Songs by Dead Girls (A Health of Strangers Thriller) by Lesley Kelly @sandstonepress @rkbookpublicist @lkauthor #BlogTour #songsbydeadgirls

Firstly I wish to thank Ruth Killick of for inviting me on the Blog tour for Songs by Dead Girls by Lesley Kelly



When Scotland’s leading virologist goes missing, Mona and Paterson from the Health Enforcement Team are dispatched to London to find him. In a hot and unwelcoming city, Mona has to deal with a boss who isn’t speaking to her, placate the Professor’s over-bearing assistant, and outwit the people who will stop at nothing to make sure the academic stays lost. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Bernard is searching for a missing prostitute, while Maitland is trying to keep the Chair of the Parliamentary Virus Committee from finding out quite how untidy the HET office is.

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Songs by Dead Girls (A Health of Strangers Thriller)


I hadn’t read the first book in this series but soon got to know what was going on. A killer pandemic virus had resulted in hefty regulations being enforced which restricted people’s movements and activities. To ensure that the virus had less chance of spreading, everyone had to have monthly checks to confirm they were not infected. If they were cleared then they were given a green card. Without the green card they couldn’t literally go anywhere, buy food or work. If anyone missed their monthly check the Health Enforcement Team (HET) were sent in. People that had survived the virus or were immune, had more freedom and potentially better jobs.

Now this all sounds pretty serious stuff but believe me it is just pure full on entertaining magic.  No matter who they were everyone had to be tested, including the worlds leading virologist that has apparently gone missing. Now this really causes panic and so an under cover mission is put into action to find him, before his rapidly approaching test day arrives and the press find out.

Now I am giggling just writing this because it is such a covert operation that the rest of the HET don’t know that it taking place. The hapless pair, Mona and Patterson, were both thought to be on leave but just hadn’t a clue what they are getting into and the decision to leave Bernard in charge of a very disgruntled Maitland and poor Carole makes it pure joy for anyone reading this book.

The story bounces with energy between both camps with two very different story lines, each just sheer brilliance. It isn’t just the dry wit and humour that flies between characters that make it awesome it is the descriptions of situations that the author injects too. She really didn’t give me chance to catch my breath. Just loved the whole thing. As if this story isn’t already bursting with action the main characters personal lives also play a major role too. Poor Maitland I really did feel for him but my favourite pair has to be Bernard and Maitland. It is like play ground tit for tat.

A brilliant book  I very highly recommend. My only regret is not reading the first book in this series but something that I will definitely do very soon.




Lesley Kelly has worked in the public and voluntary sectors for the past twenty years, dabbling in poetry and stand-up comedy along the way. She has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story award in 2008. Her first novel, A Fine House in Trinity, was long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize. Her second novel, The Health of Strangers, will be published in June 2017 by Sandstone Press.


Twitter: @lkauthor



The Health of Strangers (Health of Strangers 1)
The Health of Strangers (Health of Strangers 1)
A Fine House in Trinity
A Fine House in Trinity

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