Syn (The Merseyside Crime Series Book 2) by Malcolm Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake @HobeckBooks #NewRelease #NewSeries #Syn

Syn (The Merseyside Crime Series Book 2) by [Malcolm Hollingdrake]


Retribution and Time

An everyday Friday night out. A few too many drinks.

A few harsh words said. No one was hurt.

All easily forgotten.

Both can heal

Except he didn’t forget. Their threats. How they made him feel

They must pay – with their lives.

But one will always leave a scar…

A young woman goes missing. She’s done it before, but Detective Inspector April Decent senses this time it’s serious. Can she convince her colleagues she’s right before it’s too late?




It is a typical night out for a group of friends, where the lads strut their stuff and the girls coo in admiration. But for one bloke, who is always the target of this type of group, it is the final straw. His buttons have been pushed once too often, and his humiliation has taken a final battering. It is one thing facing a gang on your own, but a one to one is a different matter.

This killer has a look that nobody notices, and blends as one of the crowd. He seems harmless, someone who has learnt to back down rather than face off with anyone. That I find frightening because I need killers to look like they should be avoided, not pitied.

The team are back in this second book, DI April Decent and DS Skeeter Warlock being the prime investigating characters. The first woman to go missing doesn’t raise too many red flags as she has been known to take off before, but something doesn’t sit right. This killer is imaginative when I thought about it, he had probably relived everything he was doing time and time again, perfecting all of his actions. It wasn’t the first time he had faced humiliation and worse. It is almost like his victims seem to think he just won’t kill them.

I have always loved this author’s books. His Harrogate series is superb and always had that middle class feel about it. It is a little like Morse, but this new series feels like it is more street level. It’s like life has chosen which side of the law they are on, with a few still in the grey area of best of both worlds. It is brilliant.

Malcolm Hollingdrake is a super talent where I can almost see him syncing himself up with his characters to get inside them and feel what they would do rather than him being the lead. Whatever he does, he pulls it off in style.


Malcolm Hollingdrake

You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone 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.

He has written a number of successful short stories, has ten books now available and is presently writing the tenth crime novel set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels However, as well as the Bennett series he is writing a new series set in Merseyside.

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 is a hobby he has bestowed upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.

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Syn (The Merseyside Crime Series Book 2) by [Malcolm Hollingdrake]

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