You know when you really like a series, and by like, I mean love, and can't wait for the next instalment, but you also try to savour it, making it last until you hopefully get one more book eked into the series? Well this is one of mine. Although we have been lucky enough to not have to wait long, it was long enough.
Also, again, look at the cover, isn't it tempting?
Malcolm is one of my favourite authors and he came up with another masterful plot for a book. As always Malcolm takes an every day object and uses it to his advantage to make a crime that you wouldn't think would be possible. With his attention to detail and twisted crimes it made for a highly clever and intensive read.
There was a point in the book, where I could have slapped my head, and gone of course! When it clicked as to who was behind the crimes.
This is the fourth in the series (Only the Dead, Hells Gate, and Flesh Evidence), and I can sincerely say that it is the best, it took me in and churned up my emotions, and as much of a page turner it was, I didn't always want to know the outcome. When I did, it was with trepidation and fear, then within a few pages again, the emotions turned.
Cyril and Owen are brilliant partners and having read the previous books, this was pacey, gripping and I really felt the tension of the case with Cyril as he helped unravel what was going on to save his team member.
I hope we see more from Malcolm, this really is a series that goes from strength to strength.
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.