I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for UNTAINTED BLOOD by Liz Mistry
In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.
However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.
Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.
As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.
Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?
DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the third book in the DI Gus McGuire series but the first one for me. I have certainly started on a top notch story, controversial, topical and with such realism it was scary. I could just imagine going into a shop and reading these sort of headlines and it made my blood run cold at the thought.
This story centres round Graeme Weston an extreme right wing politician that stirs up racism in the city of Bradford. He thinks nothing of breaking the law to make a point for reasons to ‘reclaim’ Bradford back. So when an Asian man is found brutally murdered it doesn’t raise any sympathy in him or for the second. A serial killer that has their own sadistic and wrapped message for any Asian men that don’t stay to their own kind. Is this just one step too far for this politician with a secret?
This is one creepy serial killer. The story is told through short chapters, each one by a character in the story, including the killer, although you don’t of course know who they are. There are so many characters in this story and so many topics raised too but they never become over whelming, each one fits into the story perfectly. I think what is does do is make you realise just how many people just accept situations rather than getting help. That I do believe is very true.
As each chapter is read the momentum builds until there is very much an urgency about reading this story, it really does feel like a race against time. The police need to find out if there is some sort of connection between the victims that connect them all to the killer in some way. One of my favourite detectives was Alice Cooper, quick thinking but also with a very subtle humour with her too.
I just loved this team of detectives working with DI Gus McGuire, the only thing I regretted was not reading the books in order. This is very much a stand alone story but there were things about the team that I couldn’t guess. Their lives run through all three books. It has definitely left me wanting to know what I have missed and I do intend to find out.
I just loved Liz Mistry’s writing style, there is such a simplicity about it that makes if very easy to follow, as all the characters are very distinctive. This was also, in my opinion a very difficult subject, very raw and emotional in real life but executed with perfect balance. A superbly written modern story.
I wish to thank Bloodhound Books for this ARC which I have shared my honest thoughts.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.