Following his recovery from a personal and professional trauma, Detective Chief Inspector Cyril Bennett has been declared medically fit to resume his police duties. He returns to discover a complex case involving the art world.
Soon Bennett unearths a dark side of the industry where greed, ambition and dubious practices thrive and, where there is money to be made, violence and murder are never far away.
Working their way through a maze of galleries, museums and the internet, Bennett’s team struggles to make sense of the evidence.
Can Bennett tell the difference between what is real and what is fake?
Dying Art is the fifth book in the DCI Bennett series. There is something in this book that has to do with the book before this, Game Point, the author does give enough background though so that anyone picking up this book without having read the previous one should be able to follow the story easily enough.
Cyril is a character that will have really gotten into the readers hearts by now and with how the last book ended I was dying to catch up with him to see how he was coping with the loss of a colleague. Even though he is probably over the worst of it, Cyril is still struggling. It was good to see the author incorporating this throughout the story. In the real world death is something that affects us and it tends to get brushed to the side quite quickly in fiction but the author keeps it very real.
I loved the whole story line to do with paintings. It reminded me a little of The Thomas Crown Affair though this is a lot darker and involves murder. From the very first murder at the beginning of the book, I certainly didn’t envision the whirl wind of a journey I would be taken on into a very dark and disturbing world of the arts.
Dying Art is a commendable follow on in what should be an award winning crime series. Bennett and Owen’s working relationship is one that I have immensely enjoyed watching it develop and the characters are really coming into their own and they very much now stand out from the crowd. Great read!
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.
Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.
Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.