#BlogBlitz #Review ~ The Dead Whisper by @EmmaLClapperton @Bloodhoundbook

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed. 

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong? 

For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.

But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase? 

In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?

About the Author

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.

Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.

You can contact Emma via: Twitter  Facebook Blog

My Review

This is my first time reading Emma Clapperton even though I have her novella sitting on my kindle as so often happens, a blog tour comes along and I read out of order!

Now you know I’m a sucker for an intriguing cover and this yellow teddy bear pulled me in. The Dead Whisper is a fabulous mixture of murder, death, crime, jealousy, relationships, love and a certain psychic element.

Set in gritty Glasgow (at times I was grateful I have a friend with that accent) the local dialect adds to the charm, though I doubt any readers outside the UK would grasp such comments as “if I’d questioned her a wee bit more, then maybe that poor wee wean widnae be up on the bridge”.

I related well to the characters, the old house which was superbly creepy was the Henderson’s Manor home. The house seems alive and certainly has a background story of it’s own. Can any of it’s newer occupants ever be happy or will the mysterious events of the past come back to haunt them?

I admired the coppers in this book, they are so realistic and likeable .. even with murder on their hands we still get a glimpse into their family life. This kept me entertained, it’s one of those books where you think you have it sussed out but the author craftily twists it all upside down again and hooks you in for a few more chapters.

Yes, the teddy does have significance .. all crime/thriller fans will enjoy this I think. I certainly did. Now to get to that novella ….

Thanks to the author, publisher and Sarah Hardy for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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