A skeletal body is unearthed in a wooded area of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. DI James Bliss, together with DC Penny Chandler, investigate the case and discover that the young, female victim had been relocated from its original burial site.
A witness is convinced that a young female was struck by a vehicle back in the summer of 1990, and that police attended the scene. However, no record exists of either the accident or thereported victim. As the case develops, two retired police officers are murdered. The two are linked with others who were on duty at the time a road accident was reported.
As Bliss and Chandler delve deeper into the investigation, they start to question whether senior officers may have been involved in the murder of the young women who was buried in thewoods.
As each link in the chain is put under duress, so is Bliss who clashes with superiors and the media.
When his team receives targeted warnings, Bliss will need to decide whether to drop the case or to pursue those responsible.
Will Bliss walk away in order to keep his career intact or will he fight no matter what the cost?
And is it possible the killer is much closer than they imagined?
About the Author
On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who will publish his new edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone this spring. It is the first in a series.
Later this year, Tony’s second novel for Bloodhound Books, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will be published.
Tony has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.
The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.
During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”
Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.
Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.
As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.
This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, both of which should be completed in 2017. In the meantime, he hopes you enjoy Badto the Bone, introducing DI James Bliss and DC Penny Chandler.
I seem to be on a roll with books from Bloodhound at the moment and having two police procedural stories in a row could have quickly become stale but this book drew me in fast and kept me dangling wanting to read it speedily purely to piece together the clues.
A fascinating discovery of old bones soon brings about a full-blown enquiry. DI Jimmy Bliss the gruff chap who comes across as a know it all partnered with DC Penny Chandler make a great working team. They have both had complex issues in the past but their friendship shines through and brings some much needed banter and laughter into what is a grim world.
I was absolutely absorbed when ‘The Bone Lady’ began explaining how long the bones had been buried, how, why, who they belonged to. I think I missed my calling, I would have loved to embark on anthropology!
As further murders begin to happen the whole team is intent on finding any possible links to the bones. As Bliss delves into the seedy underworld as part of his investigation the book explodes with twists and turns.
So often it is obvious fairly early on who the guilty party is but on this occasion it all culminates with a massive surprise.
Great descriptive writing that gets into the minds of the characters of which there are plenty. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and see how they all contributed their knowledge to the ‘team’.
Many thanks to the author and Bloodhound for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. I can’t wait to see what comes next.