I am delighted to share my review with you today on the last day of Threadbare Blog Tour
The team is seeing changes. Cyril is away and for the second time, Owen finds himself in charge of the investigation. An elderly gentleman dies of a snake bite and unfortunately his carer is also attacked. The second murder is a shooting, an unusual weapon being used, again an elderly victim.
A photograph of four friends celebrating a win at the Great St Wilfred’s Stakes at Ripon races in 1986 seems to be significant, but the relevance, at first, is lost in the investigation.
Another victim, one of the friends in the photograph, is found dead in his home. Only one of the friends remains alive and Owen and his team fight against time to prevent his murder.
The investigation is hampered by two siblings, the Bostock brothers, who have a history of rivalry and hatred; one of them is in the Ripon races photograph.
DS April Richmond’s biblical knowledge proves critical in solving the crime. The snake, Lilith, conjures the Garden of Eden. Two more fatalities occur before the crimes are solved and the motive is revealed.
First of all I have to say that that I have missed some of this series out. But never the less it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of this story. Which can easily be read has a stand alone.
The story starts off with romance with Cyril and Julie. Then things take a turn and we are thrown into an unexpected crime investigation when an elderly man dies from a snake bite and that’s just for starters. So if you have a snake phobia this story will certainly make you feel uncomfortable.
The author paints a picture with artist descriptions making you feel part of the story. Harrogate is a beautiful place and I love that this series is set here.
This is a story full of twists and turns, just when you think you have it all worked out the author throws in twist that throws you off track keeping you guessing until the end.
Threadbare is a brilliant who-dun-it story with plenty of police procedural and a unique story line. Which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Caroline for a copy and for inviting me to take part on the tour
‘Hollingdrake is to Harrogate what Rankin (Rebus) is to Edinburgh – able to build a realistic landscape to portray his characters against – I love the way the characters are evolving, the pace is good and the plots compelling. Enjoy!’ – John Robson
A review for the Harrogate Crime Series:
‘An excellent, well-written, twisty tale again in the DCI Bennett series. Nicely revealed plot and I’m enjoying the continuing personal stories interwoven into the crime story. If you love your UK crime, I’d suggest starting this series from book 1, it’s a cracker!‘ – Donna Dee – America
The Harrogate Crime Series:
#1 Only the Dead ~ https://amzn.to/39FSsdx
#2 Hell’s Gate ~ https://amzn.to/3bPRexM
#3 Flesh Evidence ~ https://amzn.to/2JyGVCe
#4 Game Point ~ https://amzn.to/3dVcQus
#5 Dying Art ~ https://amzn.to/39CBrRH
#6 Crossed Out ~ https://amzn.to/2X37szH
#7 The Third Breath ~ https://amzn.to/3dVdc4g
#8 Treble Clef ~ https://amzn.to/2R7Br5N
#9 Threadbare ~ https://amzn.to/342rPOL
About the Author
You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone 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.
He has written a number of successful short stories, has nine books now available and is presently writing the eighth crime novel set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels.
Currently, Malcolm is writing a new series which is set in Merseyside.
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 is a hobby he has bestowed upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.