.
This is the first book in the Detective Inspector Louise Blackwell series by Matt Brolly.
I’ll tell you one thing, Matt Brolly sure makes it easy to dislike one of his characters. One of Louise’s foils when this starts off is a colleague who made her look bad months earlier and then took the position she was a shoe-in for. Now, he is continually harassing her. What a schmuck! Since this is only book one, and I am sure the struggle between them will not be solved in quick measure. I really can’t wait for the story that reveals this character’s true colors. Most of the police force seem to have blinders on where this character is concerned.
So, when a ritual killing turns up in her new backyard, the higher ups in the police department want to call in those they think are more knowledgable and of course, that team is headed up by Louise’s old nemesis.
With the pressure on, Louise is out to prove to herself and her colleagues that she can solve this complex case. It is a super gripping read. Get ready to stay up late to finish this if you read late in the evening.
Definitely excited by this new series by Brolly. I also enjoy his other series, DCI Michael Lambert. I love finding new to me authors who put out such great work. This is a series I will continue to pick up in the future. So good!
If you love a good mystery suspense thriller or detective fiction/police procedural, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.