Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE THIRD BREATH by Malcolm Hollingdrake.
DCI Bennett is away on compassionate leave. After much soul-searching, he has decided to attend his father’s funeral.
DS Owen is left at the helm when the discovery of a body in a car in the multi-storey car park is reported. Initially, the Coroner rules out suspicious circumstances but when a second body is found with similar symptoms, Bennett is back in the fold. He suspects that the coincidences must be of some significance.
Soon Bennett’s team are hunting for a callous and devious killer who has covered his tracks effectively.
Will Bennett’s perseverance and attention to detail eventually crack this perplexing case?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I really felt in seventh heaven as soon as I opened this book. I have loved the six that came before it and have to say this is one of my favourites. My heart really went out to D.C.I. Bennett as he was facing inner torments in his personal life that I feel he still has a little way to go with yet. In his absence, D.S. Owen has been at the helm with the death of a local Harrogate man ruled as natural causes but gut instinct tells him differently. When a second similar death occurs Bennett returns to complete this awesome duo and he puts his trust in Owen in finding out what the hell is happening.
I loved this story line, which was like a Chinese puzzle for the team, how were the victims being killed, who is doing this and why? Yes they had the bodies but no idea of the cause of death. This was going to be one tough case to crack. Bennett and Owen are my Batman and Robin on my detective scale, on paper they shouldn’t work but they do, total opposites but halves that make a whole. I really couldn’t imagine a better pairing. April has also worked with them for a while. After the tragic loss of one of the team a little while ago, April is finally being accepted for her own worth rather than as a replacement. Where Bennett is logical, Owen is the gut instinct and she is more the brains and technical digger.
In this story I was privy to be in this weirdo’s head and whoa, this was a mixed up mind to poke inside! Not that I knew who the killer was. Talk about sending shivers through me, I was cringing so much just thinking how easy we trust people, oh boy, my heart was in my mouth. This was tense, it was insane and it was genius. There was a brilliant build up throughout the book and just loved the ending.
The research by the author is just outstanding again, he is a perfectionist with his story lines and very unusual methods of killing. Extremely original and totally gripping, these books are classy with humour in perfect balance!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
You could say that the writing was clearly 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 ten books now available. Completing ‘The Third Breath’ fulfils the seven book publishing contract with Bloodhound Books but there are exciting plans for the future, not only with DCI Bennett and his team but also with another series. More information will follow soon.
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 his novels.
This year, Malcolm self-published a beautiful and poignant short story titled ‘The Penultimate Man’ to commemorate the centenary of the conclusion of WW1. It has also been released as an audiobook.
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, ‘The Third Breath’.
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