Without a Trace by Jane Bettany @JaneBettany @HQstories #NewRelease #NetGalley #WithoutATrace

Without a Trace: An unputdownable murder mystery novel for 2021, perfect for all crime thriller fans! by [Jane Bettany]


You can cover up the truth, but every murder leaves a trail…

The rain was relentless. It stung Ruth Prendergast’s face as she dashed towards her house, desperate to escape the cold and settle down for an early night. But upon entering her bedroom, she finds a man, lying on her bed – a knife buried in his chest.

When Detective Isabel Blood and her sergeant arrive on the scene, Ruth claims she’s never laid eyes on the victim before. But with no sign of a break-in, how did the killer gain access to the house?

Then Ruth disappears, leaving Isabel and her team to fear the worst. Has their lead suspect escaped, or is Ruth in danger herself?

Forensic evidence at the crime scene is sparse, and it’s proving impossible for Isabel to make a breakthrough. With Ruth still missing, time is running out.

But how can you catch a killer that doesn’t leave a trace?

Uncover the mystery and solve the crime alongside Derbyshire’s best detective. This utterly gripping, unputdownable whodunit will have you hooked and reading long into the night! Fans Val McDermid, Elly Griffiths and ITV’s Vera will love Without a Trace!


Without a Trace: An unputdownable murder mystery novel for 2021, perfect for all crime thriller fans!


Without a Trace is the second book in this series, but it can be read as a standalone. I was initially drawn to it as I don’t live very far from Derby, although the town it is fictional.

I can’t think of anything worse than finding a dead body in my house, although, Ruth had just done that. The poor woman had not long moved into the area and had not got a clue who this man was. It was a quiet area that she lived in with a couple of the houses empty and people that were out at work through the day in the others. The police were not going to have a lot to go on.

I liked Detective Isabel Blood straight away, who had taken time off work to enjoy family time. To say that her family was complicated would be like saying that ice wasn’t cold. The added stress of being called in to support the murder investigation did not make life easy.

I enjoyed this book, which had a good balance of work and home for Isobel. It wasn’t gruesome either, with over the top details of the crime. I liked working out the clues as they came up too. A very unusual story. I am looking forward to more books from this author.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


Jane Bettany

JANE BETTANY is a writer of short stories and non-fiction books and articles. Her work has been published in women’s magazines in the UK (such as My Weekly, People’s Friend, Yours and Woman’s Weekly), as well as in literary magazines and newspapers.

She has an MA in Creative Writing and has been a teacher of creative writing since 2007. As well as writing and teaching, she also runs a publishing and communications company and loves helping people to share their stories and find their writing voice.–This text refers to the paperback edition.

Twitter @JaneBettany


Without a Trace: An unputdownable murder mystery novel for 2021, perfect for all crime thriller fans! by [Jane Bettany]

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