Happy Thursday everybody!
Excited to share with you today my review four the first book in this new police procedural! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and to Graham Smith for his wonderful words!🚨
He’d found an angel for his collection. But one angel at a time was never enough…
Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.
The entire police force are on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.
As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, she knows she’s in a race against time.
But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?
A tenacious young detective with scars both physical and emotional, Beth Young will stop at nothing in her fight for justice for the innocent. The Silent Dead is the first book in the series. Set in the Lake District, it is perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and Peter James.
this was one twisted, dark and disturbing start to a new police procedural series!
This is the first book in a new series, featuring young newbie detective Beth Young…. The mystery was twisted, sick, and sadistic… what compels a man to stage a body with a burnt mouth and wings attached to their back? Yes, actual wings! Makes you wonder what goes on in the mind of this brilliant author, Graham Smith….
The story is told primarily from the point of view of Beth… however, we also get some creepy insight from another undisclosed character… this gruesome prime appeared to have no pattern, the victims appeared to be chosen at random…. The detectives were baffled as was I, but Beth seem to have an unusual way of puzzling crimes out…
I really like the fact that Beth was a brand new eager detective, she was not yet disheartened… however, I’m not sure that the team would have given her as much respect and responsibility as they did in this book, although it would be nice… Additionally I really had a hard time connecting two Beth… we really got very little of her backstory both personal and professional… we really didn’t get a look into her personal life at all, but there is room for that in future books and this does leave her with lots of room for growth… A solid start to a brand new series…
Recommend to anybody who is a fan of this author, this genre, or sick sadistic crimes!
*** Big thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel – The Silent Dead is published by Bookouture and set in Cumbria / the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.
He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
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