Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of UNCOMMON CRUELTY, which is the fourth book in the DI Gus McGuire series by Liz Mistry.
I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Sarah Hardy, Bloodhound Books and of course the lovely Liz Mistry who gifted me an early copy of UNCOMMON CRUELTY. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.
To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;
DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.
But that is just the beginning.
As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.
Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.
Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?
Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.
So, want to know what I thought?;
Another book feautring DI Gus McGuire. Set in Bradford (my home town!). Police procedural. Unexplained deaths. This book had everything I needed from the very get go and it did not disappoint!
There are so many different ‘plays’ in this book, you would think it difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. What Liz has been able to do is bring the same magic from previous books to allow for an organic style of story telling. The pacing is just right that we follow the action throughout – but don’t get bored or lost in quieter moments.
Each character was written extrememly well and I made a connection with them all. Liz was able to get into our killers mind, find what makes him tick and exploit that to make for some pretty compelling reading. It was uncomfortable at times to read, but this was deliberate in a way to make us both despise the killer, but also on some level – understand what their motives were.
What did grab me was the twist towards the end of book. It shocked me, which is no bad thing, but it helped bring closure to a past crime which until now was always dismissed as a tragic accident.
A cracking read and after the extract from the next book at the end ….I’m keen beans to get my hands on the next installment!
About Liz Mistry;
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.
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