In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.
However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.
Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.
As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.
Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?
DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.
Untainted Blood is the third book in the DI Gus McGuire series. I wouldn’t say it was essential to have read the previous books in the series but think readers may find it helpful to at least have read the second book, Uncoiled Lies, before reading this one. This is because there is something that happens in that book that has a deep impact on Gus.
I have to say I found the story line in this book to be quite hard hitting. The author tackles quite a few sensitive subjects from domestic abuse to racism.
Graeme Weston from the first time the reader meets him, I took an instant dislike to him. He is someone that is so up himself and has little to no time for anyone else. Not only is he a terrible husband, his beliefs in politics make him someone that the everyday people of Bradford would not want to be representing them.
I love the working relationship between Gus and his team. They work really well together and he is a good strong leader who people respect. Through Gus’s family life with his parents though you get to see a different side which is something I have really enjoyed throughout this series.
There is plenty to keep the reader gripped throughout the story. There is certainly a lot of leg work that Gus and his team have to go through to narrow things down to who the murderer can be and the author skilfully keeps us guessing right up until the shocking end.
Untainted Blood is yet another great book in an already gripping crime series. I have to admit to racing through the pages towards the end to what was an extremely satisfying climax. This series is certain to appeal to fans of A.A. Dhand fans.
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.
Untainted Blood is available to purchase from Amazon.
As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.
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