HELL’S GATE by MALCOLM HOLLINGDRAKE #BlogTour #BloodhoudBooks #BlogHounds @BloodhoundBooks @MHollingdrake

I would like to thank Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. It has been a pleasure, a WOW and OMG sorry but loved this book!


A disused railway tunnel where, cruel and sinister deeds are executed.

A policeman on a mission.

A killer who will stop at nothing.

The formidable DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen of Harrogate Police find themselves embroiled in a series of bizarre events.

A domestic dog attack on a child soon leads to a more complex case – the macabre discovery of a jigsaw of featureless, indiscernible body parts amongst bin bags littering a quiet road on the outskirts of the town.

While under the leadership of a Chinese Mafioso, a team of Eastern Europeans spreads its tentacles into the sordid underworld of people trafficking, dog fighting, prostitution and murder.

Bennett quickly has his hands full investigating a gambling syndicate, the discovery of a mutilated corpse, the death of a prostitute and the case of a badly beaten police officer.

As Bennett and his team are stretched to capacity cracks begin to appear.

Is there a link between these cases and can they catch a twisted killer before he strikes again?


This is the second novel in the series, the first novel being Only the Dead which I loved but OMG Malcolm Hollingdrake has gone from cosy curl up on the sofa, to hide behind the sofa and I absolutely love it! So before I really get into my review a bit of a warning just in case you haven’t read the blurb. This book has very graphic descriptions, these involve dog fighting  and everything associated with it but it also includes the horrific murder of people. A definite over 18 read and not for the sensitive.
Well what a tremendous opening chapter, just 8 pages in and I am ‘what the hell just happened then? Did that really happen?’ And I think OMG this is going to be a belter and as I read I wasn’t wrong.
The pull of tales that Britain is the land of promise has proved to be the down fall for many Eastern European immigrants that others take advantage of to ensure they become drug reliant, penniless and compliant. This of course means that DCI Cyril Bennett and his super side kick DS David Owen really have their work cut out with the grizzly events on their patch around Harrogate. It follows the story and events of just one Eastern European underworld gang, that is heavily involved in trafficking, dog fighting , prostitution and murder. Or as they would say, successful businessmen. Some people you just don’t say no to, ‘The family comes first’ Slip up and you are given a test, you either survive or you die, no resit.
This family had their hands in so many pies that the whole story just flowed continually from one wicked moment to the next with characters that were very believable and scared the life out of me. Believe me there are some people in here that I wouldn’t  feel safe being around even at a Policeman’ s Ball, never mind under the arches in the dead of night.
This book has a tremendous story, that I can’t stop thinking about 2 days after I have finished it. I am so looking forward to the third book in the series. Malcolm Hollingdrake you have raised the bar. Superb!


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.

I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed a publishing deal with Bloodhound Books for the DCI Cyril Bennett novels.


I am now working on the next Bennett novel whilst still in search of a painting or two.


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