Publication: 6th December 2018 – Bloodhound Books
Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?
Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?
When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.
DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.
But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…
Who is behind the killings and why?
The police have their work cut out and key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.
But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…
It’s snowing, it’s almost Christmas time. It should be a joyful time, but not for Tilly, a young veterinary student in Cambridge. To pay her studies she works at Ashton’s bookshop. The owner of the shop, Dennis Wade, is nice and polite so it’s a complete shock when, one morning, Tilly finds him hanging from the ceiling. And what at the beginning appeared to be a suicide, it quickly turns out to be a murder. DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to investigate, but it’s not easy to find a killer when it seems there is no reason why someone would want to kill the victim.
Gruesome murders, a twisty plot, and engaging characters created a suspenseful and gripping thriller. The novel is full of surprising and unexpected revelations that keep the tension high. The story kept me guessing and until the end, I couldn’t figure out the who and why of the murders.
MURDER IN THE DARK is told from many points of views, from Tilly to the detectives investigating the murder, from the victim’s wife to his employees. The author focuses not only on the murder, but she also describes the personal lives of the characters involved in the story. The characters are described psychologically and emotionally. We read about the grief of the victim’s family, about the detectives’ personal problems, and about the psychological consequences suffered by Tilly after finding her boss’ body, making both the story and the characters more realistic and relatable.
MURDER IN THE DARK is a thrilling, immersive, and well-written novel, a good read to enjoy during the Christmas holidays, and I’d like to thank Emma Welton and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour of this suspenseful novel.
Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.
As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.
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