#BlogTour #Review ~ Blood Rites by @DStuartDavies @urbanebooks @annebonnybook

Blood Rites is a Northern thriller set in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in the 1980s featuring Detective Inspector Paul Snow. DI Paul Snow has a personal secret. He is a homosexual but is desperate to keep it secret, knowing it would finish his career in the intolerant police force of the time. As this personal drama unfolds, he is involved in investigating a series of violent murders. All the victims appear to be chosen at random and to have no connection with each other. After the fourth murder, Snow is removed from the case for not finding the killer but continues investigating the matter privately. Gradually, Paul manages to determine a link between the murder victims, but this places his own life in great danger. Can Paul unmask the killer as he wrestles with his own demons?

Release date 9th November 2017 Amazon UK

About the Author

David Stuart Davies is an author, playwright and editor. His fiction includes six novels featuring his wartime detective Johnny Hawke, Victorian puzzle solver artist Luther Darke, and seven Sherlock Holmes novels – the latest being Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Legacy (2016). His non-fiction work includes Starring Sherlock Holmes, detailing the film career of the Baker Street sleuth. David has also penned a Northern Noir trilogy of gritty crime novels set in Yorkshire in the 1980s: Brothers in Blood, Innocent Blood and Blood Rites.

David is regarded as an authority on Sherlock Holmes and is the author of two Holmes plays, Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act and Sherlock Holmes: The Death and Life, which are available on audio CD. He has written the Afterwords for all the Collector’s Library Holmes volumes, as well as those for many of their other titles.

He is a committee member of the Crime Writers’ Association and edits their monthly publication Red Herrings. His collection of ghost and horror stories appeared in 2015, championed by Mark Gatiss who said they were ‘pleasingly nasty.’

David is General Editor of Wordsworth’s Mystery & Supernatural series and a past Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund. He has appeared at many literary festivals and the Edinburgh Fringe performing his one man presentation The Game’s Afoot – an evening with Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle. He was recently made a member of The Detection Club.

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My Review

This is the first book I have read by this author, the fact the DI has a personal secret which would likely jeopardise his whole career if it leaks out immediately caught my eye. Set in the 1980’s, which let’s face it was a different rather ignorant era as far as homosexuality was concerned. The force would not tolerate such ‘behaviour’ and in that respect they are notorious for being old-fashioned.

So Paul has some difficult decisions to make, live a life of hypocrisy and marry, remain single and celibate or just risk it all. His job involves investigating several murders, is there a link between the victims or indeed himself? Paul has his work cut out trying to solve the case, each death seems to be more complex than previously. There appears to be little evidence as it progresses fairy rapidly and has a mighty twist near the end.

While this is definitely a police procedural it tends to focus more on Paul’s inner turmoil and acceptance of himself, it certainly portrays how attitudes have changed. I quite liked the ‘romance’ with Matilda and raised many questions about her thought processes.

A slightly off-beat read for me but none the less entertaining. Thanks to the author and publisher for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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