Only The Dead by Malcolm Hollingdrake


Book Description:

The First in an Explosive New Crime Series

Meet DCI Cyril Bennett, a man with a passion for manners and efficiency, as well as an eye for the ladies. His partner, DS David Owen, is naïve and untidy but keen. Together they make a formidable pair.

When the discovery of two infants’ bodies is made at a Teacher Training College, Bennett and Owen are given the case. Soon a number of suspects is identified.

At the same time, a killer is on the loose staging attacks using sulphur mustard.

Is there a link between the infants’ bodies and the sulphur mustard attacks?

Do the answers lie in the past or the present?

Bennett and Owen must work together to bring to justice a killer with revenge on his mind.

My Thoughts:

Only The Dead is the first novel I have read by this author and also the first book in a new crime series.

Set in and around Yorkshire, it instantly appealed to me as it was good to read about places that not only have I heard about, but I know also.

Right from the start I could see that the author is very descriptive. Sometimes this can get in the way of a story as an author can spend to much time on details which then the story starts to get lost, this doesn’t happen though in Only The Dead, it actually adds to the story drawing the reader right into the heart of it.

I won’t go into to much detail of the story line itself but I did love finding out the link between the infants bodies and the attacks. The story line behind the attacks themselves I found totally riveting and in some ways quite thought provoking.

My only little niggle I have is that at times I found it confusing as to what time scale the story was set in. It is set in current times, but the way that a lot of the characters spoke reminded me of the era Agatha Christie’s novels are set as nearly every character was extremely well spoken. It just felt slightly all a bit posh for me in today’s world and I would have liked it to be a bit more rougher round the edges just to add that bit more grit, but this is just my opinion. Otherwise than that it is a good read with a strong and gripping story line and I certainly look forward to what other cases Bennett and Owen will be working on.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Only The Dead is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.


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