Dying Art by Malcolm Hollingdrake #Blog Tour #(DC Bennett book 5) #Harrogate @MHollingdrake @BloodhoundBooks

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for Dying Art


A gripping and explosive crime thriller

Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world.
Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away.
Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence.
Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake?



I just love a novel where I can pick up a theme and this one really fitted the bill.

Welcome to the world of art, the expensive stuff that people with money and a lack of trust in banks and dodgy pension schemes, put their excess cash in for a rainy day and retirement. A real investment that can only grow but where there is big money to be spent, there are also bigger men with ways to take it off you. Forgery of such art works can be extremely hard to detect at times even for the experts. This means that millions of pounds are sat in paintings that are worth only a fraction of the price paid, just pretty pictures that are extremely good fakes.

When the death of a young woman connected to the art world is discovered not to be the accident that it was first thought to be but faked, it opens up an investigation into the world of big business, double cross and deception and although the Crime Investigation Team at Harrogate are really top notch when it comes down to murder, their knowledge of the art world isn’t. Well not at the moment anyway, DCI Cyril Bennett is just easing back into the job after tragic events have kept him off work for a while. He is a lover and collector of art, not to mention the connections he has in the art world himself  and the team could really do with his knowledge right now.

DCI Cyril Bennett is still a quite defeated man, ok the Doctor may have written him up as fit for work, with Bennett I am sure putting on a brave front and faking it about being ready, but the truth was he was far from it. Everything about work was a constant reminder of a grave loss. Cyril has been asked by a friend to help look into a burglary of some artwork and soon begins to join the dots.The team really need Cyril and Cyril really needs this case to throw himself into.

Malcolm Hollingdrake has raised the bar again with this book which although is part of a  series could be read as a stand alone but don’t short change yourself. Each book tackles  such diverse crimes that are committed for many different reasons.  The chapters are longer than most as compared to other books but cover a situation rather than just views of a character. He has a way of including a vast amount of knowledge woven into the story without being technical so the core theme is never lost. A super series that is as much about people as it is about crime. Brilliant!

I wish to thank Bloodhound Books for proving me with a mobi file of this book for a blog tour. My review is unbiased and honest.





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.





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