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Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Andy Maslen for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The reviews below are 100% honest and all of her own views.
He’ll never speak of the evil they did…
A former Swedish ambassador lies dead in his swanky Mayfair flat. With his tongue torn out and placed on a Bible. Competing theories swirl. A religious maniac? A psychopath? The truth is far darker than either. DCI Stella Cole’s search for the killer takes her to Sweden. There, she discovers a horrific chapter in the country’s history that throws the case into turmoil. And then more people start dying.
Teaming up with Swedish cops Oskar Norgrim and Johanna Carlsson, Stella pieces together Ambassador Brömly’s shocking past. And discovers the killer’s motive.
Meanwhile, Stella’s personal life is about to take a significant turn as her boyfriend, Jamie, suggests a change in their relationship. But as Stella tries to process what it means, she makes a fateful decision.
Why won’t the dead stay buried?
On the other side of the Atlantic, a kid practising BMX stunts over water finds a skeleton on a lake bed. When the victim is revealed to be a British cop, the FBI ask for assistance. Stella’s arch-enemy from her own department gets the case. She flies to Chicago and soon discovers the murderer’s identity.
The scene is set for a showdown in Sweden as DI Roisin Griffin pursues her vendetta against Stella all the way to the north of Sweden during the annual festival of Midsommar.
A fast-paced, twisty crime thriller …
A Beautiful Breed of Evil is the fifth book in this series of hard-hitting crime thrillers. Much of the action takes place in Sweden, home to fictional detectives Martin Beck, Kurt Wallander, Harry Hole and Saga Norén.
Even as Stella is fighting to bring the killer to justice, shadowy figures from her past are planning to silence her before she can expose their brutal methods.
When a retired Swedish Ambassador is found dead in his flat with his tongue ripped out, there are various theories as to why his has happened.
In steps DI Stella Cole from the Serious Crimes Unit to try and solve the case. But whilst she is investigating actions from her past are resurfacing which could have dire consequences…
Right from the beginning we are thrown into the story, upon discovery of the murdered Swede in London, taken on a rollercoaster ride to the climatic ending.
I loved the storyline and the twists involved, just as I thought I had figured out the plot, there was a twist which threw my theories to the wind and I had to start over again. The dramas and thrills do not stop with this book, as hard as Cole is working to solve the case there is always another drama or issue waiting in the wings. Poor woman just doesn’t seem to catch a break, I felt I wanted to give her a cup of tea just so she could have a breather before she dashed off for the next item that needed her attention with me on her heels joining her.
A compelling storyline, this was my first book by Andy and whilst it can be read as a standalone, but I did appreciate the little recap of relevant events that happened previously in the series so I had a better understanding of Stella and the characters she interacted with.
As soon as I finish this review, I will be investigating the previous books in this series so I can get to know the fierce DI Stella Cole from the beginning of her series.
Andy Maslen was born in Nottingham, in the UK, home of legendary bowman Robin Hood. Andy once won a medal for archery, although he has never been locked up by the sheriff.
He has worked in a record shop, as a barman, as a door-to-door DIY products salesman and a cook in an Italian restaurant.
He lives in Wiltshire with his wife, two sons and a whippet named Merlin.
Published in paperback and digital formats by Tyton Press on 28th February 2021
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