Hell’s Gate: A gripping, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller by Malcolm Hollingdrake #BlogTour


Book Description:

Hell’s Gate: an explosive, gritty and utterly gripping new crime thriller

A disused railway tunnel where, cruel and sinister deeds are executed.

A policeman on a mission.

A killer who will stop at nothing.

The formidable DCI Cyril Bennett and DS David Owen of Harrogate Police find themselves embroiled in a series of bizarre events. 

A domestic dog attack on a child soon leads to a more complex case – the macabre discovery of a jigsaw of featureless, indiscernible body parts amongst bin bags littering a quiet road on the outskirts of the town.

While under the leadership of a Chinese Mafioso, a team of Eastern Europeans spreads its tentacles into the sordid underworld of people trafficking, dog fighting, prostitution and murder.

Bennett quickly has his hands full investigating a gambling syndicate, the discovery of a mutilated corpse, the death of a prostitute and the case of a badly beaten police officer.

As Bennett and his team are stretched to capacity cracks begin to appear.

Is there a link between these cases and can they catch a twisted killer before he strikes again?



Book 1: Only The Dead

Book 3: Flesh Evidence (Coming Soon)

My Thoughts:

Hell’s Gate is the second book in the DCI Cyril Bennett crime series. I would recommend reading Only The Dead which is the first, but only because it is a good book, otherwise this one works easily as a stand alone.

This author certainly knows how to start his books off. Right from the start he grabs the readers attention. Where as the authors first novel felt more like a good old mystery/suspense which reminded me slightly of an Agatha Christie book, this one definitely felt more like a dark and gritty crime book.

Being a dog lover, I have to say that due to the story line, some parts I did find uncomfortable to read. Dog fighting is a despicable crime and the author writes about it skillfully. He gives enough to show us the horrors but doesn’t linger on it so that though shocking, I felt comfortable enough to carry on.

I love how in these books there is always more than one crime going on and how the author masterfully weaves everything all together. The cases that the detectives find themselves working on in the novel really pushes them to the limits. Where as the first novel felt set a slower pace, this one had me gripped and wanting to turn the pages so I could see how it was all going to end.

Hell’s Gate is a shocking and gripping crime novel set in and around Harrogate. It’s a series that seems to get stronger as it goes along and I for one can’t wait to read the next one.

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.

Hell’s Gate is out now and available to purchase from Amazon


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